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[Tibi] March 30th, 2014 - used content from Metamaps Member Orientation Handbook
New Affiliates handbook
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NOTE - This doc needs some updates, see equivalent from Metamaps [Tibi Mach 2014]
Thank you for expressing interest and desire to learn more about the SENSORICA OVN (open value network). We have put together this handbook as a starting point for getting people up to speed on our approach and process. Not all the questions are answered yet, this is a document that continues to evolve, as does our network.
What is this handbook?
This document serves as a reference for both new and existing affiliates - its purpose is to develop common understanding of the operational foundations of the SENSORICA OVN, as well as providing an overview of what it means to be an affiliate within the network. These clear definitions serve to form our grounds of engagement for participation.
You may notice that in this document there’s a lot of language that’s foreign, or phrased in specific and peculiar ways that at first are disorienting.
“Each peer involved is connected through affinity; we work within frameworks of consensual agreements towards mutuality of trajectories”
Don’t panic. This sentence actually means something. The people in this network choose specific language to talk about specific things based on experience. Sometimes it’s useful to language things in an unfamiliar way, so that we can break our old mental models and move towards more generative ones.
We’re doing our best to provide a glossary as we go, to indicate specifically what we mean by certain terms, because we may use language that is used throughout society, but mean something different and nuanced from it.
Go with the flow, your progress may require disorientation from the familiar. Onward…
Throughout the document you’ll see links. If you’re interested and have time, you can pursue further information on the subject you’ve just gotten an introduction to. Some of this is essential reading for engaging with the network!
Our experimental virtual infrastructure is built mostly on free Google services. It is highly recommended to have a Google account.
In order to get the full functionality of our infrastructure with very little frustration use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome instead of Internet Explorer.
You can propose improvements for the profile page! Before making any changes to the profile template page please consult the community.
Open the map, you should have access to edit it. If not, ask a sensorican.
Go through the links on the Building SENSORICA page.
Every time you contribute with time, financially or other, go to the Log page and fill the appropriate form.
ATTENTION: See more on how to log contributions here.
NOTE: SENSORICA is a mix of a gift economy and a market-based economy. Some contributors' goal is to make money, while others want simply to give, without expecting tangible rewards in return. Logging contributions is not mandatory for those who are not trying to make money
NOTE: we are trying to improve how logs are made
Familiarize yourself with the working space page. From there you can access different modules of our infrastructure. You need to be logged into your Google account in order to access everything. Use Google’s interface for the mailing list, you can access this from the working space. The advantage is that you can search history of discussions, filter conversations, etc.
NOTE: propose improvements of this page, it is not used by most affiliates :(
This will keep you coordinated with the rest of the group. You will receive an email every time this page is modified, i.e every time something new is announced. Every project has a recent announcement page. All announcements are aggregated on All SENSORICA news page. You can subscribe to anyone you want to follow.
You need to be logged in to Google Sites! Go to the Announcement page, go to the upper right corner of the window and click on More actions/Subscribe to page changes. In fact, you can do that for any other page on our website.
You will automatically receive an email every time there is a decision to be make.
You need to be logged in to Google Sites! Go to the Decisions page, go to the upper right corner of the window and click on More actions/Subscribe to page changes. In fact, you can do that for any other page. The Decisions page is here.
You will automatically receive an email whenever someone fills the Contact us form. If you answer to someone message you must record it on the spreadsheet on the column Action taken, in order to coordinate with other affiliates.
You need to be logged into your Google Account, open the Contact us spreadsheet and go to to the main menu, Tools/Notifications rules...
This is a recurrent event on our agenda. Go to your Google Drive/Docs account, right-click on SENSORICA folder and choose Download.
Our knowledge base is on Diigo. Get there, subscribe and install a browser extension. This is important to make it easier for you to add information to our databased and to absorb what is already there. For example, with Diigo you can highlight text, to add comments and sticky notes on any webpage you visit, which can be only accessed if you have your browser extension installed.
Go to your Google Docs/Drive and click on Shared with me. You find SENSORICA folder. See editing rules.
