The Core Group has been considering how its role can be played in the most open, non-hierarchical way possible. We’ve come to feel that the annual election of core group members doesn’t entirely achieve this. Instead, and drawing on the Heart and Soul group’s ideas about its “pulse group”, we want to propose that any active member of TN should be able to join the Core Group at any time. We suggest that the group should not exceed 8 members, so, as one person joins, an existing member will decide to leave.
Four people have already put themselves forward and are being invited to join the Core Group in August. Others are invited to join whenever they like, from September onwards. In all cases we suggest a “courtship” period of 3 (monthly) meetings: at the third meeting the new person would review whether s/he wants to stay, and if so, an existing member will agree to step down. We also want to stick to the principle that nobody should be on the Core Group for more than two years at a stretch.
We also agreed that Core Group minutes should always be public. From now on you can find these in the “files” section of the tn-announcements google group page.
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