Here is the current structure for the convergence. We would very much appreciate & encourage any feedback, criticisms or amendments.
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Structure for the Convergence
Over the Easter Long Weekend, Friday 21st March-Monday 24th March. To be held at the Melbourne Anarchist Club’s space, the International Workers Club.
Key themes will be:
-Follow the Zapatista philosophy-do more listening than talking!
-Really good Facilitation!
-Shoot people who come & just want to argue! (shoot national anarchists for real if they come)
*Note on spokescouncils; the general vibe was that they should be fairly open, allowing individual participation. At the same time, we need people who can do quite tight facilitation.
*Proposals can be brought before the convergence & can be stuck up on a wall and will be prominently displayed. We expect that individuals & groups will be writing proposals as a consequence of discussion during the convergence.
-discussion on Indigenous struggles
-‘speed dating’ intros. 30 mins.
How: Get people to sit in pairs. Preferably people who don’t already know each other. Ask & answer questions such as: What attracts you to anarchist politics? What inspired you to come to this convergence? What do you hope will be the outcome of the convergence? Rotate after 5 minutes with an individual.
-extensive intros- people say why they’re here. Introduce themselves, their collectives & what they do: what campaigns and actions they are involved in.
How: Can be via Two Minutes of Infamy (footnoted at the end) .Bring a large amount of butchers paper and allow people to write down their ideas.
-safer spaces discussion-Creating the practical guides for people; and establishing ‘rules’ for how you conduct yourself when here. Small groups discussion on what ‘safer spaces’ means. Can be more discussion about how to integrate safer spaces into other Federation events later on.
–decision on decision making (e.g will we use a modified consensus process)
*Hopefully 3cr community radio will be broadcasting from the convergence space at around 5. 30. See
Morning-Lunch: Space for strategising-what do we mean by revolution & what do we think revolutionaries should be doing in the here and now. Try and have a sharing of political & theoretical approaches.
How: Via Two minutes of Infamy, then a small groups discussion, not on a collective basis. Groups then reportback to the larger meeting.
Afternoon: What a federation will be good for. Proposals can be put up before lunch.
How: Done through proposals, which could flow from the morning. Then break for discussion into small groups. If people want these can be quite specific, e.g about an ‘infoshop network’ , a solidarity network or about a regional publication. Can use spokes.
Following the discussion, there will be a small group formed to start drafting a foundation document. This can be brought back the next morning for ratification & further debate.
-attempting to define a common politics. Different groups throw out the prevalent themes in their discussions.
How: Through proposals & small groups discussion. Have a cut-off point of 1pm. Whatever is written can always say ‘no consensus’ on a contested point. Will stick up the proposed common politics on a board at the beginning of the convergence to facilitate debate.
Afternoon-Evening -decision about structure. Whether we form the federation & what would it look like. If time integrate into the discussion questions of what the practical tasks will be.
How: All-in. Use spokes.
Freer stuff/more relaxed get together
A Chance for further decision-making if necessary, but we really hope that big overall decisions will be made on Sunday.
Expansion on common projects & tasks
-Tasks. Who will create a website, e-list, ensure that working groups function, collect dues, etc
-space for more concrete planning for a new organisation.
-skillshares: how to form a group
-opportunity for people to talk further about common projects; e.g everyone who’s interested in infoshops gets together as a small group.
*Two minutes of Infamy footnote
*For those unfamiliar with 2MI, groups and individuals are given
uninterrupted time to spruik their project/group and are encouraged to
give contact details or nominate a time and place to meet up for further
discussion. Interruptions are seen as a serious no-no and it requires
tight and harsh facilitation. Setting up time and space for people to
meet each other is an integral part of the process. It is entirely up to
the participants as to how they present the information: multimedia
presentation, as a group or reading off a piece of paper. They can also
choose to allow people to ask them questions, as long as they don’t go
over their time limit.