[OLPC-Philippines] All-hands online meeting: the backstory
mel at melchua.com
Mon Jun 8 18:58:20 EDT 2009
And more. That's all the forwards that I have for the backstory; I'll
continue by forwarding the current threads to this list. Thanks for
putting up with the big dump of information to make sense of, and please
holler if you have any questions about what the heck we were discussing!
Lesson learned: retroactively being radically transparent is very
difficult, if not impossible. ;) Best to do it from the start.
> forward as a core team. We can also work on strengthening our team
dynamics and synching philosophies, which is pivotal since we will be
working closely together in the following months.
Here's the crux of it: are we the core team, period - or are we the core
team *so far*? (If it's the former, then I'd consider myself to not be
on the "core team" yet, since I don't understand the expectations that
entails.) Arbitrarily delineating "insiders" and "outsiders" with no
criteria as to how you progress from one to the other eventually becomes
an artificial cap on community growth.
[Note: (2) was personal information excluded from this forward. --Mel]
> (3) I completely agree with Mel and Cherry regarding “ownership”
of the OLPC project. Our success will be rooted in our volunteer base.
However, we need to work on our capacity (or volunteer model) to handle
inquiries and cultivate our member base – so that we make proper use of
their time and resource. Our ability to do so will be dependent on the
framework/model of our organization (We are leaning towards a hybrid of
Waveplace and OLPC Headquarters. However, there are some nuances that we
still need to drill into).
Totally! All the more reason to publicly discuss how we're going to
handle incoming volunteers/requests so that the folks who may be
volunteering/requesting things from us have a chance to participate.
Mind you, I don't expect many (if any) of them to join in - I think that
if we're lucky, maybe we'll get 5 observers, 2 of whom might talk at
some point. But we should give them the option! And publish full logs
afterwards for the people who couldn't come - we *must* default to
transparency if we want other people to step up and take their own
initiatives on this, because *that* is what is going to give us that
capacity to handle inquiries and cultivate our member base. (I mean, I
sure don't want to handle all those inquiries and do all that
cultivation on my own...)
> (4) Our core group represents a cross-section of different
specialists. We are also the most active members despite the waning
energy and participation throughout the past 2 years. Because of this, I
think we have already established credibility.
I'll note that much of this credibility has been established through our
posts on a publicly archived mailing lists. If they don't see what we're
doing, we get no street cred for it. Publish. ;) Credibility wanes fast
when you can't see what someone's doing.
> Lets work on something concrete, present it to the entire group, and
ask for feedback.
+1. Definitely bring concrete proposals to the meeting! That's a lot of
what will help it be a good meeting that moves us forward. Present them
to the folks on this email thread at the same time as the people not yet
on this email thread get the opportunity to see it - there's no reason
why I need to see or approve (for example) a proposal from Sandeep
before anyone else would; we've got no sensitive (or time-sensitive)
information to be wary of.
> We can use whatever we produce in this meeting as a springboard for
open discussions in the future. I am confident that once we take our
first full-step forward, we will still be in the position to cultivate
and grow our membership base.
An open meeting *is* our first full-step forward. If that's how we want
to do this entire thing, that's how we should operate from day 1.
Still posting meeting info to the list in ~24 hours unless I hear direct
objections otherwise. ;)
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