An Invitation to Explore the Role of Knowledge in society
Membership structure and fees are a good way to sustain basic operations. That said, I'm not sure why institutions/organizations would have more voting power than individuals. Why not allow individuals to pay to join as well? Eventually, the value-add for paying membership vs. non-paid membership will need to be articulated.
As for the various proposed activities - all very good ones. Beware that CU Expo is not just about CBR. Who will take these activities on? My suggestion is to put out a call to the listserv for individuals who are interested in taking on particular project (listed above or new ones) and have CBRC support those efforts to write funding proposals, etc. What kind support CBRC can offer will need to be articulated. This is the grassroots model we have adopted in CACSL and it is starting to show signs of working. On the other hand, maybe you want a more focused approach on particular actions, as voted on by members? No matter what the approach, people will, in the end, only gather around tangible projects. Also, the level of resources will determine speed of project implementation.
My two cents,
I'm sorry I won't be able to attend the CBRC meeting - we have a CCPH board meeting that whole day. I think it's essential that the mission, values and intended outcomes of CBRC be clearly articulated and understood before moving forward. These aren't clear to me. For example, the declaration from 2008 referred to above speaks about "empowering citizens across Canada to access, produce, and put into action knowledge that will make their communities more sustainable, fairer, safer, healthier, and prosperous” but elsewhere the emphasis is on "community-university research" and elsewhere on "community-university partnerships." I don't see these as entirely interchangeable terms and concepts. Once those are determined, I think decisions about governance structure, membership structure and fees, priority activities, etc will more naturally flow and be answered. I'd recommend taking a look at John Carver's policy governance model (http://policygovernance.com) - the CCPH board follows it and I think it can work very well for a national organization.
Thanks and looking forward to seeing many of you at CU Expo!
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