Invitation for nominations
Time is flying fast: it seems only yesterday since the changeover of ISCA, which started more than two years ago. However, a lot has happened during this time and ISCA has definitely moved on and forward. During my chairmanship it is my endeavor to preserve the good legacy resulting from the big effort put in by those who had taken on this role before me and to maintain the basic formal structure of the association by carrying out activities in the service of present and future generations of constellators. This process continues.
Particularly after the successful ISCA Gathering in Zagreb in October 2016 it is clear that there is enough energy, good will and need for an international constellation association to support individual practitioners and the development of Constellation Work in general. There are still plenty of tasks ahead to establish a functioning, thriving, representative and inclusive association from which the membership benefits.
ISCA’s membership is renewing and growing and there are more members who are willing to be involved in it’s running and further development. The sharing of the Board’s responsibilities is envisaged to happen through an expanded Management Team, with a number of groups being formed which will focus on specific tasks / areas for development, including regional ISCA’s activities.
The term for the new Board will begin on 1st of July. Elections are to be completed before this date for the new Board to have familiarization time before officially taking office.
So, if you wish to partake, now it is the time to prepare your nomination for one of the three Board positions: Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer. To assist you with this process, below are some guidelines from the current ISCA Charter, the list of some tasks performed by the Board as well as the description of desired qualities which nominees would ideally offer to the membership.
To nominate, supply a 2000 character long statement about yourself and your reasons for nominating plus a recent photo of low resolution. These statements will by made available to all ISCA members after the end the nomination period.
Now is the time as well to indicate your interest in participating in one or the other of the task groups outlined below.
In anticipation of your feedback,
The responsibilities of the Board:
(Excerpt from the Charter)
- The Board represents the Association legally and to the general public;
- The Board calls the General Assembly according to § 9 of the Charter, prepares the agenda, conducts the assembly and the voting;
- The Board carries out the General Assembly’s decisions;
- The Board carries out budget planning, accounting, and gives the year-end final accounting;
- The Board submits an annual financial report;
- The Board admits new members and terminates the membership of persons determined to have seriously injured the interests of the Association or not to have paid membership fees;
- The Board recommends to the General Assembly the establishment of committees and working groups;
- The Board conducts correspondence with other societies with whom the Association cooperates and with the general public;
- The Board regulates the online presence of the Association.
Practical aspects of the Board’s tasks:
- Usage of WildApricot website facilities in order to:
- maintain/manage membership: dealing with all admin emails in regards to new member applications, renewal and lapsed notices, approving new members, payments, receipts etc.
- write and send regular messages/newsletter to members
- manage admin jobs of events
- Manage Paypal and bank accounts
- Website maintenance and development including liaison with web support
- Conduct fortnightly online meetings of the Board and management team, prepare and document them
- Organize and host monthly Community meetings
- Organize Gathering / Conference every 2 years
- Liaise with partner constellations associations, maintain mutual membership benefit agreements and develop new ones
- Cooperation and maintenance of the mutual benefit agreement with “The Knowing Field” journal
- Liaise on a regular basis with German authorities, solicitor and tax accountant in regards to ISCA’s registration in Germany
- Deal with general queries from members & the public
- Hold online elections/voting as per ISCA constitution
What Board members bring
- Board members are willing to serve, are ready to contribute to the connection of the international constellation community, the development of constellation work and raising its profile in the mainstream community.
- They are respected members of the constellation community who can liaise across cultural and professional borders as well as being open minded towards all the different strands of Constellation Work.
- Board members have a strong desire and commitment to co-creating an international community of practitioners.
- They are in agreement with the ISCA Charter, ISCA’s vision and mission.
- Board members are experienced in Constellation Work, have knowledge of issues that are relevant to the wider constellation community and its regional characteristics.
- They are proficient in English. Proficiency in other languages would be a great advantage, like German for some admin tasks.
- Board members are prepared and able to give at least 5 hours per week voluntary contribution, be available for regular online meetings, and be contactable online most of the time.
- They posses organizational skills and preferably have experience in managing non-profit associations..
- Board Members naturally have an international vision and interest in international engagements and a thirst to encourage those international connections.
- They maintain collegiality and respect towards other practitioners and be guided by the spirit of systemic inquiry and principles.
Widening of Management Responsibilities
One of the priorities for the Board in the next term is a widening of the roles and responsibilities to a larger group of people who would each take on the care of a particular aspect of ISCA’s management. This is envisaged to happen by forming a number of Task Force Groups / Portfolios. Coordinators of these groups will emerge on the basis of their experience and expressed interest, and together with the Board form a wider Management Team.
The ongoing task will be inviting stronger involvement by members according to their special competencies and individual interest and energy for a particular aspect of ISCA’s development.
Establishment of Regional Committees for example would allow for building stronger local networks and ensuring that ISCA’s activities are relevant to a region, addressing specific needs of potential members from different parts of the globe.
At present the following Task Groups are envisaged:
Regional / Language Chapters:
- North American
- Spanish speaking
- Russian speaking
- French speaking
- And any other region / culture / language specific one for which there is interest expressed
Other Task Group Themes
- To deal with membership drive, developing concrete benefits for members, consider different levels of membership, continue joint membership with other associations and develop new partnerships
- To work on developing ways of communicating to and from Board and membership between Committees / Task groups, issuing of the newsletter once a month, maintaining monthly online meetings for members, continue developing ISCA web presence and expanding content and other.
- Development of Resources
- Developing and maintaining list of training offered by members, constellation literature, articles, international events etc.
- Next Gathering
- Working on the organization of the next ISCA Gathering
Other areas for further attention are:
- Developing and defining ISCA’s Vision
- Management/ Organizational Structure, including clear definition of roles, size of the board, paid positions, meetings, definition of procedures and policies, workload/commitment
- Ethical guidelines
- Marketing, web presence, listing of practitioners, trainers/training events
- Core Concepts, towards creating a common definition of CW etc
- Training Standards, recommended training guidelines, creating a list of training institutes on the web site, event page
- Resolution of Issues (history, systemic issues, conflicts)
- Outreach Committee, that reaches out to other professional organizations, conferences, etc. to share CW, network, share ideas, etc.
If you feel attracted to any of these and are prepared to put your time and energy in development of any of the above mentioned areas, do contact ISCA Board.