Two weeks ago we had our 2013 AGM, and many fine Hand Eye Society members were good enough to spend a few hours inside on a lovely spring day to participate in our organization’s governance.
Prior to the AGM, there was a presentation. The slides and notes are here, but in brief it was about:
- Refocusing: With the Hand Eye Society turning 5 in February, we wanted to take the opportunity to reassess what the community needs now. A lot of great projects have started since 2009, and the existing game community is well served with events happening all the time. So we’ve decided to discontinue the Socials in favour of a more outward-looking approach that will be both international in scope and cross-media. In practical terms, it means we’ll be starting to connect Toronto game folk with international communities, as well as continuing to connect the Toronto game community with other arts communities within Toronto.
- Refreshing: We are looking to create a process of cycling in board members who share the vision of a stable arts organization, while keeping the sensibility we’ve established. As we have no base funding for staff, we have a “working board” — each board member needs to take on the coordination of a project or initiative, so that those who are doing the work are also making the decisions. We are transitioning from a system where the board members are appointed (we recently appointed Alex Hayter and Sagan Yee to the board) to a system where board members are voted on by the membership (Emma Scratch was our first nominee, and was voted in unanimously).
The minutes for the AGM proper are available here, and our by-laws are available here. The 2014 AGM will be in January, and in November we will be doing a call out for proposals for initiatives or projects for the new year.
Thanks again to the participants, to the Academy of the Impossible for hosting, and to Kaitlin Tremblay for processing membership and photography.
Our last AGM at Bento
The Hand Eye Society is nearing its 5th anniversary (our first Social happened in February 2009) and we’re going to be taking stock of where to go from here at our Annual General Meeting. Things have changed a lot since we started the project, and we need to explore what the community needs now as opposed to when we started — and to empower the people who have the fresh energy to make it happen.
If you have volunteered any time (to any game culture project in town, not just a HES event) since March 2012 or are interested in volunteering in the future, you are encouraged to attend. This is a great time to get involved and have a real impact on the organization.
Please RSVP here.
Sunday May 26th, 1pm
Academy of the Impossible
231 Wallace Ave, 10 min from Lansdowne station
Before we say goodbye to the past year, we thought we’d do a quick round up of some of the highlights of Hand Eye Society activity in 2012:
Thanks to the amazing volunteers and partners who made all this stuff possible, in particular Alex Bethke, Skot Deeming, Jaime Woo, David Fono, Randy Orenstein, Thao Lam, Emily Claire Afan, TCAF, Bento Miso, After Dark, the Monarch Tavern and TIFF!
We did fewer Socials this year to give us the bandwidth to do infrastructural stuff like bylaw-writing (feel free to propose a Social speaker/theme for 2013 — give our FAQ a read for the deets). Other behind-the-scenes work we did last year has borne fruit with some exciting new partnerships, which we’ll be announcing in the months to come. The first one we’ll be posting about in the next couple of days — can’t give too much away, but it’ll help us get through these long winters we have…
Newly formed at the last Annual General Meeting, the Education Working Group is meeting for the first time this Wed. Sept. 5th at 7:30pm to discuss some proposals for programs and partners in the coming year.
Building on the experience of previous projects like last year’s Difference Engine Initiative, we’re in a unique position to facilitate game education in a variety of institutional and community-based contexts .
If you have any experience teaching people (informally or not) about games we’d love you to come and share your perspective.
If you have an interest in games and education but no experience, but may be able to volunteer some time to these work on these initiatives, you’re also welcome. (Ten hours of volunteer time makes you a full Hand Eye Society member and eligible to vote in the next AGM.)
We’ll be meeting at Education Through Media (1610 Bloor Street West, between Keele & Dundas West). Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The brainstorming session prior to the AGM. Click to see Henry Faber's other pics.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the brainstorming session prior to the Annual General Meeting on March 17th. There were some terrific ideas brought up — they’ll generate volunteer opportunities throughout the year, so those looking to get involved should keep an eye out for those posts. The administrative part of the day can be reviewed in the AGM minutes.
We have also posted the newly adopted Hand Eye Society bylaws. They include some changes to membership qualifications which we will be discussing in a future post. In the meantime, any questions you have are welcomed!