2016 Archive

Ida Reor­ga­ni­za­tion Report-Back at Ida­Palooza 2016:

–>Hand­out packet from report-back meet­ing (Includes the pro­pos­als and semi-proposals for the four main sub­jects we dis­cussed at Ida Reor­ga­ni­za­tion Week­end: Gath­er­ings, Account­abil­ity & Medi­a­tion, Decision-Making, and Res­i­dency & Labor.)

–>Live notes from report-back meet­ing (Includes com­ments and ques­tions from the group and responses from orga­niz­ers but does not include the pro­pos­als we dis­cussed because they are more thor­oughly in the link above.)

–>Ida Reor­ga­ni­za­tion Pro­pos­als Pub­lic Com­ments (The ongo­ing scroll of people’s thoughts on the pro­pos­als. To add you own or add more, fill out the form below.)



Ida Reor­ga­ni­za­tion Gath­er­ing 2016

This last week­end was the next stage in our ongo­ing process of mak­ing Ida the best it can be. (Dis­man­tling white supremacy, mak­ing room for QTIBIPOC, improv­ing phys­i­cal acces­si­bil­ity, tidy­ing up and clar­i­fy­ing orga­ni­za­tional struc­tures, etc).

Approx­i­mately 50 peo­ple came to Ida to meet for two days and dis­cuss Ida’s orga­ni­za­tional struc­ture, the ongo­ing work of dis­man­tling white supremacy, how we have gath­er­ings, how decision-making and com­mu­ni­ca­tion are struc­tured, a pro­posed new struc­ture for res­i­dency and labor shar­ing, Ida’s finan­cial self-sufficiency, Ida’s account­abil­ity processes, and how to bet­ter sup­port residents.

We are work­ing on col­lat­ing all the notes and ideas that we dis­cussed and mak­ing that infor­ma­tion pub­lic. We are now work­ing on how to move for­ward the pro­pos­als and requests that came out of this week­end of deep discussion.

Here is what we have now (check back for more):

–> The agenda from the weekend’s discussions

–> The Livestream broad­cast of the full-group por­tions of the weekend

–> Higher qual­ity, audio-only record­ing of all group ses­sions (Com­ing soon!)

–> The notes taken dur­ing the entire week­end (Still adding to this from smaller group notes that were handed in at the end of the weekend)

–> The results of the Ida Sur­vey con­ducted this fall in prepa­ra­tion for this week­end (Com­ing soon!)

–> Charts and analy­sis based on the survey’s data (Com­ing soon!)

–> The Ida Labor Audit (Com­ing soon!)

–> Money report on Ida’s finances in the past few years (Com­ing soon!)


Really impor­tant reor­ga­ni­za­tion gath­er­ing at Ida this spring!


The short ver­sion: We are hav­ing a gath­er­ing in April to plan the con­tin­ued reor­ga­ni­za­tion of Ida and we hope you’ll par­tic­i­pate, either in per­son in
Ten­nessee or via video con­fer­ence. There is an RSVP form at the end of this e-mail and you can write us with ques­tions or ideas at idacon16@gmail.com
Hey! We are putting together the next stage of Ida’s ongo­ing work to become a more func­tional, sus­tain­able, racially and socially just place. At the bot­tom of this e-mail there is a longer descrip­tion of what we’ve been up to. Right now, we have been inter­view­ing as many peo­ple as we can get our ears on so we can try and answer the Big Three Ques­tions on everyone’s agenda:
What is Ida?
Who is it for?
Where is it going?
And the next step is putting all this infor­ma­tion together and mak­ing some clear pro­pos­als to answer those ques­tions. Though this is an ongo­ing dis­cus­sion, we want to move a big part of it for­ward with a mini-gathering on April 16th and 17th of this year. Two months from today. Swoop­ing in fast.
Our goal is to answer the Big Three ques­tions above and use those answers to make pro­pos­als about impor­tant aspects of Ida’s func­tion­ing as a project, a sanc­tu­ary, and a home. Some of these things include:

–How is res­i­dency struc­tured? How do we struc­ture find­ing new res­i­dents in regard to Ida’s ongo­ing work to address white supremacy?
–How is the year-round work of Ida shared among res­i­dents and non-resident helpers?
–How are tasks like money and bud­get­ing, event plan­ning, and con­flict res­o­lu­tion handled?

–How do we intend to acquire income to keep Ida going?

