Charles Armstrong Future of Membership Presentation

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Charles Armstrong talks through the implications of technology for the future of membership at NCVO Third Sector Foresight's Future of Membership in the Voluntary and Community Sector seminar.

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Charles Armstrong Future of Membership Presentation

  1. 1. Member driven governance<br /> made easy<br />Charles Armstrong<br />Director, One Click Orgs<br />
  2. 2. BackgroundSPS at St John’s Cambridge (1993)CIRCUS foundation (1997)School for Social Entrepreneurs (1998)Mentored by Michael Young (2000)Trampoline Systems (2003) One Click Orgs (2008)<br />
  3. 3. What’s the relationship between members and organisation?<br />
  4. 4. Community groups & small non-profits<br /><ul><li>Everyone’s a member
  5. 5. Governance is collective
  6. 6. Expectation that members are active </li></li></ul><li>Community groups & small non-profits<br /><ul><li>Everyone’s a member
  7. 7. Governance is collective
  8. 8. Expectation that members are active </li></ul>Large non-profits<br />& NGOs<br /><ul><li>Division between staff & membership
  9. 9. Members don’t make decisions
  10. 10. Expectation that members are passive</li></li></ul><li>Why the change with growth?<br /><ul><li>Harder to get people together
  11. 11. Expensive to distribute & count votes
  12. 12. Need for accountability</li></li></ul><li>The cost of disengagement<br /><ul><li>Members are less motivated when they don’t have genuine responsibility
  13. 13. A central executive can lose touch with the concerns of its community
  14. 14. Diverse views and opportunities for debate are reduced</li></li></ul><li>Technologies are appearing that enable large organisations to be governed by their members<br />
  15. 15. One Click Orgs is the world’s first platform for virtual governance<br />
  16. 16. What it provides<br /><ul><li>Constitution welded into electronic system
  17. 17. Governance processes are automated
  18. 18. Any member can make & vote on proposals
  19. 19. Log of decisions maintained automatically</li></li></ul><li>1 Member submits proposal<br />
  20. 20. 2 Proposal distributed by email<br />
  21. 21. 3 Members vote on the website<br />
  22. 22. 4 Decision is logged<br />
  23. 23. Project details<br /><ul><li>Associations platform already running with beta groups
  24. 24. Company Limited by Guarantee currently in development
  25. 25. Everything is open source
  26. 26. Advisory board includes Professor Oliver Goodenough (Harvard) and Joi Ito (CEO of Creative Commons)</li></li></ul><li>Platforms like One Click Orgs enable organisations to go beyond “participation”<br />
  27. 27. Be ready for new kinds of membership organisation<br /><ul><li>Google groups becoming self-governing legal entities
  28. 28. World of Warcraft guilds forming democratic corporations & owning assets
  29. 29. Single-issue movements with 100,000 members where everyone is involved in strategy</li></li></ul><li>Chapter 14 “Emergent Democracy”<br />
  30. 30. Thank you!<br />Twitter @oneclickorgs<br />Web http://oneclickorgs.com<br />charles@CIRCUS-foundation.org<br />

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