We each play different roles in the Collective at any given time. We outline some of these below 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.
Community calendar calls are open to all members
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.
Estimated time: at least 5-30 minutes a week
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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any trouble finding it or logging in. Be sure to check spam filters.
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. Our emergent structure visual is COMING SOON to a member portal near you! For a glimpse, 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)
Explore our website and read our newsletters, 2x a month
Act on requests offered in chat or newsletter as you see fit
Estimated time: at least 15 minutes and up to a few hours a week
We're glad you're here!
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.
NOTE: our member portal is still in development and maybe slow to load. *Be patient, and offer feedback freely. It's how we shape our Collective together*!
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
Ask questions or engage in conversation anywhere you like
Occasionally offer suggestions in our [feedback chat channel](https://chat.diglife.coop/diglife/channels/feedback-and-equality) or in [Welcome and Orientation](https://chat.diglife.coop/diglife/channels/welcome-orientation) about how we might improve the new member / learning member experience
Learn something new once a week!
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
Expected time: 3+ hours a week
Digital Life Collective orientation, no. 5 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.
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 can join us in [our operations space](https://chat.diglife.coop/ops/channels/town-square) to talk with other stewards about their teams, projects and more. 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!
Collective options for our members
Are you ready?
Are you looking for our full member resources library? Browse y/our shelves here: