SPC Proposal: Ongoing Media Coordination Fellowship
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
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.
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.
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).
Ben started a proposal Wed 27 Jan
Media Coordination Fellowship Closed Sat 6 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.
@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|