Should we introduce an annual Opt-in for 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.
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
Poll Created Thu 24 Aug 2017 8:39AM
Let's introduce an annual Connectors Opt-in Closed Fri 1 Sep 2017 9:02PM
There is full agreement to adopt a Connectors Opt-in.
The process for running and implementing this will be reviewed at the international summit in Munich next week and then put up for final feedback on loomio.
We're also looking for the person who would like to run this process annually (see job description in proposal). If you're interested, get in touch!
I agree that we should introduce a Connectors Opt-in that takes place 1 per year which:
- gives each of us a moment to reflect on our past and future involvement as Connectors
- offers a low friction and clear way to become an Alumni
Check out the MVP for the Opt-in process here, which will be validated in a second proposal, if this first one passes.
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31 of 82 people have voted (37%)
Thu 24 Aug 2017 1:45PM
Sorry 1.time I block. Not out of opposition to the idea, which I like, but due to the procedure: IMHO you can't start a vote & then want to precise what you have voted on later. Do other way around. Would AGREE if enough pre-time & reminders ensured.
Thu 24 Aug 2017 2:38PM
As a still not-opted-back-in Alumni connector, I totally agree :-)
Precision: should the opt-in message be also sent yearly to all Alumni connectors in case they want to re-activize?
Thu 24 Aug 2017 10:21PM
Misunderstanding concerning procedure - leading to my initial hand raising - resolved. As mentioned before like the idea. Like also Esra's suggestion to incorporate it as part of onbording (and maybe offbording as well)
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...)
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.