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Getting Done What Needs To Be Done

One Community is an elite team of dedicated, organized, and unpaid volunteer professionals contributing weekly to an ever-evolving action list. The creation phase One Community is in right now is arguably some of the most important developmental aspects of the entire project. We seek others excited to create this with us (click here for the Who We Are and Who We Seek page) and this page is about the minimum time investment anyone interested in joining the One Community Team as a Pioneer or Satellite Member can expect to contribute. The five sections of this page are:

  • Importance to this phase of creation
  • Minimum time investments for Pioneers and Satellite Members
  • “Tangible Contribution” and productivity
  • Summary
  • FAQ
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BECOMING A COMMUNITY MEMBER   ●   POLICIES AND PROCEDURES   ●   HELPING ON THE PROPERTY

IMPORTANCE TO THIS PHASE OF CREATION

Creating historic global change and building a sustainable civilization from the ground up requires a very special kind of person combined with a significant level of dedication, problem-solving skills, and responsibility. If the answers and resources we are creating were already as compelling, implementable, and readily available as we are working to make them, we think these problems would already be well on their way to resolution or wouldn’t even exist anymore. With this in mind, much like the Pioneers throughout history must have realized when they were preparing to venture forward into uncharted territory, a fiercely positive attitude focused on what is possible and a genuine enjoyment of the process of engaging the unknown is very helpful. Perseverance, dedication, and ultimately faith that we can and will succeed are essential because what we are creating is so important to the entire human organism.

MINIMUM EXPECTATIONS FOR PIONEERS AND SATELLITE MEMBERS

The current minimum contribution commitment to be a Pioneer or Satellite member of the One Community Team is about 7-10 hours per person per week. The minimum tangible contribution is only 5 hours a week (see our Policies and Procedures page). Many people do more and some, like Jae, consistently contribute anywhere from 30-60 hours each week. The minimum requirement, however, is 5 tangible contribution hours and, in the case of Pioneer Members, an additional few hours each week for collaborative calls and other One Community details. This amounts to a minimum total of about 7-10 weekly hours for Pioneers (20-25 for management/leadership positions) and a minimum of 5 hours for Satellite Members.

“TANGIBLE CONTRIBUTION” AND PRODUCTIVITY

We call contributing to specific action items that move us forward “tangible contribution” because we focus on these items to maximize our productivity. We differentiate this time from collaborative calls, non-essential tasks, and all other One Community activities because tangible contribution time is time working directly on a project to finish its associated action items needed for completion. Creating tangible contribution tasks is a process of:

  1. Identifying top priorities
  2. Breaking large tasks into smaller tasks (click here for template)
  3. Contributing a minimum of 5 hours each week to the completion of these tasks
  4. Logging our specific activity and results (including GoogleDoc links to data) in the ACE Application

Project Team Facilitators are responsible for helping people understand what tasks are considered tangible versus not tangible and logging everything in the ACE Application creates an archive in support of our open source goals, allows access by everyone on the team to help contribute, and helps us monitor progress and improve group efficiency.

SUMMARY

As an elite team of dedicated, organized, and professional people contributing weekly to an ever-evolving action list, we have recognized the value of specifically focusing our attention on the tangible action items needed to complete our open source blueprints and start building. We call working on these items “tangible contribution” and we differentiate it from planning meetings and other action items. By focusing specifically on tangible contribution, we get more done, keep collaboration high, and maintain momentum.

FREQUENTLY ANSWERED QUESTIONS

Q: Why are tangible contribution hours so low?

Tangible contribution requirements are low because they are minimums and mandatory for Pioneer and Satellite members. They are also low because we want anyone to be able to participate as a Pioneer Member with us and we respect that our 100% unpaid and volunteer staff has a diversity of other requirements on their time too. Everyone contributes what they can and this amounts to 40-60 consistent hours every week for some team members and the minimum of 5 consistent hours for others. Once we arrive on the property, each individual will contribute 40 hours to the maintenance and evolution of One Community.

Q: I could contribute 10 hours a week or so but I’m not sure if I should join now or later? 

You should join later. We desire to work with people that are specifically excited to be a part of this formative stage of One Community and contribute to the the diversity of tasks we are currently working on. If you aren’t sure if you are ready, you probably aren’t.

Q: What counts as Tangible Contribution?

Action Items agreed upon by Project Teams or Jae. These action items will be things that produce tangible and measurable forward movement for the benefit of the whole team and project. Anything that is tangible will have a visible result for everyone to see in the form of a GoogleDoc, completed task like a webpage or keyword research, etc.

Q: What if a person doesn’t know what to do?

In the spirit of a “how can I help” culture we are creating, and the support of developing our team leadership skills, we put the responsibility of asking how and where help is needed in the hands of the individual and have Welcome Team FacilitatorsProject Team Facilitators and Jae available for guidance.

Q: What if a person doesn’t want to do any of the things suggested?

We suggest a person propose something that they do want to do to a Project Team or Jae for discussion.

Q: How does time get logged?

Our time is logged in the ACE Application designed specifically for this purpose. When logging activity, items are specifically designated as “tangible” or “intangible” and then the following is included:

  • How much time was invested
  • The details of what was accomplished
  • A link to a GoogleDoc collaborative space or other tangible record of what was done

Q: What do people do if they are going to be gone for a week?

Please see the Policies and Procedures page for details on our hands-off administrative system that allows for this.

Q: What does a person do if they didn’t get their hours done one week?

Please see the Policies and Procedures page for details on our hands-off administrative system.

Q: Where did the choice for 5 hours come from?

Five hours was one hour per weekday and/or the amount that was considered doable in one evening. This number was chosen so people with extremely busy lives could still be Pioneers or Satellite Members able to meet the expectations of this project until the Pioneer Team all “quit our day jobs” and move to the property to create One Community full-time as a team.

Q: What if a person wanted to do more than 5 hours of tangible contribution?

That is fantastic and most people do. Jae puts in 30-60 hours a week on this project and the more we each do to help move everything forward by completing the tangible action items, the faster we ALL achieve our goals. Also, all time working on projects is logged as “tangible time” after the core of 5 tangible contribution hours are completed each week. We keep a record of this in an ongoing log so people can see how much “above and beyond” everyone has contributed as members of the team.

Q: Why can’t everyone just contribute what they want without accountability or consequences?

One Community began with a model like that and is was unsuccessful. From this experience we instead created the hands-off administrative policy we now use. This policy allows people to still be 100% at choice in their participation at One Community while also assuring that the team effort and everything we are relying upon each other for is accomplished.

Q: How is this system maintained and evolved?

This system is maintained by the clear dedication and commitment of each individual to this project and our shared values and goals, the hands-off administrative process outlined on our Policies and Procedures page, and our monthly 2-way review process.

Q: How will you keep participation ongoing and fair on the property? How will you assure everyone does their part?

We will use an adapted form of the hands-off administrative policy we’ve tested and proven successful over the last couple years. This policy maintains transparency, equal participation and fairness without the need for hierarchical leadership structures, and leads to removal of anyone who does not do their fair share.