For anything you want to do, see if there is a procedure on Procedures page.
If you don’t find a procedure but you think we should have one, please take initiative and create one.
[Needs updates!!] If you have questions you can consult the role map to find the affiliate most qualified to answer/help. The number in the table shows the number of times this affiliate logged an activity. The role system is in evolution...
If you have time, you can help our community improve our processes. See the Evaluate us page.
What does it mean to be an affiliate within the SENSORICA OVN?
New affiliates enter the network from many directions, with various intentions and capacities. Our aim is for mutual value creation, shaped by our common purpose and culture. The basis of participation comes down to a willingness for creative contribution, and the adaptability to work spontaneously with others without causing anyone’s disadvantage.
An open value network represents a field of collaborative endeavors, or commons-based peer production via shared communication and accounting framework. The OVN embodies a culture of aligned vision and values recognized by patterns of intention, activity, and award.
Affiliation requires a degree of acclimation and mutual trust-building, as a matter of synchronization to the current state of the network. A free and open work environment can be disorienting at first! We’d like to help connect you in a meaningful way. To do so, you’re invited to present personal profile data, past portfolios, a snapshot of individual intentions, and other useful infos to place yourself within the scope of the organization. You’ll be provided with a personal profile webpage, please share information about you there.To find your profile page, search your name on SENSORICA’s website.
New affiliates gain access to common assets, tools, and work spaces of the network once they have agreed to the OVN framework agreement, outlined in following sections. New affiliates must be aware of the terms of participation, as well as the different membranes* and permissions for governance and decision-making around assets and work spaces within the OVN.
An affiliate of the OVN will have:
*membranes: a flexible boundary layer around groups, spaces, projects, etc. that may be regulated by a permission or governance system
*Terms of Participation: constitute agreement to participate under the rules of the network.
How about a welcome package for new affiliates with some 3D printed CAKE / Sensorica business cards? If we are going to expect people to contribute 5%, we also have to make the CAKE / Sensorica layer more visible in our everyday work. Increasing visibility will increase value and make engagement with the network more meaningful to affiliates.
Spaces are part of the pool of shareables and are administered by SENSORICA’s custodian.
We promote a set of behaviors that align with principles and purpose to support our goals.
In order to make rational decisions when it comes to your participation in SENSORICA you need to map the network structure, to understand which project responds to your needs, and
to understand the urgent needs of SENSORICA.
This is about finding who does what and how well. We call that the role and the reputation system. At the current moment the reputation system has not been implemented, therefore you still need to ask questions to other network affiliates.
The role topology within the network is accessible from multiple locations. For example, mature projects have a VAS (value accounting system) page, which shows a graph with activities logged by different affiliates in that particular project. This will allow you to know who is doing what. See this example. The Dashboard page shows how SENSORICA affiliates contribute to community development (this page is in constant evolution...).
This is about mitigating your risk investing in SENSORICA projects, and about distributing your contributions between use value (creation of projects that will generate revenue for you) creation and social value (creation of value that cannot be monetized directly, but is beneficial for the community or for society at large). Some people are driven by revenue, others by doing good, or both.
Projects are at different stages of development. New projects can be perceived as more risky in terms of investment, because nothing has been proven yet. Mature projects (close to product/production stage) with a high degree of involvement can be perceived as less risky. You can read the project description on the project’s page, estimate by the amount of documentation that has been produced, and estimate participation from the VAS page. Most mature projects have a Path to market page associated with them, which depicts the potential of the project to generate revenue/benefits.
Risk can also be associated with breakdown of the social structure around the project caused by litigation. Projects that are transparent (have good documentation) and for which there is an up-to-date log of contributions can represent a lower risk, because they have a record of development and of participation, which tends to reduce the risk of unsolvable disputes for revenue/benefits redistribution.
We all understand that the community is there to support all of us. Therefore, we should all contribute to the maintenance and the development of our infrastructure (physical and virtual). Contributions to the community give back tangible rewards, but also recognition and influence within the community.