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== The Basics ==
 
== The Basics ==
As stated in our Organizing Document, working groups are expected to report back to the General Assembly. That means sending one representative to the monthly GA to give an update about your group. Other than that, there's no hard requirements for working groups but here are some things that can help your working group stay plug-in to the rest of MACC:
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As stated in our Organizing Document, working groups are expected to report back to the General Assembly. That means sending one representative to the monthly GA to give an update about your group. Other than that, there's no hard requirements for working groups but here are some things that can help your working group stay plugged-in to the rest of MACC:
 
* Have one group member attend the [http://macc.nyc/organizing#macc-organizing-meeting monthly organizing meeting].
 
* Have one group member attend the [http://macc.nyc/organizing#macc-organizing-meeting monthly organizing meeting].
 
* Have anyone helping run the group join the organizing email list.
 
* Have anyone helping run the group join the organizing email list.
 
* Send a written report back to [[MACC Information & Outreach Project|MIOP]] for the GA booklet.
 
* Send a written report back to [[MACC Information & Outreach Project|MIOP]] for the GA booklet.
 
* Have a spokes person for your working group join the [http://macc.nyc/money MACC Money Spokes].
 
* Have a spokes person for your working group join the [http://macc.nyc/money MACC Money Spokes].
* Add/update the wiki page for your working group.
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* Add/update a wiki page for your working group.
 
* Have a way for external folks to contact your working group.
 
* Have a way for external folks to contact your working group.
  
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There are a few different ways working groups communicate, some use Signal, some use email lists, some use other online chat platforms. There are pros and cons of each! In MACC most working groups organize on Signal threads.
 
There are a few different ways working groups communicate, some use Signal, some use email lists, some use other online chat platforms. There are pros and cons of each! In MACC most working groups organize on Signal threads.
  
== Open vs Closed working groups ==
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== Structures  ==
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Working groups take many shapes. There's no right way or ways to structure a group, but here are some forms our current groups take:
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* Some working groups manifest as just a signal thread that's activated when needed.
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** An example of this is the [[MACC Jail and Court Support]] working group. When jail or court support is needed, anyone in the group messages the Signal thread to remind/inform folks.
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* Some working groups hold regular meetings, either in person or online.
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** [[MACC Emergency Action]] for instance holds a weekly online chat to decide what upcoming actions to support.
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* Some working groups are closed. This means their meeting are only open to folks already involved in the group, and only trusted folks in the broader community would be asked or invited to join. This is often the case because the work requires trust, commitment or privacy.
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** [[MACC Legal]] is a closed working group.
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* Some working groups have organizers and participants.
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** For example, [[Conflict Revolution]] uses two Signal loops to organize. One is folks planning and teaching the sessions, and one is folks who attend or are interested in attending the sessions.
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* Some working groups are open, but their meetings are held at private locations so they're spread by word-of-mouth.
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** Many groups in MACC function this way! If you're interested in a group that doesn't have open meetings, you might have to ask around at a few GAs before you get connected.
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* Some working groups have a spokes-like structure, where smaller groups do more specialized work and there's a core group coordinating. Often groups focused on projects or issues take this stature.
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** The [[No Platform]] campaign is an example of this. There's an action groups that came out of [[MACC Emergency Action]], a tech group, and a organizing group that coordinates the longer-term campaign.
  
 
== Finding places to meet ==
 
== Finding places to meet ==
 
Coming soon!
 
Coming soon!

Revision as of 14:09, 24 April 2018

Keeping a working group active and organized is no simple task! Here's a collection of tips and tricks we've lear so far that help keep things moving.

The Basics

As stated in our Organizing Document, working groups are expected to report back to the General Assembly. That means sending one representative to the monthly GA to give an update about your group. Other than that, there's no hard requirements for working groups but here are some things that can help your working group stay plugged-in to the rest of MACC:

  • Have one group member attend the monthly organizing meeting.
  • Have anyone helping run the group join the organizing email list.
  • Send a written report back to MIOP for the GA booklet.
  • Have a spokes person for your working group join the MACC Money Spokes.
  • Add/update a wiki page for your working group.
  • Have a way for external folks to contact your working group.

Communication

There are a few different ways working groups communicate, some use Signal, some use email lists, some use other online chat platforms. There are pros and cons of each! In MACC most working groups organize on Signal threads.

Structures

Working groups take many shapes. There's no right way or ways to structure a group, but here are some forms our current groups take:

  • Some working groups manifest as just a signal thread that's activated when needed.
    • An example of this is the MACC Jail and Court Support working group. When jail or court support is needed, anyone in the group messages the Signal thread to remind/inform folks.
  • Some working groups hold regular meetings, either in person or online.
    • MACC Emergency Action for instance holds a weekly online chat to decide what upcoming actions to support.
  • Some working groups are closed. This means their meeting are only open to folks already involved in the group, and only trusted folks in the broader community would be asked or invited to join. This is often the case because the work requires trust, commitment or privacy.
  • Some working groups have organizers and participants.
    • For example, Conflict Revolution uses two Signal loops to organize. One is folks planning and teaching the sessions, and one is folks who attend or are interested in attending the sessions.
  • Some working groups are open, but their meetings are held at private locations so they're spread by word-of-mouth.
    • Many groups in MACC function this way! If you're interested in a group that doesn't have open meetings, you might have to ask around at a few GAs before you get connected.
  • Some working groups have a spokes-like structure, where smaller groups do more specialized work and there's a core group coordinating. Often groups focused on projects or issues take this stature.
    • The No Platform campaign is an example of this. There's an action groups that came out of MACC Emergency Action, a tech group, and a organizing group that coordinates the longer-term campaign.

Finding places to meet

Coming soon!