Tell us about yourself:
My name is Scott Sullivan, I am 53 and I am running for one of the positions of Member at Large. I am a maker, crafter, artist and a man of few words. I work for Sedgwick County and have been in my current department for 20 years.
What are some favorite things you have already done for MakeICT?
The one thing that I have spent a lot of passionate time doing for MakeICT is cleaning, organizing, and utilizing the cramped area known at ceramics.
What in your opinion qualifies you to be a board member?
I spend much time at MakeICT and I want the best for MakeICT to grow and increase. I have served on may boards and I am currently a board member of the local blacksmith association.
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?
No, I have served on the board of MakeICT
Are you able to be at Board meetings, Maker Mondays and other events for the duration of your term?
Yes. As an assistant lead, I have changed my weekly meetings schedule to accommodate attending the Ceramics Nights; I will do the same for board functions.
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?
As long as the board is moving MakeICT in a direction of growth in innovation and building a larger constructive community, the “how” is to support it in the direction it is moving and help steer it when it is not moving in a direction of growth.
What should we do next?
What are your thoughts about MakeICT’s direction in the coming year?
Space is a major issue. As an avid member I see several areas that are bursting at the seams and need more space.
What’s your agenda for what you want to accomplish in the coming year?
Space is a major issue along with greater visibility of MakeICT to the community at large.
How will you gauge whether we’re successful as an organization?
Increase in active membership and presences in the community at large are examples of our success.
What should our priorities be in terms of trying to find a different space versus extending the lease on our current building?
Workspace area, parking, security are areas which are lacking in the current location.
Do you think MakeICT should focus on one space down town or multiple satellite locations in underserved communities?
I believe that a single location builds community, separate locations creates division.
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?
Area leads are leads for a reason. Being an area lead should have responsibility and consequences.
Do you support an expansion of board terms from 1 year to 2 years? Why or why not?
No, 1 year term is adequate. If you are a “good” board member, than you can be reelected. No need for a 2 year term.
Would a 2 year term affect your decisions to accept a nomination?
Not for the position that I am running for.
Would you support staggered elections June and December for general director’s seats? Why or why not?
No, I don’t see the point to it.
Would you support staggered elections with half the board elected at each Annual meeting?
No, this would require 2 year terms. (1 year term is adequate. If you are a “good” board member, than you can be reelected. No need for a 2 year term.)
Tell us one thing the Board did in the last 12 months that needs an undo. Be specific.
I do not believe there an one thing that needs to be undo.
Tell us one thing not done in the last 12 months by the Board that still needs done. Be specific.
I feel the search/acquisition of a larger facility has been unduly stalled.
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.
No. I think if there are proposed changes to “standing rules” that should be voted on by the membership, but the “standing rules” as is should not be voted on every annual meeting.