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Updated self-conception based on proposal in <20160411174136.GA8658@silk> and <20160411174709.GA29928@silk>, with background also in http://mail.fsfeurope.org/pipermail/web/2016-April/011342.html and http://blogs.fsfe.org/jonas/?p=60

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<h2>Self-Conception</h2>
<p>The people of the <a href="http://fsfeurope.org">Free Software
<p>We, the people of the <a href="http://fsfe.org">Free Software
Foundation Europe</a> (FSFE), see ourselves as Europeans from
different cultures with the shared goal of co-operation across
cultures and of developing a common culture of co-operation from a
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network.</p>
<p>The skeleton of the Free Software Foundation Europe is the formal
and legally established <a href="/about/legal/">association</a> with
its chapters in the member countries. Membership in this association
and legally established <a href="/about/legal/">association</a>.
Membership in this association
requires the highest commitment, measured in years of dedication and
the responsibility to put long-term consensus over personal
opinion.</p>
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<p>The FSFE association is fundamentally democratic. All parts of the
FSFE -- members of the association, members of the teams, as well as
<a href="http://fellowship.fsfe.org">fellows</a> and members of associate
organisations -- are welcome to actively participate in the decision
making process.</p>
organisations -- are welcome to actively take part in the decision
making process for the areas of work they participate in.</p>
<p>Members of the association are usually proposed by members of the
teams and the associate organisations from their countries. They are
<p>Members of the association are often proposed by other members, or
propose themselves.
They are
then approved by the general assembly of the FSFE association.</p>
<p>Although voluntary contributions in terms of work and resources are
@ -107,14 +108,11 @@ the grounds of our work, we recognise that some of these tasks cannot
be undertaken as part-time activities and therefore require full-time
work.</p>
<p>Normal employees of the Free Software Foundation Europe are part of
the executive only and do not become part of the general decision
finding processes.</p>
<p>Employees of the association are held to the highest standard and
often take on tasks such as coordination of our activities, which
would be difficult to do as a volunteer.</p>
<p>Any decision about employment/payment must ultimately be agreed upon
by the general assembly of the members of the association.</p>
<p>The main criterion for these decisions are the needs of the Free
<p>The main criterion for any employment are the needs of the Free
Software Foundation Europe in terms of successfully pursuing its
goals. Whenever possible, we try to hire a person for each job that
has already done the job without getting paid -- either within the
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<h3>Decision Processes</h3>
<p>The people of the Free Software Foundation Europe believe in
consensus. We always seek to base our work on the consensus -- and
sometimes compromise -- of our active members.</p>
<p>Also, we believe it is occasionally necessary to make quick and
decisive actions. For this reason we have established the FSFE
association and its extended executive committees at European and
national levels. These provide fall-back structures and procedures
that are determined, monitored and controlled through democratic
processes.</p>
consensus. We also believe it is occasionally necessary to make quick and
decisive actions. Our working teams, both geographical and focus
teams, are encouraged to act within their area. The FSFE
association also has an executive council which can act quickly and
the composition of which is determined, monitored and controlled
through votes of the members.</p>
<p>This approach was adopted in search of a structure that will allow
transparency, pluralism and participation, at the same time remaining
as lightweight as possible.</p>
as lightweight as possible. It also encourages participants in our
working teams to act autonomously and to seek participation in the
teams acting in areas of their interest.</p>
<p>It ensures the possibility of participation by all parts of FSFE.
Members of the association, members of the teams and members of
associate organisations can all participate. This allows the Free
<p>It ensures the possibility of participation by all parts of FSFE,
allowing the Free
Software Foundation Europe to act quickly when necessary and maintain
a strong organisational long-term consistency.</p>

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