Implementing The TI Community Model For Success
Overview for the Coordinating Committee
Why implement a TI Community Model For Success?
Currently, the TI Community is largely organized with separate TI Groups/Organizations and individual TIs working separately on select activities. This creates an underutilization of TI resources, competition and turf constraints, and limits our success. Implementing a standard, mainstream community framework used by other successful communities will maximize resource utilization, promote cooperation, and significantly increase our success as a single TI Community made up of individual TIs and TI Groups/Organizations. The Community Toolbox provides a guide to help us achieve that success as a single TI Community. We propose that the TI Community adopts the model presented in the Community Toolbox.
The Community Toolbox is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.
The vision behind the Community Toolbox is that people — locally and globally — are better prepared to work together to change conditions that affect their lives. Our mission is to promote community health and development by connecting people, ideas, and resources.
With the belief that people can change their communities for the better, and informed by disciplines including applied behavior analysis, public health, and community psychology, partners at the University of Kansas and collaborating organizations developed the Community Toolbox as a public service.
Our fervent hope is that these tools can make it easier for people to take action to assure healthier and more just communities throughout the world.
For an overview of the Community Toolbox model read the following. https://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/overview/model-for-community-change-and-improvement/building-capacity/tools
Here is a short presentation on the model. https://ctb.ku.edu/sites/default/files/chapter_files/1.3_2.ppt
Overview of the framework's organizational model.
In order to better understand the Community Toolbox model, a short description of the general organizational model is needed.
Below are some common Group/Committee terms, along with definitions, their typical functions, examples, and how the Executive Council of TIs works with them.
A Coordinating/Executive Committee modifies broad, community-wide objectives and strategies in response to input from individuals, groups, or committees. The Executive Council may coordinate, manage, inspire, supervise, and support the work of other members of the TI Community. We focus on important ideas, strategy, organizational structure and building, planning, TI Community management, etc.
Objective Committees are made up of members who work together around broad objectives. Objective Committees integrate the ideas set forward with the community work being done. Objective Committees operate around a broad initiative like managing recruitment, government petitions, public outreach, proving TI technology, etc. The Coordinating/Executive Committee should seek to help construct Objective Committees around our broad initiatives and objectives made up of TIs, which may or not come from various TI Groups, interested in defining ways to achieve our shared objectives.
Action committees bring about specific changes in programs, policies, and practices in the sectors in which they work. For example, action committees could exist to help carry out a recruitment campaign, work on a specific TI technology, create testimonials/stories, etc.. Executive Council of TIs should help construct an operational mechanism for the formation of Action committees centered around specific functional activities tied directly to a Project made up of the various TI’s, which may or may not be various TI groups that are interested in carrying out the work to complete the action plan.
Evaluation Committees review the activities, successes, and opportunities for improvement then make recommendations to the other committees.
Support committees are groups that help ensure that action committees or other individuals will have the resources and opportunities necessary to realize their vision. For example, Financial committees could raise and manage money to help fund government petitions, media outreach, and building documentaries. The role of the Executive Council of TIs is to help identify and build the necessary Support committees needed.
Related Community Toolbox Educational Material
Please read this section for an explanation of Vision, Mission, Objectives, Strategies, and Action Plans.
Please read this section for an explanation of organizational structure.
Note: For each section, look at the toolbar to review the Main Section, Checklist, Examples, Tools, and Presentation (see toolbar image below).
We propose that we begin the first step of implementing the framework by creating an Coordinating/Steering Committee and following the steps defined in the Community Toolbox. As a first step in the process, we would like to establish an Executive/Coordinating Committee made up of the leadership of the various TI Groups/Organizations and select TIs who have the desire and ability to serve on that Committee and are in agreement with implementing the framework defined in the Community Toolbox. This activity should serve as one of the primary activities being actively performed by committee members. The purpose of the committee is to:
Implement the Community Framework defined in the Community Toolbox
Create a common vision, mission, and objectives for the TI community as a whole
Create the TI communities’ organizational structure
Set the TI Communities’ priorities and agenda
Facilitate use of TIs and TI resources
Brainstorm on key strategic ideas
In order to achieve this, we need to do the following:
Reach out to the TI Communities’ leadership and select TIs, communicate our message, and recruit them to the committee.
We need to acquire the knowledge to carry out our actions by learning the appropriate material defined in the Community Toolbox.
We need to create an online space for the committee to carry out its actions, collaborate, organize material, and track progress. A Facebook Group, Group Units, and Group Chat could be used; Trello Meistertask could help augment Facebook.
We need to begin working on the Executive/Coordinating Committee activities described above.
We need to track and evaluate our progress.
Principles of Organizational Design
To join the Coordinating Committee contact Moe.Hope@TIRightsMovement.org
Timothy Cassella, Amy Holem, Kristen D Manners, Anthony Thomas, Mike Conan, John Richardson, Moe Hope, and The TI Community