Loomio
Tue 15 Nov 2016

Building a Cohesive Group & Inclusive Culture

JG
John Gieryn Public Seen by 453

Hi Beautiful Humans of #WeAreTwitter!

I think this group could really grow some legs, but it's going to take work. Two reasons for my optimism: 1) The strategizing session at the #PlatformCoop conference last weekend, & 2) @BonnieOWong's recent proposal to organize from the bottom-up and organize those Twitter-users feeling even less safe than before post-Trump election.

If we're not just blowing steam on one mad rush to buy twitter, I believe it critical that we turn a critical and thorough eye to group culture and formation. Bonnie also mentioned some group formation strategies that you'll also see quoted below; and I'm going to start off with a proposal asking people's relative commitment levels. I think it may also be prudent that we go through the (always amusingly challenging) decision-making process of choosing a name collectively.

Some strategy points I want to amplify from Bonnie:
> - I would intentionally and actively seek out/recruit people who have a better idea of sub-communities within Twitter, like black people, women, people from the LGBTQ community, aboriginal communities and others that I've missed
>- I would find someone to lead a group that specifically addresses the hate issues on Twitter
>- I would recruit people to lead the conversations on functional areas, such as campaigns/community management, M&A/capital raising, a team specifically to engage with current Twitter leadership, a team specifically to engage with major Twitter shareholders, a team specifically to engage with Twitter staff, a team just focused on revenue generation.
>- For each of these teams have at least two co-leaders, hopefully with shared vision, but enough differences in perspectives to ensure bases are covered
>- I would establish a means of communication - a weekly debrief and way of distributing actions
>- Goals would be set collectively - small and achievable so that each week we could experience progress


in case it helps for people to assess commitment, here are

Current #WeAreTwitter Initiatives

1) couple folks are working on Livestream Panel initiative e.g. @maira & @carbonpenguin [coordinating loomio-thread]

2) forming a Platform Acquisition Co-op sub-group to look more primarily at the goal of forming an institution by which to purchase Twitter or another somesuch "death star"/ substantial p2p media platform, initiated by @samtoland here: [coordinating loomio-thread

and perhaps most interestingly,
3) @bonnieowong 's suggestion that we begin to organize in solidarity with the groups who receive the worst effects of TWTR's unfettered bullying & harrassment culture. This dialogue is currently in #talkingshop for now, but I hope that a Loomio thread is soon begun/ recycled to at least work towards building a culture of diversity, inclusion, as well as access and ownership (or perhaps this channel will begin to serve this way...)

4) #WeAreTwitter Petition [coordinating slack-channel]

you can edit this list of initiatives by hitting the "edit" button just under the title of this thread :) Please add any initiatives you're aware of!

JG

John Gieryn started a proposal Tue 15 Nov 2016

What is your commitment level? Closed Sat 26 Nov 2016

I think it'll help if we know who's really at the table right now, and how much effort/time (generally) they're interested to put towards this in light of the agreements we've previously made together and current dialogues in the space. I'm giving this 10 days so that it has a chance to get around.

If your into it, hit agree and write your general level of commitment in the prompt (or choose the abstain/disagree/block if it feels right :) )

Results
Agree - 23
Abstain - 23
Disagree - 23
Block - 23
35 people have voted (13%)
JG

John Gieryn
Agree
Tue 15 Nov 2016

I'd some time for this on a weekly basis. I'm interested in working with people around community-controlled communications infrastructure, and especially on intercultural competence & social awareness online, so if that's happening here- I'm in.

JG

John Gieryn
Agree
Tue 15 Nov 2016

I have some time for this on a weekly basis. I'm interested in working with people around community-controlled communications infrastructure, and especially on intercultural competence & social awareness online, so if that's happening here- I'm in.

MK

Mark Kelleher
Block
Tue 15 Nov 2016

MK

Mark Kelleher
Block
Tue 15 Nov 2016

Blocked in error and I cant change the status

HC

Hailey Cooperrider
Abstain
Tue 15 Nov 2016

I can't prioritise this right now, but I'm willing to keep watching the evolution and add my piece when I can be most useful

EC

Evan C.
Abstain
Tue 15 Nov 2016

I joined the group very recently - I would be willing to help in any way but my work day to day prevents me from this project becoming a priority for now.

DS

Danny Spitzberg
Agree
Wed 16 Nov 2016

It is Nov 15th. Far from the 10-100k signatures we aimed to get by now, our future is foggy. But this is a campaign, not a movement, and I am personally committed to evolving our story to stay fresh and relevant – and, to build something that lasts.

