Lower Saxony Pirates in a Turbulent Sea
It took the Pirates of Lower Saxony in Germany three meetings and a lot of pain and anguish to select a list of candidates for their elections to the state parliament, Landtag, due in January 2013. A combination of factors led to a long torturous process to accomplish what most political parties can accomplish in a few hours. See Pirate Times article.
What can pirates around the world learn from all this?
- Make sure you have a system for settling disputes that is agreed on before hand. If there is no Court of Arbitration or similar, in your parent organization, then create your own – have a minimum of 3 people (always an odd number) elected to that office.
- Create check lists for each step of the organization process.
- Proof read all documents by at least two people who are not the authors.
- Have separate accreditation and identification,e.g. voting cards, if people are not allowed to partake in some votes.
- Have printing facilities on hand in case documents are found to be falsely printed.
- School all helpers in what they are expected to do before hand. Discuss what to do if something goes wrong and what to do if they discover a problem.
- Ensure that critical helpers, such as election staff, are approved of by the delegates before the voting starts.
- Repeatedly ask delegates to point out any suspected problems.
- Sort out problems as they occur. Even when it disrupts the meeting.
About Andrew Reitemeyer
I joined the Pirate Party of Lower Saxony in Germany in April 2012, once I found out that non citizens were welcome to join and become active members of the Party. I joined the Pirate Times soon after it was started as a proof reader and am now an editor and author. Since then I have returned to my native New Zealand and joined the Pirate Party of New Zealand. Politically I come from the libertarian left and have, up to now, not regarded any political party as having a solution for the democratic deficit that envelops the world. With the advent of the Pirate Party, which truly embraces grass roots democracy, I have found a political home. The Pirate Times is a way I can contribute to furthering the Pirate Movement around the world. Skype: frithogar