Community Team Chats – March 1st 2018

The Community Team meets twice a month, first and third Thursday, at two different times to cover different timezones.
Slack logs from March 1st: 8:00 UTC and 20:00 UTC

Deputies check-in

Daily operations are going well for everyone, no roadblocks.

Calls for volunteers

We are looking for more people to join the team in different capacities and for different workgroups

The first three projects are ongoing, the fourth one was completed with a successful run of four online roundtables to support meetup organizers in their essential community work, especially if they are struggling or suffer from burn-out: in the link you will also find the recordings of the sessions, they are a great resource for everyone involved in the organisation of events.

Proposals for discussion

We had some posts to discuss from our blog.

Proposal to Simplify Training for WordCamp Mentors

We are in serious need of more mentors for WordCamps! The post proposes to simplify the training that potentials mentors go through, and during the chat we expanded more on the “encouragement and support” for people that are interested but might feel that mentoring is a bit intimidating.

We are therefore thinking of a marketing campaign with the following message: “mentorship is not hard, it’s a rewarding experience for people who would like to help with it and eventually we are doing a good thing spreading our knowledge to others”.

2018 goals for the global community team: suggestions time!

We kept adding suggestions to the post.The plan is to will summarise and prioritise those.

Changing the time of the Community Team Chat

Lately attendance dropped in the 8:00 AM UTC chat so we voted for a new time slot: from March 15th the chat will be at 11:00 AM UTC.

A Trello Board for the Community Team

After discussing the matter in a previous chat, we decided to go on and try Trello. We would like to open a .org workspace for all the teams, with a .org email account. We will announce it when it’s done.

Calling European WordPress Communities

WCEU had been doing a terrific job at promoting European WordCamps throughout the year: the proposal is to have a form in the global WordCamp Handbook where WordCamps can submit their request for help so the Communication WCEU Team can help.

A few objections were raised on the time frame (does the team works year round? Can they guarantee that?) and the fact that next year’s team might want to do things differently. The issue is still open.

Reminders/Announcements/Enhancements

Open Floor AM Chat

The open floor in the morning chat brought up the topic of Women’s Groups inside the WordPress Community events.

Some Meetups have Women Who WordPress or Women Of WordPress dedicated events, we discussed the idea of integrating stand-alone groups.

The topic of events focussed on women was discussed in the past: some think these events are non inclusive by definition, while others see this as a great place to start your path as a meetup attendee in an environment that feels more safe. While no one objects to an event focused on women where everyone is invited, the jury is still out on events that are women only. The plan is to post about this in our blog.

 

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