I’ve been thinking about this a lot, going to use this space to brainstorm a bit and try to bring some substance to my thoughts.
I think there’s a fairly steep learning curve when coming into this community, but that could be put to use.
The education systems I was exposed to growing up treated learning as everyone doing the same repetitive tasks over and over throughout the years, to prove they’ve learned something.
For me, I rather like the idea that learning can be productive.
Along those lines, I would have a list of tasks that would be nice to get done, but are not necessarily a priority.
These tasks can be iterative, their outputs improving with each new set of users who chip away at them.
- Transcribe session recordings \ clean-up youtube auto-transcriptions
- Write about what you learned about that working group.
- Create content around whatever topics are most challenging for you to decipher at first
- Create the type of materials you wish were there for you when first joining
- Add some resource to a curated list surrounding Elinor Ostrom
Eventually, there could be a discord bot that welcomes new users with the type of information that’s in #start-here (on discord) and shares with them a list of tasks that they can accomplish right away to begin earning impact hours while orienting with the community.
There could be even an onboarding working group that focuses on these issues and gives entrants a clear path of where to go first that could include them learning (and\or creating content that elucidates) what all the working groups are about and give them a smooth segue to know if and how they are most inclined to participate.
I would say that was one of the most challenging things for me was to even understand what each working group is about (not immediately apparent from the outside looking in). On that note, I like the names for the working groups, but they might benefit from having a few word description in plain language, as a sort of subtitle to the WG name.
The recordings have been so valuable to me, because I can catch up on each group and its focus at any time I have available, to learn and kind of immerse in the spirit of the community, see how the sausage is made, and determine where I might best apply my energy.
I don’t think new users are directed to the youtube channel (such as in the #start-here of discord), that would be the first thing I suggest. Have people watch\listen to the Book Club, TEC-AMA, and Gravity. That would be my first recommendation for orienting new users.
Also, we could use a few infographics that map out the TEC ecosystem and make it easier for people to visually understand the relationship between all the orgs.