Publish a Democratic Newsletter

A frequent newsletter can be an essential communication tool for publishing plans, project updates, requesting input and help, disseminating important information before collective decision making meetings and generally promoting common understandings and accountability. The key is recognizing the newsletter as a serious and formal element of the governance process that should be controlled by democratically agreed editorial policy and edited by an non-affiliated contracted individual.

For example, the editorial policy may require a pre-publishing review process by an ad-hoc panel, the inclusion of accounting metrics, regular reports from specific roles, fact checking, encouraging multiple perspectives in submissions, and/or other methods of promoting transparency and useful insight.

Format the newsletter to look legitimate and distribute it widely. It may help to include some fun elements and light reading so not to make it so boring that no one picks it up. If most of your members have email, you may want to consider using a mailing list.

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