This brief blog refines some earlier suggestions in light of discussions that are occuring in the forums, and also in comments under the earlier blog.
New Proposal for how to arrive at a shared campaign:
- That between now and November 15, in chapters, in blog posts and comments on them, and in the forum system, and particularly, with people in IOPS we know and live near and are building chapters with, we discuss conditions that would need to be met to have a founding convention - and steps to accomplish those goals. Once some clear options emerge, we also do simple polls on each aspect, to get a sense of people's reactions to them - like straw votes.
- Based on all that discussion of possibilities and on the survey polls about all the many aspects, those ICC members who have been very actively involved in the discussions are entrusted to distill at least three campaign proposals (more if really needed) that try to embody the best and most favored aspects that have emerged from the exchanges into viable full programs. They aren't deciding anything, they are rather assembling aspects that people have favored in the polling.
- The three possible campaigns are posted, etc., and there is another week of discussion, and then the formal proposals are put to a vote of the whole ICC - including first asking them for amendments and incorporating those. This yields three perhaps slightly improved paths, with their levels of support from the ICC.
- Then, after another period for deliberation, the entire membership votes among the campaigns. What emerges, becomes our plan.
Features of a Possible Campaign
As a possible draft plan of conditions for a convention and an approach to attaining them, together constituting basis for a campaign, offered for assessement, refinement, etc., for arriving at an actual plan which we would by the above process enact and begin to undertake by November 30:
- We all commit to each getting one new member who is aware of and supports the IOPS commitments to join, during the three months December, January, and February. We each try for our new member to be a woman, for purposes of attaining better gender balance.
- We all agree to each getting still one more new member, and to making the first round of new members aware that this will be a task for them as well, in the following three months - March, April, and May. If the first member we got was a man, we restrict ourself to signing up a woman as our second, to attain better gender balance.
- We all agree to try to assemble local people in the city where we live and once there are enough such local people near us in IOPS, we agree to respond positively if one among them contacts us seeking to establish a local chapter. In any such chapter, if there is not yet gender balance acceptable to the chapter, we agree to prioritize recruiting to attain balance.
- We put on the IOPS top page, starting when the allotted three month period begins, a daily tally of how we are doing at reaching our goals.
- When we reach 5,000 members - or half way to whatever our ultimate six month goal is determined to be - we initiate an IOPS project with at most 20 members, to begin to address the features of and how to hold a founding convention. This project is at least half ICC members, so that there are many members in it who the full membership knows. The project generates three plans, trying to embody the preferred ideas of as many people in IOPS as possible, as evidenced in discussions leading to that point, and then, when those plans are ready, the ICC and then the full membership deliberate on, refine, and then vote among them.
- If we cannot or do not by our efforts attain at least 7,500 members (or, at any rate, three quarters of whatever our full goal turns out to be) by May 1, 2013 - we strategically reassess the future of IOPS including the possibility that our conception of how to build it is fundamentally flawed.