Starting an industry body in the open

Orde Saunders' avatarPublished: by Orde Saunders

One of the key principles of an industry body is that it creates its own legitimacy. We're looking to create a grassroots organisation that will provide an informed and authoritative voice and to achieve that our intention is to bootstrap an organisation that is democratically owned by it's members.

There is no blueprint for this so not only are we figuring it out in our own time and as we go along but we're also committed to doing it in public. That's not the smart thing to do but we believe it's the right thing to do: our industry is built on a foundation of open source so being open and collaborative is a model we hope people can understand and respect.

When we have an organisation with members it can be self governing and formally chose how it goes about things. In the mean time we're using the resources we have and this is where we're at:

  1. In Scotland, we are angry. We are organising. We are professionalising.
  2. Industry Body Considered Beneficial
  3. Minutes from our first meeting (2017-03-21)
  4. Minutes from our second meeting (2017-03-28)
  5. We have an open Slack with - as I type - 16 members.

This is literally everything we have at the time I'm publishing this: there is no secret master plan and we're not holding anything back for a big reveal.