NEW: See the Task Groups Log & Updates doc for information on currently active Task Groups.
One of the fundamental purposes of the Deep Adaptation Forum is to encourage active collaboration among its members on all topics related to deep adaptation, as our societies face climate-related collapse.
In order to enable our members to collaborate more closely, we are now launching a new feature: Task Groups (TG).
Contrary to Discussion Groups, which focus on exchanges and sharing of information within a broad context, each TG exists for its members to actively work on a given task, and has a specific purpose and mission statement. For example: "Creating a handbook of strategies for deeply adaptive agricultural strategies in region XXX."
Each TG should also aim to produce certain outcomes - be it producing reports and policy briefings, writing a book, launching a website, organising local gatherings, or even starting a new organisation. In any case, members initiating or joining a TG should commit to working together to get things done. We have no time to lose.
Ideally, a TG should be self-organised by members that have specific skillsets and backgrounds, and should remain rather small in size. Indeed, research has shown that smaller groups often function much better than larger ones. Its activities should have clear deadlines, be challenging, and meaningful.
HOW TO GET STARTED?
Please read the procedure on the How-To page.
But before you go, we want to say a few words about the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)...
We see a possibility that particularly successful TG might eventually grow into structures independent of the Deep Adaptation Forum (DAF), so we want to look ahead and prepare for this eventuality.
Thus, when a TG is formally formed, its initiator(s) should sign an MoU with a Forum Admin. The MoU will contain these 3 main clauses:
- the activities of this TG should be free of charge the first year; later, if there are fees or grant, they should contribute a one-off donation to the DAF (recommended: 20% of the total income in the 1st year, from the commencement of charging fees or receiving grants; therefore we recommend this is budgeted for by TG leaders);
- any TG initiated on the DAF should remain aligned with our philosophy;
- any knowledge resource produced should be open IP and shared for free within the Forum (including any course materials).
These clauses exist to support participatory, accessible and compassionate approaches to deep adaptation, and provide an opportunity for donations that cover the future costs of curating the DAF so it is free-to-access.
Now let's get down to business.