The ‘Committee Room’ Function on IndyApp

Hi Folks! Here is an extract of a forthcoming article explaining the 5 key functions of the IndyApp. Remember, if you want the IndyApp project to succeed we really need funding. Please give what you can as we are still at only 24% funded with just 4 days remaining… GULP!

Function5: The ‘Committee Rooms’
Once new campaign ideas have been identified or proposed in the Forums, the ‘Committee rooms’ are used for developing those ideas and practically enacting them. They allow individuals locally and Groups nationally to organise themselves across the country. A good practical example of this IndyApp function is how Yes merchandise ordering by the grass-roots could be achieved nationally.

A ‘committee room’ is set up at national level, where each group puts forward a ‘merchandise member’ responsible for both, their own group’s Yes merchandise needs and for coordinating orders with their fellow ‘committee room’ members from all around the country. That mass order, made up of all the local orders, is paid for by the individual groups and the order is placed by ayeMail (or a similar pro indy organisation) in order to take full financial advantage of the resultant economies of scale. Then, once the order has been filled, It is divided back into the original constituent group orders ready for distribution locally by each group’s own equivalent ‘local merchandise’ committee room.
This is the relatively straightforward mechanism through which Yes merchandise can be ordered, paid for and distributed nationwide by the grass-roots themselves. No need to rely solely on a central Yes HQ again, which would inevitably become another over centralised supply ‘pinch point’ during the heat of Indyref2.

Other Committee Room examples.

As with merchandise, this organisational tool will work just as well for Wee Blue Book distribution as it will for setting up national tours among interested local groups to effectively share Pro Indy Speakers, musicians, Films, fundraising events etc. etc. It can easily bring together specialist knowledge, skills or experience previously locked away in local group memberships spread throughout Scotland, and bring that knowledge to bear on difficult campaigning issues deemed important to the grass-roots. Those ‘committee room’ deliberations can then be posted on the ‘national forum’ for any group to discuss, consider and if desired, act upon locally.

This is how even relatively complex issues can start to be tackled by the grass-root movement. Each local group is then free to select and adapt whichever ideas and campaign strategies are best suited to bringing their own communities toward a Yes vote. This natural community link is at the root of the incredible campaigning power of the autonomous local groups and why the IndyApp has been built around that foundational principle of the grass-root Yes movement.

I hope this outline of the basic functions of the IndyApp has made clear the ambition and scope of the National Yes Registry (NYR) project. Please remember however, this is an App and it has been carefully designed for simplicity and ease of use, so articles trying to explain it in any detail are by their very nature much, much more complex than the IndyApp is itself!

And so… if you want to see the formation of a powerfully networked non-party political Scottish grass-roots and help this 2year long project reach fruition (ready to scare the bjeesus out of our Unionist opposition 🙂 then please donate whatever you can https://igg.me/at/nyr-indyapp We are currently standing at 24% funded with only 5 days remaining so any help would be very welcome. Word of mouth recommendations to encourage support would be greatly appreciated too

Academic YES Survey

Dr Iain Black of Heriot Watt University ( and part of Yes Edinburgh North and Leith ) is working on a national academic survey on who took part in the Yes campaign and what they did. If you participated in any part of the Yes campaign (Yes Scotland, WFI, RIC, National Collective etc), Survey now closed. Thank you to those who have taken part.
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