DiEM25 has many self-organised as well as more structured groups. You can get an overview at https://internal.diem25.org/groups/organigram .
DiEM25 groups can be distinguished based on their action radius: international, national, or local.
DiEM25 groups can also be distinguished based on their purpose:
Go to https://internal.diem25.org/groups/organigram . After checking whether your kind of group already exists, you can create a new group by scrolling to the bottom and clicking "Add group". In most cases, this open an email draft that is addressed to someone who can approve the creation of new groups (an NC member or staff member).
If you have been given the privilege to approve the creation of new groups, please watch the following instructional video:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1okejRniQzaUBrQLEmcuB0LjRYiNzRkPh/view?usp=sharing (for MeRA25 groups, ask Andreas for the other video)
When you click on Connect in the Members Area menu, you will see two links with your groupp name. The first one, with the symbol of some people, is a link to your group page such as fellow DiEMers see it. You can make this page pretty with information about your group, you can add upcoming group events (highly recommended), you can add the group's Twitter feed (if you use Twitter), and via the "Review members" button you can change who is in your group.
The second link under the Connect menu will have your group name plus the word "Workspace" and it will have a briefcase icon. This is a quick link to your group's private subforum.
Every group automatically gets a private subforum in the DiEM25 Forum (MeRA25 groups get a private subforum in the MeRA25 Forum instead). This forum is only for your group and all group members will be notified (forum notification or email notification) when there are new replies, so that you can use this to work together or even just to talk. When you add or remove a member from your group, the member will also automatically gain/lose access to your group's subforum.
When organising to meet group members at a demonstration or similar, it is recommended to also have a faster way to communicate, such as a group chat on Signal, Telegram, Whatsapp, Viber, Facebook Messenger or similar. Rather than us imposing one particular software where people then forget to check their messages, it is best to ask group members which apps they already have and then find a compromise. Do note that, unlike the DiEM25 Forum, these apps are not hosted by DiEM25, so your conversations may not be private. Telegram in particular is known not to encrypt group chats and I would not recommend criticising an autocrat on a Telegram group chat. Signal appears to have the best encryption standards for group chats, but nothing online is really safe.
If your group wants to use something like Slack (faster than forum conversations but slower than group chats), note that DiEM25's German electoral wing can offer you use of Mattermost, an open-source Slack alternative. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for this.
If your group needs to share a lot of files or regularly edit documents together (like on Google Docs), DiEM25 can also offer you a privacy-respecting alternative to the tech giants. We have a NextCloud instance for this, which will soon be fully integrated into the Members Area. For now, just contact email@example.com to set you up.
Keep in mind that all tools other than the Members Area and the DiEM25 Forum will not automatically know when someone has joined or left your group, so it is up to the coordinator to ensure that all group members have access and no ex-members / non-members have access.
As part of registration, you will have received a group email address with the DiEM25 domain, for example firstname.lastname@example.org . Most newbies who are interested in your group will write to this address, because we feature it prominently in DiEM25, including in the Contact Everyone form. Also when you send a newsletter on behalf of your group or people sign up to events that your group is hosting, the email will appear to come from your group email address. So please check this inbox regularly! You can do so via webmail or by adding the address to your email client, including on your phone, see here.
Depending on how many members you already have, you can choose your group's openness on the group edit page (anyone can join with one click, have people apply to join, or even close the group entirely). Review, approve and remove members from the "Review members" page, linked underneath the list of current members.
Please be sure to create a nice profile page for yourself and to set your visibility to as high as you can - this means newbies will be able to see who is coordinating the group and they will be more likely to join.
As the coordinator of a DSC, you are in a position of trust. You can still use the Profile Search and Contact Everyone tools (we recommend you use Contact Everyone once a month to invite new people to an interesting event or action that the DSC is organising), but you also get more tools:
In the Members Area, go to the group that you're a coordinator of. (There is a quick link under the menu point "Connect".) Scroll down and click on the "Review Members" button underneath the list of current members. First, there is a list of current members. If your group is set to "apply to join" (you can edit this setting on the group edit page), people who applied to join your group are listed towards the bottom of the current members list.
Below the section with current members, there is another section that lists potential members: DiEMers who indicated that they want to join a local or thematic group (see section "To be found") and whose location or interests appear to match your group. You can learn more about each member by clicking on their name, which will take you to their member profile, if they have created one, and you can write them individually in order to invite them to join your group. The list is ordered by activity: the people who were most recently active in the Members Area are listed at the top, so that you have a greater chance of getting a reply.
If there are new DiEMers who match your group's location or interests, and who indicated that they want to join a local or thematic group, our system will send you an automatic email. These emails go out every Saturday, listing all who joined during the previous week. This means that you don't always have to watch the Review Members page - though you should still look at it occasionally in order not to miss long-term DiEMers who recently moved to your city or recently indicated that they want to join a group. Of course the system will also send you an automatic email when someone joins or applies to join your group.
The above options do not cover 100% of the DiEM25 members who might be interested in your group, because many people are not interested in joining a local/thematic DSC when they fill out the registration form and some months later, when they are ready to join one, they don't update their account details. So we recommend sending a "you're welcome to join us" newsletter to the broader DiEM25 public twice a year or so. You can achieve the right targeting by going to the Review Members page, scrolling down below the list of potentially interested members, and clicking on the "Send a newsletter to everyone interested" button. You will land on the Contact Everyone page, but with a different option pre-selected - this option is more suitable to finding people who will join, including people who for privacy reasons do not appear in the list. If they are interested, they will write back. Replies will arrive to your group's email address.