Thu 24 Aug 2017 8:34AM

Should we introduce an annual Opt-in for Connectors?

F Francesca Public Seen by 443

Dear Connectors,

I would like to make a proposal today for making what I see as a critical update to OuiShare’s processes and practices around the role of Connectors: having an annual opt-in if you wish to stay a OuiShare Connector. I got this idea after seeing how this works in Enspiral and think it would make a lot of sense for us.

Why have a Connectors Opt-in?

The role of Connectors has evolved over the years, with what I observe as a growing gap in types of engagement. We currently have a growing amount official Connectors who are disengaged. They are not active on any of our communication channels, don’t attend summits etc. Many active members are a lot more active than these (disengaged) Connectors. This fact not only makes it hard for us to know how many active Connectors we actually have, but also de-values this role and title as a whole. In my opinion, if we intend to maintain the role of Connectors, this annual ‘housekeeping’ on reviewing who wants to stay active should be mandatory.

The reason we are currently at this state is that at the moment, there is no recurring process and space for Connectors to 1) reflect on their involvement 2) become an Alumni in a low-friction way.

Some background:
In 2014, part of the “global coordination role” I was given included "mentoring Connectors" - which translated into doing calls with each Connector once a year to assess whether they want to continue in their role. With a growing network and 80 Connectors, this support work turned out to be unamanagable for one person, was too centralized and reinforced having a passive mindset - so this role was eliminated.

That is why at the moment, the only way to become an Alumni Connector is by voluntarily deciding and announcing it to everyone, which requires a decent amount of proactivity and courage from the person doing it.

How to do it

Please give your vote on my proposal, to see whether there is consent on introducing an annual Connectors Opt-in process that also includes a moment of retrospection on our role for each of us.

If there is consent, the next steps would be to:

  • Validate a first version of an opt-in process, which I have created here, and estimate the work needed to run it
  • Agree on a small budget for this role (to be funded as part of the global budget)
  • Find a person for the role

Luis Tamayo
Fri 25 Aug 2017 10:22AM

It´is time to explore the new role and meaning conector


Jennifer Leblond
Fri 25 Aug 2017 2:06PM

Great idea ! :-)


Simone Cicero
Sat 26 Aug 2017 7:09AM

I think it's an important thing to keep meaning in the role of connector. I would add the possibility to re-optin for alumni and more clarity of what you lose with losing the status of connector (like e.g.: access to certain groups etc...)


Amanda Jansen
Thu 31 Aug 2017 8:55PM

Good to see how connectors connect over time and how infrastructure of relations gets maintained. Also good to consider how someone who steps back perhaps will have ideas about that.


Myriam Bouré
Fri 1 Sep 2017 9:12AM

I like that proposal !


Bernie J Mitchell Thu 24 Aug 2017 8:39AM

YES. YES. YES. :-) I'd like to know who to be able to count on and where I stand with people. Also this gives people the option commit to 12 months and then opt out.


Marguerite Grandjean Thu 24 Aug 2017 9:58AM

If I understand well @francesca, doint the Opt-In survey is what makes you remain an active Connector for the next year ? Or are there other requirements ?


Francesca Thu 24 Aug 2017 10:01AM

What I propose is that to stay a Connector, you fill out the survey and then click "Yes, I want to stay a connector" on loomio (using the check tool). So basically there are no requirements other than that, and it is more about the process of actively saying you want to keep going and us putting up criteria that give you the right to stay a Connector.

If we want to become more strict on what requirements you need to fulfill if you are a Connector, that should be a larger, separate discussion, I think (maybe a topic for the Munich summit?).


Esra Tat Thu 24 Aug 2017 12:07PM

I am a 100% in favor of this process, thanks for proposing it.
When I came back this year in Europe, what struck first in our community is exactly what you describe with this gap between "disengaged" connectors and highly active members. Surprisingly, some highly active members do not even think of becoming "connectors" for a set of reasons that are a bit unclear to me at this stage (lack of time, no incentive in becoming a connector, no clear knowledge of the process...).
I agree that there might be a more general discussion to have later, and I was actually telling earlier today to @manel2017 that onboarding and members' engagement are a topic we'll need to dig into at some point (as a sort of revamp/followup of both the fellowship program and OuiShare Hello efforts on the levels of involvement). I will be interested in joining forces on this :)


Albert Cañigueral Thu 24 Aug 2017 3:52PM

@thomasdonnebrink if i am not mistaken the proposal is to agree or not on the relevante to discuss this topic / idea + look for resources to properly work on it. The proposal about how to implement the process will come later on. ping @francesca for clarifications

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