Meeting Highlights: In this meeting we discussed plans to invite new members, individual and organizational, and also what the best way to go about this is. We also briefly touched upon upcoming events.
Date: Friday, September 30, 2011
Time: 8am - 10am
The official points of discussion began with the brief learning workshop focused on who of the general population most gets involved in organizations. First the levels of involvement that members of organizations may take were discussed; people may be observers, have limited responsibilities, have regular responsibilities, be leaders that create roles for themselves and for the advancement of a particular cause, or they may be retiring and finishing up their involvement in the organization. The level of involvement that people eventually choose to be at correlates directly with how invested they are in the outcomes of achieving a particular mission and particular goals of the organization. So there is this factor of how to grasp peoples' interest to be able to develop a team of devoted members.
At this point you may ask - who typically will NOT be interested in a cause involving online networking for social change? The most obvious persons would be those who do not like working with computers or are computer illiterate, people that already have very busy lives or are committed to other causes, people who already have their life purpose mapped out and it doesn't match the particular project, and finally people that already are very involved in "real" social action rather than social action through technological means. Continuing on the latter-most point, well established community programs and community activists already deeply involved in community work are very unlikely to have a stake in a project other than what they are already devoted to. Conversely, the people that have the potential to join in a project such as UCP-SARnet, and be fervent in their involvement, may include Undergraduate students and some graduate level students (those not too busy with their course work and those still mapping out their educational and future goals), younger university faculty, young community activists that are still flexible with their choices of involvement, community leaders who wish to share their experiences with others, and small community programs that have a big vision. We concluded this learning exercise by watching a short YouTube video encouraging team building; click the link to watch the Inspirational What IF… video. We were all encouraged to try and implement in our lives the points illustrated in this video.
As member's recapped their week there was the common theme, as planned in the previous week's meeting, of reaching out to our individual members to encourage participation in STAND UP Events. We were encouraged to all further disseminate the information on STAND UP events and to reach out to Universities and Community organizations, both to encourage carrying out STAND UP events of their own but also to introduce our mission and invite them to be a part of UCP-SARnet, keeping in mind who most likely will and won't be interested a project such as ours. Some of our executive team members already took this initiative to reach out to organizations and the rest of us plan on following in suit as soon as possible. The information should of course be disseminated through the official UCP-SARnet Gmail and then organizations and potential knowledge partners that express interest should be directed to Shannon Monn who officially takes charge of confirming which new members are and aren't legitimate and/or congruent with our mission. As part of the Interfaith Campus Challenge, we will also be inviting various interfaith organizations to join UCP-SARnet; each member has been assigned around 10 of these organizations to get in contact with in the upcoming week.
The final points made during the meeting were regarding events coming up - these being in collaboration with our Forks for Change Club and the ASU President's Interfaith Campus Challenge. Humza updated us with news that the USG senate for ASU finalized plans for all ASU club funding this past Tuesday - so all the funding for upcoming Forks for Change events are set. The soonest of these events is the Hunger Banquet that is going to take place October 4th 6-7pm at the ASU -Tempe Campus Psychology Building, Graduate Library (2nd Floor). Also, Amy Golden sent Dr. Wosinski the Interfaith Campus Challenge proposal that includes all of their events for the year; these will all be added to our calendar so that we may all participate in this initiative.