Every so often we find ourselves collectively or individually looking into a mirror. Indeed, it may be necessary in order to move forward. That is not to say that I have the responsibility or left to create the mirror, but it will always come from somewhere, better from someone with experience I should think.
any feedback is welcome, whatever experience of the critic. any conceptions or misconcepions that people not as involved in the nuts and bolts of the forest have are handy so we know how the forest flows and where we need to inform the pubic more of.
The forest working groups are made up of "EMPLOYEES" and "VOLUNTEERS". To see it any other way would be to lie to ourselves.
the words are prefectly valid to describe positions in the forest, but capitalising them throughout your msg is a bit over the top.
The forest is a hierarchy, you would be kidding yourself if you thought otherwise. To quote one kitchen manager in the past 'the forest is a level playing field, not a pyramid'. This is someone who may be lying to themselves.
yes and no.
yes, the forest is not a flat heirarchy. there is the Forest Working Group that deals with budgets and major Forest issues. if you attend general working groups for a few months, participate in the consensus process, deal with action points, be trustworthy, reliable, nice, etc, then there's a high chance you'll be invited to join. (it isn't the most defined of processes, but hey, the forest is organic)
no, the forest is a level playing field. all working grous are open for people to attend and participate in. prove oneself as not being a dick and one can get more responsibility - this is entirly fair as we want to avoid folk who don't really care about the forest's core values getting to influence important decisions. all you need is effort, time and a good spirit.
As a volunteer, I feel that the forest, as an "arts/ cultural/ education charity, sees me as some sort of slave (crude term perhaps). As someone who only exists to be used as labour, someone with no other interests within the forest, and no other abilities, other than what I can offer the forest in terms of hard labour.
are you saying that you have no other interests in the various things that go on in the forest? though i doubt you have no other abilities. every volunteer provides their labour to the forest in some form or another. some positions require so much commitment and/or are arduious enough that we pay money to people fuilling those roles.
Earning power means nothing in an artists community, it should not bring automatic authority in my opinion.
the money does not provide the authority. the consensus decided roles and rules of the forest provide the authority.
The forest machine is looking at money, even when it looks at and deals with artists and the arts, the emphasis is often on money, as if, if we have more money, then we will have better art. This of course is a nonsense.
can you please provide an example of where money, other than money required to keep the forest running, has overridden artist values?
Those who may even no longer have any time and energy to pursue their art because the forest sucks all their time and energy, and inspiration with it.
sucks all their time and energy? you do know about the wide variety of artist facilities vailable at the forest? no volunteer has to commit all their time to the forest. some people don't have the lifeskill of knowing when not to bite off more than they can chew, and i have done this myself before, both at the forest and on other projects, but one can always say hey, sorry, i need a bit of a break before i come back to continue or whatever.
Of course, if you are an EMPLOYEE, then you need to meet certain demands and fulfil your contract, which is not the same as being a volunteer, is it?
true, though it's not logically correct that saying the above leads to ...
So the forest is a pyramid hierarchy then.
One which claims to serve artists but is capable of destroying them.
you seem to have had a bad experience at the forest, but, as i noted in my late reply to your oher post, there are paths you can take, paths decided by forest consensus, to deal with such issues. to be honest, i get the impression that, for whatever reason, you have not taken these paths and instead stored up a lot of resentment.
There has been no music rehearsal space in the forest for two months. Is this the result of none musician minds?
i don't know how much you've communicated with other sound team volunteers, but elodie was on holiday recently and is looking to start work on the cave at some point soon. if you're interested in helping out, please do contact her as i'm sure she'd be interested in some help or other.
The musicians are among the bottom feeders of the forest, the kitchen volunteers get tips and the kitchen manager paid, as if it is they who bring in the money and the live music and stage are provided to musicians/ performers as some sort of gift to them from the forest.
musicians can get free food from the cafe at the kitchen/night manager's discretion. sound team members can get a free drink or snack style food if it's a lengthy shift.
Yet another kitchen manager burns out and is on the brink, you can tell, they start behaving in a Hitler type fashion and have a very intense look about themgodwin's law
. seriously, if you have any issues with a particular KM, speak to another KM, an admin, or come to the monthly volunteer meeting and air your issues without naming names.