It's also time to meet some more people and get started participating in the space. This phase might take a few weeks (it's strongly suggested that you attend a member meeting, and those happen on a schedule, after all), so give it all a read-through and plan your next actions! These steps need not be completed in order...
During this period, feel free to ask for guidance! Visit the space (look for events on the calendar) and get to know as many people as you can -- our strong community is what makes us more than just a building full of stuff, after all. And hey, the people you ask for help might not know the answers immediately. Finding them together is half the point...
(Apologies in advance if the form changes while you're working on it. As you saw in the previous phase, and as continues below, i3 has a ton of moving parts, and the more familiar with 'em you can get, the more successful you'll be! That means these forms are occasionally updated. Oh whatever, a little thing like that shouldn't slow you down!)
* It tracks members' dues payments* It lets members find each other's contact info* It stores your emergency contact info* It lets you give yourself access to some other systems
So, let's get you some practice logging into it! Hit https://i3detroit.org/crm and use the "recover password" option. Put in the email address you used in the previous step, and it should send some login credentials by email. (If you don't see it in a minute, check your spam box, of course.)
Once you get logged in, click your name at the top and edit your own record to contain your preferred phone number (in case members need to reach you urgently) and your emergency contact info (in case the worst should happen). Log out and back in, to make sure the changes got saved. Looking good? Good!
(Also note that in the members view, you can click anyone's record to view their emergency contact info. Hope we don't need this, but it's there if we do!)
Slack is a chat system where a lot of i3's internal decision-making takes place. It's accessible on desktops and smartphones, and lets you read scrollback (conversation history) that happened while you weren't connected, very cool.
Whether you use it long-term is up to you, but you should at least get a look at some of the channels and conversations. When you send that invite, it should show up in your email with instructions for getting logged in. The web app is pretty good, but the native desktop and phone apps are even better; consider trying them out!
Go to https://www.i3detroit.org/wiki/ and at the top-right, click "log in". Do the needful, and you should notice that pages have an "edit" link at the top now!
If you're already wiki-adept, feel free to start fixing things that seem to need fixing. If you're pretty sure you can figure this out, just give it a go -- if you hose things up we can just revert the changes! Also, pop into #wiki on Slack to hang out with other folks who work on maintaining this resource.
If you're new to this, that's fine too! Here's a great way to get your feet wet: You'll notice that your name (in the upper right) is red, right? But it's clickable! It's clickable because every wiki user has their own user-page, and it's red because yours hasn't been filled in yet! Click it, click "create this page", and tell us a little about yourself!
If you want to play with the wiki markup and formatting, hit https://www.i3detroit.org/wiki/Special:ActiveUsers and look at how some other folks do theirs (click the "Edit" link on someone else's page to view their markup source -- just don't click save unless you want to make changes.)
If you can't make it to the space, join the Google Hangout! Someone usually posts the link on Slack a few minutes before the meeting. Please mute your mic unless you need to jump in. :)
At the meeting, introduce yourself! There's a time for introductions right at the beginning of the meeting, but if you can't make it until later, it should be okay to jump in before the closing cowbell. If you can bring something for show-and-tell, that's even better. (You'll meet other members more quickly if they find you memorable, basically.)
Every zone has unique capabilities, and thus each faces unique challenges. This would be a good time to talk with a zone coordinator or two, and get to know some of the stuff they're working on.
In practice, it's sometimes helpful to have lists of tasks! On the wiki there's a page called ToDo (linked from the front page), which consolidates the to-do-lists from all the zones. Some of it is just work (mopping, cleaning the bathrooms), and some of it requires specific skills (electrical repairs, graphical design of signage), but it's up to you to decide how to help! Have a look over that list, and consider what you talked about with the zone coordinators you've met, for this next question:
Member storage is a LOT easier when your stuff isn't easily mixed up with someone else's. The best way to do that is to keep it in a container of some sort, and LABEL THE HECK out of that container. (It's strongly recommended that if you have ANY items in storage that aren't in a labeled container, then EVERY SUCH ITEM should be individually labeled. This has been a huge problem in the past, hence the profuse capitalization up there. Ponder why!)
This makes a good container: http://www.homedepot.com/p/12-Gal-Heavy-Duty-Flip-Tote-in-Grey-121521-001/203664499 or so does this one: http://www.lowes.com/pd/Style-Selections-12-Gallon-Clear-Tote-with-Hinged-Lid/4462415 or whatever fits in your plot. Plots aren't all exactly the same size but they should all fit a tote like that with some room to spare.
If you've gotten this far, check over your responses and then click Submit! If everything looks good upon review, you'll get a few more emails from Google Groups as the membership coordinator adds you to the members-only groups, and an email to set up an appointment to make your first dues payment and get your key.