[TheThinkTank] Members vs Volunteers: What's the Diff & How Do You Structure It

Josh Bisker jbisker at gmail.com
Mon Jun 3 11:11:11 PDT 2019


BUMP :)

Josh Bisker
914-500-9890
New York Mechanical Gardens Bike Co-op <http://bikecoop.nyc/>
596 Acres <http://596acres.org/>
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus <http://bindlestiff.org/>


On Fri, May 31, 2019 at 2:17 PM Josh Bisker <jbisker at gmail.com> wrote:

> Pals, I'm trying to create clear pathways to leadership/collective
> membership for interested volunteers, and trying to have membership be
> awesome and not "just like being a volunteer but with more guilt and
> obligation and UGH."
>
> How do you approach this stuff in your shop? Do you structure a division
> between responsible members and interested volunteers? How do you bring
> people across that transition? Also, what's rad about being a member that
> makes people want to do it?
>
> Background and concerns: We've got a budding group of charismatic new
> volunteers (yay!) and a tired old group of "members" (oy!) i.e. organizers
> with decision-making power and some sense of adopted or begrudgingly
> accepted responsibility. (In your group, these might be "board members"
> maybe?) In the past, we've had either (1) a lackadaisical/non-systematic
> approach to elevating members, or (2) an overly structured but not really
> effective way of sharing responsibilities. What happens in the first case
> is that after someone becomes a member and attends a meeting, (a) they're
> like "y'all are boring and this makes my brain hurt" and then decide not to
> do "member-y" stuff anymore, or (b) they participate pretty minimally,
> leaving the organizational burdens distributed about the same way they were
> before. What happens in the second case is that everyone gets exhausted by
> trying to administratively caretake an organizational structure instead of
> doing the fun work.
>
> PLZ HALP K THNKS LV U
>
> Josh
>
> Josh Bisker
> 914-500-9890
> New York Mechanical Gardens Bike Co-op <http://bikecoop.nyc/>
> 596 Acres <http://596acres.org/>
> Bindlestiff Family Cirkus <http://bindlestiff.org/>
>
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