CP's 2011 New Year's Resolutions

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A new calendar year is a time to reflect on the past and anticipate the future. In this spirit, I propose we critically practice CP's self-organization by drafting and committing to a few new year's resolutions. Please add to the list and we'll vote/elaborate them in the January 21, 2011 meeting.

When formulating these resolutions, consider SMART:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Timed

In non-formal education/organization it's not always easy to measure outcomes. Often you have your impression but it's not something you can prove. Still it makes sense to try to be clear when setting your resolutions and formulate them in such a way that they can be evaluated.

1 Description: We disseminate content on the wiki instead of via email. Making decisions through the semi-private channel of email runs counter to CP's ethos of openness. We (re)commit to tracking organizational changes online. Yet we also recognize that some types of information--including sensitive and personal exchanges--are better expressed in emails. Learning to differentiate between these varied communications and channel them appropriately is something we aim to improve. Measurable:
  • We together decide what info we'll exchange through emails, what info we'll post on the wiki and respect this shared decision by putting it into practice.
  • Decisions are archived on the wiki; less is trapped (and thus mystified) in emails.
  • Members of CP use the wiki and we commit to adding and editing each others' posts in a spirit of co-production. This includes archiving past projects.
  • We actively link pages to ensure relevant content is connected.
2 Description: We review/refresh/rewrite CP's aims and objectives with the view of keeping them relevant. Measurable:
  • We schedule time to do this, post the revised aims and objectives online and review them together once every six months.
3 Description: We recognize we're generally good at getting to meetings. We agree that when each of us takes a few minutes to review the agenda in advance and anticipate our group discussion we have richer exchange and co-creation. Measurable:
  • We're each better prepared for meetings. The result: we don't retread old ground unnecessarily and can progress with the task at hand.

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