You can read our actual MissionStatement but below we have the discussion so you can see how we ended up there:
The original as of 12/06/2002
Personal Telco is a grass roots effort to empower people to build the infrastructure through which their data flows. By creating, packaging and disseminating Open Source tools, documentation and community support we are building city wide networks which are open to, and maintained by, the public.
To promote and build public wireless networks through community support and education.
Personal Telco Project is a nonprofit organization which promotes public wireless Internet access through community support and education.
Personal Telco Project is a nonprofit organization which promotes public wireless access through community support and education.
Personal Telco Project is a non-profit organization which promotes alternative wireless access through community support and public education.
A possible rewrite with education and no implimention statement:
Personal Telco Project is a Portland based grassroots effort which helps educate communities on how to build alternative wireless communication networks.
-- LonnieWormley 11/22/02
Proposed at a weekly meeting
Personal Telco is a Portland based grassroots effort which helps communities build alternative communication networks. By creating, packaging and disseminating Open Source tools, documentation and community support, we are building city wide wireless networks which are open to, and maintained by, the public.
A possible rewrite:
Personal Telco is a grass roots effort which empowers communities to build networks through which they exchange information. By creating, packaging and disseminating Open Source tools, documentation and community support, we are building city wide networks which are open to, and maintained by, the public.
The 7/18/02 Sam's Billiard's rewrite:
Personal Telco is a grass roots effort to build an Internet-connected wireless network in Portland Oregon. By deploying our own wireless access points, and providing the tools and support for others to do so, we are fostering the global growth of city-wide networks which are open to, and maintained by, the public.
"We must have the attitude of a medic coming to the rescue to help someone that is injured by the prostitution technology of the Internet by corporations. Along the way we show them that it is OK to solve a problem together and take control of chaos when it is appropriate." -- LonnieWormley
- "I realized the P2P refrain should always be the echo of every group action so that this community is open source, resource sharing, and a revolutionary tool to defeat monopoly of the wired ISP tyrants." -- Dennis Munsterman
"I think we ought to be thinking a bit broader- read "What should our mission statement say?". I would advocate for a short statement that states our purpose clearly and generally. Something like: To create, support, and maintain community information networks. The Open Source stuff, etc. is good, but it is a method of achieving our purpose". --BillHolmstrom
"Rather than being a part of the internet, we are now internet consumers. We pay monthly fees for single routes to "upstream" resources. It is this powerless, dependent situation, that wireless(and wired) metropolitan area networks should ultimately aim to rectify. We are up against companies with all of their resources, NDAs, 'proprietary standards', hype, and consumer attention." -- AaronGrogan (but added by AdamShand)
For more thoughts you might like to see OurCharter page which was the prequel to this one.
Here is the Association for Community Networks (http://www.afcn.org/) definition of Community Networking:
- Our AFCN "Evaluation of Community Networking" Task Force has created the following "working description": Community Networking (CN) projects bring local people together to discuss their community's issues and opportunities, learn about Internet technology, and decide upon and create services to address these community needs and opportunities. CN is comprised of a wide variety of groups that make up a community (eg., libraries, Universities, K-12 schools, local government, businesses, media, individuals), with special focus on including those who are traditionally left out of community decisionmaking in general, and technology decisionmaking in particular (eg., low-income, minorities, senior citizens). CN projects value collaboration and participation, and are usually noncommercial.
CN projects usually provide training on the use of the Internet, general computer skills, and basic research skills. Most projects provide public access sites in libraries, schools, businesses, and nonprofit organizations, as well as free or low-cost access accounts. Many projects also provide free or low-cost Web design & development for nonprofit organizations, and provide a matchmaking service between nonprofits' technical needs, and CN volunteers' technical abilities. An "online presence" is usually created by the CN project, that is a reflection of its particular community. This "presence" is nowadays usually on the World Wide Web, and typically provides: "official" and not-official community information; news and events; community members' poetry, stories, commentary; some kind of discussion capabilities (eg., discussion groups, chat).
- To develop a leading edge open-source content management system that implements the latest thinking in community publishing, knowledge management, and software design. We value flexibility, simplicity, and utility in our product; teamwork, innovation, and openness in our community; and modularity, extensibility and maintainability in our code.