Articles of the “Anti-PowerPoint-Party” APPP
Art. 1: Name
An association pursuant to Article 60 ff of the Swiss Civil Code has been founded under the name of “Anti PowerPoint Party”.
Art. 2: Purpose
The Anti-PowerPoint Party (abbreviated APPP) is a political party whose aim is to influence the public with regard to limiting the phenomenon of unproductive use of time in the Swiss economy industry, in research, and educational institutions. Particular attention is being paid to the economic damage resulting from presentations using PowerPoint*. The party aims to launching a national referendum to obtain a law forbidding PowerPoint* during presentations.
The APPP regards itself as an advocate of approximately 500 000 Swiss citizens who, every month, are obliged to be present in boring presentations in companies, universities or at other seminars and who had up to now no representation in Swiss politics.
By using PowerPoint* for presentations motivation is verifiably not built, but - on the contrary - mostly destroyed.
Through the use of PowerPoint* during presentations, which are later described as a waste of time by the majority of the participants, the Swiss economy is suffering an annual loss of amounting to a 2.5 billion Francs.
The party stands for using flip-chart for all presentations; as compared to PowerPoint*, flip-chart use has a quintuple effectiveness for the audience in terms of impact, excitement, and comprehensibility.
The APPP is inspired by the basic idea, that work in all its aspects should be fun, and that the time spent on presentations is to be a considerable part of that fun.
The APPP aims at drawing economic and industrial enterprises as well as institutions for research and training away from boredom to guide them to excitement. The expected result is a happier work style that will, in turn, have a positive impact on the work ethics and productivity.
Through the systematic use of flip-chart the Swiss economy will benefit from clearer, more effective conferences, meetings, presentations, and speeches that will have an impact on innovation and motivation whereby Switzerland would become a model for other countries.
The APPP aims at a national referendum for passing a law that would forbid PowerPoint* during presentations. The aim of the referendum is to raise awareness among the Swiss population and worldwide for the problems related to PowerPoint* use and to prevent the Swiss economy (and the international economy) from loosing motivation-killing time representing billions of Swiss Francs (while at the same time gaining time for productive work).
The exact text for referendum is still to be developed by the Party’s Executive.
Furthermore the APPP stands for introducing the subject presentation in schools as a compulsory subject from the first grade on; this would be done by employing flip-chart and without using PowerPoint* - since PowerPoint* impedes effect.
* PowerPoint as representative of all presentation software.
Art. 3: Domicile
The domiciles of the Association and of the court of jurisdiction are at the domicile of the Party's President. Swiss law will be applicable with regard to all legal disputes.
Art. 4: Party organs
The Party has the following organs:
- the General Assembly
- the Executive
- the Treasurer
Art. 5: The General Assembly
The General Assembly will meet upon request by the Executive. Votes can take place at the place of the meeting as well as at an Internet conference and also by email.
The General Assembly shall elect the Executive.
Decisions by the Party shall be taken by a simple majority vote of the participating members. In case there is an equal number of votes, the vote of the President shall decide.
Legal entities (corporate members) do not have electing or voting rights.
A Special General Assembly will be called by the Executive, if it is requested by at least 20% of the members.
Art. 6: The Executive
The Executive shall consist of two members, the President and the Vice-President. All members of the Executive shall be elected for a period of 5 years, unless the elected person resigns prematurely.
If several candidates shall be presented for the election, the candidate with the majority of votes shall win..
The Executive is managing the affairs of the Association. It will meet as often as required to manage its affairs. Meetings shall also be able to take place via Internet conference. Decisions may be taken, if members shall have been solicited to vote by email.
The President is representing the Party concerning third parties. He is the legal representative of the Association and can take legal steps in the name of the Association. He shall have full powers and shall be able to delegate individual tasks to other members of the Party.
The treasurer shall be entitled to sign on behalf of the Association concerning financial matters.
Art. 7: The Treasurer
The treasurer shall be responsible for correct accounting and for the supervision of the Party’s receipts and expenditures.
The position of treasurer may be given to an external person (f. e.. a tax advisor) who does not need to be a member of the Party. The treasurer will be appointed by the Executive.
Art. 8: Workgroups
A workgroup has a limited task defined by the Executive. A workgroup leader will be appointed for each workgroup. Non-members may also be appointed to a workgroup.
Art. 9: Membership
Both, individuals and legal entities can be accepted as party members.
Membership is not subject to restrictions based on nationality, age, country of residence, sex, or race. Every citizen of the world can become a member of the APPP.
Membership in other parties shall be compatible with being a member of APPP.
A member may be excluded from the Party by the Executive without stating a reason.
Art. 10: Resignation
Members wishing to resign shall have to give notice in writing at least 120 days before the end of a calendar year. There will be no reimbursement for overpaid membership fees.
Art. 11: Party program
The program of the APPP is the book “The PowerPoint Fallacy" by Matthias Poehm. Each party member can request the party program (after having paid for the book and the shipping fees). Non-members can get the book at the valid market price.
Art. 12: Funding
The party shall be financed through membership fees, donations, the sales of the party program, and through the receipts from the Online shop.
Art. 13: Liability
All liabilities and debts of the association shall have to be paid exclusively from the Associations own assets. There shall be no personal liability of the individual members.
Art. 14: Modification of articles
Modification of articles may be made by the General Assembly upon request by the Executive given that the majority of the present members agree.
Art. 15: Dissolution
The Party may be dissolved by a two-thirds majority vote.
The Party shall also be considered dissolved, if it is no longer possible to nominate the Executive in due manner as provided by the articles.
In case of a dissolution the remaining funds from the party's assets, after payment of all debts, shall be transferred to an organization to be determined by majority vote of the General Assembly.
Art. 16: Change of the purpose or name of the association
The purpose or the name of the Association may be changed if a majority of the General Assembly agrees to that. The same applies to a fusion with another party.
Art. 17: Completion of purpose
The purpose of the party shall be considered as having been completed when there will have been a visible change of corporate behavior regarding the dilemma of PowerPoint* use owing to the impact of the mass media in Switzerland as well as worldwide.
Art. 18: Acceptance
These statutes have been accepted and put into effect by the constitutive General Assembly that had convened in Zurich on the 5th of May 2011.
Zurich, 5th of May 2011
(In case of doubt the German version of the articles prevails)