Original Pursuits Society Constitution

Article I: Name and Purpose

Section A: Name – The name of this society shall be (The) Original Pursuits Society.

Section B: Purpose – The purpose of this organization is the empowerment of individuals through the creation and appreciation of quality art.

Article II: Membership

Section A: Eligibility

Section A.1: Membership shall be open to all individuals interested in farthing a society dedicated to creativity in all its forms.  There is no age requirement, no bias on ability, race, creed, orientation, and nationality, assuming no harm is intended.

Section B: Dues

Section B.1: It is free to become a member of the society, and shall always remain free.

Article III: Officers

Section A: Eligibility

Section A.1:  Officers must be over the age of 13 and in sound mental capacity.  Officers must be selected for eligibility by the Cofounders.

Section B: Cofounders

Section B.1: There are two types of Cofounders – Originating and Chosen, having founded the society or chosen by the former to represent, respectfully.

Section B.2: Originating Cofounders

Section B.2.a: Term

Section B.2.a.1: Originating Cofounders maintain their positions and authority for an indefinite period of time.  They cannot lose their position or authority under any circumstance.

Section B.2.b: Vote

Section B.2.b.1: The Originating Cofounders Vote maintains a democratic vote between all Originating Cofounders where unanimity is required.  This vote overrides and is of higher authority than any other proceeding in the society.  This vote can be made at any time but must be immediately published in proceedings and made known to all members.

Section B.2.c: Vacancy

Section B.2.c.1: If for any reason all Originating Cofounders are unable to fulfill their positions, the Chosen Cofounders shall elect through majority (defined in Article IV Section A.1.b) vote a Originating Pro Tempore Cofounder.  This Cofounder assumes the rights and responsibilities of an Originating Cofounder, without assuming the Term (defined in Section B.2.a).

Section B.3: Chosen Cofounders

Section B.3.a: These are individuals chosen by the Originating Cofounders by an Originating Cofounders Vote (section Section B.2.b.1) to serve as additional advisors to the Originating Cofounders.

Section B.3.b: Petition

Section B.3.b.1: Chosen Cofounders can petition the Originating Cofounders for eligibility/appointment to the position through a petition of all World Council Representatives (and others).

Section B.3.c: Term

Section B.3.c.1: Chosen Cofounders maintain their positions and authority until removed by an Originating Cofounders Vote (Section B.2.b.1).

Section B.3.d: Vote

Section B.3.d.1: A Chosen Cofounder Vote maintains a democratic vote between all Chosen Cofounders, excluding Originating Cofounders, where majority (defined in Article IV Section A.1.b) rules.  In the case of a tie, the matter is automatically and immediately passed up to an Originating Cofounders Vote (Section B.2.b.1).

Section B.3.d.2: If any two Chosen Cofounders wish to appeal the matter, it is passed up to the Originating Cofounders for arbitration.

Section B.3.e: Vacancy

Section B.3.e.1: If there is one or less Chosen Cofounders, any matter is automatically passed up to an Originating Cofounders Vote (Section B.2.b.1).

Section B.4: All votes made by Cofounders of either type, in hierarchy, overrule any previous rulings or decisions made at any point, anywhere, within the organization.

Section C: Chiefs of Operations

Section C.1: There are three Chief of Operations Positions – Chief of Financial, Chief of Production, and Chief of Regulations.

Section C.1.a: Chief Financial Officer

Section C.1.a.1: Responsibilities of the Chief Financial Officer include:

Section C.1.a.1.a: Management of overall funds concerned with the operation of the Original Pursuits Society, including investments.

Section C.1.a.1.b: Management of fund assignment with such institutions as banks or other investment firms.

Section C.1.b: Chief Production Officer

Section C.1.b.1: Responsibilities of the Chief Production Officer include:

Section C.1.b.1.a: Creates the infrastructure necessary to be able to deliver products in an effective, economical, and timely manner.  This includes but is not limited to third-party services negotiations and management, and production equipment acquisition.

Section C.1.b.1.b: Maintains the infrastructure necessary to be able to deliver products in an effective, economical, and timely manner.  This includes but is not limited to production equipment maintenance, and further research into other potential better methods for production.

Section C.1.b.1.c: Oversees the marketing of production services and creative assets themselves.  This involves but is not limited to artist materials, community goals, and presence/image management as it relates to production.

Section C.1.c: Chief Regulatory Officer

Section C.1.c.1: Responsibilities of the Chief Regulatory Officer

Section C.1.c.1.a: Maintains the necessary legal documentation and procedures for lawful and protected standing of the Society, and serves as a general organization legal resource.

Section C.2: Appointment

Section C.2.a: Chiefs of Operation are appointed by the Cofounders as needed.  There may be multiple individuals in the same position.

Section C.3: Sanction

Section C.3.a: It is to the discretion and guidance of the Cofounders that the officer operates.  This sometimes requires Cofounder votes as deemed necessary.

Section C.4: Every annual period Chiefs of Operations make yearly reports and are evaluated on their performance by the Cofounders.

