Elections 2016

Farset Labs is run by a dedicated team of volunteers, starting with the original three directors back in late 2011/early 2012. Since then, we aim to try and keep the number of directors at five, so, with the recent departure of Conor Robinson for Space-Stuff (quite literally) and Pip Shea to her great adventures down under, it’s time to launch our 2016 Director Elections. Nominations for the two soon-to-be-vacant Directors chairs will open from the timestamp of this post until midnight on Friday 2nd September

Nominees must:

  • Nominate themselves.
  • Have been a member for at least three months (not necessarily in one block).
  • Email david@farsetlabs.org.uk (and CC admin@farsetlabs.org.uk) with
    • Their name.
    • Their ‘pitch’ which is 1000 characters maximum. (Suitability for role, experience, intentions etc.)
  • Be aware that, if successful in the elections, they must not have any convictions that would prevent them from being the Director of a limited company (i.e. convictions under the Fraud Act 2006) or any convictions regarding sexual offences against minors (i.e. convictions under the Sexual Offences Act 2003).
  • Be aware that they have legal obligations as a Director of Farset Labs, including their legal liabilities to HMRC etc.
  • Be aware that, if successful, they will be required to provide details including their legal name, sex, date of birth, addresses lived in the last three years, signature and National Insurance Number for the purposes of registration with Companies House.

Voting will open when the nominee profiles (consisting of the nominee’s name and pitch) are posted publicly on Monday 5th September (Conveniently coinciding with the next Town Hall) and will close at midday on Friday 30th September.
In the event that there are less than 4 nominees, only one Director seat will be voted on and nominations will be reopened later this year.
Information on how to vote and the procedures surrounding voting, including the case of a draw, will be posted along with the nominee profiles. The results, barring any special circumstances, will be announced as soon as possible after voting closes, likely the following day.
Any questions can be directed to either david@farsetlabs.org.uk or info@farsetlabs.org.uk. You may also find it useful to review the records of previous elections, available on this blog.
Good luck!

Farset Labs Member Survey – 2016

To help us understand the needs of our member base, and to point us toward the areas we need to improve upon, we’ve come up with a short member survey for the New Year. This contains questions regarding each of our management areas, and should help us to improve Farset Labs to better serve you.

The survey is open to all members, regardless of membership duration or level. (Management included!)

All active members have been emailed with this survey, and so far roughly 50% have responded. It’s quite possible that some of the email addresses we’ve used are old and inactive, however. If you’re a current member and haven’t already received a link to our survey, please email us (admin@farsetlabs.org.uk) and let us know!

The survey will close at Midnight on Tuesday 19th January. Once the survey closes, the results will be published, along with our plans!

Welcome Pip Shea to the Directorship

It was a closely fought race between Pip and Ron but in the end, the community rallied behind Pip to help bring her vision to the leadership at Farset Labs.

When I hassled her for comment, this is what she had to say:

Cheers to all who got involved in the recent election. I’m delighted to have been voted in, and am looking forward to getting my hands dirty to help keep Farset an excellent place.

You can check out what Pip’s all about on her website.

PS The entire Farset Labs community would also like to congratulate Pip and her partner on their recently completed adoption, there are no two better people for it, and we wish you and your new family all the best!

Election 2015 Ballot

UPDATE: Voting is now open; if you haven’t recieved an email and think you should have, or can’t access the poll, contact membership@farsetlabs.org.uk to double check your membership status.

Our nomination period is up and voting will open shortly (emails will be sent to all current members eligible to vote) and in the meantime, you can peruse your options below, consisting of the nominee name and pitch:

1. Pip Shea

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Farset Labs is extra_ordinary. It breaks the mould and defies the ‘wisdom’ of incumbent structures through community building and collaboration. It offers an alternative for those of us who lurk in various guises on the creative technology spectrum: a place where we can practice, with autonomy, among an inspired and diverse community. I would like to become a director to help sustain this special space, and to contribute to its emergent practices and identity.

I have been a member since early 2014, and for the last couple of years I have been researching hacker/maker culture. I have a good understanding of the practices of Farset and how it is situated in a broader global context.

Specifically, I would like to offer my energy to the following areas:

  • technology education and kids
  • measuring social impact
  • funding for social technology projects
  • participatory governance and ethics
  • membership drives
  • sharing Farset’s stories (its projects and practices) with the wider world
  • getting a laser cutter!!!

I want to become more involved in Farset Labs as I am passionate about grassroots making. During the 2000s – in Australia – I worked in community development as an artist, producer, and manager on projects that focused on net art, aerosol art, and large-scale outdoor projections. In 2010, I turned my hand to research to investigate ethical internet practices in the community arts field. I then worked as a research assistant at various universities in various incarnations. My research broadly explores digital cultures and philosophies of technology. I’m currently writing two book chapters about maker culture, and assembling a hacking/making/crafting bibliography on Zotero.

Other projects on the boil include: designing interactive tools with the QUB School of Psychology; editing an open access journal; and, making an art project that explores block chains and distributed databases through geometry. Ongoing interests include: appropriate technology, critical making, and food phreaking.

If you feel you need a little more info about me, it can be found at pipshea.net

Cheers!

 


2. RON

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ReOpen Nominations

Ron does nothing, and means we open up nominations again.


The Directors assert that this election, odd as it is, satisfy the Director Appointment Rules as set up in the Operations Manual and ratified by Town Hall Consent from March 2014.

Elections 2015 Take Two

Farset Labs is run by a dedicated team of volunteers, starting with the original three directors back in late 2011/early 2012. Since then, we aim to try and keep the number of directors at five, which we haven’t been at for a while, so it’s time to (re)launch our 2015 Director Elections.

Nominations will open from the timestamp of this post until midnight on Sunday 31st October.

Nominees must:

  • Nominate themselves.
  • Have been a member for at least three months (not necessarily in one block).
  • Email admin@farsetlabs.org.uk with
    • Their name.
    • Their ‘pitch’ which is 1000 characters maximum. (Suitability for role, experience, intentions etc.)
  • Be aware that, if successful in the elections, they must not have any convictions that would prevent them from being the Director of a limited company (i.e. convictions under the Fraud Act 2006) or any convictions regarding sexual offences against minors (i.e. convictions under the Sexual Offences Act 2003).
  • Be aware that they have legal obligations as a Director of Farset Labs, including their legal liabilities to HMRC etc.
  • Be aware that, if successful, they will be required to provide details including their legal name, sex, date of birth, addresses lived in the last three years, signature and National Insurance Number for the purposes of registration with Companies House.

For more practical information about what the Directors do and are responsible for, check out the Operations Manual.

Voting will open when the nominee profiles (consisting of the nominee’s name and pitch) are posted publicly on Monday 2nd November and will close at midnight on Friday 13th November.

Candidates are also asked to attend and be available to answer questions from the membership publically at our November Town Hall, also on the 2nd

Information on how to vote and the procedures surrounding voting, including the case of a draw, will be posted along with the nominee profiles. The results, barring any special circumstances, will be announced as soon as possible after voting closes, likely the following day.

Any questions can be directed to admin@farsetlabs.org.uk. You may also find it useful to review the records of previous elections, available on this blog.

Good luck!