Organisation and Participation

The spectrum that the I.C.Her. represents is open to society; it can accommodate persons, collectives, groups, assemblies, self-organised spaces, solidarity endeavours, networks or any other structure working for social autonomy and self-management, functioning on an equal and anti-hierarchical basis. These structures are of immense importance to the social subsistence of the I.C., as they constitute the means to carry forward and implement its values. However, it is necessary that these structures cooperate and interact in order to create a sustainable system.
 
The relations between persons, entities and social environment that are built in the structure of the I.C.Her.; cannot be described in detail, as our goal is not to create another legal code. Even though we aim at keeping relations consistent and unmediated; at the same time, we recognise that the use or correlation of the I.C. with formal institutions can be allowed, although they are traditional enemies of self-management. This can only happen as an exception and after a decision from the Plenary, that such activities can promote the operation of the I.C. and do not discredit its code of values. This does not mean that we are open to oppressive, party-driven, dominating institutions or schemes that hold dogmatic views or behaviour. Our main position is to reflect our values in our actions, in ourselves, in the team and in our society as a whole, to the greatest possible extent.
 
Active participation in the Cooperative
To join I.C.Her., active persons or groups, they should first express their interest and get informed regarding its procedures. Initially, they can participate by providing assistance to a Working Group or to one of its running projects, according to their interests, so they can enter a period of adjustment to the functioning and the rhythm of the I.C.Her. During this period, it is recommended that they join the regular assemblies, that constitute the main decision making body, so that they can get a comprehensive idea of the functions and structures, from the beginning of their participation.
 
Full accession to the I.C.Her. is delivered after a sufficient timeframe, so that the new member or group can determine that they really want and can be consistent towards the I.C.; and undoubtedly after the Plenary is informed and consents. After this procedure, the new member or group will have full access to the advantages coming from the cooperation of structures that participate in the Cooperative, on the condition that they keep a consistent attitude towards its practices.
 
More specifically, this entails:
- Participation in the activities, cooperation regarding the functioning of the I.C. and abstinence from acts against the interests of the I.C. 
- Compliance with the internal statute of the I.C. and the decision of its Plenary.
In addition,
- Every member/group has the right to ask for information regarding the cases of the I.C. and to receive copies of minutes from the Plenary and its meetings, as well as copies from its accounts and balance sheets.
- The members of the I.C. can also be its employees, can receive remuneration for their work, and have the rights and responsibilities that derive from labour law.
 
Member withdrawal
Withdrawal of members or groups is – indisputably - possible and is decided exclusively through Plenary sessions. Withdrawal is possible in two ways:

  1. Voluntary withdrawal due to personal or other reasons. In this case, the member or group shall inform the Plenary of the I.C. in advance, providing sufficient time to replace the "position" of responsibility assumed without disrupting the proper functioning of the I.C.Her. 
  2. Non-voluntary withdrawal/expulsion due to inconsistency with the designated regulations that ensure the proper functioning and meet the needs of the I.C.Her.; or due to an attitude that harms individual members or the Cooperative as a whole. The case of expulsion shall be discussed sufficiently and thoroughly during Plenary sessions, aiming at achieving consent for a final decision as well as at providing an adequate timeframe for reparations towards the I.C. body and the ex-member (specifically in cases of financial inter-dependence).

 
Complementary participation in the Cooperative
There is also the possibility for a member or a group to be able to be close and support the functioning of the I.C.Her., without necessarily being actively involved in the procedures and its organisational scheme. In this case, the member or group is not in a position to contribute to the decision making process, participate in the assemblies, or to have full access to the benefits deriving from joining the I.C., however, they will be able to support whenever and in their own way the achievement of common goals.

Withdrawing from complementary participation does not entail the procedure described above for an active member; nonetheless it is advisable to inform the body on the withdrawal and the reasons behind it.