Agenda/Minutes for the Founding Meeting of the
Members in Attendance: Andrii Zvorygin (Canada), Iver
Lofving (US), Phillip Woodard (US), Andrew Hunt (Canada), Eric Anton
(American Solidarity Party, US as non-voting observer), Simon Michaux
(briefly, Finland), Thomas Dagostino
Meeting video: Part 1: https://youtube.com/live/6AiBk46Pq_Q
Part 2: https://youtube.com/live/J5h1jFDDIgo
Welcome and Opening Remarks
1.1. Greetings and introduction by the meeting chair
1.2. Explanation of the purpose and objectives of the founding meeting
Introduction of Participants
2.1. Brief self-introductions by participants, including their backgrounds and interests in distributism
Overview of Distributism and Its Relevance Globally
3.1. Presentation on the principles of distributism and its potential for addressing global challenges
3.2. Discussion on how distributism can be adapted and promoted in different countries and contexts
Establishing the Global Distributist Party: Vision, Mission,
4.1. Discussion on the proposed vision, mission, and goals of the Global Distributist Party
The Global Distributist Party envisions a world where economic democracy and social equity are the foundations of thriving, sustainable communities. Our mission is to advocate for distributist policies and principles on a global scale, fostering a shift towards decentralized, locally-driven decision-making, and widespread ownership of productive assets. Our goals include promoting the adoption of distributist policies in various countries, supporting the growth of cooperatives and small businesses, and encouraging sustainable development that preserves the environment for future generations. By working together with individuals, communities, and governments, we seek to create a more equitable and resilient global society, grounded in the principles of subsidiarity, solidarity, and the common good.
4.2. Reaching consensus on the party's guiding principles and objectives
Subsidiarity: Prioritizing local decision-making and empowering communities and individuals.
Solidarity: Fostering cooperation
and mutual support among individuals, communities, and
The Common Good: Promoting the well-being of all members of
society, ensuring that no one is left behind.
Sustainable Development: Balancing environmental stewardship and social equity.
Economic Democracy: Advocating for widespread ownership of land, capital, and other productive assets.
Advocate for the adoption of distributist policies in various countries, influencing national and international policy-making.
Support the growth and development
of cooperatives, small businesses, and family-owned enterprises, as
they embody distributist principles.
Encourage sustainable development practices that preserve the
environment for future generations and promote equitable resource
Foster collaboration and partnerships with organizations and individuals that are aligned with our guiding principles to advance the distributist agenda.
The distributist agenda aims to create a more equitable and sustainable society by advocating for decentralized decision-making, widespread ownership of productive assets, and fostering strong local communities based on cooperation, solidarity, and the common good.
Raise awareness and educate the public about distributism, its principles, and its potential to address pressing global challenges.
Establish and maintain a platform
for dialogue and exchange of ideas among distributists from
different countries and backgrounds.
Monitor and evaluate the implementation of distributist
policies and their impact on global challenges such as income
inequality, environmental sustainability, and community
Part 2 of video
Drafting the Global Distributist Party Charter
5.1. Presentation of a draft charter, outlining the party's values, principles, and organizational structure
5.2. Group discussion and feedback on the draft charter
5.3. Finalization and approval of the Global Distributist Party Charter
Approved as is.
Election of Party Leadership and Organizational Structure
6.1. Nominations and elections for key party positions, such as chairperson, secretary, and treasurer
Chairperson Andrii Zvorygin
Secretary Iver Lofving
Treasurer TBD (interim Andrii Zvorygin)
6.2. Establishment of working committees or subcommittees (e.g., membership, policy development, communications)
Development of a Membership Recruitment Strategy
7.1. Discussion on target audiences and potential members
7.2. Brainstorming and agreement on membership recruitment tactics and materials
Postponed for next meeting
Creating the Global Distributists Brand: Logo and Slogan
8.1. Discussion on the visual identity and messaging for the Global Distributists
8.2. Formation of a design committee to develop logo and slogan options
Agreed to keep curren t logo:
Planning for the Global Distributists Website and Online
9.1. Overview of the purpose and objectives of the party's website and social media accounts
9.2. Formation of a digital communications committee to develop and manage the party's online presence
Approved as is
Fundraising and Financial Planning
10.1. Presentation of an initial budget and fundraising plan
10.2. Discussion on fundraising strategies and financial management
Postponed for next meeting
Next Steps and Timeline
11.1. Development of a timeline and action plan for the coming months, including key milestones and events
11.2. Assignment of responsibilities for implementing the action plan
Postponed for next meeting
Closing Remarks and Adjournment
12.1. Summary of the meeting outcomes and appreciation for participants' contributions
12.2. Adjournment of the founding meeting