Chapter 4. Staff Is Divided into Teams
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education.
Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third President of the United States
Overview of Teams
There is no rule about the number of staff members or the number of teams. While you see on
this and the following pages that there can be twenty-eight staff members divided among six teams,
there can be more or fewer members, more or fewer teams, depending on student interest and the ability of
staff to create and operate a local currency on time and professionally. Also, a team may choose to transfer
one of its activities to another team if the two teams and the local-currency teacher agree.
The local currency can start with as few as six staff members, one person for each team, but the
activities for each member might be considerable. Generally, if there are fewer than twenty-eight
members, the priorities are, first, teams 1, 6, and 7, and then teams 4, 8, and 10.
There is one team leader for a team of up to three members, two leaders for a team of up to eight
members, three or more leaders for larger teams. Team leaders (a) assign team activities, (b) see to it
that they be done, (b) keep members to a schedule, (c) help or find help when there are questions or
difficulties, (d) call and run team meetings, and (e) brief members unable to attend meetings. Team
leaders go through team checklists with members and keep a record of decisions made by the team. It
is best if team leadership be rotated every three months, so that everyone on a team have the chance to lead.
Overview of Teams
Three team members. Learn and prioritize the needs of a community by conducting surveys and inviting proposals. This involves making brief presentations and asking people questions, either in person or by telephone. Note: team 1 has a large role at the beginning of our social venture, while team 8 has no role. It might be good, at the beginning, to have team 8 become part of team 1, so that the activities of team 1 be done quicker. When those activities are finished, team 1 becomes team 8.
Why is this useful for your college, scholarship and job applications? You meet and work with people. You receive letters which you can attach to your applications.
Three team members. Meet at least once a week with teams to find solutions to personal and team difficulties, and take and distribute minutes; arrange, announce, and manage guest talks; act as aides and advisers to the newsletter teacher; meet with people in the community in order to learn whether local currency would be serving the community well and report to the staff and newsletter teacher.
Why is this useful for your college, scholarship and job applications? Management is like leadership, and leadership is valued by colleges, employers, and others. Also, management demonstrates responsibility, an important attribute.
Four team members. After researching how much local currency to print and how the currency may be designed, you design, print, and distribute the local currency. You oversee the printing and keep track of distribution.
Why is this useful for your college, scholarship and job applications? You demonstrate the ability to research, design, and distribute, engaging in activities which few high schoolers--indeed, few adults--have done.
Twelve team members. You enlist businesspeople to sponsor our local currency and / or to accept it for purchases. (Without businesspeople accepting the local currency, it cannot succeed.) The more businesses, the more successful the local currency.
Why is this useful for your college, scholarship and job applications? You show that you can present and persuade, which are valuable skills for any student, regardless of her / his major in college.
Four team members. This team organizes and manages discussions and votes for grants made with the local currency. You contact youth and adults, asking them to look at and talk about proposals from nonprofit organizations which are asking for grants. You urge youth and adults to vote on which proposals should receive grants. Note: see the comment above, under the outline for team 1.
Why is this useful for your college, scholarship and job applications? You are contacting a large number of people, getting them to consider proposals (solutions) for the community, and then urging them to vote on what they believe would be the best solutions. You learn an extraordinary skills, rare among high schoolers preparing for college.
Three team members. Design, organize, and continually update Web pages about the local currency, at the Web site connected to E-News. There will be a variety of material to upload. Draw the public to the Web site. The Web address will be www.my[city].com when possible.
Why is this useful for your college, scholarship and job applications? You demonstrate one or more of Web design, organization of material, editing, basic html, and generation of publicity.
The staff for a local currency are team players. This means that your team members
Ø help you by reminding you about activities and deadlines, but you do not depend on them; you reciprocate;
Ø help you by backing you up when an emergency keeps you from doing your share; you reciprocate.
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