This page collects darst's thoughts on the cava organization and how he might change things if he could (think of it as an election platform, except he will never run for an office).
Darst has been involved in lots of organizations which are organized rather chaotically. They still can get stuff done, and can get it done well.
CAVA shouldn't try to be like that, but darst thinks there are some things which CAVA could pick up from these kinds of organizations.
- Members should be encouraged to use the mailing lists themselves. Communication within the membership shouldn't have to go through someone with "permission" to forward it to everyone.
- By the same token, anyone who wants to do (or propose) something to the benefit of CAVA should be able to put forth the effort to make it happen, as long as it doesn't harm CAVA's mission or other members.
- A good example of this would be extra member-led training sessions.
- All meetings should be open to all membership, excluding confidential personnel matters.
- I would extend this to "everyone, even non-membership".
- We'd need to figure out how to make discussions of patient care not breach confidentiality. Ideally things will already be anonymized enough.
- Flat announcement list: all training announcements (and other announcements) go to all membership, not just certain ranks.
- We push a culture of attending trainings which will benefit you regardless of rank.
- Assistant officers. They are volunteer positions, and just need approval of the officer and no disapproval by the executive board. Their relationship to the primary officers is up to them. They will be useful for training the next generation of officers.
Mail aliases for officers, e.g. cava-director@.... For non-private matters, mail this alias. The officer AND assistant will see and (a) you'll have multiple people who could deal with it (b) assistant officers will learn how to deal with things.
- Discourage argument by appeal to authority. Things aren't right because the director or a crew chief says it.
- To avoid this, consider the following: Whenever you say why something is necessary, also throw in a few words about why it benefits us.