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Creating the Future of Seed *an update*

Thanks to everyone who attended the two consultation sessions in Melbourne and Sydney, held at the end of November 2017, as part of the Burning Seed restructure process. It was really great to hear everyone’s views on the future of the Burning Seed organisation, and their key concerns for the new entity.

We wanted to take a moment to briefly summarise what we have heard so far; this is included below. Before we do, we just wanted to highlight a couple of things. First, as everyone in the community commits to engaging in this process we learn from each other and we will continue to incorporate key learnings into the process evolving as we go. We are also pleased to share a Statement of Intent from the Red Earth City Directors that outlines their hopes and commitment to this process, you can read that here. Lastly, if you want to find out more about the people behind the names doing the work to deliver this process please check out the bios for the Restructure Sub-Committee and the Town Council with bios coming soon from the REC Directors.

And now back to the summary …

Town Hall: What did we hear?

We had some really helpful feedback, and would like to share with you some of the main points.

First, it was very clear that the Seed community want transparency in the new entity. This was a very strong theme emerging from the consultation process, and several people provided very useful insights here. At the same time, there was recognition that the precise way in which this occurs still needs to be thought through. We will look to continuing the conversation about transparency through the remaining consultations.

Burners would also like to see consultation on key issues facing the new entity. These were described by some as relating to ‘big ticket’ items, including moving the site, and major financial decisions. Again, this issue is something we can tease out over the remaining consultations.

We also heard that some people would like more background information on the kinds of entities that are available, and the pros and cons of each. We are currently finalising some documentation that outlines local options, and we will release it once all the information has been cross-verified as accurate.

Appointment of directors to the new entity was also discussed at the sessions. Several people suggested that there should be a nomination process that was transparent and accountable to the community.

What happens from here?

This feedback will be used to inform the kinds of questions we will ask at the future consultation sessions. It will also support the analysis and discussion contained in the final report, which is currently scheduled to be released around July 2018.

We would also like to inform everyone that the restructure committee has reviewed the current timelines in response to community feedback. We have now expanded the process to (a) make it longer; and (b) include more face-to-face consultation sessions. Given this, additional consultations will happen over March and April 2018 in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle, and the Riverina/Matong area. We will also hold an online session (pending interest and availability).

An online questionnaire will also be released around March/April 2018, so please look out for that. In addition, we are now accepting written submissions via this form.

Where can I found out more?

Please email futureofseed@burningseed.com if you have any specific queries. You can sign up to our email list here and lastly, general information and updates can be found on our Future of Seed web page, and also on the Burning Seed Facebook page.

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2017 Town Hall Summary & Upcoming Community Engagement Events

Did you venture into the Deeper Space of community with us at Burning Seed this year? If so thank you for showing up to Town Hall and contributing your thoughts to the process. If you missed it and want a recap you can check out the notes here.

We also wanted to share more about this process and the team with you. Creating a Community Engagement Process that will allow for many levels of contribution isn’t an easy task but we’ve been lucky to find several community members willing to attend at least two and sometimes four meetings a month that are at least two hours long if not more, spend many hours researching organisational structures, document many processes and develop project plans. Together the Restructure Committee have a diverse background of skills from leading community engagement processes like this for other groups and government organisations to being some of the core team members that help create Burning Seed, you can read more about the members here.

Every committee needs guidelines and the Restructure Committee is no different. You can check out our Terms of Reference here that outline the scope or the work we’re doing and read the blog post outlining our duties here.

Lastly, don’t forget that we have two more open consultations coming up in Melbourne and Sydney, please RSVP on the Facebook events for;

Melbourne: Thursday November 23rd 7:30-9:30pm

Sydney: Thursday November 30th 7:30-9:30pm