All members of the Green Party want the party to be are as effective as possible. That means being transparent and accountable to each other; ensuring that everyone is able to contribute; and building structures and decision making processes that support this rather than present obstacles.
The Holistic Review Commission has a big task. We have been given a very broad remit and a very short timescale in which to report (to the Autumn Conference this year).
We also know that there has been a lot of discussion around organisational and structural issues and that this kind of inward contemplation can be a real switch-off.
So as part of the first phase of our work, a small group of Commissioners is leading on the consulting with grassroots members (although all the members of the Commission are doing some of the interviews in order to ensure that each of us hears directly from some members) from right across the party. This includes active members, less active members, lapsed members, elected councillors, chairs of local parties, Young Greens, Greens from liberation groups – in order to find out what members think are the key issues.
We are not presenting interviewees with a detailed list of questions or telling them what we think the issues are. We are asking a few, open-ended questions to establish the key themes and concerns that need to frame our work. Questions like:
- How can we be as transparent and accountable as possible
- What do you particularly like about our structures/organisation
- What do you think are the biggest obstacles to effectiveness
- And if there were one thing you could change, what would it be?
How you can get involved
These interviews are on-going, feeding into a collected list of themes and concerns in time for the March Conference. There we will seek more input through a fringe event and a stall where you can ask us questions and chip into this first phase of consultation. If you are attending Conference do please come and talk to us and to tell us what you think is most important.
If you can’t be at conference (and we know that accessibility of conference in terms of cost, location and other factors is a concern) then you can also write to us at email@example.com or fill in the contact form here.
We actively want to hear from you. We want to make sure that when we report back in the autumn we will be reporting on the stuff that matters to you!