The Pan Left Collective
Pan Left is a collective; this means that the organization is one in which each person has a direct say in the direction and goals of the organization. The collective is the decision-making body, which delegates specific functions to the board of directors. (In conventional non-profit terms, the collective is the governing body and the board functions as an executive committee). The Executive Director works with the collective but does not direct; internally, the Executive Director functions as a facilitator and resource person, providing organizational assistance, financial expertise and project management.
Although an unconventional structure, we believe it is a strength; it privileges participatory management over hierarchy and collective work and responsibility over dependence on staff. Our structure enables skills and experiences to be shared throughout the organization, encourages participation and provides opportunities for learning and empowerment.