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Improvisers Networks Online governance of the site, content and development

The launch and development of the improvisers networks online site started in 2014 and the first phase was due to complete 01.04.2019.


The development of the site, the project, is now in stage stage two 2019 - 2024 yes it is the return of the 5 year plan!.
Phil Morton expects the whole project to take 20 years.

At some point as the site expands and and related projects develop the issue of governance will arise to address issues and questions that arise.
Here is the Wikipedia web page on project governance 


Primary aim: to promote, to support free ensemble improvisation in music.

Secondary aim or considerations.

  • Ensemble improvisation in other platforms or diciplines.
  • To support regional organisations that support free ensemble improvisation,


The benefits of networking include (Arts council Wales model)

  • Sharing skills, knowledge and expertise
  • Provide support.
  • Encouraging collaborative working.
  • Sharing resources.
  • Facilitating the debate, the discussion of our practice and ideas. .

The `site` also aim to provide the following services to support networking

  • Listings, using a simple google calendar to share who is doing what, with whom, where & when
  • Regional `start pages` that collate and display related events and news from that region.
  • A discussion forum
  • A `media-wiki` beter known as a: dictionary, glossary or a wikipedia tool focussed on the nature and practice of free improvisation and related practices
  • Improvisers',artists and members of the public can upload relevant materials; articles, event notices etc directly and indirectly to the site.

Simply put: The site content is `open source`: it is a site about free ensemble improvisation, created and sustained by those whose practice is informed by `free ensemble improvisation`.

Policies and process

Policies and processes that may need to be `governed` or managed by an independent team

  • Finance
  • Content
    • Aesthetic judgements, what constitutes `free ensemble improvisation`
    • Disputes that may arise
  • Priorities, an independent view or judgement on priorities.
  • To support those active in the day-to-day operation on the site, the project.
  • Reviewing obstacles the project encounters

Personal specifications

Personal specifications

  • Two meetings a year, that may require
    • Up to two hours preparation
    • The duration of the meeting
    • Some work in signing off the outcome of the meeting
  • The language of the project is English.
  • Any other business


Technical specification

  • This is a `digital online` project, you need to be online and have basic competencies with the `online-world`
  • More citation required.


Style of management

  • Sociocracy; is one option,
    • Sociocracy, also known as dynamic governance, is a system of governance which seeks to achieve solutions that create harmonious social environments as well as productive organizations and businesses. It is distinguished by the use of consent rather than majority voting in decision-making, and decision-making after discussion by people who know each other.
    • Sociocracy can be helpful because it has a formal written structure to a process sometimes characterised a collective, cooperative or a community. The later can often (not always) be informal and unstructured.
    • Sociocracy is a place to start.  It is noted that this appears to be a small project, with low levels of interest in the general population. This concept maybe disproportionate to the volume of work in involved.

register an interest

Reminder this is a global project: from Wales to New South Wales, it is a digital project, it follows that interest is invited from all locations on planet earth.

If the content of this document interests you, you can register this interest by the completing the form below.
It the text field that asks for the name of the project: I suggest you enter `Governance team`

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