Tell us about yourself
Kim recently did a cool blog post, so I will not bore you with my back story again.
What are some favorite things you have already done for MakeICT?
Inspiring other members to create, Nation of Makers Conference Bid, reviving our Instagram, #freeartfriday,#beyourowncreator, making Textiles the flex space it is, Textile Tribe, renaming the gallery to Creator Showroom, Heartland Maker Region
What in your opinion qualifies you to be a board member?
My energy, I have more ideas than I could ever execute myself. I like throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks. You don’t know what works if you don’t try. I do my best to keep an open mind and test things to see what happens.
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?
Creating as many committees as we have is a good thing, were all volunteers and can’t be experts on everything. I hope as we continue to grow that committees become a staple to our operation. My wrong was not having things ready to go on the amended bylaws vote in March. I learned how to address that in the future, so it doesn’t happen again.
Are you able to be at Board meetings, Maker Mondays and other events for the duration of your term?
I just got selected for Artist INC. Live so for 10 weeks on Monday’s I’ll be getting some business training. So, I will have to be late or miss those conflicting nights. This past year I think I missed 5 Maker Mondays due to illness and 1 Quarterly meeting to a conflicting Family event. Other that that I’ll be there
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?
Community is at the core of what we do. We not only serve the community inside the maker space, but we represent that community beyond these 4 walls. While we plan to for our Future build we need to continue with evolving our current space and learn to maximize the space we have.
What should we do next?
What are your thoughts about MakeICT’s direction in the coming year?
I think as leadership we should continue to define and clarify the role of the Board and the Maker Space Director. I believe we should allow the New Building Committee to continue to plan a path to what we can take on in the shape of a new build and what that will look like. I hope to continue to make connections with the greater community of Wichita, I don’t want us to be “the best kept secret”.
What’s your agenda for what you want to accomplish in the coming year?
Work to establish and strengthen the bonds we have forged in the Greater Wichita Community. I will work with Visit Wichita to place another bid for the Nation of Makers 2020 Conference. Help establish MakeICT and Wichita as a regional leader in the Maker Movement.
How will you gauge whether we’re successful as an organization?
How the community views us. Both the community inside the space as well as the community at large and the maker community.
What should our priorities be in terms of trying to find a different space versus extending the lease on our current building?
Live in the present, but plan for the future. Rome wasn’t built in a day, comes to mind. These things take time to prepare for and it is my belief we are on the right path to properly prepare by looking at our finances, planning for what we need to move and what we can set aside for down payment, how long will we have to take care of 2 spaces in the process, and how much volunteer manpower we will need to accomplish this enormous task.
Do you think MakeICT should focus on one space down town or multiple satellite locations in underserved communities?
Having a space downtown is great for recognition and keeping us in the foresight of city leadership, but let’s face it the cost and location availability is limiting, plus there are many who don’t come downtown. Whether, it be us or fostering others to start their own endeavor, it is my belief that multiple locations should not be dismissed. Greater Wichita has 500,000 plus residents, that could benefit from what a makerspaces creates.
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?
Leads should have more authority, along with the makerspace director over the day to day operation, but they have to act on that authority and have the tools they need in place to make that happen. I personally pushed for a working session for the board, makerspace director, and leads to have a working session that helped to define what our roles and responsibilities are. Then we can use what we learned from those working sessions to improve the by-laws.
Do you support an expansion of board terms from 1 year to 2 years? Why or why not?
Yes, who’s running for office shouldn’t be a surprise. 12 months is not enough time to look at the bigger picture and plan for the future of MakeICT Institute. There should be a strategic plan in place with goals for 1, 3, and 5 years, a training program to grow leadership, and terms long enough to have leadership in place to work towards those future goals.
Would a 2 year term affect your decisions to accept a nomination?
Would you support staggered elections June and December for general directors seats? Why or why not?
No, turning the board faster is not going to create leadership that will focus on long term goals. Leadership need to work together and there is a learning curve involved in working as a team, that electing new board members ever 6 months will just create more chaos. As we have spaced when we select committee leads and area leads, and this move would overlap that as well.
Would you support staggered elections with half the board elected at each Annual meeting?
Yes, Last election 3 board members returned and 6 new board members were elected. If the election were held today only half the board could possibly be from the last board. If we are to accomplish any future planning or push more of the day to day running to the leads and Maker Space Director, longer terms are need to forge leadership bonds and trust while will allow that type of transition to more naturally occur.
Tell us one thing the Board did in the last 12 months that needs an undo. Be specific.
I went through all the meeting notes. The only thing I could find was giving devICT their own bank account, which could get us in trouble at tax time but we have already come up with solutions for that.
Tell us one thing not done in the last 12 months by the Board that still needs done. Be specific.
Define the roles of the board and update the Bylaws to reflect the current size of the membership. This is going to take a Village and if there’s no village ready to pull it off…in may not be as bad as it sometimes reads in our head.