Being a Volunteer

If you’re a confirmed Volunteer, thank you for supporting Eurisko Melbourne 2013. Your willingness to roll your sleeves up, help out and get behind the event is a massive help. We really appreciate you volunteering your time and resources.

As a Volunteer, you enable the event to operate for the enjoyment of the broader community. We think you’ll find it a fun, dynamic and rewarding experience. It can get hectic, so make sure you take some time to look around and enjoy the event – smell the roses as it were. We hope you’ll feel proud of what you’ve been able to help achieve.

Before the event, you can also help us out by telling all your family, friends and colleagues, both offline and online, about the Eurisko Melbourne, and encourage them to get tickets and attend the event.

On the day of the event, you’ll be directly or indirectly helping Contributors and Participants to have an enjoyable day. When you’re not doing that, we’d encourage you to take moments throughout the day to tweet, blog, and take photos or video and post them online on one of the event forums.

We’ve provided some answers to your “next steps” questions here. Have a read of the content non this page, and if you have any questions please contact us. We’re looking forward to having you contribute to a great event.

We have one overarching, simple approach we’re working with for the event that we’d ask you to support:

            Please be excellent to each other.

There are couple of other aspects to the event worth mentioning that relate to the approach we’ve taken to planning and running this event.  Understanding these ideas might help you understand the style of the event a little better.

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.

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 Maker faire 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 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.

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