Turning U+ into what it really is: 2023 General Assembly


Online - September 3-18 2023
Open Zoom calls: September 15, 9-10am CEST [Register] and 3-4pm CEST [Register]

When we created U+ in 2018-2019, we gave it bylaws that worked for a small, tight-knit group of people. Five years later, U+ resembles more a large, diffuse, and mostly informal network of a few hundreds or thousands of persons working at the crossroads between socio-ecological change; arts, fiction & design; and research.
However, our membership system doesn’t reflect this. Some of you are more interested in what U+ does than in what it is as an organization; some want to be active in our organization but only for a limited time; and some participate in our activities (workshops, conferences, repositories…) without being members - which is also OK.
It’s therefore time we adjust our bylaws to what U+ really is. That requires a General Assembly. It will take place online, between September 3 and 18. If (which, for the aforementioned reasons, is more than likely) the minimum number of voters (“quorum”) has not been reached, there will be a second Assembly on October 5, where there will be no minimum.

What will change in the new bylaws?

Today, you’re either a member or you’re not. As a member, you are invited to participate in U+’s governance (its General Assemblies, possibly its Board) - and if you’re not interested in participating that way, the current bylaws make it a problem.
Also, except if you explicitly opt out, you remain a member for life.
In the new system, there will be two levels of membership, both free, and you will get to decide which one you choose at the beginning of each year:

  • “Active Members” are those who are interested in taking part in U+’s decisions for the upcoming year. As an Active Member, we’ll call upon you a few times a year to collectively imagine possible projects and discuss future choices.
  • “Friends of U+” are interested in U+’s projects, but not its governance and development. You will have access to everything U+ does. You just won’t be solicited for the organization’s inner workings.
  • You’ll be able to change your status every year, or to opt out of U+ entirely, no question asked.

We believe this new system better reflects the diversity of U+’s community, and provides more flexibility to everyone. We hope you’ll see it that way as well!

How to participate

The General Assembly will require you to:

  • Approve U+’s Activity Report and Accounts for 2022
  • Approve the changes in the Bylaws [you can see the current version of the bylaws here]
  • Also, we believe the next board election should only take place after the new membership system has been implemented, therefore we’re asking you to approve postponing the election until the next General Assembly, which will take place in early 2024.

You can already vote on all this here !
→ We will be holding two open Zoom calls on September 15 at 9am CEST and 3pm CEST. Please follow the links to register if you wish to take part in either of these calls!
… And if you feel like a friend of U+ but can’t make it for these calls, don’t feel bad: it’s precisely the reason why we need to change our bylaws!