United Citizens is a global democratic membership organisation established in January 2019 to unite people around the world to address global issues. Our first mission is to shape the fourth industrial revolution for all, leaving nobody behind.
Earlier this year, our founding members voted for the issue they wanted to campaign on. They chose “democratic accountability of tech leaders”.
Now, between August and October 2019, members will vote for two Global Co-Representatives who will represent members and help create United Citizens’ founding constitution during an inaugural 9-month term.
This election is significant for two reasons: First, it is the first global election we will organise. And second, at the end of the election, members’ will have voted for representatives who will represent them and help shape United Citizens’ founding constitution. This briefing outlines all you need to know about the elections.
GLOBAL ELECTION CANDIDATES 2019
Get to know United Citizens’ Global Election candidates
(Candidates listed in alphabetical order, by surname. More information about candidates will be shared in the coming days, throughout the election period.)
BECOME A MEMBER
To vote, you must be a member of United Citizens. To register, go to: https://www.weareunitedcitizens.org/membership/.
- 6th: Briefing, guidelines/rules, and candidates’ application form published
– 15th: Online video AMA (ask me anything) between Secretariat, members, and potential candidates (to be confirmed)
– 30th: Deadline for members to apply to be candidates
– 9th: Candidates announced and election campaigning begins
– 16th: Profiles and manifestos and videos of candidates published on United Citizens’ website
– 14th to 20th: Vote week
– 23:59 BST on 20th – Election campaigning deadline
– 23rd: Global Co-Representatives announced
– 19th: Global representatives’ first public appearance at Politics Summit 2019 (https://weareunitedcitizens.org/politics-summit-2019/)
See below for FAQs. If you have other questions, feel free to email our team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A global and online election for members of United Citizens to vote for their Global Co-Representatives.
- This is United Citizens’ first international election, and the elected members will be our inaugural representatives.
- Candidates: Members who put themselves forward in the election. Members will vote for which candidate(s) they want to be their Global Co-Representatives.
- Voters: Individuals who have registered for paid membership to United Citizens.
- Global Co-Representatives: Two members of United Citizens elected by the membership. Both volunteer Co-Representatives will be responsible for representing members internally and in public. In the pilot inaugural year, they will be in position for a 9-month term and are expected to attend four meetings (online or offline) with the Secretariat to co-organise campaigns, research, and membership growth and engagement. Their number one priority in year one will be to help develop United Citizens’ founding constitution. They will also be responsible for reaching out to and speaking on behalf of members.
- Secretariat: Team members who are responsible for administration and organisation of the elections.
Why are we running this election?
- Ensure members have representative leaders
- Provide a voice of members at the highest level
- Develop leadership
- Enable grassroots participation and discussion
- Pilot our theses about an ideal global democracy organised online
Why should you apply to be a candidate?
- Lead United Citizens as their elected Co-Representatives
- Build a global movement of citizens dedicated to shaping the fourth industrial revolution for all, leaving nobody behind
- Represent United Citizens
- Help found United Citizens’ constitution
- Campaign to hold tech leaders democratically accountable
Why should you vote?
- Exercise your democratic right and duty as a member of United Citizens
- Choose who you believe will be represent United Citizens
- Back people whose vision and track record you support
- Play a part in building an example of how global democracy and online voting can be done
- August to October 2019
- Schedule of election is available above
- Anybody from any part of the world with access to the internet can become a member of United Citizens and vote
- Debates and conversations will happen online during video town halls and Twitter debates
- The online vote will take place on our website
- Members will vote online using their membership number
- Candidates will mainly campaign online to reach an international audience
- There is also a Twitter conversation and online video debate provisionally schedule
Global Co-Representative Responsibilities and Commitments
As an elected Co-Representative, you will be:
- Developing United Citizens’ founding constitution
- Responsible for reaching out to, and speaking on behalf of, members
- Campaigning to hold tech leaders democratically accountable
- Working with the entire organisation to grow and strengthen our membership
- Responsible for representing members internally and in public
- In the pilot inaugural year, in position for a nine-month term
- Expected to attend at least four meetings (online or offline) with the Secretariat to co-organise United Citizens
- Committed to the mission of shaping the fourth industrial revolution for all, leaving nobody behind
Global Election Rules
- You must be a member of United Citizens to vote.
- You must be a member of United Citizens to be a candidate.
- You must apply to be a candidate. These applications will be used to provide the Secretariat basic information to confirm a member’s eligibility to run.
- All candidates should commit to their stated responsibilities and commitments if elected.
- The Secretariat reserves the right to adjust these rules, depending on issues that arise, changing circumstances, and the needs of United Citizens.
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