This is just a brief skeleton of ideas that have been forming around restructuring OPDX community meetings. Any feedback is encouraged.
This is now broken up into seperate proposals:
General Assemblies will continue to be held weekly. GAs will be used so that the community can discuss ideas and proposals. This is an opportunity for the proposers to gain feedback from the community, including evolutionary amendments, concerns and statements of support. Then the proposal is sent to spokes for consensus (does not have to be the same week, but can be). This gives the community at least 3 days to talk amongst themselves and with their groups prior to coming to consensus. Agenda Settings for GA and Spokes will happen half an hour before GA.
Spokes Council will come to consensus on ideas and proposals that have been discussed at GA (the representative bringing the proposal does not have to be the same person). Spokes will also be utilized for internal OPDX discussion and decision making – what actions do we want to focus on? to what capacity?
Finance and Spending will occur during spokes (either weekly, biweekly, or monthly). Finance/FOOP will off report backs on how much $$ we have and Spokes will act as the spending committee – taking time to discuss spending options and approve of spending $$.
Open Caucus will now have a consensing voice at Spokes.
Movement Building will happen once a month and become sort of a spokes/roundtable for the broader community (community organizations, neighborhood associations, churches, etc.). The broader community would be invited to participate and “spokes” would be more broad. For example, the food and garden spoke would be open to anyone working on food security in the community, not just the food and garden team of OPDX. This would be more informal and less structured. I’m thinking report backs/updates from community/organizations then break out sessions for networking. Either a working group will be formed to organize these monthly events or a current working group can volunteer to take on this task.
Occupy Cafe will be what current movement buildings are – however, we need buy in from the community – we either need a working group or for facilitation to agree to maintain this meeting – aka – make sure it happens and that notes are posted. This will be every three weeks and then once a month it will be structured as Movement Building, as described above.
During these meetings the office will be closed so info can attend.
*the community encourages folks to announce their future proposals at GAs and Spokes and utilize pdxga.org to announce/form/discuss agenda items prior to in person meetings.
***note cultural night and feather circle would be removed from the schedule. not to say that they can’t happen/or shouldn’t but that it is unclear to the larger community about whether or not they do happen and/or when, so it’s hard to have that info on flyers / website. if anyone is interested in bottom lining these events to make them more accessible, then maybe we can incorporate them.