The Algosphere Alliance is an open and transparent global network of individuals and organisations, dedicated to alleviating suffering in the world through collaboration and political mobilisation. The Algosphere was created in 2011 by a small group of individuals who recognised the necessity for a new structure focused on this most universal of needs. It was designed according to a simple set of principles, allowing it to function as a strictly non-hierarchical, directly democratic organisation and to grow in size and influence through human connections, dialogue and consent.
The only requirement for individuals to join the
The heart of the Algosphere’s functioning is its Centres of Interest. These are groups of allies focused on specific themes or issues, and that can collaborate, share information and develop projects in any way they choose. A Centre of Interest can also make proposals for consideration by all of the Algosphere’s allies. The existence of a Centre of Interest does not in any way imply official endorsement of its goals by the Algosphere or its allies. Only specific proposals that have been accepted can be considered to have the backing of the
Centres of Interest communicate internally and interact with each other through a web-based collaborative platform, allowing them to exchange documents and information.
The Algosphere’s decision-making process, carried out within a space called the “Agora”, is democratic and decentralised, and based on the principle of consent rather than simple majority. Proposals are submitted for consideration by all the allies and only accepted once any objections raised have been withdrawn, if necessary after modification of the initial proposal. However, to avoid decision-making paralysis, if an objection that cannot be removed through debate is considered by an ally to be contrary to the interest of the
All allies have an equal right to make decisions and the opportunity to raise objections to any proposals made, as well as to participate in internal discussions and contribute ideas to the
Joining the Algosphere
Every individual in the world is considered to have the status of “invitee” of the Algosphere, and has the right to make proposals and participate in discussions, though not to make decisions. An invitee becomes an ally after a welcoming process in which an existing ally – provided for them by the
Organisations can become allies through a similar process, but they do not have the right to make decisions.
The Algosphere’s only official vehicle for external communications is its website. Individual allies may not speak officially on behalf of the Algosphere, although designated spokespeople may be named for specific issues on a case-by-case basis. The Algosphere publishes a collaborative newsletter called the AlgoNews that gives allies and invitees a space to express their own ideas and opinions about various issues, without necessarily reflecting the