|Independent Crown of Australia Network|
a community network dedicated to Australian independence through the
patriation and modernisation of the Australian Crown
Local Meetings are essentially groups of people getting together in their local place to talk about the ideas put forward by ICAN.
Local Meetings are autonomous but linked by a common commitment to the ICAN Charter.
A Local Meeting may be as small as a group of friends or a family, or larger such as an apartment building, a street, a coffee club, a school mum's group, a swimming class or a bush walking club, or really big such as a whole suburb, town or shire. Size and spread are determined by the members of a meeting.
Local Meetings may meet casually in a member's house or garden, in a park or on a beach, or in a café, coffee shop or restaurant, whenever the occasion arises; or they may meet more regularly and formally with a set venue and meeting schedule. This is determined by the members of a meeting.
The Purposes of Local Meetings
The purposes of Local Meetings is to
How to Form a Local Meeting
Anyone can form a Local Meeting. If you are interested in forming a Local Meeting, it can be as informal as asking some other like-minded people to meet together, having asked them to have a look at this website first, and then agree upon some discussion topics, and away you go. The Website Group strongly recommends this sort of informal approach, as the main reason for such Local Meetings is to promote discussion, not the formation of permanent organisations. The informality of a book club or reading group is probably a good model to keep in mind. If the group is to engage in any sort of fund raising activities for its local projects, then some sort of open and accountable financial system will need to be adopted.
In some cases it may be advantageous to form a more formal group, and if you wish to take such an approach, then the usual methods of public notices to attract attention and then the proper processes for establishing a club or society will have to be followed. There are likely to be formal requirements for such organisations set out in the legislation for incorporated bodies in each state and territory, and you should be familiar with this if you are not experienced is establishing local community organisations.
Events and Activities for a Local Meeting
Local Meetings may undertake a variety of events and activities to promote the ICAN Charter and its ideas. These might include
Ideas and topics for discussion and exploration can be found generally thoughout this website, and especially in
Networking between Local Meetings and with the Website Group
Local Meetings provide a forum for teams of supporters in their own local area to meet. Local teams are encouraged to contact each other and to co-operate, co-ordinate and otherwise network on a inter-local, regional, state or territory-wide, or cross-border basis whenever and wherever possible.
The ICAN website provides the principle means of connecting and communicating between networkers, supporters, local meetings, the ICAN Co-ordinator and the ICAN Web Team. The Co-ordinator can be contacted by clicking here.
Local Meetings Noticeboard
Local Meetings will be encouraged to post notices of their upcoming events, reports on recent activities, and website and email addresses on a noticeboard that will be established by the Web Team on this page in the near future.