Really good article, Nick. The “must reads” at the bottom look good too – just read one and thought it was excellent, especially in regards to creating a better sense of which communication tools suit which situations, and what they foster.
Today at 12:00 GMT there will be a new session of the Forum Governance Circle at .
I will be ‘hosting’ the space for the first time, and it will be a great opportunity for any member of the community to participate and meet other members. The main objective of these sessions is to discuss about the Resonate forum and community, and also about anything related to Resonate and music in general. I will be present until 13:00 GMT. Everyone is welcome!
Objectives: (For Community Forum Governance Circle)
Governance Task: (High-level purpose draft for Co-op as a whole.)
Create, maintain and articulate the location, purpose, standards of behavior and decision-making methods for Resonate co-op spaces.
Forum Governance Circle Objective: (High-level purpose draft for forum.)
Establish, maintain and articulate the location, purpose, standards of behavior and decision-making methods for the Resonate Community Forum, ie community.resonate.is/coop.
Listening is active not passive.
The Community Forum Governance Circle (CFGC) should:
Maintain and cultivate clear statements of purpose and goals for the Forum.
Provide shared representative space for developing designs for the Forum that make being in the forum a good experience
Governance Circle should make sure that Forum processes are working (See experimental method below)
The CF should have a Welcoming Purpose
The Forum should provide easy orientation to whole design of the coop
A place to accommodate work
Clarifying expectations for participation
The CFGC should be the accountable vehicle for members and CF Stakeholders to: make sure the forum governance processes are transparent and intentional - “explaining the why.”
The Establish policy / Strategy - important precedents - Review Terms and Conditions
The two hosts are striving to maintain a common thread for folks to grab on to.
Method: Managing sequences of experiments
Objective proposal for Draft Charter:
Propose and control forum features and gain feedback from community members
Streams and Roles:
Method: Rich pitches concept for convening twinned or alternating Circle meetings scheduled approximately twelve hours apart to accommodate two host teams (Provisionally called ‘The A-side and the B-side” convening twin meetings to cover Four Hosts handling alternating weeks to convene circle meetings.
ROLE A: Commit to hosting regular meetups, they maintain a common thread of orienting information for people to work off of, with a particular focus on the international nature of Resonate’s work; tending the soil for growth; nursery gardener looking for sprouts
ROLE B: Helper
paired Host Quartet
Scope & Constraints:
Like an experiment.
With review dates.
What is the final vision for the forum. Rich tells a story about a future where there is no specific geographical bias. Not Western Europe not Anglophone.
How We Work:
As a series of experiments safe enough to try.
An Experiment requires a plan, a commitment to practice for a time, a commitment to review and evaluate.
By engagement we create experience from which best practices can emerge.
Maximum people’s freedom, initiative, and creativity – by making it clear what’s out-of-bounds – make it specific – how do you lose the job - defined endpoints.
Key Tasks & Deliverables:
What brings someone to a forum:
The conversations, the care, the people, the respect. Good writing.
Connections, shared insight and information, passing on knowledge
Learning new things
A clear theme – everyone’s there for a specific reason that connects you
“What are you committing to?”
November 21 - Meeting Notes
1200 GMT - Omar / Rich
Supporting Hakanto’s Welcoming Kit notes
Omar will to be considered as a facilitating member of the GMT NOON Governance Circle // Rich - offers to an initial alternate
Define roles of Facilitating Member(s) and Alternate(s)
(Jonny Wolf is considering becoming first Facilitating Member of NIGHT Forum Governance Circle with Rich as initial Alternate)
Through 3rd of January. Which would be a time for re-evaluation and perhaps setting terms for another experimental interval. (Series of experiments concept from Hakanto).
Notes for NIGHT meeting:
Rich: I really like the idea of having teams that are built around the idea of some member working while others are sleeping. So I have tried to bring this to the design of this circle
We like Plant metaphors for the forum:
Tending, Gardening, Cultivating, production under certain amount of self-regulation, (co-regulation) life-cycles coming from the system itself. (Rich reflects on Hakanto’s concept of the Spirit Captain from Bandarr.)
Goals for Forum:
Goals for this meeting:
Fit words into the topics for the charter.
Start that activity by 4:45.
Hakanto has an idea:
Noticed… Engagement comes from a question, or proposal or pitch. People aren’t starting threads. Also, spaces aren’t defined. Think it would be interesting to say: you are free to start a category on the forum, but you have to commit to posting a question at least weekly in the space. Rule: a Category is valid if there is a minimum thresh-hold of activity. Move from Active to Inactive. H- Offers ‘Garden’ as metaphor. Gardens need a Gardener.
H - Thinking we should beware of offering Categories from the top down. Categories should follow engagement.
Publish a methodology for opening new Categories.
Rich: Question: What should we do about old Categories right now?
Have a clear agenda/objective to the meeting.
(Consideration of the creative benefits of meetings without structure or that have ‘open’ time designed into the program.)
Setting rules or procedures to creating documentation relating to Meeting Notes:
Should be a scribe keeping notes.
Clear statement of location of previous documents and working policies.
Settling time frame for facilitators commitment and review of Governance Circle processes.
Posting this as it seems to connect well and inform the Governance Circle conversation last Saturday. Outlines the Co-op’s working business case and method as well as describing the Co-op’s intentions for hacking the technology that supports this Discourse forum to provide a Verifiable Credentials service that can be used to connect Member services across co-operative communities. @Sam_Martyn Credit to @Nick_M for driving this documentation.