Members: Amanda, Alfredo, Nat, Ana, dkg, Josue, Jamie, Mark, Jon

Roles Brainstorm

What do we want people to do? What do you want to do? What roles need to get done but might be hard to fill?

  • pay money
  • use web and email hosting services
  • use backup services
  • promote and participate in political conversations about the organic internet
  • participate in community of users of technology
  • participate in community/ provide mutual aid to other technology assistance providers
  • respond to support questions
  • document MFPL setup for users (eg. write "how to" documents)
  • write newsletter or web blog posts profiling members
  • participate in political campaigns around Internet/political issues
  • help organizing political campaigns around Internet/political issues
  • be responsible for server maintenance (monitor security lists; implement kernel upgrades)
  • help maintain servers (pitch in when asked, rather than be accountable over time)
  • provide feedback on political direction of organization (eg. advisory council)
  • provide feedback on technical direction of organization
  • lead trainings
  • build social and economic justice movements
  • be available as a consultant to members who need tech assistance
  • bookkeeping and related activities
  • accounting and related activities


Below is an attempt to describe the transition from the current structure to the next structure. It's not a depiction of an ideal power structure. Instead it's more of a real depiction based on where we are now.

  • Co-directors - The co-directors make decisions for the organization based on input from the advisory committee. Co-directors are not formally chosen, but emerge based on amount of work provided to the organization.
  • Advisory Committee - composed of the co-directos and members committed to the statement of unity ( and interested in contributing to the advisory and direction of the organization.
  • Teams - Teams are informal groups of members who want to give labor to the organization with varying degrees of commitment.


  • Tech team - whether you're a tech genius or someone who knows how to explain things in plain English, we could use your help on everything from helping out on the support system to building new servers. See the tech team wiki for suggestions on how to get involved or contact the tech team intake person.
  • Member team - interested in learning about our other members? Want to meet more people doing similar work? The member team coordinates member office visits, member events and trainings. See the member team wiki page for suggestions on how to get involved or contact the member team intake person.
  • Consortium team - do you do web development, design, or other Internet related work? The consortium team helps members by doing free or paid gigs for them. See the consortium wiki page for suggestions on how to get involved or contact the consortium intake person.

Advisory Committee

How many members are on the Advisory committee?

Approximately 10 - 15 members drawn from May First/People Link membership

How often does it meet?

The advisory committee meets in person 2 - 3 times per year, exchanges 5 - 10 messages per week via an email list, and individual members are periodically polled by phone.

What are the expectations of the members?

The members of the advisory committee include the co directors. Members are expected to participate in the meetings as described above. Members are expected to operate based on the statement of unity ( Members are expected to work together in good faith with the goal of building consensus when differences emerge.

What are the expectations of the co-directors?

The co-directors are expected to make decisions and take actions for the organization based on the concerns and issues raised by the advisory committee.

How is consensus reached?

Sometimes it is reached, sometimes it is not reached. The advisory committee is not a formal decision making body, so consensus is not required, although it is the goal.

How is this group selected

The co-directors will propose candidates to the existing leadership/roles committee and will invite members to participate based on the feedback and suggestions.

What power does this group have

The relationship between the co-directors and the advisory committee will depend on how each party lives up to their expectations. If each party lives up to their expections, it will be a powerful body. If one party or the other does not live up to their expections, we'll have to try something else.

What's the time frame for this advisory committee?

The advisory committee should re-evaluate itself after 6 months so we don't keep something alive that is clearly not working. If it does work during the first 6 months, it should nonetheless be considered a transitional model with a one year lifetime. One of the charges of the advisory committee should be to determine the next leadership model for the organization.

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