How we operate.
Friends of the Earth Brisbane is committed to being a non-hierarchical, consensus based grassroots organisation.
In May 2001, FoE Brisbane incorporated as an activist co-operative, with constitutionally embedded commitments to decentralisation and consensus-decision-making. The structure of the organisation allows for semi-autonomous working and campaign collectives to pursue individual and specific issues, whilst the central hub, comprised of members active in collectives, co-ordinates the organizational level decision-making and maintenance.
At present we have four campaign collectives whose many members comprises our decision making body, the central hub. This central hub meets twice monthly to discuss and decide on issues of strategic importance to the organisation as well as the day to day running of the FoE Brisbane.
Come along to an Introduction night to learn more about the structure of FoE Brisbane and why we opperate the way we do.
Friends of the Earth believes that one of the most effective and inclusive avenues for social change is through non-violent direct action (NVDA).
Put simply, NVDA is any action that attempts to engage people in enacting the change they wish to see in the world. NVDA can be organising a community event like a street party, planting a vegetable garden in an abandoned plot and protecting it by disabling a bulldozer. NVDA can be occuping empty buildings to house the homeless, taking over government offices in protest or blockading coal infrastructure. In our society, where decision-making is still largely centred in the hands of the political and business elite, industry representatives gain privileged lobbying access to government while some community groups are unable to make their voices heard even to their elected representatives. With these systemic inequalities, NVDA is a way of bypassing such avenues of community engagement and recognising our own power in creating positive and lasting change.
As a method of social change, NVDA has a long and rich history. It has played a central role in illuminating injustices and creating change all across the globe; from colonial India and apartheid in South Africa, to the Jabiluka blockades in the Northern Territory. NVDA remains a strategic and powerful method of change today and Friends of the Earth considers widespread and sustained community action central to transforming society. Direct action is a powerful, strategic and relevant way to create positive and lasting change. Be part of the solution, take action now.
Come along to an Introduction night to hear how Friends of the Earth Brisbane uses non-violent dircet action in its many campaigns and projects.
Consensus Decision Making
Friends of the Earth Brisbane uses a consensus decision making model meaning that all members are able to participate in the decision making of the organisation.
We believe this is a real credit to our organisation as it is an empowering method which allows full participation my our members. In practice this means that we meet twice monthly to discuss issues that are important to our organisation. At these meetings all members are able to contribute to the discussion and to participate in the final decision making process. A decision must be agreed upon by all participants before being approved, however abstaining from the decision is allowed.
More information on our organisational structure is available here.
Come along to an Introduction night to hear more about how Friends of the Earth Brisbane operates.