GOAT is seeking a Community Organizer
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Agriculture spans science, engineering, technology, and society. To grow plants, raise animals, feed communities, and steward the land, water, and air, humans design information tools and reconfigurable hardware. An ecosystem of open source agricultural technologies has emerged, fueled by an urgency to regenerate resilience in food systems, agriculture, and the environment.
The Gathering for Open Agricultural Technology GOAT is a community of practice focused on improving the resilience of our food system by coordinating technology design and development through connecting diverse people and fostering hard conversations.
GOAT is a space to build consensus and cultivate relationships across multiple aligned visions for the future. We believe that a just and resilient food system demands open source technologies and open access data that support a new generation of farmers and food workers as they improve integrated ecosystems and human communities. Digital technologies have been historically designed for well-resourced food system actors (often agri-food corporations, industrial farms, and people in power), resulting in a lack of access to technologies designed for a more diverse food system with a diverse community of workers.
GOAT seeks to support and network those interested in open source technology in the agricultural community and grow a diverse and collaborative community. While a growing number of open source hardware and software projects are being produced at public universities, farming communities, small companies and activist-technologist groups, each of these large scale grant-driven projects are isolated, losing opportunities for social and technological synergies.
Up to a total of $10,000 for 350-400 hours of work ($25-$30/hr based on background and skills), with opportunity to find continued funding. Quarterly budget plans will be constructed with the selected applicant.
The primary work of this position is to facilitate the organization and running of the 2024 GOAT conference. That work entails:
- Attending monthly community calls!
- Serve as Lead Conference Organizer
- Make bite-sized conference organization roles
- Get folks signed up to volunteer for those bite-sized roles
- Coordinate recruitment
- Attend the 2024 GOAT Conference
- Shepherding discussions around governance
- Lead on-site coordination with conference site
- Facilitate Post-Conference Materials Dissemination
- Grant reporting