First Email from Me in December 2018
Said by some to have caused irreversible offense to the EC. No offense was intended and, frankly, I can see nothing but patently obvious facts. These are no more than observations that I would have expected the EC to be fully aware of way before I came on board.
I make it crystal clear that these are my observations before talking to the EC, and the subsequent feedback from Members was terrific.
What could be controversial about making an assessment of the current situation and the tasks ahead of us? I invite you to take this view —of a regular Member who attends the Centre and who can see these obvious issues— and then compare it with the handover document Frank and I were given.
Who should be offended?
- How I see what’s in front of us today
- everything is ageing
- the people
- can lead to closed “who-you-know” environment
- doesn’t encourage younger involvement
- building is much the same as it was long ago, only more run-down
- income is down
- membership is down from the 200 Members we had when we first came to Brighton
- loss of tax deductibility has dramatically curtailed big donations
- the average person who uses the Centre doesn’t know that TI needs support
- We don’t seem to have the same interaction with the world-outside-TI that we used to have
- apart from Cafe Bliss!!
- How I am aiming to tackle the situation for the future
- bringing experienced people back into the committee
- more participation
- Members will run more of the centre via portfolio committees…
- …where they will design and plan portfolio projects for approval by the executive
- more committees will give younger people more chances to contribute and learn how to run TI
- Members will see thinking/plans and figures on the website
- Frank and I will rotate through portfolio committee meetings to participate and answer questions
- new physical infrastructure to consider
- need to renovate the building
- solar power
- better accommodation