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United States Social Forum – 2010

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Job Description

Job Description
Technology Organizer
Position Timeframe
18 months
Location
Regional/ National

Summary

The World Social Forum (WSF) model is spreading around the world, including many local and national social forum movements! A wide range of grassroots organizations and networks have just announced the location of the second U.S. Social Forum (USSF) scheduled for 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The USSF is more than a conference, more than a networking bonanza, more than a reaction to war, repression and poverty. It is a process and an opportunity to re-envision the ways that we work together. The USSF will provide spaces to build relationships, learn from others' experiences, share our analysis of the problems our communities face, and begin to strategize about how to reclaim our world.

Local/National Relationship

This position is envisioned as an organizing position and one of its prime responsibilities is supporting local and national Social Forum organizers' ability to use technology and to train others in its use. While some "technical support" work will be necessary, especially at first, this job is about making as many people as possible capable of providing technical support.

Such an approach will be absolutely necessary as the Social Forum organizing picks up steam and broadens. In that context, particular attention must be paid to the work of this individual in Detroit and with local organizers there.

  • This staff-member will prioritize local "set-up" work (computer acquisition, set up of wifi areas, etc), local use and development of tech capability (particularly Internet capability), and constant communication with and support of local tech workgroups and teams.
  • The staff member will facilitate smooth communications between national and local tech organizers and between them and Social Forum organizers in general.
  • Finally, this staff person will assure the complete inclusion of Local Organizing Committee members and Anchor Organizations in all major discussions and decisions on Social Forum technology.

It's envisioned that the staff person will spend as much time in Detroit itself as necessary to meeting these local/national objectives.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The following tasks are those of the established and functioning Information Communications Technology working group:

  • Develop vision (with lead organizers) and the ICT of progressive approaches and strategies of the Internet
  • Create and maintain websites for USSF and all USSF information
  • Provide training on how to use relevant technology tools and information sites to LOC
  • Manage and produce all internal technology communication tools in order to promote and encourage dialogue and information flow between LOC and NPC, including but not limited to: Regular updates and other announcements through email, blogs, chats, webcasts, webinars, etc.
  • Work with ICT to develop monthly technology reports.

The primary role of the Technology Organizer is to:

  • Assist the ICT WG with carrying out its duties and responsibilities, as stated above.
  • Provide technological assistance and troubleshooting, as needed, to keep USSF websites, wikis, listservs, and other tools functioning well.
  • Articulate a progressive Internet vision for the USSF.
  • Recruit and organize a diverse team of tech activists to make up the Internet and Communications Technology working group.
  • Lead the team in developing the technology for meaningful movement building work to occur for the 20 – 30,000 people that will attend the USSF.
  • Coordinate with other committees to build web sites, programming, blogging, media sharing, and registration for all events and workshops.
  • Coordinate ICT WG liaison communication to other USSF working groups and committees.

Candidates must have:

  • Experience with and knowledge of relevant technology tools, including the ability to troubleshoot problems with USSF websites and wikis. Applicants should specify any experience/expertise they have with:
    -- html, css, javascript, flash and other web programming languages/tools
    -- wikis, and other collaborative tools
    -- listservs and other outreach tools
    -- open source programs, especially Drupal and/or other web-based content management systems
    -- radio, video, podcasting and other broadcast media - hardware, software and content creation experience
    -- content creation tools, including graphics, podcast and video-editing programs, and web and publications editing/formatting programs
    -- Linux OS, and networking
    -- hardware support, including computers, networking, video, cameras and other equipment
    -- using technology to organize, including cellphones
    -- creative design for any media, including web, publications, video, podcasts, etc.

  • An understanding of low-tech solutions to address gaps in digital access and skill sets.
  • Organizing experience
  • Commitment to tech and non-tech principles of the USSF
  • Previous experience with the social forum (local, national, or international) or other groups that share its vision.
  • Grasp of major political struggles on the internet (free software/intellectual property, privacy and security, etc.)
  • Ability to translate technology politics to a non-tech audience and articulate a vision for a progressive Internet
  • Diverse ties with communities and organizations around the Great Lakes
  • Experience with collective team-building work
  • Commitment to building a progressive movement for social justice
  • A willingness to spend considerable time in Detroit, as needed, to help identify technology needs and opportunities and assist with projects and the use of technology. Please specify to what extent you're willing to live in Detroit and/or spend several weeks or months in Detroit, and specify any special housing needs.

The following is the "mini-job-description" we are planning to forward to USSF for contract development.

The National Technology Coodinators

  • Assists the ICT WG with carrying out its duties and responsibilities and facilitates interactions between it and the other USSF Work Groups.
  • Provides technological assistance and troubleshooting, as needed, to keep USSF websites, wikis, listservs, and other tools functioning well.
  • Articulates a progressive Internet vision for the USSF.
  • Recruits and organizes a diverse team of tech activists to make up the Internet and Communications Technology working group.
  • Leads the team in developing the technology for meaningful movement building work to occur for the 20 – 30,000 people that will attend the USSF.
  • Coordinates with other committees to build web sites, programming, blogging, media sharing, and registration for all events and workshops.
  • Coordinate ICT WG liaison communication to other USSF working groups and committees.

The Local Technology Coordinator

  • Makes sure the principles and approaches to technology of the USSF are productively and sensitively applied to and followed in the Detroit area
  • Coordinates with ICT and the National Coordinator all technology work needs local to Detroit including software development, accessibility and training
  • Brings local ideas, needs, and concerns to the ICT for its action
  • Recruits local tech activists
  • Provides tech support and training locally
  • Coordinates the search for equipment for the Forum itself
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