We’ve discussed getting our values and mission statement down on multiple occasions and it has fallen through for various reasons, but as our group grows and as we look towards getting funding, partnering with other groups, and figuring out how our leadership really works, we need to enumerate the fundamental principles that we work from. We’ve had a LOT of people involved in this process thus far, but we’re going to need more.
There are three major parts to this “charter” if you will. The first is the mission statement, the second, our core values, and the third an accounting of the primary ways in which we carry out our goals and mission. The mission statement is a PR statement if you will summing up the values and representing the overarching mission that all of our smaller tasks stem from.
Values: Egalitarianism (equality of opportunity), Inclusivity, Community (Fellowship), Learning Note, I had "Diversity" in this list, but felt that "Inclusivity" really represented the idea better - we value including everyone. Please do talk through this if you disagree as these are difficult ideas and I expect a wide range of opinions. Tasks (How we implement and carry out these values): Mentoring, Apprenticeship, Fostering Leadership, Training, Encouragement, Building a home for smaller groups From this, I tried to distill a mission statement, but I thought the following was a much better distillation courtesy of Victoria Pinsion (thanks!) Mission Statement: Our mission is to house and nurture the Charlotte technical community.
Please do suggest word changes, add or remove things that don’t make sense and comment on what you think. Keep this civil and understand that this is a community. Every one of your voices matters in this discussion, but don’t drown out others either.