[pp.int.general] Any news in France?

Mårten Fjällström marten.fjallstrom at piratpartiet.se
Tue Nov 27 22:28:49 CET 2007

Good to hear that there is progress.

Some general observations: Not everybody gets along with each other. Sad  
fact, but there it is. You can always try (and it is generally a good  
strategy) to organise so that people can do different things and belong to  
different executive subgroups. Then people who do not like each other can  
co-exist without having to grate each other constantly.

I find our "Just do it"-policy in Sweden helpful in dismantling conflicts.  
Few actions are really mutually exclusive. If you think that promoting the  
party at the left wing seminar - then you do that. If you think organised  
right wingers are the best audience - go get them. Are the politically  
apathetical youth group hanging at the mall your idea of an easily  
convinced voter and you have an idea as to how to convince them - just do  
it. Need help or are unsure of your ideas greatness - check with other  
pirates. But do not ask for permission!

Now that we have a small amount of common resources that can be  
distributed (aka money) some conflicts start to arise on how to spend  
them. As we go along we construct structures for resolving the conflicts.

But you always get situations where people get pissed at each other. Most  
cases someone just leaves. Some cases when you have conflicts between  
people who are heavily involved it turns ugly and someone gets pissed  
enough to try to get even. What can you do? Move on. Be polite and do not  
loose sight of the real targets. "Person X has left the organisation and  
we wish him/her the best in the continued struggle against the  
surveilliance society."

Some will still try to get even by using what power they have for  
disruption. Then there is only one thing to do, and that is to remember  
the old internet rule: Do not feed the trolls!

Mårten Fjällström

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