I don't approve! Not at all. And I shall continue not "approving" anything...
That might sound a bit odd to some. As a volunteer, when I read language used where "permission" is needed, or a chapter needs "approval" it shows up as a reflection of the time. A mirror to the social structure through private or political means. Where things are done via granted permissions or enforced laws. Quite the antithesis of a volunteer structure. But as a coordinator of a TZM chapter there are things I actually don't do, even though people may often suggest otherwise. Some actions that I do not engage in are the following: bestowing titles, giving permission for projects, granting chapter formation, demanding standards or dictating terms. No coordinator does these things since we have no such things to give.
It starts with being honest about what you support and where you place responsibility. Is it on yourself or is it elsewhere? (i.e. politicians, groups, presidents, banks, gods, TZM etc..) Look at it this way, as a volunteer coordinator I do not enforce "what you will be doing" via rules, police or employment when participating in anything... What's actually happening is this: You agree to, see the need for, and enjoy participating in what Chapters are already doing (aka our purpose). That's a big difference, since the responsibility is now on yourself to be honest about what your stand for and wish to support. And you may not agree with the Movement's train-of-thought (see here), and that's also OK!! There are many groups, organizations and companies engaging in all kinds of actions to help with the social system's failure we experience, and all needed!
On a personal level I encourage participation in all areas. And it's done all the time. I can participate in an Occupy meeting without trying to merge it with TZM or call it the same thing - which it's completely not. I can participate in other groups without the need to collapse it all down into one large audience.
What's interesting is that I don't see Greenpeace trying to fix/change/derail Moveon.org. I don't see Moveon.org trying to fix/change/derail the Red Cross. I don't see the Red Cross campaigning to change the 1000 other foundations that want to help diminish suffering in the world. But often I will see someone proceed to criticize what volunteers are doing as chapter members, hence side-stepping the reason why we exist. I'm using "why we exist" as a shortcut since to write it out would take 100 pages. But the "why" can be found in many places, on the global site, or in the Zeitgeist Film Series, or the many presentations on our YouTube channel, etc. But to move forward with this post: It may now show as wisdom to participate where you will be happy participating, and take actions that make sense for you. (In reflection I have seen Moveon.org use 99% in its campaign to grab the attention of Occupy supporters for their political purposes - which is a good example of what we, as TZM chapters, are NOT doing.)
Sometimes a person claims to support TZM but then attempts to exert influence on the group's purpose. Usually through debate or peer-consensus (aka voting, aka campaigning, aka politics, aka mob rule). One will often expose their sense of personal responsibility (or lack of) by their language. Often I hear the projection of what TZM is or isn't doing, or "should" be doing. Or that "we're not doing enough" (I always wonder who the "we" is they're talking about, lol.) All very nice presumptions & dismissals in order to manipulate the group by side-stepping the clearly defined direction that exists. I don't think a person behaving this way is about to admit openly the following,:"I don't agree with TZM, you're all wrong, and you need to do my thing instead!" That would be too efficient.
While some will engage in ad hominem attacks (aka character defamation) of members or coordinators, the ruse is always the same: Call someone a name (you're a dictator!) and then act as a victim (He/She is blocking me!) Usually cloaked with indignation and sprinkled with righteousness... At times like these I see how young we are in our development as a people.
The most common presumption is that TZM is in need of defining, or our direction is lacking something "real". Such statements usually fall under distortion, projection or misunderstanding. The Zeitgeist Movement's direction is clearly defined. There have been published guides, videos and lectures, produced by volunteers over the last 3 years to get this information into the hands of more people. To understand TZM one can simply start with the Orientation Guide or visit the ZMCA homepage and start viewing the lectures & presentations there.
So at the end of the day I don't approve anything. Why? Because you approve YOU. To state one's support for what WE are doing is an a priori "vote" (for lack of a better term) that you agree with: 1. The Need to move out of a monetary paradigm, 2. How social problems are systemic (produced by the system itself), and 3. That the "whole" contains the earth-system and all in its biosphere, and you have a desire to advocate this information to new people.
It can be that simple...