Depending on our individual lives and interests, we each might play different roles in the Collective at any given time. We outline them here to help set member expectations, especially with regard to time commitments, and to give life to the idea that this truly is our - meaning your - organization.
The Collective is many things to many people. To you, it is what you make of it. Here are some possibilities.
Estimated time: at least 5-10 minutes a week
Digital Life Collective orientation, no. 1 of 5
If you haven’t already, please introduce yourself in our team chat.
If this is your first time looking to log in, you’ll find the chat invitation link in the welcome email you got on the day you became a member.
We send out a member newsletter every other week or so. You may already have received one. And if you want to get yourself up to speed at any time on the latest happenings, all our newsletters are published right here.
Most every newsletter includes suggestions about what you can do to help move our mission forward … please don’t be shy. ;-)
It is important for us that you begin to understand the structure of the Collective at an early stage during onboarding. For an overview, please click on the button below.
KEY ACTIVITIES for GENERAL MEMBERS
Introduce yourself in our team chat (what you hope for here, why you joined, what your offers/ requests are)
Read our newsletters, 2x a month
Act on requests offered in newsletter as you see fit
Estimated time: at least 15-30 minutes a week
Digital Life Collective orientation, no. 2 of 5
Now that you’ve introduced yourself to y/our Collective, and done a bit of reading of our newsletters and website, it’s time to see the tools we use and how we self–organize in this virtual global village.
Open any channel in our team chat and type: “/dig start”.
Try it now. You’ll find some useful links that will gear you up to nurturing Tech We Trust for the World We Want.
Loomio is where we propose formal Collective decisions, discuss them, and vote on them. One day (in the not too distant we hope) your Mattermost login will get you logged into Loomio too, but for now you’ll need to register separately. Please head on over there now and get yourself set-up in advance of the next big decision.
KEY ACTIVITIES for LEARNING MEMBERS
Type “/dig start” into our chat (any channel)
Choose from the list of steps to learn more about the Collective and what you can create here
Use Loomio to vote in general membership decisions (please add an introduction there too)
Ask questions or engage in conversation anywhere you like
Occasionally offer suggestions in our main open chat channel about how we might improve the new member / learning member experience
Learn something new once a week!
Engaged and Advisory Members
Estimated time: from 1-3 hours a week
Digital Life Collective orientation, no. 3 of 5
Have you interacted with your fellow co-operative members in real-time? You know, like face-to-face. It could well be there are other members not too far away, and we’re going to work on how we might make this obvious in the future, privacy settings permitting of course. But for now, you can always jump on one of our regular Zoom team calls, or set one up yourself of course if you have a different time or day in mind.
Click below for details on how to get Zooming, which we introduced last week.
KEY ACTIVITIES for ENGAGED AND ADVISORY MEMBERS
Introduce yourself on a team call (see calendar on toolbelt)
Schedule a 1:1 20 minute call with a Collective steward
Think about requests (what you’d like to see from the Collective) and offers (what you’d like to bring here)
Give a few minutes a month to help get the word out about the Collective (option: order stickers)
Browse the currently active projects and offer domain expertise / mentorship when able
Read about the Collective Social Ledger
Spend a few minutes each month having some sort of conversation that interests you
Occasionally help newer members feel welcome
Continue to offer productive feedback
Estimated time: from 1-10 hours a week
Digital Life Collective orientation, no. 4 of 5
By this time, we hope this truly feels like y/our Collective. You’ve met us, we’ve met you, and now it’s time to jump into the projects that grab your interest.
We recommend that all active members are familiar with all of our website content, so please do find some time to read through if you’ve not already, keeping an eye out for parts that align well with your own experiences, passions and expertise.
We all appreciate regular input to the Collective via the appropriate channel in our team chat and / or on our regular team calls, and you’ll often get prompt responses.
We're glad you are here!
KEY ACTIVITIES for ACTIVE MEMBERS
Read through all our site content, and understand the purpose/ vision/ mission of the Collective and how and where that aligns with your own
Make regular decisions in the Collective within working circles or on the main team calls
Browse a list of currently active projects via our holonic map
Join and/or create a circle/project/lab/workgroup
Become a regular Collective blog author
Continue to offer productive feedback including comments on our reward system
Bring some of what you learn here to other organizations!
Expected time: 3+ hours a week
Digital Life Collective orientation, no. 5 of 5
Are you a steward?
If you’re feeling like you know your way around now, if you’re pumped up for our mission and the way we’re going about it, why not declare yourself a Collective steward? Add this to your Mattermost profile so that others can find you and ask for your help. You’re not expected to know all the answers – no way – just the way to go about finding them and making stuff happen.
We’ll finish here if it’s OK with you by simply repeating why we’re all in this together. It’s ridiculously important ...
If we can’t trust our tech, we can’t trust ourselves. And if we can’t trust ourselves, we can’t trust each other. Together, we can nurture Tech We Trust for the World We Want.
KEY ACTIVITIES for STEWARD MEMBERS
Actively improve cross-circle coordination
Offer stewardship to new members as needed/ able
Be committed to the success of our vision
Help shape the strategic direction of the Collective
Work hard, have fun and build deep relationships here!