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Mon 11 Jan

SPC Proposal: Ongoing Media Coordination Fellowship

JS
Jon Schull Public Seen by 109

In recent SPC meetings, we've been discussing the need for "ongoing appropriations" to handle ongoing essential expenses, without burdening the community with item-by-item votes. This is the first. We want to turn the Media Coordination position into an ongoing Fellowship. Please discuss!

Ben Rubin has been working on the e-NABLE Media Coordination project for approximately one year.

During that time, his role has evolved and the programs he has developed have proven themselves to be

indispensable. Ben is a part time temporary contractor and may move on to other things, but the

Strategic Planning Committee has determined that the role and the programs he has modeled should

continue. The Media Coordination programs help us tell e-NABLE's story to the outside world, keep the

community informed about our activities around the world, and forge new alliances both internally and

with other groups. In order to keep that role filled, SPC now proposes that the community fund an ongoing

e-NABLE Communications Fellowship program.

The budget of this funding will approximate the ongoing stipend, approved in past proposals to the

EnableFund ($1500 per month/20+ hours a week). Once the program begins, fellowships will extend up

to 1 year.

Two things are new in this proposal:

1. We want to make this an ongoing Fellowship, and allow for a one month overlap between terms

for onboarding. This will allow a smooth transition and knowledge sharing between successive

Fellows.

2. The position will include several fund-raising efforts, including a search for corporate sponsors

who would eventually underwrite this very Fellowship.

Details in the attached.

RB

Rich B Tue 9 Feb

Thanks for the support and we look to the Future working on new ideas.
Rich B

Rich Brown,D.C., Founder & President

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NM

Nate Munro
Agree
Wed 27 Jan

AN

Alberto Navatta
Agree
Wed 27 Jan

SS

Saiph Savage
Agree
Wed 27 Jan

DM

Drew Mikkelson
Agree
Wed 27 Jan

JF

Jake Fallon
Agree
Wed 27 Jan

ESL

Enable Sierra Leone
Agree
Wed 27 Jan

Not an easy task to coordinate all the volunteers and chapters. Best of luck!

LW

Lyndsey Wells
Agree
Wed 27 Jan

MB

Michael Bowman
Agree
Wed 27 Jan

Communication, organization and accountability is a vital part of any network .

PG

Patrick Geary
Agree
Wed 27 Jan

CL

Chang Liu
Agree
Wed 27 Jan

WM

Will McCaffrey
Agree
Wed 27 Jan

A good investment for the future of e-NABLE. In addition to the value of a coordinated message and increased outreach, this fellowship has the potential to pay for itself and then some.

JS

Jon Schull
Agree
Wed 27 Jan

This is a significant step forward. I'm all for it!

ED

Ellen Druda
Agree
Wed 27 Jan

QM

Quinn Morley
Agree
Wed 27 Jan

SM

Shawn Mathiesen
Agree
Wed 27 Jan

BR

Bob Rieger
Agree
Wed 27 Jan

B

Ben
Agree
Wed 27 Jan

From the pilot project, this proposal aims to define sustainable media coordination across the international e-NABLE ecosystem. Keep in mind that part of the responsibility of the fellow is to support sponsorship to cover the program and other similar efforts. It is also to transfer experience from one fellow to the next. I will be working with a student intern this quarter to better articulate the fundraising materials and explore a partnership to cover the costs of 2021 (and beyond).

TS

Teri Sanor
Agree
Wed 27 Jan

RB

Rich B
Agree
Wed 27 Jan

JS

Jeremy Simon
Agree
Wed 27 Jan

B

Ben started a proposal Wed 27 Jan

Media Coordination Fellowship Closed Sat 6 Feb

Outcome
by Ben Mon 8 Feb

Thank you to everyone who participated in this process!
The project has passed. I have been encouraged by the comments, and will continue to shape this fellowship with your help and guidance. Next week, I will follow up with a list of our next steps.

I would like to take a moment to recognize several people and teams who have influenced this process. In the spirit of e-NABLE, this fellowship exists as a contact point within a diversity of efforts, and would not exist without leadership from the following contributors:

  • The SPC, and specifically @Jon Schull, @Bob Rieger, and @Jeremy Simon have developed a system of initiatives on which this model relies. They have informed the program and will continue to guide it's growth.

  • ETF and @Jen Owen have helped to link the newsletter with various branches of the online community, and shared feedback for programs like Wishbone.

  • @Maria Esquela, @Lyndsey Wells and @Everton Lins have been influential in leading conferences and presentations which bring together the community and offer a platform for sharing insights from the project.

  • All the Chapter Leaders who I've interviewed and collaborated with have defined the Chapter Spotlight process: @James Quilty, @Rich B, @Rodrigo Savage, @Zeynep Karagöz, @Ahmad Alhaj Moussa, @Everton Lins - A big thank you for their time and effort, both regionally and internationally.

  • @Teri Sanor and Evan Blackmon are facilitating the Chapter Sharing aspects of the Wishbone program, which will nurture future chapter development.

  • @Nate Munro has modeled the NIOP initiative around team mentoring and an international community base, which offers many parallels and points of collaboration.

  • Ricardo Granados and @Saiph Savage have helped pilot the foundations of a mentoring program and provide a context for related research.

  • For community infrastructure, Mazvydas Sverdiolas continues to be a powerhouse and much appreciated voice of reason when it comes to our online systems, especially within the Hub and Wishbone. Thank you for your patience Mazvy!

I would also like to share my appreciation for the Loomio platform. For more than a year, my contributions have been publicly defined and developed with regular feedback. This the project demonstrates the potential of community leadership and governance to design, mold, and sustain programs within a volunteer network. There is still much to be desired, but we owe the possibility of a fellowship program on the bedrock that existed when I arrived. Thanks to all those who read these projects, participate, and may propose new projects in the future.

