6 A democratic organisation
Our priority is to win support for the strategic aim of a transfer of political and economic power from the ruling elites and classes into the hands of the majority in each country. We will take forward the historic struggles for democracy, human rights, self-determination and socialism.
A major challenge is to think about what kind of organisation could be built to guide the struggle for such revolutionary change. A new organisation has to inspire people to take on the big tasks and become leaders in their community, workplace, school, university or town.
And at the same time, we need an organisation that can draw on the most up-to-date knowledge in every field - and where people feel they can contribute to make a difference in the areas they are passionate about. It must be both a leadership organisation and a democracy, with a constitution that defends members’ rights.
Technology gives us the opportunity to be profoundly networked, not just nationally but globally. It creates opportunities for consultation and voting. But it must also be an organisation that meets, discusses, argues and inspires using art, film, drama, music and social events. Revolution can’t only be in virtual space, it has to happen in actual spaces too!
Our aim is to build A World to Win (AWTW) into effective membership, group-structured, networked organisations internationally that can inspire and offer leadership to the movements struggling against global capitalism and its consequences. Membership is open to all those who agree with this objective and support the policies outlined in this manifesto.
Membership of AWTW ensures that members have the opportunity to participate actively in the decision-making process. Members will pay an agreed regular subscription to help fund the organisation’s work and campaigns.
AWTW will encourage and participate in all initiatives that encourage self-emancipation and independence from the state, such as the Transition Town movement and groups that struggle for community improvement schemes. We will support and take part in demonstrations, pickets, lobbies, direct actions, strikes and occupations. AWTW will aim to show how these diverse struggles express aspirations that lead to a struggle for power itself against the state which can only be achieved by mass, co-ordinated action.
We propose a democratic, interactive, organisational network with specialist groups responsible for developing theory and practice in key areas. From the outset, we would need to focus on Climate Change/Environment; Arts and Culture; Education and Training; International issues; Communications; Trade Unions; Economy; State and Democracy. Members may belong to any Group(s) of their choice and can suggest the creation of other groups.
Each Group carries out a programme of research/analysis and policy/campaign development as well as detailed work in relation to areas like education, health and housing.
Policy and campaign proposals go to the Co-ordinating Group for wider debate and discussion by all AWTW membership. Group members have the right to minority positions and to have them circulated throughout the organisation.
All materials developed by specialist groups will be posted to appropriate digital locations on sites maintained by the organisation. Each Group will elect two of its members to represent them on the Co-ordinating Group.
The Co-ordinating Group is made up of the elected representatives of each group together with the Secretariat and meets at least monthly. All members of AWTW have the right to attend and speak at meetings of the Co-ordinating Group. The agenda and any documents are made available in advance and decisions circulated to all members.
The Co-ordinating Group will formulate the strategy for the development of the organisation, including education and training. A dialectical, non-dogmatic approach to theory and practice will be encouraged and developed. The Group will co-ordinate research, proposals, campaigns, policies and action across the Groups, deal with membership issues and communicate the organisation’s policies, campaigns and proposals.
New policies will require a two-thirds majority of the membership as a whole before they are adopted. Once agreed in this way, they are binding on all members.
Elected by AWTW conference, the Secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation. It is accountable as well as subordinate to the Co-ordinating Group. The secretariat is made up of: chair, secretary, assistant secretary, treasurer, communications editor and may co-opt other members.