Section D: Heads of World Council

Section D.1: There are seven heads of the World Council: Head of Membership Affairs, Head of Assets Management, Head of Proceedings, Head of Media, Head of Presence, Head of Information Technologies, and Head of Fanservices.

Section D.1.a: Head of Membership Affairs

Section D.1.a.1: Responsibilities of the Head of Membership Affairs

Section D.1.a.1.a: Establishes and maintains membership records, including contact and demographic information.  Allows access and modification of records in a proactive fashion.

Section D.1.a.1.b: Serves as a Human Resource Department in any way that the Society employees an individual, paid or unpaid.

Section D.1.a.1.c: Forwards recruiting agendas and maintains recruitment materials, recruiter records, and further recruitment efforts.

Section D.1.a.1.d: Serves as an adjudicator when issues between members come up, for example, intellectual property rights.

Section D.1.b: Head of Assets Management

Section D.1.b.1: Responsibilities of the Head of Assets Management

Section D.1.b.1.a: Tracks and drafts budgets for forecasts, reports, and records.  Allocates necessary resources to ensure operation.

Section D.1.b.1.b: Tracks and manages donations for forecasts, reports, and records.  Integrates donations into budget as necessary.

Section D.1.b.1.c: Tracks and manages sources of income for the Society including but not limited to Master Control services, and residual incomes.

Section D.1.c: Head of Proceedings

Section D.1.c.1: Responsibilities of the Head of Proceedings

Section D.1.c.1.a: Maintains the order of affairs at Council meetings.  Establishes and suggests methods for appropriate discourse, integrating the rules laid out in the by-laws of the organization.

Section D.1.c.1.b: Ensures that meetings are properly recorded for record purposes.

Section D.1.d: Head of Media

Section D.1.d.1: Responsibilities of the Head of Media

Section D.1.d.1.a: Tracks and engineers Society controlled broadcasts through broadcasting technology, such as but not limited to, [online] video, [online] radio, magazines, and newsletters.

Section D.1.d.1.b: Coordinates outreach programs that benefit communities, provide education, and encourage membership and future coordination with the Society.

Section D.1.d.1.c: Manages media associated with the Society, whether in-house or third-party, and their sales and reach.  This includes sales of media.

Section D.1.e: Head of Presence

Section D.1.e.1: Responsibilities of the Head of Presence

Section D.1.e.1.a: Establishes, coordinates, and manages marketing efforts for the Society, including newsletters and reporters.

Section D.1.e.1.b: Maintains relationships between outside and in-house press for maximum Society impact.

Section D.1.e.1.c: Helps establish and maintain Society Chapters and Ambassadors, including material to establish such.

Section D.1.e.1.d: Coordinates the public image of the Society.

Section D.1.f: Head of Information Technologies

Section D.1.f.1: Responsibilities of the Head of Information Technologies

Section D.1.f.1.a: Ensures the security of interconnected computer networks employed by the Society.

Section D.1.f.1.b: Handles the maintenance of servers employed by the Society, including keeping them up to date and upgrading/acquiring new servers as necessary.

Section D.1.f.1.c: Coordinates the hosting and creation of websites as through both affiliates and in-house hosting.

Section D.1.f.1.d: Acts or delegates as the senior programmer for all computer and information related functions.

Section D.1.g: Head of Fanservices

Section D.1.g.1: Responsibilities of the Head of Fanservices

Section D.1.g.1.a: Report on current activities, including but not limited to events and sponsored associations.

Section D.1.g.1.b: Handles issues arising from conflicts of interest or disputes between members of sponsored events or associations.

Section D.1.g.1.c: Provides means of request for sponsorship and hosting of particular associations and events.

Section D.2: Election

Section D.2.a: Heads of the World Council are elected by a Representative Vote.

Section D.3: Term

Section D.3.a: Heads serve an indefinite term until otherwise replaced by election.

Section D.4: Vacancy

Section D.4.a: If a Head of World Council is absent, or unfulfilled, the responsibility delegates back onto the Cofounders for them to fulfill at their discretion.

Section E: Local Chapters

Section E.1: A local chapter may exist anywhere there is a geo-demographical opportunity or community.  They are not hierarchical, though an informal hierarchy is encouraged for self-organization.  Members can be involved in multiple local chapters.  A geo-demographic opportunity may be, but not limited to, a school district, a city, a neighborhood, a region, a state, or country.

Section E.2: Organization

Section E.2.a: By Laws and Rules of Order

Section E.2.a.1: Local Chapters are free to form their own by-laws and organization as long as they meet the minimum requirements of a Local Chapter.  The Head of Presence of the World Council is responsible for providing a standard by-laws and rules of order document for local chapters to adopt.

Section E.2.b: Requirements

Section E.2.b.1: All Local Chapters must have one Ambassador who acts as the Head of Proceedings for the meetings and affairs of the chapter.

Section E.2.b.2: All Local Chapters must have one Representative who is responsible for the chapter’s representation in higher order meetings, such as the World Council.

