Organisation in disarray
Some working groups
fail to attract individuals to participate in the work. Due to this, the
Executive Council has ceased to exist.
The Executive Council (EC),
the working group that deals with internal matters of the community, has
for all practical purposes ceased to exist. From December onwards its
three remaining members are all out of station for a few months.
In September, the EC joined
forces with the Working Committee (WC), the working group that acts as
the interface with the Governing Board and its Secretary. The WC is
equally holding the fort with only three members. Together they
performed all the tasks of both working groups. Now, in the absence of
the EC members, the work normally done by the EC falls on the WC.
The lack of interest in
doing this type of community service is not only affecting these working
groups, but others as well - most obviously the Development Group. It is
hoped that the disarray will be only temporal. Work is continuing on
formulating a new internal organisation. The document entitled 'Towards
a Divine Anarchy' which formulates this new structure is now in its
fourth incarnation, and will be presented to the community soon for
finalisation. But a new structure by itself will not be sufficient to
attract qualified people to this type of work. A change of attitude from
the community towards those who do this work will be required:
appreciation instead of unceasing criticism; a recognition of the
difficulty of this work instead of a fear of power trips; and an
inclusive and supporting mentality instead of an attitude of
exclusiveness dividing the world into 'us' and 'them'.