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Lodz 09.2011 - Definitions of terms in the TZM Poland / Zlot Łódź 09.2011 - Definicje pojęć w TZM Polska

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Quarterly National Rally TZM Poland Lódź, September 2011 A presenation called: Definitions of terms used in TZM Polska. And now, something we have gathered here for namely, the presentations concerning the organisation of The Zeitgeist Movement (in Poland). I came here hoping to talk about the specifics of how I see and how you see the Movement's organisation but before we reach that, there are a couple of things to be clarified Among them, one of the most important, are the definitions of frequently used terms in TZM Some of this will be new for you, some of this is well known It's a kind of compilation of different ideas, my and those from other chapters, that seem to be working and, as I think, will facilitate communication and organisation. First of all, I'd like to talk about us, meaning, who we are and how to describe ourselves. I came to the conclusion that it will be best to distinguish 3 categories of Zeitgeist Movement members. ...loosely speaking. It's not a label that one has to carry, of course. Simply speaking, they will help us to find out quickly who is who in the Movement. And so, the first option is called: a supporter. So, these still young/fresh people, who are not acquainted with the idea, or are but remain inactive. I would like to stop using the word Movement "member" First of all, because it has some sexual connotations (in Polish ;o) And secondly, because the word "member" suggests that there is some initiation ritual, some list that one has to sign up on. and the Zeitgeist Movement is a reflection of a certain way of thinking which one cannot be a member of technically. You either support it or not. To be the Zeitgeist Movement supporter you don't have to do anything but say that it's a cool idea, right? The next distinction tells us that someone is an activist. And now, who is an activist? There are the people who do something, so, in practice, people who participate in some project, organise something themselves or are members of some TZM group, right? Generally, are active. They do not just hang out on the forum but do something in the, so called, real world. So, when you join some TZM group and and star doing something you automatically become an activist. When you leave the group and stop doing anything you become "the supporter" again. There is no need to keep track of this precisely, but I'd like us to think in such categories I also don't want to make distinctions between different levels of activists. Things like: -"I'm a Level 7 Activist", -"I'm a Level 2 Activist but I'm <EXPing>" ;o) No. One is just an activist. When you do something you are already an activist regardless if you participate in ten or only one project. And the last category, a coordinator, of course. These are the "elderly people", as far as the TZM involvement of course, ... or even not. Well, it's just such a graphical representation. Generally, who is a coordinator? A coordinator is a person who, as the name suggests, coordinates. It's not a leader, it's not a boss, or a guru. It's simply a person who coordinates the activities of the group they are in. It's on of the most important tasks of a coordinator, but not the only one. So, coordinating and animating the group's activities is one The second, very important, and in fact the last task is to be a sort of transmitter, a communication hub between their group and the rest of the groups. Because, when speaking about groups there is no need for... If, for instance, one group deals with making music and the other deals with building hydroponic gardens there is no need for every member to be in all other members of these groups all the time. Because, A) it would be very difficult to organise, logistically, and B) they don't necessarily have to have anything to communicate. Coordinators of these groups, however, should be in a constant contact because each of these groups belongs to a network, a system of the Movement's activities. and if there is no contact between them then they will keep repeating the same mistakes, the same work which could be optimised. only by having a good communication between the groups. But I will speak about it later on. Here, I've described a group's characteristics. Minimal requirements: a mandatory coordinator, obviously - Mr or a Ms with glasses ;o) - Minimum of two members, because one person is not a group, right? Here we have "a maximum of 8 people". What does that mean? It's not that, if the group... for example, the LingTeam has more than 8 people than it's closed and does not admit anyone else. Here it's written: "For a collaborative work" so... when we have a meeting like we had yesterday for example, more or less. when we have, for example, a workshop, so to say, We want to create something. We want to talk over or prepare a project... If there are more than 8 people than... It is... Belbin, I guess that was his name, I don't remember exactly at the moment. According to his, kind of psycho-social theory, in groups consisting of more than 8 people topics, what those "less pushy" people would like to talk about get pushed aside because more dominant individuals begin to take over the meeting and there is no equal distribution of speaking time to discuss all those topics. In result an optimal work flow of the group is impossible. If a group consists of less than 8 people than the time is divided more equally and everyone has a possibility to talk, everyone has the opportunity to share their ideas. And now, what happens when we have, say, 9 or 10 people in the group? Do the "excessive" two people simply can't come? No. We split, for example, in half. We chose temporary coordinators for the smaller groups and we work seperately. We may sit in the same