As you may have noticed, both the layout and the categorization of the forum have undergone some changes. Also, Contribution Guidelines can now be found in the dropdown menu in the top-right corner.
After much discussion the position of the community with regards to the organization has become clear:
The community was founded by The Center for Humane Technology and remains an intricate part of it:
- We are a subsidiary of the CHT
However, the nature of the problems we are facing and want to address, requires The Center to spend most, if not all, of their time at the highest levels of government and corporations, where their influence and connections are most effective. In other words: The CHT follows a top-down approach to Humane Technology.
The community, on the other hand, goes from the bottom up. We are a grassroots movement. As such we have the freedom to operate independently. To organize ourselves and grow our base of active members, start initiatives on our own accord. We should not constrain ourselves by a lack of steering from the CHT core team, but instead ‘prepare the base’, preparing a strong foundation for when the CHT is ready to adopt us in their strategies, at which time we’ll merge and become one again.
- We can operate independently from the CHT
What is important, is that both the center and community will follow the same strategic path, modeled around four pillars (see below), thereby ensuring we will stay aligned to each other. We are on the same Mission and have a shared Vision!
- We are fully aligned with the mission, vision and strategies of the CHT
Community building & branding
The different approaches of the CHT and its community as outlined in the position statement means that there is a need to re-brand the community with regards to the center organization. Much of the work conducted by the CHT core team is highly confidential and cannot be shared publicly.
Our community does not have that restriction. On the contrary, we operate entirely in public. The work that we do is for everyone. We are part of the public domain. Our works will be licensed accordingly and our software will be free & open-source (FOSS). Our projects will be crowdsourced and crowdfunded and provide full transparency and openness.
- Our community will be an exemplar of Humane Technology
The re-branding entails adopting a different name: The Community for Humane Technology and a corresponding logo that is similar in style to the CHT logo. In the coming weeks and months we will elaborate on this much more. This community will become much more than the forum you are on right now.
I’ll conclude by depicting the Humane Tech organizational structure as follows:
The Center for Humane Technology
The Community for Humane Technology
The following changes to the layout were made:
- The categories column is smaller by 20%, allowing more space for (long) topic titles
- Subcategories are displayed as a list of items, rather than in a single row
- New posts + topic count statistics were removed (new posts were already in the ‘Latest’ column)
- Tags on topics are shown next to the sub-category, rather than below, to save space
- Categories and subcategories are now appropriately colored
- Categories have an image that highlights the strategic pillars of CHT and the community
Categories and subcategories have been shuffled and moved, and some were removed:
The first four main categories reflect the strategic pillars of the CHT:
- Create a Cultural Awakening (Awareness)
- Apply Political Pressure (Advocacy)
- Engage Employees (Engagement)
- Apply Humane Technology (Humane Design)
Community Commons is now solely dedicated to community building
Time Well Spent now has 3 subcategories (from Community Commons)
If you open the hamburger menu (the menu in the top-right corner of the page), you’ll find a new entry, ‘Contributing,’ where Contribution Guidelines can be found. They detail what you should take to heart when creating topics and posts, and also provide general help and tips on working with the forum software.
Here is the menu showing the new entry (don’t mind the top section, that is only for moderators):
If you have more ideas for improvement, or questions, then do not hesitate to ask them in this topic.