Everyday, a plenum of citizens is held in Tuzla. The invitation to citizens to attend and participate comes with the following information regarding these meetings and their purposes and intentions. The public invitations and information are updated daily at http://plenumtk.wordpress.com/.
All interested citizens, male and female, are invited to a public working meeting which will be held at 6pm, February 12th, 2014 in the Tuzla National Theatre.
Come participate in the work of the plenum for the good of us all!
* * *
What is a plenum?
A plenum is an assembly of all the members of a group. It is a public place for debate and discussion, without prohibitions and without any hierarchy amongst the participants, at which decisions are made. A plenum has a particular working structure.
Why hold a plenum?
Because the plenum is open to all. Everyone has the right to vote, everyone has the right to participate. The plenum is open, and everyone can attend, not just representatives of the government or organizations. Everyone has one vote, this is a place without prohibitions which belongs to all everyone.
1. How does the plenum work?
All who wish to participate, can. Each person has one vote. The plenum respects an ordered dialogue.
2. Who can participate in the plenum and who can make decisions?
Whoever feels invited, or feels the need to participate, they can without any barrier, as long as they respect the rules of behaviour which participants establish at the beginning of plenum session. Decisions at the plenum are made by all participants on the basis of a majority decision. Participants vote either for or against motions. The option of abstaining from voting does not exist in the plenum, because it only complicates the process of making decisions. By the rules of the plenum, it is assumed that all participants are aware of the issues at hand in the session. If this is not the case, the moderator at the beginning of every session will quickly repeat the conclusions from past sessions, and the current items on the agenda with short explanations.
3. Who leads the plenum?
The plenum has no leaders. At each session, moderators are chosen who will manage the discussion. The moderators determine how much time to give each speaker and in what order the items from the agenda are addressed. The moderators have the right to warn participants if the discussion veers away from the topic at hand, and to return the discussion to the original issues. This is done in the interest of saving time. In the plenum, there are no functions like spokespeople, representatives and delegations. If there is a need for someone to come forward and make a public statement, give an interview or something similar, then people can nominate themselves with the consent of other participants, or the plenum can nominate someone. The moderators for the next session are chosen at the end of every session.
4. How are decisions made at the plenum?
Participants vote either for or against motions. Decisions are made based on a majority vote. If a consensus is not reached, ie. if the number of votes for and against are equal, participants will work to find a compromise that will not satisfy everyone entirely, but will produce the best possible solution in a given situation for a given issue. This is a great advantage of voting without any abstaining votes, because decisions will always be made, and will not be lost in discussions as is often the case in the parliamentary method of decision making.