bar, in the same centre or at the same university, but we use different rooms or different tables and every group works on their own and later on these coordinators, these communication hubs take the results of their group's work and confronts it with the results of the other group. It's scientifically proven that this methodology of work is much more efficient than, for example, when 40 people sit around and tries to decide "What's for dinner?", right? There is no chance for them to reach a consensus, they'll lose 5-6 hours to choose which salad to have and than they'll be able start discussing the soup. So, dividing groups into smaller ones is good when we have organisational meetings But if it's a less official meeting, say, when we have an integrational meeting, than it doesn't matter. and the third and the last thing, a group has it's own forum or a sub-site on the Polish TZM site. Up until now we have been using the group sub-sites People could create their own sub-sites, join them. There were some tools there like a simple forum etc. Now, something I will elaborate more in a different presentation, I will promote that groups should have their own forums, well, not exactly has it's own part which will not be entirely separate from others, but I will talk about it later (in a different presentation) So, we have a coordinator in a group, right? We have all those activists. They constitute a group Outside of the group there are the, so called, supporters. People who, for some reasons, do not want to participate in the group. But they are in the Movement, there is no problem with that. So this is how the Movement can be presented,more or less. There will be those who act in the groups and those, so called, lone wolves. Oh, another thing to remember is this - groups are not static. Coordinators will not bear this function for ever We should be going towards a situation in which is changing dynamically This means, that if one has a specific interest one joins a certain group. If they have an additional intrest they join yet another group that deals with it in all of these groups. One can also help in this group and than say "thanks. I don't have more time for that" and go to some another group, right? The only rule that should be always kept in mind is a kind of personal responsibility not to leave a group that is in the middle of some huge project if I am the key figure what pushes it all forwards, right? There is no problem, however, in being a supporter or an activist in some group. And not, speaking of groups we have to consider what kind of groups there are in the Movement. I have divided it into three categories: Topic Groups, Project Groups and Collective Groups. Yes, it's a good time to take some notes. And so, as far as the Topic Group goes What are its characteristics? It's built around some specific topic, right? Here we have some examples I want to describe a little later (in a different presentation). For example, Educational Group, Welcome Group, International Contact Group, Technical Group, IT Team, Coordinators' Group etc. For now we will not go into details, but these are the groups that do something and do it according to their specific topic, right? They have their own work methodology, their meetings schedule, they have specific projects, both permanent and additional, etc. And we always know that if we need something connected with that topic we should go directly to this group, right? I'd like to reach a point in which in The Movement we have a couple of such groups, all working very well as they will ensure a good work flow connected with tasks within these given topics. Going further, Project Group. A Project Group differs from a Topic Group only with a tiny, yet crucial element Project Groups are established and disbanded all the time because they are connected only with one given project If a project concerns, for example, the organisation of a TZM Gathering or the organisation of... here we have a few ideas, right? An organisation of a national gathering, Z-day organisation, film festival organisation, organising a joint trip for an international gathering Zeitgeist: Beyond Pale premiere organisation, which awaits us next year, organising of a street promotional action. This is a project, some more complicated undertaking that requires proper organisation. If we create a group around it, it will be clear who the coordinator is, who participates in the project and who is active in it. Within that project (group) there will be a place for information and materials exchange etc And what happens after the groups finishes the project? It disbands itself. The coordinator has nothing more to coordinate, the members stop being active as there is nothing to do. The only thing that remains after such a group are: a positive notion and some evaluation, a summary for the future groups that will deal with similar projects. It's best to be a written evaluation: what worked, what didn't, what should have been better, what could have been worse. So this is how Project Groups work, by the way, it's something corporations were supposed to be originally. A group of people would gather around some task like building a bridge or erecting a building and, theoretically, it was supposed to disband after they had accomplished it, right? We all know how the corporations operate now, whey sit, chained to their chairs not willing to move. We want to continue the tradition of dynamic, emergent, so called: multidisciplinary expert teams. Something we want to reach in The Venus Project (I meant Resource-Based Economy ;o) Such groups are being created and disbaned. The same people may belong to a number of groups and change them. And so we are left with one last category - Collective Groups. Nothing too complicated. It's a kind of group that collects people around some idea, interest or by geographical proximity. So we have, for example regional groups from