Changes between Version 2 and Version 3 of projects/leadership-committee/democracy/lc-concerns


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May 17, 2013, 10:32:28 AM (7 years ago)
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Jamie McClelland
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    105105== Concerns ==
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    109107=== diversity ===
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    111 how do we make sure that MF/PL as a membership organization reflects the diversity of our membership? In particular, we are concerned about having decisions made predominately by white men and technologists, who are often in positions of power.
     109Concern:how do we make sure that MF/PL as a membership organization reflects the diversity of our membership? In particular, we are concerned about having decisions made predominately by white men and technologists, who are often in positions of power.
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     111Response: The diversity of our membership has never been adequately represented by the members of the staff or work teams. However, the leadership committee has historically been mmuch more reflective of the membership. While eliminating the leadership committee would be a dramatic step away from embracing decision-making by a race and gender diverse body, continuing and strengthening it is a way to continue building on our work toward a more intergrated organization willing to fight oppression both inside and outside the organization.
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    113113=== accountability ===
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    115 how can MF/PL membership hold decision-makers accountable for their promises and their actions? What does this mean for members? For workers? For decision-makers?
     115Concern: how can MF/PL membership hold decision-makers accountable for their promises and their actions? What does this mean for members? For workers? For decision-makers?
     116Response: The main decision makes in this proposal are the leadership committee members and the members of the work teams. The membership meeting is where each work team and the LC report on progress from the previous year in writing and in person. Members should be able to ask questions (also in writing and in person) and receive answers to their queries. Members should also be invited to join work groups and give feedback in person and to participate in the Leadership Committee meetings to give feedback.
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     118As for accountability - votes and discussions on the LC should be made public and be available for review by members when choosing new LC members. In addition, the LC should be responsible for holding work teams accountable the the statement of unity.
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    117120=== transparency ===
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    119 how can MF/PL members (and allies, and prospective members) be aware of what is happening in the organization? how does the organization engage members so that they want to know?
     122Concern: how can MF/PL members (and allies, and prospective members) be aware of what is happening in the organization? how does the organization engage members so that they want to know?
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     124Response: We need an outreach team charged with engaging not only new members but existing members. We also need more regular and consice communication. And we should actively encourage all members to attend the face-to-face leadership committee meeting. We also need a broader commitment to not only taking notes, but organizing all decisions and notes on our wiki so they are easy to peruse.
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    121126=== communications ===
    122 how can MF/PL members make sure their voices are heard and respected during the decision-making process? how does the organization actively encourage members to make suggestions, advocate for positions, give feedback, or participate more generally?
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     128Concern: how can MF/PL members make sure their voices are heard and respected during the decision-making process? how does the organization actively encourage members to make suggestions, advocate for positions, give feedback, or participate more generally?
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     130Response: See above. We also should think of the membership meeting as a year-round event - with prep work happening shortly after the last membership meeting.
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    124132=== democracy ===
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    126134how do MF/PL members get a voice in the operation of the organization? What should a member who is unhappy with things do to improve matters? How does the organization respond to the needs and politics of its members, including (especially?) those members who are short on money, time and other resources?
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     136With this proposal, there are a wide variety of ways members can get involved. Starting with the simplest - they can review a list of LC candidates and vote. They can also attend a membership meeting or LC meeting and voice their concerns. They can also join a work group to address a particular matter.