Citizen Network is a cooperative – we bring individuals, groups and organisations together to work as part of a global movement for equality and justice.
Our goal is to help create a world where everyone matters, where everyone is an equal citizen.
In a cooperative network everyone is free to do what they think is right as long, as they work within the spirit of Citizen Network.
Every member is responsible for themselves and their actions, but also seeks to work with others to advance the mission of Citizen Network.
Any individual can join Citizen Network for free.
Any group, association or organisation can join Citizen Network for free.
Group members must appoint a suitable link person who will:
- Pass on information from Citizen Network to members of their group
- Share useful information from their group with Citizen Network
- Look for opportunities to work with other members of Citizen Network
Partners have a special responsibility to support and develop Citizen Network.
- Contribute to support the coordination and development of Citizen Network
- Appoint a named person as a Trustee to help guide Citizen Network’s development
- Work with other partners and members to advance the mission of Citizen Network
The appointed Trustee must work together to:
- Agree, and when necessary amend Citizen Network’s constitution (these rules).
- Set a strategy for Citizen Network’s development both internationally and nationally
- Share out roles and responsibilities appropriately
- Ensure any contribution of resources is transparent and fair
- Ensure any shared resources are managed ethically and for the common good
- Establish appropriate governance and meeting arrangements as necessary
- Ensure decisions about inclusion or exclusion from membership or partnership are according to appropriate principles
- Appoint and support the International Coordinator in their role and to make changes when necessary (if they have contributed resources to that role)
- Appoint and support the National Coordinator in their role and make changes when necessary (if they have contributed resources to that role)
Trustees will work to develop and improve the governance of Citizen Network so that it is increasingly democratic, ethical and sustainable.
We are at an early stage in the development of Citizen Network and we expect that change will be necessary as we grow.
International Coordinator is appointed with the agreement of the Partners.
The role of the International Coordinator is to:
- Manage the international web and social media resources
- Safeguard the use of the Citizen Network brand
- Support National Coordinators in their work
- Work with the Partners to develop Citizen Network
- Ensure the implementation of agreed policies and systems
- Identify and encourage possible resources and leaders
National Coordinators are appointed with the agreement of the relevant Partners.
The role of the National Coordinator is to:
- Help define national goals with partners and members
- Support relevant member actions and joint work
- Recruit new members and partners
- Share information on good practice
- Work together with the international Team
- Help to resolve disputes where necessary
- To confirm acceptability of members
Other coordination roles can be created to help move forward different projects as required.
How we decide things
Citizen Network is a network where members are free to act as they think best and are encouraged to show initiative and leadership.
The work and role of the Coordinator is agreed by the relevant national Partners who have committed to resources to that role.
The work and role of the International Coordinator is agreed by all Partners who have committed to resources to that role.
Decisions are ideally made by consensus. Only where no consensus can be reached is a decision made by a majority vote.