Spokes Council Discussion & Updates: April

Network ReVisioning Spokes Council

Regular updates & discussion on the Network ReVisioning process

ReVisioning Implementation Updates:

Participatory Democracy

We recognize the importance of self-governing capabilities for the Network to support itself and to provide clear pathways for members of our Network to help shape its future. - ReVisioning Recommendation

Our Direct Democracy Workshop series is live, with three workshops completed so far. This series teaches the practical skills necessary to enable shared group decisionmaking.

For decisions that our Network benefits from making together (e.g. adopting governance procedures, selecting locations for important events, weighing in on national actions) we recommend that our yearly Brigade Congress serve as an assembly where key decisions can be made (for both in-person and virtual participants). We will also consult organizations that do this well and pilot new approaches to grassroots governance. -ReVisioning Recommendation

  • Brigade Congress planning is starting. We’re still working on the committee structure and will be announcing details in the next few weeks.
  • Open Proposal Process planning and piloting is also beginning. This is a framework to allow the Network to make project suggestions to staff - and to see what staff are working on. This is a work in progress, but you’re welcome to try it out at the GitHub repo here.

Brigade Support Structures

As a network, we need more resources, guidance, and frameworks on identifying and responding to community needs – locally and nationally. This will also require additional human resources, financial resources, and new mechanisms for distribution of those resources that reflect our priorities and values. We aim to pilot new democratic decision-making practices within the Network, and create new fundraising streams through models of Network membership and partnership. - ReVisioning Recommendation

Central to our objective of supporting Brigades as they adapt to a partnership-first model is the development of the Brigade Organizer Branches. These are supportive structures intended to resource & support Brigade leaders. Branches are still in development, but a key element of branches will be incorporating existing Network infrastructure and committees (like the Brigade Congress committees) into relevant branches.

National Action Teams

We are formalizing structures we’ve explored in the last year, by creating clear pathways for local and national organizing. All brigade partnerships and decision making will continue to be managed locally. National Action teams (which will also house priority action areas), will be managed centrally. - Revisioning Recommendation

We’re continuing to build out our separate and complementary organizing structure of the National Action Teams. This month, we undertook a reorganizing of the structure and staffing of the National Action Teams. We’ll be sharing more at an upcoming Community Assembly and will link to the relevant materials when they are ready.

Communities of Practice

Communities of practice are a mechanism to organize and support talent and relationships at scale. It is also a primary mechanism for making the principles and practices of Code for America widely accessible. We will formalize and resource these communities, and develop new ones as the need and practice demands. - Network ReVisioning

The development of the curriculum, format, and structure of the Community of Practice are currently in development and the strategy is being finalized.

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@elb , this is very informative and helpful. Very happy to see that we are on to implementing more of the recommendations that the Network, Brigades and ReVisioning Council put forth. I am a true believer in unification. Like our Branches model we are phasing into, there may be many limbs but they are all rooted by one trunk. Without cohesiveness, and water, the tree dies. We are all the branches and our water is knowledge. Knowledge of learning how to cross lines and work together without demographic barriers. Knowledge of how to not only be empathetic with those communities we strive to serve but our direct community, here with one another and our families. With that knowledge base and a new perspective more possibilities emerge. I am very interested in what setting forth a proposal looks like and how we can get to the next stages.