Good morning everybody.
Thanks all for your input. The agenda looks in order if maybe a bit full, but what else is new. It’s why I’ve always voiced that we should have more short meetings instead fewer marathon ones as best can be afforded by the involved individuals time constraints. I think the current arrangement of directors, memebers, and scattered committee meetings is working well, although it feels to me like we are playing catch up temporarily.
I don’t have much concrete data as far as to whether or not cleanliness has been a barrier to membership. It sounds like some of us do. My intuitive sense is that space cleanliness is absolutely, certainly a barrier generally. It has caused plenty of interpersonal friction over the past year or so, and I could easily name a couple of members that have left due to that friction. My personal experience starting late last winter and spring was that running workshops in the kitchen always involved a huge amount of cleaning up in order to make the space work and be comfortable for guests. That added chore added to the stress, and eventually led to my biggest helper in that regard leaving, and is a big factor in why I no longer run those workshops. I’d like to start doing them again, and this is the biggest variable holding me back from pulling that trigger. The woodshop was similar. I had plans to transform the space, but I had a lot of other things going on, and I couldn’t spend enough time to be constantly cleaning up in order to use the space to actually modify the space. I’ll acknowledge that I like to puzzle things together slowly which obviously compounded the problem. I have had many hard lessons in the way I do things and have modified my plans and way of working to suit. The general friction around this issue was exhausting for me and is one factor in why I was scarce around the space the last half of last year.
It comes down to respecting the other people that use the space. Always keeping in mind that this is a community space, we share it. With other human beings. Other people that are different from us, have different expectations, dreams, plans, and uses for the space.
Further to that it comes down to respecting the organization itself. I made my opinion clear during discussions this time last year a few times that we needed a space that other groups, children, city officials, inspectors, guests, and other active members of the wider kamloops community can come into and feel comfortable. As much as being inclusive is in our values, the hard facts of WHY the space needs to be welcoming and usable, first and foremost, is cashflow. Unfortunately most people who want to be involved are going to have a certain threshold of cleanliness and organization that they are willing to tolerate. On the flipside, if the space perpetually looked like it did 6 or 8 months ago, eventually the only people we would be able to attract are those willing to perpetually put up with the space looking and functioning that way, and unfortunately in this world money is necessary, and money does not flow towards apparent mess and disorganization, as much as it does create a shit ton of both. My prediction remains what it was last spring, if we can’t clean up and get organized, then cashflow will dry up. I just had a difficult and painful master course in mess and disorganization creating a catastrophic cashflow issue.
I find that cleanliness also has a lot to do with self-respect.
They also say it is next to godliness. But what do they know?
However, the little bit I was able to make it in this past week, I’m extremely impressed and massive headway has been made. Thank you to everybody who put in time, elbow grease and cash to make that happen. Let’s keep that rolling.
@kile, @pierre and others concerned with the proposed service requirement on either side, I’ll reiterate as I have been since the beginning that there is a ton of infrastructural creation and maintenance to be done around the space and I’ve always been for a program for organizing that effort, including things like chore obligation, an hours bank, chores in return for discounts, etc.
@kile you mention that perhaps you need to “re-brand” your proposal, reframe it. @Sue conducted a major effort to go back through the history books and collective memory to get a rough record of how many volunteer hours were put into the space over the first year. There was some amount of admin put into trying to track that going forward, but as far as I know that ship, like so many others, never really made it out of port.
So what if instead of creating a service obligation, we simply obligate everybody to log the service they are most likely already doing? Instead of nagging each other about chores, we work together to create a story of what we do, how we do it, dedication, and hours of elbow grease. This way everybody’s service is on record clearly (or not I suppose) so there is no assumption or confusion. We also get a record of volunteer hours for grant apps. We get a lot of data for business planning. We get a historical record of the creation of the space to smile upon when we are all naked and famous or old and tired.
It has been mentioned many times, and I’m paraphrasing obviously, that we need to nurture and grow a culture in which the space can thrive. I agree. Cultures are not created by force, they are slowly accrued through telling, sharing, recording and editing stories, more generally, through artistic expression.
I think this would be a collab between the building committee and the membership tracking system. It seems like we need to, and are planning to be in more regular contact with the membership to be sure dues are paid on time, and given the content of this thread, it may not hurt to survey them each month, with a separate survey for leaving members.
Perhaps surveys are just as disdained as service obligations. We all hate those cold calls. We hate them because we are being asked of our time to create value for a large corporation so that they can better get money out of us. This is a warm call, this would be taking a few minutes once a month to help create value for KM.
I don’t see it as being a demand, “what have you done for us lately”, but more a chance for us all to define and get a pat on the back for what it is that we each uniquely do to create this amazing organization.
I look forward to seeing you all this evening…