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Want to Start a Free Geek?
Get To Know Us
- Join startup
- Introduce yourself
- Read the wiki
- Hang out on irc
- Visit a Free Geek!
- This sure can fast-track your application
- We might be able to visit them too.
- give us a call
Make a Franchise Application
- Application is sent to franchise@ where all the other Free Geeks will evaluate it.
- Should the application form suggest a second contact in addition to the primary applicant?
- Application is sent to franchise@
- Acknowledgment of receipt mailed to applicant
- Someone volunteers to steward the application
- How will stewards self-select?
- Should we have an application workgroup for this, styled after a hardware grant workgroup? It would use the franchise@ list so everyone could see it, but maybe each franchise would have a self-selected representative or two?
- But seriously, how will stewards self-select?
- Steward emails applicant, says their application is being processed, gives them a timeline
- Should we have a "within 3 months" timeline for processing? That will probably give enough time to process thorny applications.
- Should this email take place within 10 days of the initial application? This should be enough time for a steward to self-select.
- Steward contacts applicant/s with follow-up phone call.
- "Did you get our email?"
- "Do you have any questions?"
- The steward should encourage the applicant/s to invite their compadres to Get To Know Us
- Steward reports all communication back to
- What about a monthly IRC meeting for Free Geeks (or representatives in the application workgroup)
- This will help us stay on top of applications
- what are we looking for?
- Social work experience
- environmental awareness
- Business/non-profit experience
- nonhierarchical commitment and experience
- community connections
- Resourcefulness / access to resources
- The grok factor
- Free and open source commitment/interest/ability
Woah! We are a Free Geek and have no time
- license agrement - # of years?
- documentation to cull
- IRS 990
- Statistics - i.e. recycling, computers given out, volunteer hours
- project goals - i.e. Moving/Expanding
- bilaws and policies
- what support could established Free Geeks provide, or better how can we help them organize them selves?
- Free Geek Starter kits
- License agreement?
- different levels
- how long
- what are the different types of Free Geeks?
- have space or running out of garages
- have staff or all volunteer run
- Free Geek Starter Kit
- Email list (starts with the startup list and soon moves to the location@freegeek list, possibly?)
- wiki Page (with some kind of frame work for them to work in)
- red flags to look out for (like FAQ?)
- dns redirection to their wiki page for ease of browsing.
- web frame work, could/should there be more?
- standard project time line to tweak to there needs (perhaps integrated into there wiki template)
- what does Free Geek offer to successful applicants?
- social network, credibility
- advice, resources, brand recognition
- fast.slow <=> Big.Small
- fast and Big
- fast and Small
- slow and Big
- slow and Small
variations on time and space
Speed of application process
- things that make it faster
- we know them
- very communicative, asks questions, keeps us posted
- no red flags
- they grok us
- they have most all the parts we are looking for
- things that make it slower
- sparse communication
- we don't know them
- lots of red flags
- they don't have a lot of the things we are looking for.
Scope of proposed operation
- large organization
- big resource base
- potential volunteers
- large hardware donation base
- Solid core of people
- big time commitment
- small origination
- small resource base
- small time commitment
- one person operation