Tell us about yourself
What are some favorite things you have already done for MakeICT?
Becoming the Metalshop lead + teaching classes
What in your opinion qualifies you to be a board member?
I have served on multiple boards in the past, none with memberships quite the size or challenges of MakeICT .
I tend to be levelheaded often thinking over things before I react. I generally care about the future of the Makerspace and want the best for MakeICT members.
If you have served on the Board in the past, what do you feel you did right? What do you think you did wrong, or could have done better?
This is the first time I have been nominated for the board.
Are you able to be at Board meetings, Maker Mondays and other events for the duration of your term?
Yes, I say I have attended most of the Maker Mondays in my 2 years as a member helping with set up and representing the Metalshop. I cannot say that I will be able to make 100% of
the meetings and maker Mondays as due to work I am subject to must travel for emergencies. I would be able to facetime or Skype to the board meetings thou.
It is our mission to innovate, learn, and build community at the intersection of art, technology, science, and culture. How would you support our mission as leadership?
I would like to encourage more project classes where instead of learning a single machine people can work on a project and create. the wood shop uses this format in many classes
IE “Make a Tung drum” “Make a stool” “Make a ring” and I think it is inspired I would like to host and encourage members to bring and teach more project workshops.
What should we do next?
MakeICT needs a different building We have several areas that are so cramped, and I hear so many complaints about space we need to move somewhere where we can grow.
It breaks my heart on Maker Mondays when I see people walk out of Ceramics and I hear things such as “I’d love to do that but it’s way too small in there” or my personal Fav
(Person 1) “We could make our own dishes” (Person 2)“Yeah I think I seen room for a teacup in there”
What are your thoughts about MakeICT’s direction in the coming year?
We need to move towards finding a forever home for the Makerspace one that keeps dues low, has room to grow and is in a safe area.
What’s your agenda for what you want to accomplish in the coming year?
Help with finding a new building, Help encourage people to volunteer more than just a few times.
How will you gauge whether we’re successful as an organization?
I’d say over all member happiness, membership numbers, number of classes and class reviews.
How do we keep and grow membership?
Education, Involvement, Space
I feel many members feel a lack of ownership and buy-in with the current space, we should work on helping the new members not feel so overwhelmed and lost when they first join.
More maker activities where members can just show up and be part of the community would be a great start. I have been tossing around a few ideas in my head on what these could be.
How should we operate?
Carefully making sure to not touch the sides! Seriously thou we need to continue the efforts and strides that have been made this year with getting MakeICT’s financials in order.( David Springs has devoted countless hours to catching up the books from past years THANK YOU DAVID!) We should encourage, recognize and reward those members that constantly go above and beyond for the maker space.
We have a member right now that spends so much of her time cleaning and organizing around the space. I do my best to give her my classes for free and help her with any projects
she wants to do but I do not know of any other recognition for the countless hours she spends
Tell us one thing the Board did in the last 12 months that needs an undo. Be specific.
While I feel this resolved itself (in a bad way) I was very displeased at the elected board members last year that decided to quit and burn everything on their way out.
The use of mass mailings, the abandoning of areas at the space and the constant trash talking because something happened that you did not like was childish and
destructive to MakeICT anything that could be done to prevent these actions by a board member should be done. If someone is running for the board, they should be able to put MakeICT
before their own personal interest.
Tell us one thing not done in the last 12 months by the Board that still needs done. Be specific.
We did not acquire a forever home for the Makerspace.
How much Autonomy should Area Leads Have?
I think the Area Leads should be completely in charge of the decisions of their areas. they know the members that use their areas and I really feel they take pride of ownership of an area when they are the ones in charge. the board should be a resource available to the area leads, they should assign the best leads possible and have little input over what an area lead does unless the membership complains.
What experience do you have in grant-writing or fundraising?
I have no grant writing experience. Fundraising is limited Raffles, Sales and Auctions
What are your ideas on promoting Volunteerism and a Community Mindset at MakeICT? (i.e. Scholarships, funded leadership conferences…)
We need volunteer recognition we need rewards and encouragement for those that give so much extra time to the space.
I have not seen any practical use for funding people to go to leadership conferences. I would like to see MakeICT be able to offer Scholarships to people
to learn new skills that they would in turn bring back and teach members at MakeICT.
Do you promise you can serve out your entire term until next June? Do you predict that you’ll be open to running for a second or third term so MakeICT has a continuous, stable board of directors?
I should have no problems serving out my year. It would be my hopes that I will be able to do a great job being on the board and people would want to nominate me for future years.
Have you read our bylaws 1 and standing rules?
Yes quite a few times actually
What areas of the makerspace are you proficient/not proficient in?
Proficient in, Metalshop , FabLab, Ceramics , Woodshop
not proficient in, Screen printing, ERP, Textiles
What are the best and worst aspects of your leadership and communication styles? What can you do to improve or mitigate your worst quality?
My best aspect of my leadership is my dedication. If i say I will do the best job I can that’s what you will get.
My worst aspect is I am stubborn and often unforgiving once a person proves they will not do what they say I tend to never trust them again and will do the work myself instead of risking them failing the team. I could improve by giving people second chances and not expecting perfection if I do.
If MakeICT didn’t exist, what would you do with your time?
More projects at home, more Activism.
What steps would you take outside the Maker space to continue growth of the knowledge of our existence, so we’re not Wichita’s “best kept secret”?
I feel talking about the space, Wearing MakeICT logo clothing having signs up at other creative locations about MakeICT is the way to go.
Positive word of mouth is key.
I rarely talk to someone about the makerspace that does not attend a Maker Monday after we talk.