Discussion and Development of an Elected Social.coop Governing Board
During the recent strategy call (Notes), one significant reform that was discussed was the creation of an elected board-like body with responsibility for, among other possible things, meeting on a regular basis to help set our organization's strategy, develop and review budgets, and set goals and help coordinate the operations teams.
This has come up discussions among the Community Working Group Operations Team, which has felt like we've been functionally taking on some of those roles by necessity, but only formally have a mandate to be responsible for a portion of the organization.
So, let's use this thread to discuss whether the creation of an elected body whose purview is the entirety of social.coop is desirable and what the scope of such a body should be.
I've created a document here with an outline of some initial elements that might ultimately be massaged into a proposed bylaws amendment to create this body. Please feel free to add ideas and comments to it, and, once we've had some input, we can aim to convene a conversation to workshop an actionable proposal.
Dave V. ND9JR Sun 16 Feb 2020
Given the OS I use setting things up for video calls may be difficult, but not impossible. Honestly I wish I'd voted on whether or not to form this group in the first place as I share Darren's concerns, but I missed that vote and it wouldn't have mattered anyway.
Jonathan Bean Thu 13 Feb 2020
I would like to increase my participation, and I enjoy setting goals and strategies. I also would find it interesting to be creating and organizing partnerships with other entities, and I have some experience with these things. 🙂👍
Leo Sammallahti Thu 13 Feb 2020
I did a terrible job last time with attendance but would improve this time.
Creature Of The Hill Tue 11 Feb 2020
Would like to be active and help to contribute to general interactions, improve user involvement. Mental health means a distinct lack of spoons at times, but will endeavour to ensure those in the various groups are supported as best as possible.
Matthew Cropp Mon 10 Feb 2020
As I'm involved in the CWG Ops Team, I would plan to attend these meeting as a representative of the team anyway, but think it would be ideal for me to focus on my role with that Ops team. I am willing to step up if needed, though.
Matthew Cropp started a poll Mon 10 Feb 2020
Call for candidates for the Coordination Working Group! Closed Mon 17 Feb 2020
Now that the vote for authorization of the Coordination Working Group has passed, now we're looking for folks to step up into that role. The full description is here. The group will start with 7 seats for voting members who will meet either monthly or bi-monthly, depending on the need, and will get a $5 solidarity payment from the co-op for each meeting attended.
Please use this form to indicate your interest in serving our co-op in this capacity, and once we've got a sense of who's interested, we'll do an election.
|0 - I am interested in running|
|5 - I'd defer to others, but if there are more seats that interested candidates, I'd consider stepping up|
|7 - Not interested at this time|
Wed 29 Jan 2020
Imo the 2 year term is too long - find enthusiastic new members should have regular opportunities to participate. Would suggest at least one position opening every 3-4 months.
Hope that the working group will create principle 6 cooperation between WeCo and Social Coop, perhaps on the basis of the (imo generous) offer here.
Matthew Cropp started a proposal Wed 29 Jan 2020
Proposal for the formation of a social.coop "Coordination Working Group" Closed Mon 3 Feb 2020
Taking into account the feedback and discussion of the past few months, the members of the Community Working Group Operations team have developed and ratified the following proposal for the formation of a "Coordination Working Group" for social.coop. The vote on the creation of this working group will be open for six days. Proposal:
Proposal for the creation of an elected Coordination Working Group.
(Endorsed by a vote of the members of the Community Working Group Operations Team: Matt Noyes, Emi Do, Mica Fisher, and Matt Cropp)
Purpose: In the last few months, one significant reform that’s been discussed is the creation of an elected body with responsibility for coordinating the work of other working groups and carrying out basic administrative duties necessary to the functioning of Social.Coop. This group is tasked with stepping back and seeing Social.Coop as a whole, as well as helping develop our organization's strategy, drafting and proposing budgets, and setting goals for, and helping coordinate, the operations teams.
Scope of Responsibilities
Help build a culture of inclusivity and open participation by encouraging and supporting member participation in working groups
Assist in the creation and assure the ongoing functioning of working groups
Approve the addition and possible compensation of new operations team members, subject to membership vote
Maintain communication among working groups and with Social.Coop members
All working group minutes posted or linked on Loomio, accessible to all members
Develop and propose budgets, subject to membership ratification.
Nominate and coordinate with the elected Treasurer(s) to approve Open Collective reimbursements
Approve contractual relationships between Social.Coop and outside organizations, subject to membership vote
Loomio sub-group for coordination
Meet monthly or bi-monthly via video call
Agendas, meeting notes, and recorded video calls posted or linked on Loomio, available to all Social.Coop members
All Coordination Working Group meetings be open to members to sit in on, with voice but no vote.
Solidarity payment of $5 per video meeting for Coordination Working Group members.
2 year terms with ~½ coming up for election each time. Balance between maintaining institutional knowledge and rotation.
Anonymous approval vote, weighted for gender diversity
If a member resigns, election of new member by the membership ASAP.
|Agree - 15|
|Abstain - 1|
|Disagree - 0|
|Block - 0|