UK Rebel Hive
Please select one of the groups, circles or teams above to see its mandate and other details below
XR UK's purpose is to achieve our demands. This view shows how we break that purpose down into smaller parts, each of which has a circle which is mandated to achieve it.
Click on a purpose to see how we break it down into other purposes.
This diagram shows the structure of Extinction Rebellion.
Click Getting Started above for more information

What this group does


The reason for the circle's existence.

For example, Local Group Development's purpose is "To help grow the movement in line with XR UK’s strategy by directly supporting existing Local Groups (LGs), and by working towards the creation of new LGs in cooperation with other UK-wide, regional and national teams."

  • The purpose grants the role/circle the full authority to make any decision or take any action useful to express it, as long as it doesn't violate any explicit rule (e.g. a rule in constitution, or a policy or domain defined in the organization’s governance).
  • When determining if a project or next-action fits a certain role/circle, use the purpose in addition to the accountabilities; i.e. “Would it make sense for the role/circle, according to its purpose, to take on this project?"
Purpose in the Holacracy Practitioner’s Guide


An ongoing activity the circle must perform.

For example, the Website circle would have the "Updating the website" as an accountability.

  • An accountability grants the role/circle the full authority to make any decision or take any action useful to express it, as long as it doesn't violate any explicit rule (e.g. a rule in constitution, or a policy or domain defined in the organization’s governance).
  • An accountability does not limit the authority of other roles; e.g an accountability for "Updating the website" does not prevent other roles from updating the website, it only sets an expectation on this circle, so that others can count on it. If you want to limit the authority of others, propose a domain or a policy.
Accountabilities in the Holacracy Practitioner’s Guide


    Things or processes exclusively in the control of this circle.

    For example, the Website circle would have the website as its domain, so that they have exclusive control over editing the content.

    • Domains should not be used to define what a role/circle cares about, or its area of expertise or responsibility; those should be defined via the role/circle’s purpose or accountabilities.
    • Granting a domain to a role/circle does not delegate any rights to control spending of money or assets, unless explicitly specified in the domain.
    Domains in the Holacracy Practitioner’s Guide

      Core Roles



        Group types
        Role types

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        Getting started

        XR UK has a decentralised organisation where each team, or ‘circle’, can make decisions within its own mandate.

        The mandate says what the circle is achieving (its purpose) and how it does this (its accountabilities). See more detail about mandates.

        When we put all our purposes together — circles within circles — we achieve our demands as a movement.

        You will see two parts on each screen:

        You can explore our organisation in several ways:

        As XR UK regions, nations and local groups do not all organise in the same way as the Rebel Hive, you may find that some of these groups do not show up on this view. Use the Filter option, or use the Local Groups map instead.


        Circle view

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        Go to the broader circle that includes this circle

        Tree view

        Expand a circle and see what sub-circles it has
        Collapse/hide the sub-circles of a circle

        Purpose view

        Click on any circle's purpose to see how it breaks down into the purposes of the subcircles.

        To go up to a supercircle, just click on it

        There may be a few circles which haven't filled in their purpose yet - they will not appear on this page


        Colour key and abbreviations

        A see-through circle represents a sub-circle of the current circle
        A solid green circle represents a role within the current circle
        A solid blue circle represents one of the ‘core roles’ within the circle
        A yellow ring round a role means that thsi role also links to another circle

        Abbreviations and acronyms

        Acronym, AbbreviationExplanation
        CEEClimate and Ecological Emergency
        DNAXR UK’s Ways of Working and Principles & Values
        External CoordinatorRole to represent the team in the next wider circle and ensure any tensions around processes that are relevant to the wider circle are channeled out of this circle
        Internal CoordinatorRole to help the team achieve its purpose set out in the team mandate
        Rebel PathwaySupporting the routes by which rebels find their role in the movement
        RegenRegenerative or Regenerative Culture
        SOSSelf-organising system, how XR UK organises, based on autonomy and decentralisation
        Tech ChampionRole to support team members using XR UK tech systems and keep up-to-date records of the team on these systems
        VLEVolunteer Living Expenses
        WGWorking Group, also known as a circle

        More terms defined