3. The key points from the December meeting minutes were:
- The previous meeting on 8 December appointed an Executive Committee (EC) of six; seven months later, only two members are still actively involved, hence the later discussion points of needing new EC members.
- ODUK has finally created an IDMN page for us on their site, but it’s still awaiting our updated copy before it can go live.
4. Discussion around IDMN’s shift in activity and members’ response
The dicussions around this shift originated in the EC’s weekly Skype meetings, where we explored what more IDMN could do and offer its members, as I felt strongly that only an egroup and shared Dropbox wasn’t sufficient.
To support this, I’ve read through IDMN’s founding documents, some of the original work undertaken and all of the EC meeting minutes to better understand IDMN’s history, work and ideas over the last 15 years. Consequently, while this shift represents a shift from IDMN’s recent model, it does represent a return to IDMN’s founding aims, while still seeking to reflect our industry as it currently is, as well as its current needs.
Based on our surveys - mine from earlier this year, Claire’s from the end of last year and also past membership surveys - members have indicated the following:
- They want training and information sessions to return
- Members are interested in advocacy work
- Members cannot be expected to work for free, eg on the working groups
With this in mind, and considering the very positive industry response so far, I’ve had a number of meetings with various organisations – FCD, ODUK, SED, PDSW, Chisenhale, Equity, PANDA, Coreo Cymru, past members and others – about IDMN’s direction and potential work.
As a result of all this input – IDMN documents, member surveys and meetings - it’s become clear that IDMN’s work should follow these three strands, to better support our members and the wider sector: