Greetings PCM Adventurers (I've just posted this update to the Equity (unofficial) Green Room, a social network hosted on Ning to provide the social networking opportunities not currently present as part of the EquityUK official members area)
I love green rooms like I enjoy railway stations. They are full of purpose and intent but provide stasis and space to prepare. Waiting for action is the purpose of the occupation. Do you feel similar about green room spaces? or train stations for that matter?
Unexpectedly however social media networks like Facebook and Twitter do not make me feel this way. In fact I experience alarming levels of anxiety on occasions but its not a reflection on digital engagement but the chaos those platforms contain.
The online spaces I work to create have the green rooms and railway stations sentiment in mind when in development.
Where do you spend time 'comfortably' online? (responses in the comments please)
1. The Online Branch is up and running. It is open as a pilot welcoming all Equity members. We have until the end of August to let it run free! Its unique features are its human enacted moderation and the architecture developed to support the proposal and progression of motions. The first motion to pass through the Branch has been about the Housing Crisis.
- Opening discussion in the Chat Room prior to the motion's proposal [LINK]
- Formal Motion Debate (Comments tab) [LINK]
- Amendment propositions and discussion (Amendment tab) [LINK]
A second motion has been tabled today called The "Equity 'Special Attention' List - Can it be used to better effect?" This started off as a chat room thread back in February by Ian Seale, [LINK TO CHAT THREAD] and was transposed in to a motion during the Housing Crisis motion mentioned above.
Are you an Equity member?
2. Equity's Annual Representative's Conference is this weekend.
What is ARC? Annual Representative Conference (ARC).
This takes place every year, usually in the Spring. It is normally held in London for two years running and then in a different part of the country (the members choose, this year it is being held in Bristol), and is the opportunity for the Council and Representatives from the committees and branches to come together to propose and debate union policy, as well as move forward the work of the union.
Decisions that are passed at the ARC with a two thirds majority are binding on the union and become policy. Representatives are elected and the conference usually lasts for 2 days with the agenda being broken down into debates on Recorded Media, Live Performance, Union Structure, Equality, Health and Safety, Communications and Membership Services.
Members who are not involved in a committee or branch but would like to attend the ARC can come as an Observer. Information about how to get a place is always published in the spring issue of the Equity Magazine.
3... finally for this update The Stagemanagers' Guide to Buyouts Booklet
On Friday 29th January 2016 Equity's Stagemanagement Committee hosted an open meeting to discuss the issue of buyout contracts discussing...
- What’s good about them?
- What’s bad about them?
- What can Equity do about them?
- What can you do about them?
I'd like to share this with you the resulting prepared for print booklet.
Its not just for Stagemanagers. Check it out.
Thank you for reading this update.
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