Tell us about yourself
What are some favorite things you have already done for MakeICT?
At Large Board Member
Outreach volunteer (Riverfest, Girl Scout activities, Zoo, Open Streets, Maker Mondays, etc)
What, in your opinion, qualifies you to be a board member?
Willing to serve - when you become a board member, you realize that it is really a hard job, but it is really important to get right as this is what ensures that the Maker Space is a sustainable operation.
Willing to listen - I feel like I can ask people their opinions on the things that we need to vote on. I try to vote what I think the membership would want if they were voting. I try not to vote my opinions, but try to do my best to represent the membership.
Willing to compromise - Some people see the world in black and white - I see it in 256 million colors. I typically try to nudge decisions into the right range rather than absolutely having to have my way.
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?
Things we did right (I cannot take credit for all these, we have a great bunch of folks here that keep the space going.)
Budget for the Maker Space is less than our expenses. This is one thing we do so right.
Allow the space to grow by getting some new equipment (1/2 the new laser cutter, new dryer for the print shop, etc.)
Deal with personnel issues rather than duck them. (People sleeping at the space, people that make the space a non-safe environment, etc.)
Things we did wrong or could have done better:
We need a plan. When we don’t have one we go off on bunny trails and spend days arguing about some tiny detail at the Maker Space. We need to get some focus on the following topics that really need our attention:
Donations - We need a database of donors, consistently sent emails to donors, a good way to recognize our donors. And we should thank them repeatedly. And we need to court a few corporate donors.
Grants - We need to look into finding some grant funding for projects at the Maker Space. We are always asking our volunteers to contribute to our good works… but we could do even more good if we had a few grants.
Physical Location - We are out of space in our current location. We could re-purpose some of the space up front… but really that is a temporary stop gap - we need to find a new building.
Volunteers - we need a better system to get people to volunteer. It seems like we always have the same folks doing everything… but I know that almost everyone I ask says they will volunteer to help the space.so we need to bridge that gap.
General planning - We need to have a location we can be in for the next five years so we can do some advance planning. I would like to see each area have an idea how they will grow the next year, next 3 years and next 5 years. And we need to look into what new areas might emerge and how many and when.
Are you able to be at Board meetings, Maker Mondays and other events for the duration of your term?
Yes. I come almost every Maker Monday and do tours. I don’t think I missed any of the board meetings.
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?
Try to shift the board into doing a better jiob of fund raising and donor management, helping to set our course toward a new, bigger space and try to find better ways to manage and keep our wonderful volunteers happy.
What should we do next?
What are your thoughts about MakeICT’s direction in the coming year?
We really need a plan in place, we also need to get the study on new building in place so we can evaluate our options
What’s your agenda for what you want to accomplish in the coming year?
Better donation management, new building evaluation, encourage more volunteers
How will you gauge whether we’re successful as an organization?
Are we making stuff?
Are we happy when we are making stuff
Are we giving someting back to the community?
Yes answers mean we are doing well
What should our priorities be in terms of trying to find a different space versus extending the lease on our current building?
That depends on if we can find a suitable space and if we can afford a suitable space. When those criteria are met, then lets plan the move and pull the trigger.
Do you think MakeICT should focus on one space down town or multiple satellite locations in underserved communities?
I think we have something special in the cental location. We have to nurture that first. Satellite locations could be costly. We need to consider the cost before making a branch. On the other hand, if we were to get some gant money to offset the cost, then we could help bring making to those who dont have the fantastic equipment we are fortunate to work with. We could get local volunteers to run the spaces and then you could visit any of the branches to make
How should we operate?
Do you believe the Board should deal with day to day issues? Should area leads have more authority over day to day operations?
Yes area leads need to be the ones directly involved in all the day-to-day stuff and we need to deal with more global issues.
Do you support an expansion of board terms from 1 year to 2 years? Why or why not?
I do support an expansion of terms. I think the board really needs to focus on long term goals and how can you focus on the long term if you will only be in office 1 year? Seriously, to get the board to focus on the long term is really needed.
Would a 2 year term affect your decisions to accept a nomination? Nope. I worked at the same place for 27 years… 2 years doesn’t scare me. If it does scare a person off, then good riddance… this job needs a certain amount of commitment…
Would you support staggered elections June and December for general directors seats? Why or why not? Totally crazy idea… that would just make it take longer for the board to gel.
Would you support staggered elections with half the board elected at each Annual meeting?
Yes. That seems more reasonible to me. Plus you could be more selective with fewer spots open in a single election!
Tell us one thing the Board did in the last 12 months that needs an undo. Be specific.
I think what bothers me most is not what was accomplished, but what wasn’t. We spent very little time trying to get donors and grants… we happily coast along on dues. We really need to crank the hanle on this one
Tell us one thing not done in the last 12 months by the Board that still needs done. Be specific.
Let me shorten what I have said before…
Do you believe the entire membership should vote each year at the annual meeting on the organizations Standing Rules? Refer to Article III Section 2 of the bylaws.
Seems odd that we would do that. I mean … what is the point? If we vote them down, what happens… we have anarchy?
On the other hand , it might do us some good to review them at least once a year