By posting my answers early, I hope to get others following suit. This gives membership more time to get to know the Nominees. Goodluck to everyone in the 2018 Election.
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Jeremiah B. (AKA JB)
I am running for 2 positions Vice President and Director at Large.
Most of the membership will know me as the awesomely friendly Metalshop lead.
As the Metalshop lead, I have learned to work together with other members to create a great team of volunteers. I have implemented new equipment and tools, and shared my knowledge along the way.I teach a wide range of classes. I am around the space quite frequently, and this allows me to deal one on one with many members new and old.
I believe Area leads are the life blood of MakeICT, They deal with membership daily, they find and fix issues most people know nothing about. (because we fix them so quickly), and as such would make great Board members.
As a Board member one of my goals is to continue pursuing a new building, documenting our needs vs wants, and starting fundraisers to get this done. We are definitely getting crowded in certain areas. I believe a new building should remain centrally located if possible, include adequate parking, and have plenty of room to grow.
I am always listening to members ideas, concerns, and complaints. I will bring those to the board, as well as other ideas to better our organization.
I am not shy,I am not afraid of change, and I am always up for a challenge.
Thank you for your consideration.
1. What are some favorite things you have already done for MakeICT?
I have done many things to help MakeICT. From Taking over the Metalshop, and working with others to get it to where it is today. A Small group of us built the cnc plasma cutter, Powder coating oven. Paul And I got the keeper license, and all profits currently go to the area leads wish list. To date we have helped give 4 areas $1000 to put towards their areas. I currently teach several classes, and met so many great members doing so.
2. What in your opinion qualifies you to be a board member?
I have experience with the membership on a daily basis. I hear the concerns, positives, and opinions from membership directly. I have made the Metalshop what it is today with the help of a great group of volunteers. As a member I have tried to attend most of the board meetings since I Joined 2+ years ago.
3. 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?
I have not been on the board, But there are always things we could do better. Don’t dwell on the bad, push forward and learn from your mistakes.
4. Are you able to be at Board meetings, Maker Mondays and other events for the duration of your term?
Absolutely. I will do my best to show up to needed meetings, and activities.
5. 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?
Our mission is very open to interpretation. However I believe we have to start with what we do best, then slowly start opening up new doors. We can’t do everything all at once. Remember Focus First.
**What should we do next?**
1. What are your thoughts about MakeICT’s direction in the coming year?
It’s time to create a dedicated building fund, We are already out of space in many of the areas. Having a fund set aside with some funds in it only for a building allows us to do fundraisers for a new building. Members can see where their donations are going, and where we are at on our Fund amount.
2. What’s your agenda for what you want to accomplish in the coming year?
This is almost the same question as above. I would like to see us actively fundraising for a new building. Getting classes set up in each area, and maximizing the current space we have until we find a building.
3. How will you gauge whether we’re successful as an organization?
I would say we are already very successful, If we get one person involved, inspired, or excited, we are successful. I would like to see stable membership levels, more volunteers, and more doing. But we will remain successful forever due to the things we have already done.
4. What should our priorities be in terms of trying to find a different space versus extending the lease on our current building?
Obviously we need to maximize the current space either way. But I think we should look at areas that could be improved. Big questions I hear are: If we are out of space why do we have a gallery? Lounge? Consignment takes up space and isn’t used. Why? I’d like to see the issues looked at, discussed, and determine a course of action.
5. Do you think MakeICT should focus on one space down town or multiple satellite locations in underserved communities?
This is a very simple decision. One large space is always better. It builds community, allows people to use all areas without driving to a different location. Multiple locations divide the community, and would provide less to members at those locations. It adds to our rent, bills, etc. and would require leads and leaderships to frequent all locations.
**How should we operate?**
1. Do you believe the Board should deal with day to day issues? Should area leads have more authority over day to day operations?
As an area lead, I believe this has been getting better. However the Board spend too much time on little issues. I believe the Director of the makerspace, and the area leads can work together to deal with these smaller issues. Allowing the board to do the rest.
2. Do you support an expansion of board terms from 1 year to 2 years? Why or why not?
I do not support this. We have a high turnover on the board, Some board members do great, and others do not. I don’t want someone who isn’t doing well in their role to remain a board member. If you want to run for another year, then run, but let the membership decide if you deserve that 2nd year.
3. Would a 2 year term affect your decisions to accept a nomination?
Yes. I am willing to give more than a year to trying to make things better. But if I do things wrong, I want the membership to be able to replace me if they see fit at the next election. Also someone may not be able to give 2 years to the organization. Forcing them to resign can be looked at as a negative.
4. Would you support staggered elections June and December for general directors seats? Why or why not?
Yes. I think staggering the board makes sense.
5. Would you support staggered elections with half the board elected at each Annual meeting?
If we are talking about 2 year terms, then no. (see answers above on term length)
6. Tell us one thing the Board did in the last 12 months that needs an undo. Be specific.
Committees were created to get people involved, and spread the load of different areas / events. What ended up happening is some people are on almost every board. This isn’t fair to the membership. It isn’t right for one person to have an influence over every committee. Pick 1 or 2 and that’s it. If you are already a board member or area lead, I don’t think you should be a committee lead either. We also allow the committee leads to choose their members. This means that some members wanting to be on a committee are told no. Some committee leads only choose their friends. Again this isn’t fair.
7. Tell us one thing not done in the last 12 months by the Board that still needs done. Be specific.
Setting funds aside for a building, allocating the funds as such, and getting everyone involved in input for a new space.