different parts of the country or cities. or groups gathering people interested in similar things. How does this group differ from a Topic Group? In that it doesn't do anything specific. Such a group has no work profile. If you are a stamp collector, you join the stamp collectors group. I'm exaggerating, there will be no such group in TZM, but it's only to help you see my point. That's it, (these groups exist) so that we know who is interested in what and where to seek for help concerning specific topics If someone is, for instance, interested in music, but does not necessarily have time to be active in the Audio and Music Topic Group, they will have the possibility to belong only to the Musicians Collective Group so that we know he knows how to play something. And now, coming back to the Project Groups, we have to make clear what "A project" is. It's something like this "A project" is any task that, in my opinion, is too complicated to by done immediately. If something is more complicated than simply to go, to do and to come back we can call it "a project". In order to accomplish a project successfully, not to repeat the same mistakes, in order to optimise our work and reduce our effort Typically, in many fields of economy, business organisation etc is divided into so called Mile Stones. Yeah... it's written "Mile Stone" in here, yeah... Mile Sones are, as if, mini-projects within a project, right? They are stages, steps that have to be made Here's one, but you can't see it, the second one and the third... they were moving BTW ;o) There are steps that have to be made to move the project forward. If we have one Mile Stone that we won't finish but want to move on to the next one than this alone makes us think that something may fail in the project later on. Next, Mile Stones are made up out of, again you can't see it, tasks. Here it is written "task", "task", "task", "task"... Whatever... Tasks are these very precise, small elements of the whole project that tell us: at such a day, you have to go there and do this. So, we have these 3 levels where we have: A general idea of what we want to accomplish, specific stages that have to be reached to realise the project and specific tasks, which lead us by hand to do exactly this, this and that. And now, to show it more vividly let's imagine that we have a project - Creation of promotional flyers, let it be called, okay? The first Mile Stone will be to create the flyer's desing. Here we have the following tasks: determine the purpose of the flyer, "employing" the "Graphics and Design" Group to create it. "Graphics and Design" Group creates the design and, optionally, introduces changes to it. This is still not precise enough, to be honest. There should be a specific deadline here There should be a person responsible for the task mentioned here so that it's known who does what. Because if there is just a task described alone... There are these "great" expressions in the Polish language: "it has to be done", "we have to do it", "it's needed to be done", right? and this means "not me!" Here, we will be avoiding this. So that's the first Mile Stone. We have done all this, so the next Mile Stone, here it's the fund raising. So - to determine the amount of flyers needed and their purpose so that we know how much it will cost. to find a printing agency, determine the price of the order and only then to look for the funds or to seek out a possibility to have it done for free. This is, of course, a standard option which is thrown into any stage involving fund raising. When we are done with that we can go on - to the production phase. Adapt the design for printing, find the best printing agency, or we can skip it as it was probably done earlier. Send the design for pringing, bla bla, you can see it all here. If we go to a printing agancy, adapt the design for printing and place an order but we don't have those other things fixed there will be some problems with the funding Someone will eventually pay out of their own pocket and will feel bad about it or we will print to few or to many flyers That's why we have these Mile Stones, so that we don't to some things before we are done with others. And the final evaluation, probably the most important element common to all the projects. Evaluation, the last task here, the evaluation of the project and drawing conclusions for the future. You can add to it - and leaving a written report from it all. because, those of you who have ever tried to order T-shirts, print flyers or stickers know that they have always had to start from scratch. There was never any information where it is best to print, how and what designs to use etc. We all had to do all of this over and over again with each project. And here we have 4 Mile Stones, a handful of tasks and there it is - a finished flyer. This one comes from England probably. A very cool flyer available on the Internet as a source file. We could just translate and print it. Why are we not doing this? I have no clue, this isn't too complicated, right? BTW, My girlfriend told my that for something so simple (PL: stright) it's quite complicated (PL: tilted)... All-Polish quarterly TZM Gathering. Presentation called: "Definitions of terms used in TZM Poland"

Video Details

Duration: 20 minutes and 25 seconds
Year: 2011
Country: Poland
Language: Polish
Producer: tHEjESTER
Director: tHEjESTER
Views: 103
Posted by: tzmpolska on Sep 22, 2011


This is a video of tJester's presentationa on frequently used terms in the TZM Poland and how it looks in practice.
The recording comes from the Quarterly National Rally TZM Poland, which took place in Lodz in September 2011.
Jest to zapis wideo z prezentacji tJestera nt. często używanych pojęć w TZM Polska oraz ich przełożenia na praktykę.
Nagranie pochodzi z Ogólnopolskiego Kwartalnego Zlotu TZM Polska, który odbył się w Łodzi we wrześniu 2011 roku.

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