We are now ready to begin the process of electing the first officers for the Cultural Evolution Society. The procedures outlined in this report were developed by the Elections Committee with input from an Election Advisory Group comprised of our members. This has been an intentional process of collaboration—keeping the founding membership updated throughout and inviting feedback along the way.
Creating the society in this way gives us the opportunity to apply key insights from our field to the work at hand. Throughout the early stages, it became clear that a diversity mandate1 would be needed to specify the structural features for us to achieve our mission and advance cultural evolutionary studies together. The procedures outlined here are meant to address this mandate in an equitable and transparent manner.
Our hope is that the outcome of this election will seed a “cultural genome” with the social norms and values that our members have requested of us.