I agree that this is a discussion worth having. Chapters fulfil one very specific purpose (furthering the goals of the movement within a certain geographical area), there are all kinds of other useful things to do which need appropriate tools.
Several people have talked about informal groups signing things (contracts similar to the chapters agreement, MoU's, etc.). For a group without any legal structure, this isn't really possible. The group can't sign anything, just the individuals. For a group set up for one short term project, this isn't too bad (although it isn't great), but for a long term thing like the Brazilian non-chapter it isn't an option because the membership is going to be constantly changing. In the UK there is a concept of an unincorporated association where the association (which can have full charitable status) isn't a legal entity in its own right and any agreements it makes are actually made with the Board of Trustees as a group of individuals but there is some kind of legislation that ensures continuity - when the membership of the board changes, the parties to the agreements somehow change (I didn't investigate this in much detail because Wikimedia UK decided to go down the incorporated route). That kind of association would work absolutely fine as a chapter (the main disadvantage is that the board are personally liable for the chapter's debts, including court ordered fines and damages) and doesn't need a separate framework, but as I understand it there isn't any such option for Brazil (or, if there is, it is no better than the alternative). There is nothing that I can see that would stop an Assoc. of Blind Wikipedians (or similar) from incorporating somewhere (wherever is most convenient or legally favourable) and could have local chapters of its own. It could then sign something similar to a chapters agreement, although with a different name ("affiliated organisation"?). Groups that don't want (or can't have) any kind of legal structure can just sign ad-hoc agreements with the WMF as individuals for grants or trademarks or whatever for any specific project they may want to do. _______________________________________________ foundation-l mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/foundation-l