Published in the ‘Green Collective Mailing’, March 1984.

Green Collective logo 2

The Green Collective, originally the Green Gathering Collective, had grown out of the group formed to organise the Ecology Party Summer Gatherings. These took place at the festival site on Worthy Farm, near Glastonbury, in the early 1980s. By 1984 the Collective had grown to encompass several projects – including the first ‘Green Field’ at Glastonbury Festival, the first mobile ‘Green Roadshow’, and the proposed occupation of MoD land at the Molesworth cruise missile base. It was also an effective networking organisation for green activists all over the country. It had developed functional working practices but no formal constitution. Discussion around this issue led to me writing the ‘Draft Constitution’, intended to remain in perpetuity as a draft. I believe it stands the test of time.

1. ‘Green’ is a colour between yellow and blue in the spectrum.
2. ‘Collective’ means we’re all in it together.
3. This constitution is offered as the work of a poet.

4. The aims of the Green Collective are: inter-related, articulated, and of a purposeful nature.
5. The ultimate and the underlying aim is the realisation of vision.
6. The immediate aim is to get through tomorrow … and in such a way as to become wiser and stronger than today.
7. The intermediate aims lie midway between these two, in a state of dynamic tension, and can therefore be given form.
8. The achievement of aims is a creative reaction between consciousness and the otherwise random distribution of matter and energy: making the best of opportunities.

9. The structure of the Green Collective is: Green, Collective, and diffuse.
10. The formal structure consists of people sufficiently interested to pay out money to subscribe to the Collective, its ideas, energies, and mailings, who may focus together on Collective meetings and projects (as agreed and noted down in the appropriate minutes and suchlike documents).
11. The informal structure consists of people forming bonds of mutual interest, friendship, unified creative energy, and love.
12. The Green Collective is only functioning when its structure is dynamic.
13. The forming of structure is the creative application of consciousness to that which already has an acknowledged existence but no function: the first step is giving it a name.

14. The organisation of the Green Collective is: organic.
15. The formal organisation consists of meetings of the full Collective, which may be regular or irregular as decided by those at the meetings themselves, and of Collective members at any time, gathering for the purpose of planning or taking part in projects, or for the simple reason of meeting to share each others’ company.
16. Functions within the Collective are carried out by whomsoever should be deemed appropriate, at the appropriate time, and for the appropriate length of time, as agreed by Collective members holding an interest.
17. The real organisation is the members’ collective responsibility to work together constructively; and to sort out any misunderstandings which may arise, concerning (inter alia) personal relationships, money, and individuals’ commitment to the realisation of particular visions.
18. Organisation is the creative application of consciousness to that which has some function, in the process of its integration with the rest of existence: growth.