Media Coordination Proposal *Revised*
Revised October 2019
(Please see attachment for linked content and details)
This is a project proposal to develop communications and collaborations across e-NABLE chapters and with the general public. It is organized into 7 activities, each with 3 components. These activities, once established, should coordinate and sustain communications from the community.
Over the past 9 months, the e-NABLE community wrestled with several obstacles that limited communications, collaboration, and growth. The dissolution of the online home on Google+ as well as shifting priorities within the core team lead to stagnant media channels and community members expressing concerns of feeling disconnected. At the same time, the e-NABLE universe continued to expand with most of the activity outside of any cohesive or easy-to-follow network.
We have explored several community platforms, a newsletter revival, video webinars, large events, collaborative project mapping, and visual storytelling. All have promise, but the coordination of our communications will be key. Coordinated communications and collaborative storytelling could give community members and chapters access to a broad range of e-NABLE activities. Like bees with the flowers, regular media practices will cross-pollinate projects, support and highlight efforts and autonomy of local leaders, promote alignment, growth and efficacy, and provide resources for reporting, grants, fundraising, and continuing partnerships.
In the past, $1500/month was designated for Jen Owen to develop Enablingthefuture.org. It seems reasonable to use this precedent to set a monthly budget across 3 quarters with the goal of establishing sustainable communications practices that can be maintained by community members. After the first quarter, a progress report will allow the community to review achievements and decide whether or not to continue the funding.
Our proposed process involves regular measurement and adjustment. Each of the seven core activities include metrics that can be monitored and adjusted as needed. Whereas traditional organizations typically employ a designated Director of Communications, we will explore a communications recipe that can be followed successfully by current and future cooks in the e-NABLE kitchen. We hope to evolve from a demonstration of best practices by one chef into a smoothly running "cooperative kitchen".
Online Articles, Visual Materials, and Reporting
Coordinate Open Media
Hub Partnerships, Theme Direction, Model Projects
Team Training, Co-Authorship, Targeted Distribution
Moderate News Cycles
Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly
Data Activity, Funding Activity, Dissemination
Membership, Donor Relations, Campaigns
Platform, Educational, Accessibility
Ben started a proposal Thu 3 Oct 2019
Media Coordination Project Closed Fri 18 Oct 2019
I just paid Ben Rubin for Q1 2020, and set up automatic monthly payments going forward. And then I discovered that the authorization for Ben's ongoing project was never formally announced. So I'm doing that here.
As ever, invoices and payments are documented at opencollective.com/enablefund.
Most recently, Ben has been doing wonderful and essential work helping to document and bring out the BuffaloEnable crisis mask, newly live at BEmask.org and mask.e-nable.org.
Please see attached thread
Project proposed for Q4 2019 - Q2 2020
|Agree - 22|
|Abstain - 3|
|Disagree - 2|
|Block - 0|
Thu 3 Oct 2019
Is there a particular place to suggest technologies that might be of help to achieve some of the aims of the proposal?
Sat 5 Oct 2019
For the $4,500.00 requested do you mean to approach this as deliverables and staffing as to those numbers? Only other things are the attendance to meetings and deadlines on deliverables for consistent deployment.
Mon 7 Oct 2019
I believe this is a really good investment that addresses some of our biggest challenges and opportunities. And Ben has a really interesting set of talents and experiences to bring to the table. I'm in!!
Tue 15 Oct 2019
Large amount of money, but if it's good enough for Jeremy, Jon, and Skip it's go enough for me. Will we get a report on the expenditures, and the success of the program?
Wed 16 Oct 2019
It is a lot of money and i do like jens suggestions to complement the worl. (we could run our chapter with rent, employee , material and patient travel costs for close to 6 months if you look at 1500 dollars a month for a year). However if it raises more awareness of all our work and this leads to more fundraising to be shared amongst valid proposals than i am all for it. Could fundraising associated with these comms be assessed on a quarterly or half yearly basis?
Fri 18 Oct 2019
Agree that some media coordination is needed., but I don't think the proposal has enough detail to match the funding request. Outreach/cultivating relationships with press people is missing. That takes time. Sustaining model feels like an idea, rather than a model- is there one paid cook, indefinitely? I'd like to see how the funds will be allocated and deliverables that will come from them. I'd switch to Agree if these were addressed.
Ben started a proposal Tue 11 Aug 2020
Media Coordination | Extension Closed Sun 16 Aug 2020
This proposal has been unanimously approved! Thanks to everyone who voted!
While the COVID emergency disrupted our plans during the two last Quarters, a lot was accomplished through close coordination with the Enable Strategic Planning Committee (SPC). The community has grown through the crisis and adapted in significant ways. With this in mind, the SPC and I have defined a new set of priorities for activities aimed at sustaining community engagement. A breakdown of the proposed activities are included below, as well as the Extension Document which is open for comments.
Effort will be placed on programs that can extend after the project funding concludes. As an extension of the Media Coordination Project, the same monthly budget and hours invested is proposed. The project has been slated as part time, or about 20 hours a week. I have proposed the extension for two quarters: Summer Q3 2020 and Fall Q4 2020. It covers $1500/month following the previous project structure.
NEXT: Q3 & Q4
Chapter Needs Space
Social Media Campaign & Branding
IBM AI (Hub Archive & Topics)
Badges & Marketing
|Agree - 25|
|Abstain - 0|
|Disagree - 0|
|Block - 0|
Tue 11 Aug 2020
I would like to strongly support this . This is key to grow the e-NABLE community and ensure we deliver quality services globally. I feel this is key to show the impact that e-nable is having and raise even more funds for e-nable. Onward and Upward!
Fri 14 Aug 2020
You're an exceptionally talented, supportive and devoted hard worker. You continually seek to achieve and highlight greatness among the e-NABLE community. We're extremely lucky to have your guidance. You help us thrive. Thank you, friend! Keep up the great work. 🙌
Tue 11 Aug 2020
I can attest that having Ben as Media Coord has been a major asset for the community. He has spearheaded many efforts this year that otherwise wouldn't have happened and he does so much more than he's asking to be paid for. With writing grant proposals for the community on top of everything else, this is a no-brainer IMO. Great job Ben and thanks for all that you do for us!!
Tue 11 Aug 2020
This seems like a worthwhile investment, great work so far Ben. Branding guidelines and corporate sponsorship are particularly important in my opinion.
Tue 11 Aug 2020
Like many, our chapter has been totally immersed in the printing of PPE’s. We have added members, increased our 3D printer count by 5 more CraftBot’s and have ordered 2 more this week. All achieved by great local donors and neighbors. As chapter president I have devoted little time to other activities outside chapter functions. The administration of e-NABLE activities and coordination of functions is critical to keeping an open path to growth and improvement. WE support this project.
Sun 16 Aug 2020
i am thrilled to be able to support this extension of previous work as well as a grand plan to expand the organization. Ben Rubin is a dedicated e-Nable person already, a great talent we are lucky to have want to do this intensive work to make e-Nable more sustainable in the future. He sees key issues quickly and is very thorough as can be seen by his descriptions of this project.