Noam Chomsky, Elif Shafak, Brian Eno and Zoe Gardner

Leading activists, artists, scholars and political figures take central role in DiEM25

by DiEM25

Noam Chomsky, Elif Shafak, Brian Eno and Zoe Gardner are among the people who will be coordinating DiEM25’s activities from today.
We are unveiling the teams that will coordinate and guide our movement to democratise the EU – our Coordinating Collective and Advisory Panel – after a vote by thousands of DiEM25 members across Europe.
The 26-strong Advisory Panel includes Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, two-time Palme d’Or film director Ken Loach, UK Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, renowned philosopher Slavoj Žižek and pioneering composer Jean-Michel Jarre. They join a growing group of influential thinkers and doers that have taken an active role in DiEM25, alongside people like democracy activist Dániel Fehér and Naples mayor Luigi de Magistris.
Chomsky, Shafak, Eno and Gardner join DiEM25 initiators like Yanis Varoufakis, Srećko Horvat and Lorenzo Marsili on our 12-person Coordinating Collective.
“The post-World War II European project, while inevitably flawed, had many merits and considerable promise,” said Noam Chomsky. “These have been severely damaged, in both economic and sociopolitical domains, by the neoliberal austerity programs instituted from above by the Troika. DiEM25 is a bold and promising initiative to reverse the damage before it is too late.”
Slavoj Žižek added: “The usual radical left temptation is to do nothing concrete and wait for the big revolution. DiEM25 is different: with one specific demand, to democratise Europe, it is the right step in the right direction at the right moment.”


Notes
The Coordinating Collective (CC) coordinates all DiEM25’s activities. Every year, half of the seats on the CC are renewed through an election; the next election will take place in September 2017. The Advisory Panel (AP) advises DiEM25 and facilitates the implementation of its aims.
Both bodies are new – they officially come into being today, as a result of the voting in of our Organising Principles by our membership.
Full list of AP and CC members
The full lists are below, or check out our dedicated pages for our Coordinating Collective and Advisory Panel which include photos and biographies.
DiEM25 Advisory Panel
Julian Assange, Renata Ávila, Walter Baier, Anthony Barnett, Franco Berardi, Boris Buden, Berardo Carboni, Nessa Childers, Cécile Duflot, Marcelo Expósito, Susan George, James K. Galbraith, Ken Loach, Jean-Michel Jarre, Katja Kipping, Caroline Lucas, John McDonnell, David McWilliams, Sandro Mezzadra, Gerardo Pisarello, Rasmus Nordqvist, Saskia Sassen, Barbara Spinelli, Danae Stratou, Marie Christine Vergiat, Slavoj Žižek.
DiEM25 Coordinating Collective
Noam Chomsky, Brian Eno, Zoe Gardner, Srećko Horvat, Lorenzo Marsili, Cristina Soler-Savini, Thomas Seibert , Elif Shafak, Igor Stokfiszewski, Yanis Varoufakis, Vivienne Westwood, Agnieszka Wiśniewska.
Ex Officio members of the DiEM25 Coordinating Collective
Fotini Bakadima (Secretarial Coordinator), Luis Martín (Communications Coordinator), Judith Meyer (Volunteers Coordinator), Xavier Soler (IT Coordinator).

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