This seems in-scope with what they are trying to achieve - a review of all democratic processes
They are still in the setup phase, as I posted internally they are looking for help getting their own Discourse instance started.
They want to be prodominently online and they have met up in Sydney before.
If they stay nonpartisan that gives them a pathway to becoming a NFP/charity down the line. They can still advocate and rank parties, similar to how APF does.
As for our best interests, well, good question. The way I see it is 1. The political affiliation of people participating in the group is known and 2. if we adopt any Open Democracy recommended policy, we stay on top of the scorecard.
This makes room for lateral movement of members between parties who find out about the other through the Group, but more importantly anyone not in a party will be able to tell the there are a lot of Pirates in the group taking it seriously which might make them take a closer look at being with us.
People into Democracy but not affiliated with a party will see PPAU is a popular choice and scorecard.
There is also open doorways to collaborate with others. It’s well known how fragmented the progressive side of politics is which is collectively holding us back, so there are opportunities for individuals to network with others.
Also, my experience trying to reach out to NFP/Government (when I was looking into Gambling PAX Panel) as a political party makes you tainted because they don’t want to be seen as partisan. Even inter-party stuff is hard. Working on the issue through a fellow nonpartisan organisation will take you further.