Joining Hive Chicago as Community Manager in December 2015 has been an incredible experience. I feel honored to support a community of educators, collaborators, entrepreneurs, and solution oriented individuals invested in providing amazing programming to the youth of Chicago. While the learning curve has been steep, I am grateful to the many individuals who have helped me to not only understand the network but also continue to cultivate and sustain partnerships in the Chicago community. The diversity among Hive Chicago’s members and allies is a testament to the inclusive, important, and far-reaching work we accomplish.
“The diversity among Hive Chicago’s members and allies is a testament to the inclusive, important, and far-reaching work we accomplish.”
Sometimes simple really is good.
Hive’s membership process is simple in two ways. First, membership is not required to participate in the Hive. Second, the Hive Network is made up of two types organization’s: Members and Allies.
One of the biggest changes in the 2017 Membership Guidelines are the changes within our Network categories:
Hive Member (Formerly known as Partner or Affiliate):
Are non-profit organizations or institutions who directly serve Chicago middle and high-school youth through in-school and/or out-of-school programs, or whose participation reflects the highest levels of engagement in the Hive.
Hive Fund RFP guidelines:
- In order to lead on an RFP proposal the organization must be a non-profit organization who directly serve middle- and high-school youth
- New members can not lead a proposal in their first funding cycle
Hive Community Ally:
If your organization does not meet the criteria to be a Hive Member but your organization is aligned with Hive Chicago’s goals and mission, please consider becoming a Hive Community Ally.
Why the shift?
Membership cycles offer a great opportunity for us to reflect on how existing organizations or new ones can support Hive’s mission and goals. It’s a great time to consider the existing Moonshot work and how new organizations can expand and contribute to the network to ensure we have a network that represents the diversity of Chicago’s digital media learning landscape.
“…yielding a simplified and more inclusive membership process with the potential of alignment of membership cycles in all cities and greater potential of cross-city collaboration.”
Over the past few months, Hive Learning Networks in Chicago, Toronto, and New York City have been collaboratively working to create consistent membership structures across all cities. During the process, we took a deep dive into each city’s current membership processes and documentation. We identified strengths and major gaps within each city’s membership process, such as irregular membership cycles, lengthy applications processes, and inconsistent on-boarding of new members.
This cross-city alignment has been incredibly rewarding, yielding a simplified and more inclusive membership process with the potential of alignment of membership cycles in all cities and greater potential of cross-city collaboration.
“Releasing an open membership cycle for 2017 ensures we are supporting the most inclusive network.”
As Community Manager, one of my roles is to make sure the Hive Chicago Network is healthy and inclusive, but what does that actually mean? It’s essential for Hive’s network to be represented by a diverse set of organizations, experiences, ideas, and people who all have shared goals and missions.
This membership cycle is an opportunity to include voices not yet heard at our Network’s table, and invite new collaboration opportunities among existing members, allies, and new organizations. Do you have an organization in mind? Invite them to the October meetup!
The cultivation of Hive’s membership requires the entire network to be committed as we ensure network growth and sustainability. Releasing an open membership cycle for 2017 ensures we are supporting the most inclusive network.
Membership applications will be reviewed by Hive staff, the Member Advisory Committee, and select Mozilla staff to determine whether or not the organization’s mission, vision, and goals align with Hive’s network and can increase network’s ability to solve shared challenges.
Hive Member Applications:
New Member Application Cycle Opens: October 7, 2016
New Member Application Cycle Closes: November 15, 2016
Renewal Application Cycle for existing Members Opens: November 15, 2016
Renewal Application Cycle for existing Members Close: December 15, 2016
Hive Community Applications
Hive Community Ally Application Cycle Opens: October 7, 2016
Hive Community Ally Application Cycle Closes: November 15, 2016
I am incredibly excited to continue building Hive Chicago’s as a learning laboratory for innovation and education that is representative of and promotes equity in our city. If you have any questions regarding this process, please reach out to Kenyatta Forbes at Kenyatta@mozillafoundation.org