Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a Chapter?
- How do i start a Chapter?
- I don't have any knowledge on how to build and maintain a website, what else can i do?
- What are my responsibilities as a Chapter Coordinator?
- Being part of the coordination, how much of my time will i need to dedicate for the movement?
- I want to start a non-profit organization, how can this be consolidated with a chapter?
- What kind of projects are best run in chapters?
A chapter is defined as a group of active members of the Zeitgeist Movement in a particular region that serves and functions as an accurate representation of the Movement in their respective region. Read more...
We have a website template available which we can provide. It’s a basic starting point site that provides you with the minimum elements to start your national chapter site, for more localized chapters please seek support with your national chapter.
All you will need is to get a domain name (the name of your site on the web), and some place where you can host the website online. If you are struggling on hosting it is possible than we can provide help.
If you still are unable to carry on, then don’t worry, we can always forward any future volunteer for your region to you provided you are doing what you can in other areas. Meanwhile you can set up a simple blog along with social media presence to serve as communication medium for your chapter.
Chapter coordinators (being a single one or a team), are not in place to represent the members in their chapter, but instead to inform, support and provide guidance to them, either by helping people getting started with local chapters and projects relevant to the movement or by reporting back what members in the chapter are doing. In other words, a coordinator facilitates development and describes activity instead of representing opinions, doing so can quickly shift the organizational focus of TZM Chapters to be politically oriented.
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As much as you can, if tasks are properly broken down during initial planning, they are much more easier to manage. which provides greater flexibility. A realistic minimum would be around 7 to 8 hours per week. However if you have a lot of time, don’t overdo it! We have had our fair share of burned out coordinators.
Before this question can be directly answered, it needs to be understood that:
A - TZM is a very broad umbrella like entity with a defined set of values, ideas & train of thought.
B - The TZM Chapters Structure is a sub entity of the Movement itself focused on education and awareness campaigns by creating a bridge between the international and the local in order to organize and promote local events.
If a member wants to create a non profit organization, a project, or even an event that is under the set of values and ideas of the movement but outside of the scope of chapter activity, those have to remain separate from the chapters structure. Nevertheless, these can still technically be defined as part of The Zeitgeist Movement in a broader sense because an idea or a train of thought cannot be controlled.
There two main reasons why a chapter is not suited for certain types of projects:
- TZM is not a legal entity and thus cannot obtain funding by Governmental bodies or institutions and take in blind donations.
- All TZM volunteers do not receive any kind of payment for the time they volunteer for events or projects. In other words their availability is considerably conditioned by their personal jobs, friends and family.
Nevertheless, while chapters are not suited to directly organize certain types of projects, members are encouraged to share them with their local chapters on social media and physical chapter meet ups.