[At-Large] pitch to the board re: MS model

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Mon Nov 4 20:34:03 UTC 2019

Well worthy of our collective consideration!

Because as it now happens, what we built is only narrowing the base from
where we expect to recruit.

We know well the challenges we face. Finding volunteers to do the policy
work at the level we would find competitive to other well-resourced parts
of the community is like looking for the goose that lays the golden egg on
a needle in a haystack.

We have to cast far and wide. And for every thousand we reach if we're
really lucky and all the stars align  we will harvest what, maybe three!

And,  if we harvest three, I'm prepared to declare victory and go home.


On Mon, 4 Nov 2019, 2:23 pm Marita Moll, <mmoll at ca.inter.net> wrote:

>  My thoughts about our pitch to the board later on this week re: the
> evolution of the MS model. We can only expect to have 15 min on this so am
> keeping it fairly narrowly focussed:
> Our focus would be on improving our ability to grow the MS volunteer
> community, increasing diversity, increasing participation. The goal has to
> be to build a system that can attract and retain volunteers in multiple
> locations and local contexts who can engage at multiple levels. There is no
> one size that fits all. In this challenge, the community must lead. That is
> where the expertise is, that's where the local knowledge is and where the
> solutions will come from. We need to innovate, take some risks and think
> outside of the box.
> Good theory, but in reality, there are lots of hurdles -- it is not so
> easy to get adequate funds moving in the direction of innovative community
> outreach programs. --- offer a couple of real examples.
> *The ask: In the interests of bringing more people into our communities to
> deal with the ever increasing workload, will the Board formally recognize
> and encourage efforts to innovate in this challenge of growing our
> community -- by lowering some of the barriers.*
> Marita
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