Secretary Candidate Responses 2019

Candidates:

Bios can be found here.

The list of all questions can be found here.

Summary:

Victoria Selnes
Qualifications:

  • Worked as a project, program, and product manager in my career and am currently managing multiple, critical projects for my company. Over two decades of experience in a role where communication and facilitation are crucial

Goals to Improve Communication within ADF:

  • Mother Grove agenda and minutes  released with enough time for members to respond with their thoughts and concerns on changes and decisions before they become final.  
  • Leverage surveys and emails to gather information in addition to conversations on email and facebook.
  • Use Facebook and other social media channels to alert members when there is information for them to review and respond.
  • Use the adf-announce mailing list to get critical information to member about the org.  
  • Provide off-list mechanisms to respond to changes that affect the organization as a whole.

 


Victoria Selnes

If it is easier for you to read Victoria’s responses in a separate document, she has provided them here.

What do you consider the role, responsibilities, and requirements of Secretary to entail, and how are you uniquely qualified to fill it? Do you have any “day-job” qualifications for the position, and if so what parts do you use most often/benefit ADF the most?

The Secretary’s official duties include keeping and sharing records of Mother Grove meetings, votes, and discussions. I believe that the Secretary is an essential facilitator of communication between the membership and the leadership. I have worked as a project, program, and product manager in my career and am currently managing multiple, critical projects for my company. With over two decades of experience in a role where communication and facilitation are crucial, I have a lot of techniques and expertise to bring to the position of Secretary.

Describe your leadership style, and why it makes you a good choice for your position.

I believe that collaboration and facilitation are essential to any leader. We should be promoting the voices of the people around us. The best decisions happen when we listen to all the voices – even the ones with whom we may not agree. Together, we are amazing.

Why are you seeking this office? Why do you love ADF enough to devote substantial time and energy to the organization, and what do you see as the limits and boundaries you would have to place on your involvement?

I want to see a level of process, and program management discipline brought to the Mother Grove to help them support the folk and the organization more efficiently. I love ADF enough to devote a substantial amount of time to ensure timeline and transparent communication, and to improve the existing processes.  I have other minor positions in ADF, and I am reviewing those to ensure that I have enough time and focus for this role. My role as Web Project Manager takes the most time of my existing roles, and it dovetails nicely with the work that I understand is included in the Secretary. I am committed to managing both of these roles.

How will you promote & grow ADF’s commitment to a culture of consent?

Consent is critically important for us as an organization as well as individuals. This year, I helped to organize the ADF Hospitality suite for Pantheacon in February. Outside of our door, we included the ADF inclusion statement as well as a consent statement. We cannot police everyone all of the time, but we can respond to the reports that we get where people felt that they were treated inappropriately without their consent.  As part of this, I plan to publicize our existing process for reporting issues and including guidance around consent on the website for rituals and gatherings. I am happy to listen to other suggestions as well!

Share your thoughts on the ADF saying “fast as a speeding oak” and why roots are important to you and to the org going forward.

Our roots define the base of who we are, but our current growth determines our actual, visible presence in this world. I think that it is imperative that we look to our traditions and consider why we do things in that light, but we should not be limited to those traditions if there are better ways to do something while still respecting who we are.  I don’t think that we need to be slow about change, but we do need to remain grounded.

Do you believe in the axiom “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”?

I think that axion is conditional and this is not Vulcan.  In most cases the perspective of the masses is essential, however, there are times where the masses do not have all the information to make the right decision or to understand the details of the decision.  As leadership, it’s important for us to communicate as much as possible to the masses to give them as much context about a given decision as possible.

Regarding Solitaries (you may answer these separately or as one response):

Solitaries are as critical to this organization as grove-oriented members. Even for people with a very active grove, they still spend time alone and practicing as a solitary. I believe that we need to be careful not to bias any decisions or processes in favor of the grove-oriented members. We have IRC chats every Tuesday, and I got much feedback on the Web Functionality Survey about potentially using Discord.  

I would love to see a virtual group that supports solitaries as well as more resources on the website for solitaries to leverage.

Even if I do not win this election, I am continuing to look into using Discord and adding additional resources for solitary druids.

How will you engage the full membership to be a part of the major changes that affect everyone in the organization?

The Mother Grove agenda and minutes should be released with enough time for members to respond with their thoughts and concerns on changes and decisions before they become final.  I intend to leverage surveys and emails to gather information in addition to conversations on email and facebook.

How do you envision communication across all channels (such as email lists and Facebook groups) being standardized and connected with the website?

Facebook is not the best place to have many different types of conversations, but we can leverage Facebook and other social media channels to alert members when there is information for them to review and respond. I do not believe that it is inappropriate to expect all members to participate in the adf-announce mailing list to get critical information for the org.  We should provide off-list mechanisms to respond to changes that affect the organization as a whole.

 

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