J

Job
Agree
Wed 16 Nov 2016

But have little time to actually contribute (an hour/month).

ARK

Amelia Rose Khan
Agree
Wed 16 Nov 2016

I am free to help out as I have time. I would really like to continue the communications, and diversity conversations and help on slack as much as possible.

JD

Julian Dumitrascu
Agree
Wed 16 Nov 2016

I spend much time working towards individuals owning the software they use.

DR

Dunia Reverter
Agree
Wed 16 Nov 2016

Yeah! You have my full support, and I am likely to have some decent availability. Would love to explore ways in which I could contribute to the amazing project.

RL

Rachael Lamkin
Agree
Wed 16 Nov 2016

VZ

Vanderlei Zacchi
Agree
Thu 17 Nov 2016

I have little time to contribute, but I can help spread the word.

AI

Alanna Irving
Abstain
Thu 17 Nov 2016

I don't have very much capacity but am available for direct questions or requests

SF

Suresh Fernando
Agree
Thu 17 Nov 2016

I'm committed to supporting the Platform Asset Acquisition Group. My level of commitment is a direct function of:
1. The soundness of the strategy and the plan
2. The decision processes and culture of this group
3. The strength of the team

DB

David Backer
Agree
Thu 17 Nov 2016

I'm happy to contribute media coverage through Commonsplace and other get-out-the-message type activities. Our new episode came out this week with an interview with Nathan, for instance. https://soundcloud.com/commonsplace/2nd-episode-commonsplace

BP

Bernardo Parrella
Agree
Thu 17 Nov 2016

Don't have specific skills/connections, but super ready to support this (especially by spreading the word with EU friends/outlets)

V

Vica
Abstain
Thu 17 Nov 2016

I've just joined the loomio group so need to catch up on things. Would like to commit some (limited) time to this if it feels like it's going somewhere.

MS

Michael Siepmann
Agree
Thu 17 Nov 2016

Although I don't have a lot of time available, I'd like to stay in touch and contribute when relevant needs arise (i.e., re UX, interaction design, research methods, social psychology, positive psychology, behavioral economics, etc.)

ST

Sam Toland
Agree
Fri 18 Nov 2016

I can continue to help the formation of an asset purchasing co-op, as I believe it is one of the most feasible and robust medium term goal of the #buytwitter movement.

I however fully support others on the two other aims - they are all comlementary.

ST

Sam Toland
Agree
Fri 18 Nov 2016

I can continue to help the formation of an asset purchasing co-op, as I believe it is one of the most feasible and robust medium term goal of the #buytwitter movement.

I however fully support others on the two other aims - they're all complementary.

C

Cruzio
Abstain
Fri 18 Nov 2016

WM

Wolfgang Maehr
Abstain
Fri 18 Nov 2016

I'm pretty busy these days, so I cannot invest much time. Happy to stay up to date and chip in where I can see that I can add something relevant and for direct requests.

V

virginieG
Agree
Fri 18 Nov 2016

I do not have specific skills or connections #justadesigner but I would be happy to support in anyway I can (especially with Europe & LGBTQ focus). I want to learn by doing, to make change happen.

MC

Matthew Cropp
Agree
Sat 19 Nov 2016

I'm in probably an hour or 2 a week for now. Helping w/ the livestream panels, and also interested in the Platform Acquisition Co-op project, as it's the tool we'll need to acquire and mutualize these things (and has synergy w/ the investment clubs).

SG

Simon Giger
Abstain
Thu 24 Nov 2016

I like the idea of the initiative very much! I don't have a twitter account, but i will when you manage to do the same as they did here: http://www.dw.com/en/investors-rescue-wind-developer-prokon/a-18558732 I'm in with 5 $/Euros/SFr. per month. :)

BD

Brendan Denovan
Abstain
Thu 24 Nov 2016

I'm not able to commit enough time to be useful right now. I am tracking the development of the idea and will have more bandwidth in December/January.

TCS

Tristan Copley Smith
Abstain
Thu 24 Nov 2016

I'm not in a place to lead on anything but am available to answer questions on communications :thumbsup:

CC

Chris Cook
Agree
Thu 24 Nov 2016

I think if we get the right multi-stakeholder framework agreement to a common purpose then everything else will follow. I can heWhat time zone is that? I can help with that, I think.

