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NVM Membership

September 10, 2020 – October 10, 2020

How might we...

  • Governing Power: How might we shift governing power more towards justice?
    • How might we create a system and database to track DeepBase members in a way that helps NVM organizers better achieve their goals?
      • How might we train NVM organizers to better use data and technology when building a Deepbase?


A systematic process to assess leadership levels will ground organizers to enable them to develop leadership development plans for members and further opportunities for member ownership responsibilities.


Main steps to implementation:

  • Need to map the membership structure roles to ActionBuilder systems
    • Aruna to set up a call with their reps at ActionBuilder to talk through set up. 
  • Getting current data into ActionBuilder and tagged correctly. 
    • Aruna flagging that based on the Loudon team the cleanup and formatting of the data was a really big lift. Not a lot of NVM team capacity for that right now. 
    • Harold can help them clean up lists and give input on how to do it efficiently
  • Training organizers to use the system. 
    • Will include why we’re doing this for organizers to know how this will help their work. 
    • And how they’ll get ongoing support and questions answered. 
    • Baselab + ActionBuilder will support. 
  • Updating tracking dashboards
    • Thomas is reviewing initial draft of ActionBuilder dashboard and will send questions and notes for what else to show to Harold and Matt. 
  • Review systems in October
    • Is all the data showing up where it should? 
    • Is it useful to track membership along their ladder? 
    • Are organizers embracing it and finding it valuable? 


Success looks like:

  • Being able to see people move up leadership ladder and track in database, be able to pull a report that is meaningful to staff and members. 
  • Organizers are bought in and find this valuable to their work.
  • Relatable and easy way to be able to articulate with anyone what this looks like. (eg. someone in another department)
  • Track leadership on a bigger scale at least
    • Track Level 1 and 2 in the hundreds.
  • Be able to determine goals for leadership engagement and levels given initial data. (eg. lots of level 1 and 3, no one on level 2)
  • Decide if we want to create a container for ambiguity level or not.
  • Moving all our data tracking from google spreadsheet to action builder- will feel like a first for state groups, poised to be groundbreaking! Will feel ecstatic! 

Failure would be:

  • Creating a system that raises more questions than answers them. 
  • We tried it and it looks nice but we are still using google spreadsheets (have to unlearn that process)


We were not able to move this experiment forward and want to continue to consider this experiment in the future.



Accountable Thomas & Aruna
Team Thomas, Matt, Gihan, Harold, Alison, Aruna
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Modified September 1, 2021
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