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COMMUNET  September 1997, Week 2

COMMUNET September 1997, Week 2

Subject:

Re: AFCN

From:

madeline <[log in to unmask]>

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Community and Civic Network discussion list <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 11 Sep 1997 17:28:35 -0600

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Folks,

I have been on the road, my apologies for the delay in replying.

My perspective on our "recent history", to pick up on where Amy & Steve
left off:

[This whole process BTW would make for a truly amazing and engaging project
for a sociologist, if anyone wants to contact one ;-) ]


Upon launching this AFCN Initiative, rather than simply going ahead and
writing the Bylaws and Articles and implementing the "AFCN" that our small
planning group was envisioning, we made a very conscious decision to take
some time and expand the "planning group", and expand the vision.  I as
"acting director" personally made, and continue to make, every effort to
encourage and broaden participation in what we are doing.  We formed a 65+
person Advisory Group, and over the past couple of months have together
identified open issues, discussed all sides, collaboratively developed
materials, and made them publicly available (such as those regarding "what
kind of organization", available at
http://bcn.boulder.co.us/afcn/planning/org-dev/, and our "definition of
community networking", at http://bcn.boulder.co.us/afcn/cn/).

However, meanwhile, Vigdor was expressing the belief that, despite our best
attempts, he personally did not believe our process was as truly inclusive
or as ideally democratic as it should be.  He shared what seemed to me like
the seeds of some powerful concepts with this group.  I asked him if he
would try to _apply_ those concepts to what we are trying to do, which he
agreed to do, and we agreed that he would facilitate a longer-term
"Envisioning" process, in parallel to the shorter-term creating of AFCN
processes that were already under way.

And also "meanwhile", Ken Stokes expressed the desire to have a discussion
regarding CN business models.  Despite this being something that I
personally had thought we would get to once AFCN was a "reality",  the
urgency of the issue made me want to assist in getting this discussion
launched asap.

So, in addition to continuing to work with our 65+ person Advisory Group
and our Steering Committee, researching all the myriad issues regarding
"what kind of organization", developing a business plan, working with our
graphic designer on a logo, starting to plan our products & services,
starting to plan a Members Conference, working on proposals for operational
funding, interviewing eight attorneys, giving talks, replying to numerous
e-mail and phone call queries...  I worked with Vigdor, Ken, and David to
create an interim AFCN discussion area on the Twin Cities Freenet, where
Vigdor would facilitate an Envisioning conference, Ken would lead the
discussion regarding business models, and anyone else could feel free to
start any discussions they chose.  In every ensuing AFCN Update, I
described the discussion areas, and encouraged people to participate.
Whenever someone wrote or called asking about what we were doing and how
they could participate, I mentioned the discussion areas in addition to the
mailing lists.

And now, because there has not been the participation that they had hoped,
rather than persist and try to be persuasive and engage participation
themselves (how often have we  seen posts by either one of them towards
this end?), Vigdor and Ken are both deciding to cast the blame on AFCN
somehow? This is truly something.  And not only that, Ken tells us how he
actually removed the material he posted (which I did notice, BTW, but I
assumed you were reworking it and would be reposting it later) due to, and
I quote, "a deafening silence punctuated only by a few painfully naive
retorts"?  Way to persevere, Ken.    Neither Vigdor nor Ken has written me
much less picked up the phone and _called_ me regarding any of this
dissatisfaction, BTW.  Nah, why do that and actually try to address
whatever the given issue is, when one can hurl unfounded insults and try to
cast an amorphous "negativity" here on Communet.

[Where is that sociologist? ;-) ]


The bottom line on all this, IMHO:

AFCN is in its final stages of becoming "official", and already there has
begun a collaborative identifying, discussing and addressing of issues,
resulting in collaboratively developed 1st drafts of resources.

AFCN will definitely not be for everybody.  Some will be more content to
sit in the sidelines and offer overly-idealistic commentary and/or
unfounded criticism, rather than actually get (and stay) involved and
attempt to _do_ something.

Each person is of course free to decide for themselves what they want to do.



And, BTW, we do not expect the skies to open up and angels with harps to
descend upon us when we launch.  Indeed perhaps the better AFCN does its
"job", the more invisible "it" will actually be.  It is not the
"organization" itself that will matter, it is the _association_ of
_members_...  and this has already begun to happen, and continues to
strengthen every week.

Many thanks to those who are helping to make this Association a reality,
and to all who have called or written to express their support.



Cheers,
Madeline







_________________________________________________
Madeline Gonzalez
Phone: (970)728-5170
Fax: (970)728-3102

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