Welcome to DiEM25’s citizen engagement project People’s Gatherings — a first step in forging political programmes across Europe.
The People’s Gatherings project offers all DiEMers the opportunity to become an organiser of local meetings – Gatherings – where Europeans can discuss the future of the politics of their commune, region, and country.
You can tackle policy questions on health, education, culture, or fiscal issues if you are up for it! We will supply you with a questionnaire that has been shaped by our members and Coordinating Collective that you will use to guide your Gathering’s discussions.
Let’s create a Europe worth fighting for!
COVID-19 has highlighted how the way that our countries are run is failing all of us socially, economically, and environmentally. We need to imagine and invest in new ways of living – ones quite different from the policies that created this mess in the first place.
Politicians and organisations that continue to prioritise the rich and powerful over everyone else cannot lead us out of it. Instead, we call our members and friends to take up the torch of deliberative democracy and participate in this new citizen engagement project!
Pick a few questions you want to tackle and report back the final thoughts of your group. The Gatherings are intended to be largely informal and adaptable to your local COVID-19 measures; host them on Zoom with your friends, while playing a video game online, at dinner with your family, or in a socially distanced event. Use your imagination — we can’t allow a virus to drive us apart at a time when our unity is more needed than ever before!
Everyone is welcome, even your grandma! For the more difficult issues to tackle, you can also call on local experts. This is an opportunity to talk to people you admire and local leaders you have been wanting to engage with!
Organise and Register your Gathering
Here are the five easy steps to becoming an organiser of a People’s Gathering:
1) Fill in our Volunteer Registration Form: tell us where you are based and about any previous experience you might have. If you have none, no problem: our team is here to support you.
2) Download your pack: click on the “People’s Gathering Pack”, choose your country, and you will receive the Kit you will need to get started!
3) Talk to fellow DiEMers in your local group (DSC) or on our Forum to see if anyone around you is keen to help. You can also use the “Contact Everyone” function in the members area! Use the resources in our downloadable People’s Gatherings Pack to find out how to organise your meeting
4) Register your Gathering: If you want people to know your meeting is happening, consider registering it on our calendar!
5) Report back: Don’t forget, after the Gathering is done you need to send back the answers that you have collected! You can do so by filling out the Reporting Form.Volunteer Registration Form Add your Gathering to the calendar
Our Gatherings are organised around a set of questions, which have been designed in collaboration with our members to address the most pressing political topics across Europe.
They present a series of burning questions that range from open-ended conversation starters, to highly technical policy inquiries. They need to be answered if DiEM25 is to be a strong, inspiring political voice in your country: and they won’t be answered unless you help us! The questions have been colour-coded based on their difficulty level, with Green questions being the easiest and Red questions the hardest.
To preview the questionnaire for your country, pick it from the drop-down menu below. Note: to download it, together with the manual for how to get involved, go to Download the Pack!
Download the Pack
The pack includes all the resources you need to host your gathering; the People’s Gatherings Kit and the National Questionnaire in all languages relevant to your country!
Not a member yet? You’ll need to be a member to participate. You can become one by registering here.
Report back from your Gathering!
So, you’ve organised a Peoples’ Gathering and want to send us your answers. Great!
Please follow the link below, click on: your National Questionnaire, the question(s) you answered, and submit your valuable responses to DiEM25 so we can start drafting our movement’s programme for your country!Report back from your Gathering
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FAQ People’s Gatherings
How should I prepare myself to host a Gathering?
You can download our Questionnaires for the respective country you would like to do the PG in, and People’s Gatherings Pack on the page. Pick the question(s) you are interested in answering in your Gathering, and then read the Kit for advice on how to host it.
Do I have to answer every question in the questionnaire?
No, you can select as many questions as you and your Gathering participants would like to answer. You should just be aware that the more questions you pick, the longer the Gathering will take, especially for bigger groups or more controversial topics.
Do I have to be a DiEM25 member to organise an event?
Yes, you do. Find out more about registering here.
Who can participate?
Anyone! We value all opinions and would like to hear as many different voices as possible. That means participants of any age, nationality, level of education are encouraged to take part in Gatherings! You might just find that the red questions require additional support in the form of educational materials or the consultation of experts.
Some questions sound really hard, how do I answer them?
We want everyone to be heard even on the most technical topics! However, we also understand that some questions might look daunting at first. For the red questions, we suggest that you reach out to experts. Alternatively, you can ask fellow DiEMers for help in the forum!
I want to organise a Gathering, how do I find participants?
We are interested to hear about anyone in your community — your family, friends, colleagues or other people in your area that you think would be interesting to engage with! You could also reach out to your local DSC and get fellow DiEMers on board.
How many people should be in a Gathering?
This is up to you to decide! These Gatherings can be as little or as big as you want, but we recommend having 3-8 people per Gathering. Just keep in mind that the larger it is, the longer it might take, and the more you’ll need to moderate. Download our Kit for more information.
How can I host a Gathering during the pandemic?
All Gatherings must abide by the COVID measures of the country in which they are hosted. Check the current measures online and try and think of creative ways to engage your participants that fit within these limitations. Read through our Kit for more advice!
Can a Gathering take place online?
Yes. Gatherings can take place online — through Zoom, Jitsi, Discord, via online gaming platforms or any other creative and innovative means!
Are there different roles in a Gathering?
We’ve tried to leave it as open ended as possible, but the essentials are for the organiser to take on a moderating role, and for someone to document the responses to the questions to keep track of what’s being said and transcribe it into the reporting form later.
What happens after the Gathering?
After the Gathering, you should fill in the reporting form with all the answers you gathered during your meeting. If you think you have an interesting experience to share, you can record it in the ‘miscellaneous’ section of the form or can contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make a post on our website about it!
What happens after I submit my answers?
We’ll have a close look at all the answers we received from Gatherings across Europe and build our national political programmes from it. If you’d like to help us to that, fill in this form to show your interest.
How does DiEM25 comply with GDPR?
When it comes to the People’s Gatherings participants, DiEM25 does not collect any personal data, only statistics (e.g. number of participants) and the collective conclusion. If anyone at a People’s Gathering asks you to give them data on yourself, know that they are not doing so on behalf of DiEM25 and you have the right to refuse. In case photos or videos are taken, everyone has to agree to their use in writing, and has the right to withdraw their consent at any moment by writing to the organiser.