..Other ques­tions like this to come…
And here’s the deal: We really want you involved. We under­stand that we can’t have involve­ment from every sin­gle per­son who holds a stake in the future of Ida, but we want as many peo­ple as we can.
To make this more acces­si­ble, we are:
–>Offer­ing some travel schol­ar­ships to those who need them with a heavy focus on queers of color
–>Offer­ing video conference/remote access
–>Help­ing coor­di­nate meet-ups in var­i­ous cities around the coun­try to video chat in together
Our goal is a fully tele­con­fer­enced con­fer­ence that will use all we know about peo­ples inter­ests, con­flict, hopes, and desires with/for Ida to come up with some orga­nized answers to these ques­tions that the larger Ida and Ida-adjacent com­mu­nity can “rat­ify” and/or con­struc­tively critique.We fully intend these answers to be in line with Ida’s goal of becom­ing an anti-racist, fem­i­nist, ability-conscious, class-aware, trans and queer pos­i­tive space.
And when we say “we want your input”, we mean it. The nature of Ida’s seclu­sion and its loose orga­ni­za­tional struc­ture means it’s easy to have a small group make big deci­sions in a vac­uum. We want to do bet­ter. So from our inter­view­ing to our schol­ar­ships and skype-ability, we are hop­ing to make you feel like you, too, are a part of this process if you want to be. The best answers to these ques­tions will come from a thought­ful, diverse group of Ida stake­hold­ers, very much includ­ing peo­ple who may not feel com­fort­able at Ida yet.
So are you com­ing? If so, please let us know! Fill out this sim­ple RSVP and feel free to share it with friends. If you have ques­tions you can e-mail us at idacon16@gmail.com (Here’s the link to share the RSVP with oth­ers: http://goo.gl/forms/SKoRlxL5ht)
We hope we see you soon!
The Ida Reor­ga­ni­za­tion Committee
ps: Here’s a more thor­ough descrip­tion of what we’ve been up to in the past few years lead­ing up to this point:
“Hello Ida-lovers,
A few weeks ago at the close of Work Hard, we launched a new orga­niz­ing effort. Here’s a quick update on what’s going on:
Ida has been going through a lot of changes lately. There’s much to be excited about and also chal­lenges that have to be con­fronted. Going into Work Hard, there was a desire to put some energy to the task of re-thinking Ida’s orga­ni­za­tional infra­struc­ture, pur­su­ing changes that would make it:
1) bet­ter equipped to man­age the work the project demands, par­tic­u­larly the work of con­fronting white supremacy and other man­i­fes­ta­tions of oppres­sion within the space,
2) more account­able to the com­mu­nity in gen­eral and specif­i­cally to com­mu­ni­ties that have his­to­ries of mar­gin­al­iza­tion in the space, espe­cially QTPOC,
3) less likely to put burnout-inducing strain on Ida res­i­dents, espe­cially in light of the recent depar­tures of sev­eral long­time hard-working resident.
The launch for this admit­tedly ambi­tious project took form over a series of dif­fer­ent meet­ings. First, a small-ish crew of folks rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent stake­holder groups had a brain­storm­ing ses­sion to enu­mer­ate and group as many of the chal­lenges fac­ing Ida as pos­si­ble, the notes for which can be viewed here. Then a small com­mit­tee went deep to craft a “next steps” pro­posal, which ulti­mately was brought before a large open com­mu­nity meet­ing for revi­sion and consensus.
What’s the Plan?
Here’s the 5-part pro­posal passed by con­sen­sus on Sept 20.
A. THE AUDITS (done between Now — Jan 1)
–small teams of 2–3 peo­ple (ide­ally res­i­dents or locals) to gather infor­ma­tion to share regard­ing the fol­low­ing issues:
1.  What work is hap­pen­ing on and around Ida?
–What work is not happening/needs to be happening/used to happen?
2. List of acces­si­bil­ity needs
3. Money needs
4. What causes res­i­dent burnout?
B. THE SURVEY (done between now– Jan 1)
–Poll a broad sec­tion of peo­ple with stake, invest­ment, inter­est in Ida– effort to include new voices as well as old ones.
–Use data to cre­ate a pre­sen­ta­tion with sum­mary, crit­i­cal issues
–Goals: attempt to iden­tify stake­hold­ers, answer the ques­tions “who is ida? What is Ida for?”
- Assess bar­ri­ers peo­ple have to access­ing ida
C. THE QTIPOC MEETING (between now– March)
- Vir­tual meet­ing with local hubs in big cities.
- There will be a call­out from Lisa Maria and Yocheved to QTIPOC who are invested in the future of Ida/QTIPOC autonomous zone
–Include POC per­form­ers, ind sur­vey in meeting
–Gather info from this meet­ing to present at conference
–Lead­er­ship changes
D. THE CONFERENCE (2–3 days long — late March)
–This will take place not at Ida, hope­fully some­where with Skype-in capa­bil­ity (tech advanced place, prefer­ably not a university).
–We will receive reports back from the audits, sur­vey and QTIPOC meeting
–Goals are to:
–Answer the ques­tions “What is Ida?” and “Who is Ida for?”
–Cre­ate a 1 and 5 year plan
- Begin to build pol­icy around the struc­ture and func­tion of the land, based on our goals and plans.
–Check in about the sus­tain­abil­ity of Idapalooza
E. THE CREWS (right now!!)
- Groups of vol­un­teers to sup­port imme­di­ate Ida needs and exe­cute the above parts:
1. Fundraising/Money Man­age­ment– Keep money com­ing in to Ida, cre­ative ways of fundrais­ing, grant research, make use of 501c3 sta­tus, make sure book­keep­ing and account­ing are accu­rate, etc
2. Her­story– col­lect and doc­u­ment Ida’s herstory
3. Grounds and Gar­dens– main­tain the land, trails, chop wood, gar­den upkeep for win­ter and spring,  re-establish garden/farm intern­ship programs
4. QTIPOC meet­ing plan­ning crew– plan­ning, out­reach and logis­tics for QTIPOC meeting
5. Ida­palooza 2016 plan­ning crew– Plan Ida­palooza 2016! Make it bad ass, heal­ing and fun, check in after The Con­fer­ence to make sure ‘palooza is in line with val­ues estab­lished at conference.
6. Con­fer­ence (Mega-process, Awesome-process, Awe-cess) host/planning crew plan­ning and logis­tics for big meet­ing at end of March
7. Audit Crews
8. Sur­vey Crew
What Now?
At this point, the com­mit­tees and crews are get­ting to work; see the list below. We col­lected a bunch of vol­un­teers at the com­mu­nity meet­ing, but these are all open com­mit­tees. If you are inter­ested in join­ing one or have infor­ma­tion or any­thing else you’d like to con­tribute, feel free to con­tact one of the com­mit­tee bot­tom­lin­ers (under­lined names listed below), or reach out to our comms sup­port folks (Swamprat and Sully, cc-ed on this email) to get connected.
Oth­er­wise, please share this update with any­one you think should be looped in. More updates will go out over this list as com­mit­tees have things to report or want feed­back and/or sup­port. Stay tuned.”

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