Many months after the email below was sent out in December 2018, I heard that it had offended some EC members. They viewed it as critical of them in some way. That was certainly not my intention and on re-reading it, I am no wiser on what I wrote that was critical.
My snapshot of what I saw as a Member when coming to TI was nothing that should have been news to the people running the Centre, or so I thought.
“everything is ageing: the people, building is run-down; income is down, membership is down”
How can you manage without facing up to what it is that needs fixing?
Incidentally, this email was only sent to about 20 people and mainly residents. It clearly says it is a snapshot without any input from the EC which I expected over the new year once Frank and I got started.
I don’t think any previous CD -and that includes me- has given a headsup on what they were thinking and how they viewed the road ahead. People seemed to appreciate that, even if certain EC members did not.
Also please note taking over from the start of 2019 for those who claim that we were not doing so.
Looking ahead at and for TI
The following email was sent out to the TI community on 24 December 2018. It doesn’t mention a Board or any changes to the governance of TI. So from what did the EC get spooked so badly as to fire us before we had had our first meeting?
- 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