Invite all the spaces to send two people to Discourse/Telegram(?)
Have an election
However we’ve not talked about how we’re actually going to pull off option (1). I suggested we email all the space trustees with a “hello we’re the foundation here’s what you need to do” email and we’ve been collecting space email addresses to that effect, but I’m not sure suddenly emailing them all is a great idea.
Proposal: Every two days we pick a space at random and contact them via email (if possible), explaining what we are, what we’re for, and how they can be involved. We personally talk to them until they either get on board or run away.
This would mean we’d get all the UK spaces on-board by new year without showing favouritism, and without dropping a confused-new-people bomb on the organisation. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s fair to have an election until they’re all in, so it would delay the election until the new year.
I’m not really sure about this, but I also don’t think it’s a good idea to just spam everyone simultaneously as it’ll be a hell of a lot of work for us. Thoughts?
The main call to action in the email is to complete the survey which includes nominating a spokesperson/representative to enter this forum. That should pave the way for step 3 - bring nominated people into the forum.
However, given we are incorporating, it seems we should be accepting membership applications before moving onto an election. Any other points of view?
If not, we’ll need our bootstrap directors (@russ and @jonty) to establish a member register and get ready to start handling membership requests! Which also means we need to clarify if an initial payment is required and/or if the definition of hackspace (for the sake of membership) is sufficiently developed.
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I think it’s more preferable to wait until we have a mostly-steady membership before running the first election.
However, I’m keen to get membership going as soon as possible, and it might take a while for the bank account to be set up. Might be worth saying that the first year’s membership is free (for individuals) until we get that all sorted.
Personally I’m in no rush for an election - would also rather get the membership fairly stable first. Especially as a lot of work has already gone into drafting the membership requirements, rules, etc. Think it’d be more useful to take an extra few weeks and get it right first time.
At a guess, it’ll take at least 6wks from now to issue the comms/survey and deal with the influx of people into discourse… which should/might be enough time to get the bank account setup? On that basis we’d be ready to start accepting membership applications for 1st March.
Which would also give us 6wks to hammer out remaining details on membership, the fee(s), etc
PS - although we could accelerate signing up individual memberships, there doesn’t seem to be a great benefit to doing so.
seems sensible to post the same comms back to this forum (perhaps as a sticky thread), but does anyone (@jonty?) want to tweak the wording before doing so? will leave that thought hanging until tomorrow…