Call for Social.Coop Revitalization Team volunteers. Please Read.
Based on the painful and tumultuous events of the past few weeks it is clear to all members that Social.Coop is in dire need of fixing.
Except that may not be the case.
Many members may be unaware of the discord, what has been driving the urgent proposals, why there is talk of forking, and what prompted the departure of a number of new and longtime members.
If nothing else the disconnect in communication/engagement vs action/in-action can be taken as clear signal in its self that Social Coop as an organization is not delivering on some base responsibilities it has to its members.
Team Purpose: To bring together a diverse set of members to gather new and existing ideas on what is working for Social Coop and what is not with an eye on structural changes that would make the organization more accountable to all its member's needs. The team will present back a coherent reflection on the issues Social Coop is facing along with proposals/suggestions to fix them.
Scope of team activities may include review of;
- Members needs and expectations
- Collective vs Representative Governance
- Bylaws revisions
- Legal Entity Choice
- Membership roles, rights, and responsibilities
- Diversity of membership (or lack there of)
- Engagement of membership
- Moderation of governance discourse
- Common bond/community building
- Role in larger Fediverse
- Sustainability of volunteer work force
- Financial stability of organization
- Membership fees/subscriptions
- Desired user/member growth
Time Commitment: Through shared workload and clear participation guidelines every effort will be made be reduce the time load on any individual member. Team members can contribute as much or as little as they can.
Diversity Note: This volunteer team is open to all existing members, however it is essential that leading roles are not held by members of one dominant identity or background. Efforts to ensure this may include recruiting non-members to fill leading or advisory roles.
Facilitation Note: The team will commit to a mode and method of participation (TBD, possibly not on Loomio) that does not favor dominant personalities, and respects the contributions of each team member without expecting or requiring they defend their point of view or position. Every effort will be made to keep the internal conversation private including the occasional use of anonymous voting, etc.
Remuneration: In commitment to the critical efforts it is recommended that the organization devote funds to the facilitation of team activities. Upon showing progress, including the formation of an active team with diverse leadership, a separate budget proposal may be submitted.
Time Frame: The team will begin by listing and prioritizing issues that are emergent and non emergent and will work within its volunteer capabilities to expedite the most needed proposals and recommendations. Based upon participation level an official time-frame will be published and updated.
Thread Moderation Note:* The purpose of this thread is to host the volunteer check poll and to clarify and answer questions (if known) directly related to the volunteer poll and team expectations. All sidebar conversations or responses will be asked to move to a different thread.*
Poll Created Tue 11 Sep 2018 6:21PM
Volunteers for Social.Coop Revitalization Team Closed Mon 17 Sep 2018 6:01PM
Thank you to everyone who volunteered to take part in the Social.Coop revitalization process.
I apologize for dropping off after getting this going. Needed to take care of a lot in my non Social.Coop life and to recharge.
Though still short on time will be moving this forward in increments. Also supporting @matthewcropp in his efforts to prioritize getting the Community Ops team up and going as necessary foundational fix to moving things forward.
Would consider re-opening this poll to allow for any members who may have missed it but still would like to engage to do so.
Please add your name to the list if you would like to take part in the process of identifying issues and creating solutions for the Social.Coop organization as described in the main thread. Roles and responsibilities will be determined upon gathering sufficient volunteers to begin work.
17 of 103 people have voted (16%)
Tue 11 Sep 2018 9:15PM
I encourage the less privileged to volunteer. I will be an enthusiastic observer.
Stephanie Jo Kent
Tue 11 Sep 2018 11:24PM
I'm so distant, but I care about this initiative. I want you to succeed! Do people know about the stages of group development? I only read a brief bit but this seems like STORMING. There is nothing wrong with Storming, even though it usually doesn't feel good. In fact, effectively airing differences and getting through The Storm is essential to future group good health and effectiveness.
Tue 11 Sep 2018 11:33PM
The time for this was like, 6-12 months ago. The problems facing this coop have been there since its inception.
It's too late for me to be comfortable donating more of my time and energy to this work.
Gil Scott Fitzgerald
Wed 12 Sep 2018 12:38AM
I'd love to but as I've been involved in governance previously I think I should step aside
Wed 12 Sep 2018 1:52AM
I am eager to participate, want to help facilitate this process, and also happy to step aside as the team forms -- I can be a cheerleader, too. (I can do a killer double hook and my herkie is not bad.)
Wed 12 Sep 2018 10:18AM
Not best placed to join this team - but support the proposal, which is well articulated.
social.coop is not broken IMHO - it hasnt even been built yet. Understand a lot of individuals frustrations - but i think a lot of individuals expectations of the group are unfair and uncharitable.
Im looking forward to supporting a core team co-ordinate social.coop's development and address the challenges of operating an online co-op - and wish everyone who isn't interested in this endeavour all the best.
Wed 12 Sep 2018 2:11PM
This proposal is too vague, should be clearer what the specific purpose of this team is. To be more specific:
Why can't these things listed under "scope" be discussed in Loomio? Why is a team needed?
Time commitment isn't very specific. How many hours/week are expected?
Does the diversity note mean including non-West Europeans or Americans?
Where would alternative discussions take place?
Thu 13 Sep 2018 8:00PM
I look forward to following the process and hopefully being able to find other ways to be helpful, but my timezone and schedule have already made it difficult for me to stay abreast of happenings on here so I anticipate it being a source of stress to try to keep up and contribute.
Mon 17 Sep 2018 2:45PM
I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed with work and my other commitments right now and have decided not to take anything else on if I can help it. I will engage where I can!