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Workshop a brief for the new CD
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About this "brief for CD" forum

Over view discussion about this forum. BTW "forum" relates to the green area, the highest point of entry which is called Forum. "Topic" is the next level to which we add our "posts". Subscribe to any posts and you will be automatically notified by email when someone else responds to it. To add your view, click on the Topic heading or click on a Post — that will take you to where you can write.

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How to choose and or appoint a CD

The Rules say that the CD is appointed by the EC with advice from FPMT. This is a very loose and problematic situation open to unhelpful interpretation and implementation by the EC without community input or oversight. What ideas do you have?

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Roles and powers of the CD

The Rules only allow the CD to guide the EC. What does that mean in practice? What do you propose?

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CD reporting to Members

There is no requirement stipulated in the Rules that require the CD to report to or consult with Members on anything. Is that appropriate?

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Process for dis-appointing a CD

There is no power stipulated in the Rules for dismissing a CD, therefore there are no criteria laid down to govern that process. Let's discuss the pros and cons.

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Guiliano's areas of interest
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How can we make this forum easier / better to use?

Is this Forum format too difficult? Are you just finding your feet but running into too many options to deal with? How can we change this forum to better suit your needs?


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What issues do you think need to be addressed at TI?

Use this forum to jot down issue that you think are being overlooked or need to be improved and/or ideas you think will improve some area or areas

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Random topics

If you have some ideas that don't fit into the currently available forums, open up a discussion here and if there is interest, we can sort them out with their own forum.

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Organisational Structure

Business Management structure refers to the organization of the hierarchy of authority, which defines accountability and communication channels within an organization and with its external environment.

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Board-level considerations

There is currently no platform for extended planning. What strategic overview should we adopt, what should TI be planning for over the coming decades?

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Volunteers, volunteering

TI only survives because of volunteers, from the Executive on down. Many people have volunteered to give their energy and time to TI over the years. But there are also so many stories of them being advised to fold newsletter, mow the lawn or do something else that immediately assumes they have nothing better to give. Surely it's a better idea to properly interview them to ascertain what talents they may have that would benefit TI. Should volunteer management be a portfolio that deserves to be added to the EC?

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Program Development

We used to run weekend courses, meditation, ritual explanation classes and Lama Zopa Rinpoche used to teach at TI. What are your thoughts about the program?

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Finances

There is a difference between accounting for what happened in the past year, and generating and managing income and expenses month by month — finances. Let's use this space to discuss better ways of managing TI's finances.

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Membership

Membership numbers seemed to have peaked in 1987 when Jane had it just over 200 and they were paying. These days it's about 160 and about a third don't pay. What ideas do you have?

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Residency at TI

Residency at TI was initially an important way of funding the Centre. Over the years it has become somewhat entrenched and has swallowed up casual accommodation space that was used by people attending weekend courses. Residents are also aging and will soon not be able to live at TI. What are your thoughts on any of these or other resident concerns?

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Property development

Although it is unlikely that the community would give up its $15 million single property in favour of two $7 million properties serving two locations, Mavis Avenue is decaying with concrete cancer and other ravages of time. What are your thoughts on bringing this 1970s property up to modern day standards?

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