Purpose(s) of this group
I wanted to try to elucidate more what I am hoping for this group to be, as I don't feel it's entirely clear yet. We may also have different ideas about what we want to offer. So I'm going to provide some opinions and see where agreement and disagreement surfaces (:
I don't think funding stuff is particularly relevant here. To me, funding sources and agreements are things that happen outside of this group and the funds just end up on CoMakery by whatever process makes sense for those offering.
Strategic direction feels important. Funding is relevant here insofar as it applies to the group's broader strategy, but I don't think it's a focus. "Strategy" in the context of this group simply feels like holding a vision, and providing gentle nudges to funders and projects to keep them aligned.
I'd like to see us offer a set of ethical guidelines and practical processes that can keep us aligned with those guidelines. There's precious little consideration given to ethics in tech and this is a group with a lot to offer in that area.
I also think governance is critial, and I think together we can offer a governance framework based on a strong set of ethics that projects in the "new economy" space can either adopt or tailor to their needs. This includes both external governance (how we engage with stakeholders, collaborators and clients) and internal governance (how we make decisions, support marginalised voices, care for each other and create a harmonious work environment).
Would also like this to be a place to work on collaborative marketing: articles, press releases etc with a view to our stories inter-relating and mutually supporting each other's goals.
Eventually I would also like us to create a brochureware-type website that showcases the projects we incubate, links into their documentation and provides information for integrators and developers aiming to use the tools we offer in unison.
That's all that comes to mind now- please comment or add anything else you'd like to see us do!