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Over de Grens - Maastricht 2016

The Tyranny of Structurelessness

No leaders, no hierarchy and equal opportunity to participate for all. Many activist groups choose to organise around these principles, which form the basis of horizontal organising.

One of the most important reasons why people choose horizontal models in stead of democratic ones, is that it should prevent a majority taking the decisions over the heads of a (frustrated, marginalised, ignored) minority. The idea is that when there's no hierarchy, every individual has an equal opportunity to voice their opinion, influence the process and see themselves represented in the end decisions.

In this workshop we take a look at these basics of horizontal organising based on our own experiences. Is it an adequate way of countering (unwanted) power dynamics? What is the role of horizontal organising in burnout culture? How open and inclusive are horizontal groups? In a constructive way we will discover what the possible limitations of horizontal organising are and take a first step towards improvement.

The workshop language will be English.

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