Motion for change

28 Aug 2021

While the IEB normally meet for a couple of hours on Zoom every three weeks and discuss all matters IPA related, on June 1st & 2nd 2021, we held a full 2-day IEB meeting online. One of the items on the agenda was ‘motions’ to the World Congress. Motions are something that the IEC debate every year, so I began wondering where the procedure of motions ever came from.

Much of my research pointed in the direction of U.S. Army Major Henry Martyn Robert, who in 1876 wrote a book called ‘Robert’s Rules of Order’, after presiding over a church meeting, where delegates from different areas of the country did not agree about proper procedure. Today ‘Robert’s Rules’ has become a guiding manual for parliamentary procedure, and governs most organisations with boards of directors.

A motion is a formal proposal by a member of an assembly that the assembly take certain action. They are used in conducting business in almost all legislative bodies worldwide, and are used in meetings to aid the group decision-making process. Motions are generally used to bring new business before the assembly, and are the legal mechanism in bringing about a rule change.

The main agenda of the IPA World Congress deals with motions that are proposed by both National Sections and the International Executive Board (IEB), which are then voted on by the delegate of each National Section, as well as the IEB having a collective vote, and using a majority voting system.

These motions then become morphed into our IPA statutes, rules, and procedures. The IPA documents are a living document that guides the association. 

Someone once said that rules are nothing but old habits that people are afraid to change; so why don’t you be the change you want to see in the IPA World?


Servo per Amikeco.


Mick Walsh, Treasurer Finances