This is an update on progress from the Transhumanist Party in the UK, focussing on practical developments. Another post on questions of policy can be found here.
1. Volunteering: Get involved!
We are calling for volunteers to help get the party set up; both full party members and more general supporters can volunteer. If you would like to see the Transhumanist Party succeed, then please consider what you could do to help. Basically there are four ways you could be helpful, listed below, and if you would like to talk about any of them then please do email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
TPUK is organised around six departments; Party Secretary’s Office, Treasury, PR & Campaigns, IT dept, Fundraising, Nominations & Liaison. We are currently looking for 4-6 volunteers per department, in order to spread the workload and maintain momentum. Some of these volunteer positions would involve the volunteer taking a seat on the National Executive Committee. By being a member of one of these teams you would be at the heart of party operations at the national level.
We are currently planning a two-day event on the 3rd-4th of October, in London and with online-accessible elements. The first day of the event (the “Anticipating 2040” conference) will be open to the public, and the second open to party members and special guests. The decision as to whether the second day will act as our first AGM (or whether that will follow separately, later) is due to be made on July 2nd. As we work toward that event this summer, the plan is to encourage the growth of local party networks and visit local groups as they develop. The first such group – Leeds Transhumanist Party – is now on Facebook. You could be of great assistance by joining (or in most cases, creating!) your own local TP group and letting us know about it, as soon as possible.
As always, we need both members, and resources in order to get anything done. If you are not already a member, please do consider joining. Don’t forget that you don’t need to be a UK citizen or resident to join the party, and that you can donate without joining if you prefer. We are working on a dedicated sign-up system on our own website, but for the moment have our join page being managed by the good people at Transpolitica.
If you can see another way you can help that isn’t described above, then you don’t need our permission to just go ahead and make things happen (as long as your actions don’t contravene the party constitution or generally bring the party into disrepute). If you have an idea then please do feel encouraged to run with it, or get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.
2. Navigating the TP web presence
Some people have naturally been confused by the proliferation of Transhumanist Party groups, websites, and associated organisations on the internet. To a certain extent that’s a natural consequence of two dozen new national groups exploding into existence in a few short months, complicated by their relationships with various groups and forums which aren’t strictly speaking part of the Transhumanist Party. I would like to try to help make things clearer though, so here’s a very quick guide to the essentials, from a UK perspective (just a placeholder until someone can develop a more comprehensive “map” of this new movement):
Also known as TPG; this organisation is basically a hub, connecting the various national-level Transhumanist Party groups, plus some emerging partner organisations and affiliated initiatives. The website is a wiki, edited by movement members from around the world. The TPG site is not the domain of any one national-level group, and it does not tell any of those groups what to do. Instead, it exists to help us all stay connected and aware of each others’ progress.
For historical reasons (i.e. following the example of the US party), the UK party is simply known as (the) “Transhumanist Party”. Our main website is still at a very early stage of development, and dealing with that is now one of our top priorities (volunteers needed, see above!). Public discussion forums are hosted on this site, and the direct link to them is http://forums.transhumanistparty.org.uk.
Our facebook group is essentially a kind of public “shop window”, where party members, supporters, and those more casually interested can discuss issues relevant to transhumanism and the Transhumanist Party. Party updates are posted in the facebook group, but you won’t see any serious planning in there.
Unlike our forums and facebook group, the members-only mailing list is for – you guessed it – TPUK party members only. The list URL is given above for the convenience of members, and all new joiners are invited to the list (and can ask to join after the fact), but anyone else requesting to join will not be allowed access. Access is restricted in order to ensure a good signal:noise ratio, and a certain level of demonstrated commitment from all involved in discussion.
You’ll hear more from us soon, and we look forward to hearing from you soon, too!