We've made edits based on the discussion. Please see attached document for updated details.

Agree - 20
Abstain - 0
Disagree - 0
Block - 0
20 people have voted (11%)
B

Ben Tue 19 Jan

Great considerations, I will bring this up Friday in the SPC meeting with some suggestions and copy a summary of the discussion for you here afterwards. You are correct - @Jon Schull loves to say 'e-nable can't hire or fire but it can inspire'...while this is true, the SPC is another story (chapters also do plenty of traditional hiring, of course). The SPC will be involved in the selection process of the fellow and will need a clear process for evaluation. I appreciate the suggestions!

WM

Will McCaffrey Sun 17 Jan

It seems like this is an incredibly valuable role. The more people that hear about us, the more people we can collectively help. Continuation of WISHBONE will strengthen the network, and seeking fundraising will allow for more revolutionary projects to be sponsored. Thank you for all of the great work Ben.

My only question/concern with a role of this nature is accountability. This is not a business with employee handbooks and the like, and this role will morph and change as new ideas come forth and e-NABLE grows. How will the SPC/community set expectations for the role, how will those expectations be updated, and how will those expectations be enforced? I think loomio is a fine solution, but I'm curious what your thoughts are around this?

Since this is the first time a "permanent fellowship" has been proposed, I would be in favor of seeing some definition of this go into the proposal. Ben is doing an exceptional job. But I do think it's reasonable to consider the controls for when someone is not producing adequate work, since this is such a critical role.

ZK

Zeynep Karagöz Sun 17 Jan

I agree on the necessity of a to-go-person on especially about communication. We have been strugling to set up a secretarial staff here in Turkey as well. Great work.

CL

Chang Liu Sun 17 Jan

I agree that such an ongoing role is necessary. Thanks Ben for committing to it!

B

Ben Fri 15 Jan

An aspect of this role that perhaps needs to be defined more clearly is volunteer coordination (it fits under the 'Mentoring & Training' category). By no means do all of these tasks need to be done by the fellow - in fact I would encourage fellows to bring volunteers into the process. I have worked with a number of volunteers during this past year, and they have been deeply influential in the projects. They often have skills I don't have, and in those situations I am supporting them to complete the projects (so they are 'mentoring & training' me!). Chapter leaders are also incredibly experienced collaborators, both for chapter spotlight interviews and to assist with other efforts (like international media to share cases and reporting).

I do this role aims to establish the value of a go-to person for the community; communications projects often need a champion. Some projects have had extended dormant periods before finding the right moment and support to become established. Even if the skills are beyond me, I can email e-nable leaders and follow up with research, take notes and keep chipping away at things that need to be done to make the proces easier for others to complete later. I can explore the community resources and put a call out for volunteers. That is a big part of this role - patiently pulling together those who can make valuable contributions. So yes to volunteers collaborations and delegating tasks, and to the value of a main point person to keep on track.

DU

Daniel U Fri 15 Jan

Awesome, I couldn't agree more this sounds like a great opportunity for someone in College. Thanks for answering my question, best of luck.

B

Ben Fri 15 Jan

Thanks for your question @Daniel U - the goal is I will continue until we are ready to transition with another person (and there will be onboarding for a month). Originally, this was a one-off kind of project, but the new proposal aims to secure reoccuring funding for these tasks going forward. The SPC will help in the selection process, but part of the role will be the scouting of a replacement and maintaining funds and reports to sponsors. I think this coud be a wonderful opportunity for a student, but it will be open to the best candidate to complete the tasks.

DU

Daniel U Fri 15 Jan

I haven't been active in this stuff for a little while now. But I think everything stated in this sounds like a great option and good to go forward. My primary question for clarification is would this be is this something Ben is looking to pick up? Or that e-Nable will seek out someone who is a good fit, and if so what steps will e-Nable take to find the correct person?

PG

Patrick Geary Thu 14 Jan

It sounds like Ben has done a lot of great work!

To progress, I guess it would be important to gather positive content from all chapters and use it for promotional benefit. For example, maybe we could create a YouTube Channel, Videos could be collected and edited into Weekly/Monthly Episodes. They could be informative but also nice and easy to watch, and would potentially have a very large reach.

We could also use sites like Linkedin to our advantage by reaching out to Companies, Associations, Organisations and professionals, with short articals columns.

And perhaps a Branding boost would help.

B

Ben Fri 15 Jan

Perhaps this person filling this role can be clearly identified in each post so chapters know they can copy and reshare posts. @Rich B , I have not problem with you copying any of my posts, or resharing them, or the newsletter. I think this position will continue to make content that chapters can reshare. I see your point, I think it shows the added value of this content even on a local level.

RB

Rich B Fri 15 Jan

Jon,
Generally chapters have their own audience. We don’t update our Facebook or websites often enough. Mainly because it all becomes my responsibility. I imagine other chapters have the same restraints in time. So I’m suggesting the new media person provided material for chapters about e-NABLE.

There could be cut and paste items, like the details about a new hand designed, that are templates to be dropped into our charity media.

JS

Jon Schull Thu 14 Jan

I'm not sure I understand Rich: "If the new media program had monthly plug in media designed to fit the chapters we would all reach audiences with fresh material."

Do you mean, for example, facebook-ready blog posts suitable for sharing with your chapter? Could you elaborate?

RB

Rich B Thu 14 Jan

I agree and would like to share an idea that would expand the reach of the different social media platforms.

Proposal: Each Chapter reaches a different audience. It is difficult to maintain our web pages and FB with current and updating information. If the new media program had monthly plug in media designed to fit the chapters we would all reach audiences with fresh material.

Thanks for considering this option,
Rich Brown, Tampa Chapter