We commit to the following values and rationales inspired by the Jimez Principles for Democratic Organising:
The fund: It is made and run in a democratic and participatory way by the community so it is driven and affected by its own decisions
European context: The legitimacy of the prevailing democratic system has been degrading due to corporate capture of the Nation State and a political elite which has failed to defend or promote people’s rights, which leads to a lack of citizen participation, loss of trust and participation. The best solutions to the crises Europe faces will require the participation and engagement of the public: we believe that the only way to tackle patriarchy and forms of dominations and exclusion based on cultural background, race, class, gender, sex, sexuality, education, access, ability is through active participation and decision making of all.
The fund: As much as diversity is championed as the beating heart of the fund and its community, an inclusive mindset is key to achieve this.
European context: Diversity in Europe is under multiple attacks. We defend that diversity has been and still is, an enriching part of our societies. It is our current reality and as such a common good for building our future. This won’t happen if we remain passive: we’re committed to be pro-active and intentional.
The fund: The community seeks to expand and renew itself and is open to new people and ideas.
Europe: Europe is not a closed entity - bordered by patrol and control. We see Europe as an evolving community.
Mutual trust and respect
The fund: Trust in other people’s ideas and skills and respect for their viewpoints and actions roots the fund in good human relations and builds great collaboration.
Europe: Social change happens when there are spaces for open conversations and active listening. The platform and fund will create the conditions for these conversations to happen with the goal to regenerate solidarity in Europe and allow communities to discover common ground based on trusting relationships.
The fund: Learning from and with each other through inspiration by peers / participants without hierarchy between who is learning and teaching. Sharing to avoid replication and makes use of existing tools and practices.
Europe: Our ambition is to enhance and develop more collaboration and exchange to promote/highlight the commons at a new scale.
The fund: The network and actions supported by the fund will be made visible to contribute to a great participatory engagement and public accountability.
Europe: We intend to promote and demand transparency as a first step towards more accountability - our own accountability as well as the one of those who have and might keep having power over our lives to transform into a collective power, found in community and common ground.
The fund: Participants will decide about funding autonomously from funders.
Europe: Nothing about us will happen without us!