TRISE Member Guidelines 2021

Structure of TRISE:

The Transnational Institute of Social Ecology (TRISE) is formed of two main groups:

  • the Administrative Board (AB), or TRISE Board,

  • the Advisory Council (AC), which includes all the members of TRISE.

Function of TRISE Advisory Council (AC):

Meetings of the TRISE Advisory Council:

The General Assembly of TRISE’s AC is held every 6 months, usually in March and September. Meetings take place in person or remotely depending on the circumstances.

Between the General Assemblies, two additional Discussion Meetings are held which focus on discussion of theory and/or contemporary praxis. Members decide what issues are to be discussed in these assemblies at the end of the preceding General Assembly. These meetings would take place usually in June and in December.

TRISE’s General Assemblies and Discussion Meetings follow a time zone adaptation so that they are accessible for members worldwide.

Working groups:

  • AC members have the possibility of organizing some of the activities decided in the General Assemblies, through working groups.

  • Working groups can be permanent (web, outreach, newsletter, etc) or temporary (events, conference, etc).

  • The creation and participation in working groups (with clear guidelines for participation, collaboration, communication and decision-making) is highly encouraged.

  • All committees and working groups will have clear guidelines for participation, collaboration, communication and decision-making.

  • Proposals for joining or creating a working group can be made through the TRISE Advisory Council email list.

Responsibilities and duties of TRISE members:

The following duties show a required minimum interest, participation and mutual respect which is so much needed for every social change.

Minimum responsibilities of members:

  • Participate in AC’s General Assemblies.

  • Agree with TRISE’s Mission Statement.

  • Have an interest in social ecology: in exploring and developing its theory and practice, and in being part of a network advancing and promoting social ecology in Europe and beyond.

  • Throughout the year each member should AT LEAST ONCE do one of the following:

    • Write an article for the TRISE website

    • Find new materials for publication on TRISE’s website

    • Help organize a public TRISE-event in her/his country

    • Conduct an online course or webinar.

  • Be responsive to requests from the AB, the AC or the Working Groups (respond to emails in a timely manner).

Members will:

  • Have their name/surname on TRISE’s website

  • Be added to the Advisory Council (AC) mailing list

  • Regularly receive information from the Administrative Board (AB) or working groups about developments in TRISE (including meeting minutes from the Board).

  • Be a subscriber of our bi-monthly newsletter (which has an external purpose and outreach).

  • Be invited to join any of our working groups.

  • Be invited to make proposals and take initiatives to develop TRISE activities and events

  • Be invited to internal meetings and events and have a vote at TRISE general assemblies.

Members will be delisted and removed from the TRISE AC if they :

  • Send a letter of resignation to the AB.

  • Are absent from 4 consecutive AC general assemblies.

  • Remain unresponsive to requests or inactive for 2 years (The emails of such ex-members will be transferred to the open newsletter email list of TRISE subscribers.)

  • Fail to comply with decisions made by the TRISE Board or General Assembly.

  • Impede the purpose or functions of TRISE, or deviates from its principles. This will be assessed by, and decided upon, by the AC.

Function of the TRISE Administrative Board (AB):

Every year a new Board is elected at the first General Assembly. Its responsibility is to moderate and ensure the implementation of all the annual projects, activities and goals that have been decided by the General Assemblies of TRISE.

For this reason the AB is responsible for maintaining a list/agenda with all the annual TRISE projects and for monitoring the activities of the working groups in its regular meetings.

It also has the exclusive responsibility for creating urgently needed working groups, through the email list, for any projects that are inactive.

September 3, 2021

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