ES

Eugenia Siapera
Agree
Thu 24 Nov 2016

I am very interested in this project but cannot commit much time at this point - things will look better towards Christmas

S

Sreeharsha
Agree
Thu 24 Nov 2016

Though I have not spend concrete planned time on this, I am trying to create as much awareness as possible in India. Going to speak at a conference here locally nxt week. Would dedicate weekly around 4-6 hours for now, and try to work with local grp

RG

Rebecca Garnett
Agree
Thu 24 Nov 2016

I would like to be involved with this. Up till Christmas I'm pretty stretched, but if there is sth specific you need my help on, I am willing to do what I can. In the New Year I will be able to commit more time, probably 1 hour a week.

ML

Mark Latham
Agree
Thu 24 Nov 2016

Excited about helping to create or buy a platform co-op of some kind, that could eventually create or buy a social/political platform like Twitter! Semi-retired, so my availability is flexible. I tend to work in bursts. BTW mostly offline Nov25-Dec5.

PG

Priscilla Grim
Agree
Thu 24 Nov 2016

My current commitment level is high -- but I am questioning the intentions of putting this to a vote during a busy family holiday weekend.

SJ

Sophie Jerram
Abstain
Thu 24 Nov 2016

I love the ethos and intention and am willing to contribute some capital. I have very limited time to initiate but can support the campaigning.

LD

Lani Dodds
Agree
Fri 25 Nov 2016

I'm keen to get involved and help in some capacity.

RD

Rosen Dimov
Agree
Fri 25 Nov 2016

7 to 10 h/week

KS

Katharina Simon
Abstain
Fri 25 Nov 2016

I would love to put some effort into it I just have no time/ energy left, november is the busiest month at my workplace, it will be better mid/ end december again I hope.

SS

Stuart Shatles Tue 15 Nov 2016

The easier and more practical way to go about this. Is for us to buy stock in the company. There are about 313 million Twitter users. A single share is about $22. If even a 1/3 of users bought stock we could control the company.

JG

John Gieryn Tue 15 Nov 2016

@haileycooperrider - you're the one person I know who isn't in the Slack- so I thought I'd ping you here. Hope you're swell!

AI

Alanna Irving Thu 17 Nov 2016

@markkelleher you can change your block by clicking on "change your position" by your name on the list under the pie chart.

JG

John Gieryn Thu 17 Nov 2016

+1 @sureshf — sound thoughts.

I'd love to hear from @ntnsndr @johnnyhaeusler @trizcs @thomaseuler1 @tommcdonough @samtoland @matthewcropp @mairasutton @chriscook1 @kirstenlambertsen @priscillagrim who I know have been putting in effort recently, and also from some folks who put on some greatly appreciated & needed energy early on: @whit537 @bonniefoleywong (← who i know is unavailable w/ book release for next month, but interested still) @arminsteuernagel1 @njyo @timothyamcdonald

WM

Wolfgang Maehr Fri 18 Nov 2016

To be frank, what I have been struggling with, is our approach, which seems somewhat haphazard and un-coordinated. Maybe I find the structure too flat, everybody doing whatever they can but also think relevant. There are a few people that direct things more, but there seems to be little overall coordinated approach.

I like the suggestion above, but I think we need to build up a more detailed war plan.

JG

John Gieryn Fri 18 Nov 2016

I'm feeling a teleconference coming on with the good energy I'm feeling in here...

@alanna I'm curious if you'd be willing to participate in the gov & ops panel that @matthewcropp, @mairasutton and I are looking to set up? I'm curious also about our strategy (in those) with doing a financial/ co-op conversions themed one before gov & ops... Alanna- I'll tag you in that thread with this (probably) easier question.

@njyo I feel you; I'm hoping that this thread will identify a nice core group who can quickly smash out some structure, especially with the sub-group proposal that passed via @samtoland. What I'm liking is that this group seems action-oriented, which is a nice thing to bring to the table that not all the other coalition-building efforts in platform co-op space are doing so much, that I've seen.

SJK

Stephanie Jo Kent Fri 25 Nov 2016

Hmm. I would have voted AGREE but I'm late to this proposal.

This is an inspired and brilliant idea & effort. The suggestions from @coopchange attributed to @bonniefoleywong are spot on.

Mostly I'm good for some publicity (tweeting/retweeting) although I could imagine a more involved facilitating role of a subgroup, perhaps. What happened with the interview? I'm only sporadically following but could be more attentive and participatory....