Could an anarchist organization rule a city? The two words seem to contradict each other: anarchist and organization. Anarchism commonly presupposes a total lack of authority and sometimes connotes extremist views. But I mean by anarchist a much softer idea: the impermanence of the authority deciding the organization’s trajectory. I created a Facebook group with the name: Lille en comme’un 2020. The name refers to the « Barcelona en comu » and comes from a discussion we had among the Listes Participatives Paris 2020 about their name. This set my aim for the year to come: participate in the genesis of such an organic organization.
Two versions of the Facebook group banner.
I am going to make two suggestions at our initial meeting. First that we randomly designate impermanent moderators to animate our meetings. To do that we together set a maximal mandate time before nominating a moderator. Someone then cast a dice, and the nth person on their left becomes the moderator – n being the number on the dice. When their mandate ends or if they resign before, the former moderator casts the dice again to nominate a new one.
The second suggestion I am going to make consists in setting an association with a sorted president. This president is going to be selected among the association’s member and will have a time-limited and unique mandate. The limitation to one time-limited mandate is essential to avoid a permanent authority. The president will designate a treasurer and a secretary and every new president could change or keep the former specialists.
Our first meeting, at my place in Lille, will be about these two propositions.
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