Our Organisational Model ensures internal democracy

Purpose of this Organisational Model

This Organisational Model is a proposal to ensure internal democracy in the CosmoPolitical Cooperative. The principles exposed hereafter are meant to be further discussed and amended, for them to be implemented in software code and in legally-binding statutes upon the foundation of the legal structure of the CosmoPolitical Cooperative (see below the documents supporting this further work). This model would be part of the future statutes of the CosmoPolitical Cooperative, as a preamble explaining the intentions embodied in the actual statutes, and providing a means to interpret them when ambiguities arise.

Reminder: purpose of founding a political cooperative

We create the CosmoPolitical Cooperative as a political cooperative in order to have a concrete capacity to transform our economy, our society, the European Union and the world at large for the better of humankind, by leveraging existing democratic institutions and policy tools (regulation, tax, public spending) – while bearing responsibility for our action. See our Frequently Asked Questions for a detailed justification of why we choose to create a political cooperative and not other forms of political action.

Main options taken

(1) The CosmoPolitical Cooperative operates in full democracy.

(2) All strategic decisions are taken on-line, in non-real time.

What we mean by "full democracy" is: (1) all members participate in decision-making; and (2) once democratically adopted, decisions are implemented by all.

"All strategic decisions are taken on-line, in non real-time" means: no strategic decision is taken in physical meetings or in real-time interactions. Thereby, nobody is penalised by his/her geographic or schedule constraints, which often are based on his/her social or economic condition.

Decision-making bodies. Main software tools

The only internal decision-making bodies in the CosmoPolitical Cooperative are: (1) the Bureau, which has the legal capacity to commit the CosmoPolitical Cooperative financially and legally; and (2) the Arbitration Council, whose duty is to solve internal conflicts. The Bureau is elected as a team, so as to enhance its political cohesiveness; the Arbitration Council gathers people that are elected individually.

The Bureau takes operational decisions such as: negotiating and concluding contracts with third parties; recruiting and managing permanent technical staff; managing cash, assets and liabilities; engaging in legal action; ensuring the public presence of the CosmoPolitical Cooperative in the press and social media; negotiating electoral alliances and coalition contracts with third political parties.

The CosmoPolitical Cooperative uses a free, open-source, deliberative democracy platform, called KuneAgi to take strategic decisions, including the definition of its political programme (see list below); it uses a free, open-source, transitive delegation software, called LiquidFeedback to control elected representatives, in the Bureau and in official legislative or executive positions (see procedure below). Horizontal communication among members, in addition to the purposeful communication provided by the tools above, is performed using a generic, free and open-source tool such as Elgg.

List of strategic decisions, taken using the KuneAgi software

1.1 – the definition of the political programme, i.e. of the justified and ideologically coherent list of public policies (regulation, taxation, public spending), to be implemented once the CosmoPolitical Cooperative is in government, ranked in priority order;

1.2 – the selection of the Bureau, i.e. of the physical persons bearing the legal capacity to commit the CosmoPolitical Cooperative financially and legally;

1.3 – the selection of the internal Arbitration Council;

1.4 – the selection of the official elections in which to to participate, and thus commit the resources of the CosmoPolitical Cooperative;

1.5 – the selection of the communication campaigns and actions in which to commit the resources of the CosmoPolitical Cooperative;

1.6 – the selection, among members of the CosmoPolitical Cooperative, of candidates in the selected official elections;

1.7 – the support of elected officials in their legislative work on amendments to legal texts;

1.8 – the definition of rules governing pre-electoral alliances and coalition contracts of government with third political parties;

1.9 – the definition of the internal budget, i.e. of the list of expenses to be performed by the CosmoPolitical Cooperative, ranked in priority order, and of the financial contribution by members;

1.10 – the definition of changes in the statutes

1.11 – the definition of changes in the underlying software platform itself (KuneAgi).

In the KuneAgi on-line democracy software, all members of the CosmoPolitical Cooperative participate in the decision-making, in the three phases (1) of the initiative of proposals, (2) of their amendment and (3) of their ranking in hierarchical order of importance, priority or quality.

Mode of control of members of the Bureau and of elected officials, using the LiquidFeedback software

All operational decisions of the Bureau above a threshold bearing on the financial or legal commitment are subject to a priori approval by all members of the CosmoPolitical Cooperative. All votes of elected officials are preceded by a consultative vote of all members of the CosmoPolitical Cooperative.

In order to avoid cognitive overload of the members, each member can delegate his/her vote reversibly to any other member. This delegation can be cancelled at any time, and can be specified as relating to one nature of operational decisions or of votes only. The delegation is transitive: it can be further delegated to another member.

Learn more about the work remaining to be done in order to implement this Organisational Model:

  • Specifications of our upcoming legal statutes

  • Specifications of further software developments

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