Alex Tischer 2015 Q&A: Goals and Vision

The Manifestos tell us some of each candidates’ ambitions of what they want to achieve if elected. I’d like to see that made more specific and SMART. In other words: what’s going to be the first action you’ll undertake/the first project you’ll tackle/first thing you’ll do if elected?

The problem with trying to make SMART goals here is that we have no knowledge of what Board is actually currently doing. I’m all for making a detailed and actionable plan but there is no point in me just saying that the first thing I would like to tackle is seeing a functional budget implemented. Even listing detailed steps and timescales for this won’t do much good. The actual steps to get there depend a lot on the rest of the Board,committees answering to emails, things being discussed and people actually chiming in on these discussions. I can draw up a very nice SMART step by step approach that will be derailed by the very first contact with the real world, but where’s the point in that?

What is your five year vision for OTW? AO3?

I would like the OTW to still exist in five years’ time and the AO3 to be a stable, steadily growing and improving archive. That’s all I’m hoping for at the moment.

I’m sorry, if you want visionary I’m not your person. Call me when a pragmatist is needed.

If you could change something in the OTW’s bylaws, what would it be?

I could argue a lot about the wording of certain articles, and a good number of them could do with being changed, but the first thing I would change if I could – and this might sound like a minor thing, but it bothers me – is to make it possible for our volunteers to become members without paying the membership fee. A lot of volunteers are giving so much of their time and effort, that not having them able to vote in the elections without also paying $10 just sits wrong with me.