A reminder that our LDS Earth Stewardship meeting is this Thursday, January 12 at 8:00-9:15 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. In an effort to be inclusive of our members outside of Utah and to reduce carbon emissions, we’ll hold our meeting over the Internet using free conference call software known as Skype. Make sure you add “lds-earth-stewardship” as a contact in Skype. In your contact request, just indicate that you want to be part of the LDS Earth Stewardship conference call on January 12 so that we remember to add you to the call. You can do this at any time between now and the 12th. If there are any problems adding this account, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will act like an RSVP to the call, so the sooner you do this, the better. See this earlier post for more detailed directions for downloading the software and joining the call.
Here’s the meeting agenda:
Pre-Meeting Technology Issues (7:45-8:05)
- Call in as early as possible on Skype to make sure your technology is working properly
Introductions (8:05 to 8:10)
- Consent to record the meeting for note-taking purposes?
- Everyone will introduce themselves (your name, where you’re from, etc.)
- As part of your introduction, please tell us about your particular skills set. What skills would you be interested in sharing with this group?
Review of LDS Earth Stewardship Mission Statement (8:10 to 8:20 or shorter)
- Peter Ashcroft will read the mission statement and briefly comment on it
- Questions about the organization by any newcomers
Discussion of Activity Objectives for 2012 (8:20 to 8:30)
- In light of the LDS Earth Stewardship mission, what should be the objective for some of our activities this year? What should our priorities? Possibilities include:
- The social support of our members
- Improve the education of the group and our larger community
- To influence public policy
- To build the infrastructure and cohesiveness of our organization
- Other things?
Brainstorming Activity Ideas for 2012 (8:30 to 8:40)
- After getting on the same page about our activity objectives, we’ll start with a round-robin discussion in which everyone will briefly state:
- How often they think we should have activities (e.g. should we have a regular meeting time that every one should count on or be more flexible)
- Where activities should be held
- Any ideas they have for possible activities (optional)
- NOTE: There will be no evaluation of the activities during the round-robin discussion; the purpose of the discussion is just to generate ideas (at this point)
Evaluating Activity Ideas for 2012 (8:40 to 8:55)
- Once all activity ideas are on the table, we will have a discussion about which activities sound the most promising or interesting
- After the list of events has been decided, we’ll determine times, places and other action items that are associated with the activities (e.g. who will do what in order to get the activity finalized)
Brainstorming the Future of LDS Earth Stewardship (8:55-9:15)
- We’ll have another round-robin discussion in which everyone will briefly state their opinion about any of the following questions:
- What is your personal vision for LDS Earth Stewardship for the short-term and the long-term?
- In light of that vision, do you think we should become a non-profit organization or do we want to become a branch of an existing organization with similar purposes such as Interfaith Power and Light?
- Should we develop a formal leadership structure (such as President, Treasurer, a board of directors, etc.)? Do we need to develop by-laws that give authorization to certain people to represent the group publicly and speak on our behalf?
- How can we best grow our organization and reach our target audience?
- Open discussion about what everyone has said about the future of the LDS Earth Stewardship. We’ll discuss this until we reach a general consensus, if possible. We’ll assign action items, if needed