Section E.2.b.3: All Local Chapters must have in possession an Official Chapter Certificate issued by the Cofounders.  This certificate may be revoked, and without possession any group is considered defunct or unofficial.  Unofficial groups do not receive support from the Society and are discouraged.

Section E.2.b.4: All Local Chapters must have a Meeting (By-Laws Article 1 Section B) must have a Meeting where all members can attend at least once every six months.

Section E.2.c: Optional / Recommended Positions (By-Laws Article 1 Section D)

Section E.2.c.1: Secretary

Section E.2.c.1.a: Keeps and records meetings and other necessary persistent information.

Section E.2.c.2: Treasurer

Section E.2.c.2.a: Keeps and records any local funds the Local Chapter is in possession of.  Serves as the access point for all finances of the Local Chapter.  Forms and publishes reports to the constituency.

Section E.2.c.3: Event Planner

Section E.2.c.3.a: Coordinates meetings and special events involving or originating from the proceedings of the Local Chapter.

Section E.2.c.4: Publisher

Section E.2.c.4.a: Coordinates the inclusion and publication of associated media garnered from the Local Chapter.  Keeps track of and coordinates any local newsletters or publications.

Section E.2.c.5: Reporter(s)

Section E.2.c.5.a: Gathers information on current events of the Local Chapter, works closely with the Publisher.

Section E.2.c.6: Recruiter(s)

Section E.2.c.6.a: Gathers and markets the Local Chapter and Society in general to geo-demographic opportunities (Section E.1).  Serves as a public face for new and curious individuals.

Section E.2.c.7: Project Manager

Section E.2.c.7.a: Helps members connect with each other and resources to further their own projects.  If necessary manages sponsorship of projects.

Section E.2.c.8: Communications

Section E.2.c.8.a: Maintains pertinent communication with other Local Chapters and outside organizations or individuals.  Provides a public face and interface for the Local Chapter.

Section E.3: Appeals

Section E.3.a: Appeals due to inappropriate conduct and governance of a Local Chapter may be made to the Head of Membership (Section D.1.a), or their delegate, through an anonymous channel.  If a Local Chapter is found, at the discretion of the Head of Membership and Cofounders, to be operating outside of the Code of Society Conduct then their Certificate (Section E.2.b.3) may be revoked.

Article IV: Code of Conduct

Section A: Requirements and Expectations

Section A.1: Proceedings Requirements

Section A.1.a: By-Laws and Rules of Order

Section A.1.a.1: All World Council proceedings shall be bound by the Overall By-Laws and Rules of Order first established by the Cofounders and maintained by the Council.

Section A.1.b: Majority Voting

Section A.1.b.1: All majority votes in proceedings regarding the Society or Local Chapters must be 70% or more of the voting population.  A failure to achieve 70% positive votes means the issue does not pass.

Section A.1.b.2: All votes are allowed to be appealed by two or more individuals whereupon it is sent to a higher adjudication which is decided upon by the Head of Membership.

Section A.2: Membership Expectations

Section A.2.a: Freedom of Expression

Section A.2.a.1: Members are expected to be able to exercise a reasonable level of freedom of expression.  Reasonable excludes non-exclusively:

Section A.2.a.1.a: Specifically hateful speech such as slurs.

Section A.2.a.1.b: Advocating and/or facilitating harassment of anyone.

Section A.2.a.1.c: Advocating and/or facilitating any criminal activities.

Section A.2.a.1.d: Advocating and/or facilitating terrorist activities of any kind.

Section A.2.a.2: Offensive Material or Speech

Section A.2.a.2.a: Except in appropriate contexts symbols and other depictions associated with or furthering any racist or -phobic movements both current and historical are not tolerated.  Appropriate contexts and symbols are to be determined by the Cofounders or their appointed delegates.

Section A.2.a.2.b: As a member, you do NOT have the right to not be offended.  You have a voice, but you do not have the power as solely a member to silence anyone because you don’t like what they say.  Put your ideas out there on the market and see if it floats for yourself.  You are the change you wish to see in the world.

Section A.2.a.3: Members are expected to interact in a socially acceptable and respectful manner towards other members of the organization, and individuals outside the organization.  This means no harassment, stalking, spamming, or trolling non-exclusively.

Section A.3: Indemnification

Section A.3.a: General

Section A.3.a.1: Members agree to recognize and acknowledge legally an indemnification, governed by the laws of the United States and relevant State, or Original Pursuits Society officers, representative,s heads, chiefs, and cofounders.  This indemnification includes monetary transactions, financial and emotional damage/trauma, endangerment, and intellectual property disputes.  While the Organization may be held responsible in appropriate cases (at the Cofounders discretion), individual officers, representatives, heads, chiefs, and cofounders cannot.

Section A.3.b: Liability

Section A.3.b.1: Original Pursuits Society may purchase liability or life insurance on behalf of their members, officers, representatives, heads, chiefs, and cofounders.  The Society may also purchase and maintain liability insurance for the organized corporation.