Recruit an initial leadership team
Forming a cooperative of users to #BuyTwitter is a huge undertaking. We need leadership. Who is willing to step forward and commit to spending time on this effort? At this point the specific ask is somewhat undefined, because we are bootstrapping. The requirements are open to debate and revision, but probably look something like the following:
- Commitment to a platform cooperative vision for Twitter.
- Expertise in M&A and related areas.
- Time and energy!
Do you meet the above criteria? Do you know someone who does? Let's gather names, run them through a quick vetting process (simple thread + proposal for each), and then make them coordinators on the project!
The timeline of how we got here—as I (@whit537) am aware of it, please chime in from other perspectives:
2016-09-29 @ntnsndr published "Here's my plan to save Twitter: let's buy it"
Robin Chase indicated that there is "a multi-sectoral alliance of NGOs with shared guiding principles" who is leading the charge. That was a mistake! 😮
2016-09-30 @whit537 created this Loomio group to facilitate open organizing, and invited Nathan Schneider (@ntnsndr), and the others Nathan originally credited, as coordinators: @arminsteuernagel1 @tommcdonough and Robin Chase.
2016-10-03 A ticket about onboarding @bonniefoleywong as a coordinator makes it clear that we need to take a step back and proceed in a somewhat more orderly fashion. :-)
Sam Toland started a proposal Wed 5 Oct 2016
Stick with Co-ordinating Leaders for two weeks. Closed Mon 10 Oct 2016
I am proposing that we refrain from discussing 'leadership' in the executive sense for a two week period.
I think that we are at an emphermal stage in this project's development - and that crystalizing leadership could lead to;
(i) an early narrowing of the debate
(ii) stop us from recruiting a leadership from the broadest number of people possible - both in background, skillsets and experience (this is still a very small group of people)
(iii) might discourage people from joining, if they think that their is already an established structure to 'deal' with, in our to get their views aired.
I do think that what @whit537 called 'relational leadership' is what is needed. And I believe that this should continue to develop organically, as has happened to date.
I would clarify that I think that strong, executive leadership (democratically accountable of course) will be needed to get a project like this off the ground - but I don't think there is enough urgency (Twitter's not even 'for sale' yet) to outweight the demerits of establishing such a leadership at this time.
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|Abstain - 8|
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|Block - 8|
John Gieryn started a proposal Wed 12 Oct 2016
Let's use this INTERIM election process & get consent from nominees Closed Tue 18 Oct 2016
I agree we should elect INTERIM Bottom-liners by using this Nominations-doc and the process contained therein, summarized as:
2. Nominees write a commitment to the network°
3. Qs & Concerns, Resolutions°°
4. Final Proposal of Nominees°°
° in Nominations-doc
°° in Loomio
Below is not the exact procedure above, but may be useful as a sample consensus process for people to get a sense of the process I'm suggesting, for lack of any formal decision-making procedure, yet, here.
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|Abstain - 7|
|Disagree - 7|
|Block - 7|
Thu 13 Oct 2016
I think it'd be more useful to have someone take responsibility for keeping track of what folks are doing and then writing/publishing summaries for everyone to read. Leaders will emerge from transparent work and outcome production.