thanks to all those who have attended the first two community constitution workshops that have already taken place. For anyone who wasn’t there, it has been decided to make some further changes to the schedule to ensure the meetings fully cover everyone’s views on the topics up for discsusion. This will be combined with some new procedures to keep the debate moving forward in the sessions, which we will be trialling from next week- all good things, I promise!
Documents under discussion: the Master document containing the whole constitution is useful for reference, but we won’t be directly editing it, instead we are editing subsections of it stored in separate pads (using the framapads software). We will be compiling the final constitution to reflect all edits suggested by community members during these sessions. Therefore please use the following links to view the latest sections:
Below is the update schedule of meetings; since it has become clear that everyone has a lot to say, we are now assuming that discussions will be taking place every Tuesday morning 11.00-12.30 CEST (10.00-11.30 BST) until we wrap up all topics around early July.
Table: as of time of writing, topics already occuring are marked in italics.
Stakeholders, Roles, and Decision-Making Groups
Define Key stakeholders
Decision-making groups (within DS community) e.g SC, DAB (?), working groups etc
At today’s session, we made several important decisions related to the development of a governance structure:
We will continue to work over the summer, with regular meetings on Tuesday mornings at 11:00 CEST (10:00 BST) as we have been having already.
The aim is to create a single “constitution” document - the work-in-progress can be found in the constitution outline that was already posted (above).
We started to discuss decision-making processes within the community today; next week will be a continuation of this, with people encourage to read and edit the decision-making and dispute resolution document beforehand.
In future sessions, we plan to finish working on the constitution and will move onto the remaining documents (particularly, the Social Contract and the Code of Conduct). It may still be necessary to re-visit the constitution after this for some minor revisions, but we would not expect bigger changes at this time.
In the meantime, we also remind you that all are invited to participate in the Tuesday morning governance workshops. If you are unable to make it, we would still value your contributions! Please post here on the forum or you can contact one of the regular attenders (some of us are listed below) to relay your thoughts.
The governance workshops on the new constitutional documents for the community have been continuing over the summer. We are making good progress and have now drawn up a timetable so that everyone can have an opportunity to review the work prior to the conference:
continue d-m procedures
complete any missing sections
final review before seeking comments
draft released for comments
Deadline for comments
Review comments and prioritise changes
Make any required major changes
Release final draft for review prior to conference
Presentation and discussion at conference
Everyone is invited to come to the Tuesday morning sessions (link in the first post of this thread) which are continuing throughout this period. Of particular note, for the next few weeks we will be focussed on the actual decision-making procedures.
Additionally, there will be opportunity to review the preliminary documents between the 21st September and the 1st October. This is to give everyone the opportunity to comment on the work that has been done. Critical changes will be taken into account and a revised version released on the 12th October. It is expected, however, that comments suggesting more minor changes at this time will be deferred until after the conference.
As has been previously explained, the final document(s) will be presented at conference along with an opportunity for people to approve or disapprove their implementation. For those who are unable to attend (either in person or virtually), alternative provision will be made to also allow you to vote. Details of this will be forthcoming.