Being a Contributor

If you’re a confirmed Contributor, thank you for contributing to Eurisko Melbourne 2013 – we really appreciate your support.

As a contributor, you make the event what it is and we want you to make use of the event to showcase what you do and what you care about.

In organising the event, we have one overarching, simple principle we’re following that we’d ask you to support:

            Please be excellent to each other.

There are couple of related principles that are worth explaining.  Understanding these ideas might help you understand the style of the event a little better.

We’re standing on the shoulders of giants: these philosophies for running events come from a number of sources, including our friends at Noisebridge Hackerspace.  What follows is a a discussion of their Tripartite Pillars system, in the context of our Eurisko Melbourne event.

Tripartite Pillars
At the core of the event, we’re applying the basic thinking behind the Noisebridge Hackerspace Tripartite Pillars, and we’re asking all our Participants: Contributors, Volunteers, Sponsors and Attendees to abide by and help promote this philosophy:

– Excellence: “Be excellent to each other” (yes, courtesy of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure).  Eurisko Melbourne will be a fantastic day if we all take ownership of and personal responsibility for that one simple principle.  Everything else will flow easily from there.  If you think an action you’re about to take may not be considered excellent by others, ask someone else first and avoid having someone refer you to the fundamental rule of all social spaces.

– Do-ocracy: We’ve created this event and the spaces within it to provide Contributors the opportunity to showcase what they do.  It’s your day and we want you to take advantage of it.  We’re running this event with volunteer help, some in-kind support, and limited funds.  It will help us immensely if you take ownership of your needs and help to make the day a great one for yourself and everyone else.  You don’t need to ask permission from anyone to do something excellent, particularly where it won’t adversely effect others.  If you see something that needs doing, or a problem that needs to be addressed, please step in and fix it yourself.  If you’re in doubt whether your action is a good choice for others, whether it is safe or whether you can handle it alone, find a buddy and work on it together: grab another Contributor or a Volunteer and work out a solution.

– Consensus: With a nod to “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”, we’re encouraging – as much as possible – making decisions by consensus.  Where that’s not possible, and particularly where Excellence or Do-ocracy are at risk, we’ll employ judicious use of “benevolent dictators” to keep the show moving and support the needs of as many people as we can. For further background also see here.

Unconferences and Open-Space Technology
The other important thing to note is that we’ve adopted in part an “unconference” approach to running this event, using some of the ideas behind the Open-Space Technology (OST) approach.  

The main thing to keep in mind is that the event is your event: make of it what you will.  This applies equally to preparing for the evnt, as much as on the days of the event.  If something isn’t working, please feel free to work with others to improve it.  If you don’t like something you’re involved in, use the rule of two feet and find something you’ll enjoy more.  Although we have elements of the programme pre-planned and organised, we’ve attempted to have as many Contributors as possible help us shape how that works.  We’ve also left some elements of the programme open to dynamically evolve on the day, particularly with respect to presentations, talks, demonstrations, discussions and potentially even adhoc. workshops that don’t require a lot of preparation.

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