Saitama City Educators Contributor Model

Saitama City Educators Contributor Model

The Saitama City Educators Contributor Model for Professional Development rewards your time, work and ideas. SCE does not have paid memberships. Anyone who contributes their time, work or ideas is referred to as a Contributor. Each Contributor is encouraged to set a goal, and then create a plan, facilitated by SCE, to achieve it. Contributors are free to contribute as little or as much as they like. Every contribution is listed on the SCE website. Each contribution is recognized with a digital badge issued by SCE through the Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI). The SCE ethos is: by collaborating under the aegis of an organisation, we benefit each other by association.

Recognition

Each Contributor has a Contributor’s page. All their contributions to SCE are listed on this page. Contributors can add any of their professional achievements to their page, not just those done through SCE. Every effort is made to create a page that will be easily indexable by search engines, and is integrated with the Contributor’s existing professional online presence.

Progression

The Saitama City Educators Contributor Model does not have a fixed linear progression dynamic. However, the most basic level of participation is reading and responding to articles in the Journal of Saitama City Educators (JSCE). Each potential Contributor is offered an opportunity to get involved. With each contribution, further opportunities are offered. As a Contributor gets more involved, so the level of autonomy grows. At the highest level, a Contributor will be defining the organization through their ideas and expertise and is referred to as an Associate Contributor .

Traditional Model of Professional Development

The traditional membership model serves the organization rather than the member. Websites showcase the organization rather than the membership. Publications often ask members to conform to extensive criteria they had no input in creating, and have no ability to change. Events are planned with the presenters, rather than the audience in mind. Ultimately the value of a paid membership to a member of a traditional professional organization is vague at best.

Consider smartphone applications. They share several characteristics of how we now consume content that traditional professional organizations lack. Consider cost. How much would free apps like Gmail, Evernote or Dropbox be worth to you a year? Each is customizable to a degree, and can be changed to reflect shifting priorities or new goals. Each is available across platforms through various devices, and your data can be duplicated, moved or shared at will. These applications are making a genuine difference to working professionals.

What is needed then is a new membership model that lacks the barriers to participation identified above. One that is free, bespoke and portable. The challenge for the modern professional organization, would then be, to add as much value for the member as possible. What is needed is a Contributor Model.