Council 2010 02
When: 1266462632 unix time
Place: Free Geek PDX meeting room
RT Jockey: Vagrant
Minutes Checker: Debra
Attendance: jiro, debra, martin, vagrant, board jon, ryan, daniel, steve, richard, dave, ali (late)
Consensus Training - Jiro
Deep democracy concepts
- Ranks (power)
- Social rank
- Knowledge rank
- Psychological rank
- Spiritual rank
- Local rank
- Contextual rank
- Conflicts occur when two parties each feel lower ranked than the other
- It is easy to miss the ways in which you are powerful. Celebrate your powers, use them joyfully, and you can better see how others view you.
- laurel1.0 - integrate items from 06/2009 meeting into general priorities - CARRYOVER
- dave - proposal for agenda item deadline - DONE
- State of the Onion
- Learn to use the "History" link!
- Board of Directors
- Nothing notable
- Space Cadets
- Continuing progress on unchanged plans.
- Hardware grants survey results
- ~70% of computers still in use, half of those with the original ubuntu
Agenda item deadline: Dave (NEW)
- We have grown to the point that our big-picture topics are too much for a once-a-month, casual meeting to cover. Last-minute proposals come in without sufficient background information, and even the most present and aware staff members still feel the need to research a topic before they get discussed.
- PROPOSAL: Council will enforce a strict deadline for additions to the agenda of both discussion items and proposals. Facilitator has the discretion to override this for emergency items.
- Discussions could still birth new proposals; this is intended to encourage knowledgeable discussion and the positive effects thereof.
- Poorly-researched items can still slip past the facilitator - they are not omniscient - but this is still a positive change.
- This stands to improve our documentation archival, somewhat. If we need to, we could start giving proposals IDs.
- CONSENSUS on this proposal (yay!).
- For the time being, let's set our deadline to one week. Encourage people to get their items out before then, though.
- COMMIT - Richard will edit the meeting-minder to fit the one-week deadline.
General Priorities: Martin (OLD)
- Organizing unmet needs
- Tabled to next month
Discussion of council recruitment
- We need more background information on this. Someone should put links to the council list for next month.
From Matthew and Wren's email input (if we have time?)
- Discussion on the list, started by Matthew.
- Debra: I believe Matthew is correct in pointing out (without using the words) that we do not have sufficient Access to Power, Trust or Respect.
- Dave: We are doing much better than ever before in breaking up cliques. We are giving computers to more people than ever. Staff respects and appreciates volunteers more than ever. Previously over-empowered volunteers may see this as a loss of power.
- Martin: Are there suggestions for strengthening those three areas?
- Martin: For instance, using survey data would more would give more power to people who can't come to council (and do the research needed to participate).
- Richard: "Anybody" and "everybody" should be qualified: the power should be limited to the members of the Free Geek community
- Vagrant: Earlier days saw people more easily come in with a skillset and take on a project. Now, the more formalized volunteer intake prevents this (but comes with significant gains). Actively preventing equal access to power is more important to avoid.
- Jon: Can we streamline having your voice heard? Council-ombudsman helps. Surveys may work. Comment cards, appropriately used, maybe. The cost of entry may (or may just feel) too great to overcome for many.
- Debra: Council-ombudsman is helpful, but nobody knows about them.
- Ali: Creating a group of informed community members, ala council, is important, but offering lower-commitment channels is happening all over. Council should be people committed to the long-term vision of free geek, and it shouldn't be the only place volunteers can access power.
- Debra: Inreach and I talked about having suggestion box or survey form to make suggestions, comments, ask questions, complain, or whatever, which was indicated to be "in progress".
- Daniel: Continuous feedback is critical to improvement.
- Ali: We could really easily make a box.
- Debra: I want to see this on our website, with posters everywhere to point people to it.
- New commitments, and Carry-Overs copied from above.
- martin - integrate items from 06/2009 meeting into general priorities - CARRYOVER
- richard - edit the meeting-minder to fit the one-week deadline
- Facilitator: Dave
- Scribe: Ali
- Minutes Checker: Richard
- RT Jockey: Martin
- Reporters to other meetings?
- Date and time: March 17
- Place: Free Geek PDX meeting room
- List of unfinished business for the next meeting: