you write :
"As far as experimentation is mentioned, one experiment is: Who is a coordinator ? Writing privilege is or was related to this question. "
Ok : "Writing privilege" puzzles me : hard as it is for me to express it in another language than my mothertongue, I did not and do not think about that maybe-soon-to-be-closed sub-forum as a privilege. I see it as a tool. It's a question of "méthodes" (it sounded too French to even bother finding a translation). It so happens that a bunch of people in Paris prepared the ESF, "nel bene e nel male" and that they have a specific experience. Those people should sit down at a table, use a private forum or a private chat if they can't, to lay down how they tried to prepare the event, how they lived it, and so on so forth. It's not only a question of asking the others how they lived it, even though one needs a reflection from her/his work as well. I find it incredible to believe that a group of people having lived a specific experience cannot talk about it within outsiders witnessing. I'm brand new to this kind of experience, but look around you : the CIF had a debriefing and no one dreamt of being there to tell them anything, every single association, NGO, trade union and network held a debriefing on what they did during the ESF and that helps not doing the same mistakes twice.
It's not a question of privilege, it's a question of efficiency. Whether you choose to open the discussion to anyone afterwards is another issue and another step. I'm not saying it's wrong, I'm saying we miss a step.
Who is a coordinator?
To me, a coordinator is someone who takes responsability. Ready to work on a specific project : say, "accompagnement technique", to take a brand new one or "sign language" to take an older one that is not very known. Someone who decides that she/he will lead a project within Babels. Someone in charge. Along with others that are interested as well to lead the same project and work together. Then, it's up to the working group to decide how they want to work, if they need a specific organisation, if they want to try new forms of decision-making, so on so forth, because they are the ones doing the work. Those doing the work have the final say on their project. That is a very important point to me, mind you. It's a question of respect and self-dependancy.
For example, whoever works within the "sign language" working group - and is recognized as such by her/his fellow Babelians of the working group as a "mate" say, should be considered a "coordinator for sign language in Babels-fr or Babels-it", so on so forth. I guess this will sound rather blunt but : being useful or efficient is not linked to a title, it comes from what you do, how you contribute, how you try to give a hand, that kind of things.
As for the question "Therefore also who is validating coordinators ?" : very tricky question. Can your team mates answer? Can the people seeing you once during the forum answer? What if you tried something and failed? are you still a coordinator? is there a market for unemployed coordinators? How do you say to someone : you suck, provided we all tried to do stuff and did not achieve most of what we had planned?
To me, the real question is not so much about who's a coordinator as how do we communicate between working groups for once and then, how do we take important decisions when they imply the network (or the French coordination as it is). Informal meetings are nice and great from a personal point of view. Now, when it comes to involving a whole network, taking decisions, laying responsabilities on somebody's back, I'd hold my horses.
Which leads me to an interesting remark one person said on Saturday : he commented that he still could not understand who's in charge within Babels, where is the decision level, where decisions are taken.
Now, that is an interesting question....
but it's also time for Xmas!