Message from the Chairman:
But trying to pay people for their good work has its particular difficulties:
Firstly, money is tight, especially at a tiny organization such as ImmInst. If there are never enough funds to pay for the scientific research that we know is crucial, or for vital policy and public information work, how can we justify redirecting sparse funds into salaries?
Moreover, working for life extension and getting paid for it is truly a ‘dream job’ for all of us – what happens to social dynamics if some volunteers are getting paid while others are still expected to work ‘for free’? Who decides what level of compensation is adequate and whether or not anyone’s performance is and remains up to scratch? -- Those issues are challenging, but they cannot be intractable if we want to move forward.
We have identified the following lead officer roles, where the workload is such that a small monetary compensation for time invested is appropriate:
Have you checked you membership?Part of the reason why we needed to focus on changing the forums software was that the old system was... well broken. People who joined as Members since February may not have seen their registration status upgrade as expected. Some other Members do not currently have their membership supported by a members donation and therefore should have been expelled but were not. We are currently trying to sort these records out. If you think anything is remiss with your status, please let us know ASAP!
In response to the ImmInst Science call 5 expressions of interest were
received, 2 were shortlisted and reviewed. Perhaps surprisingly, there were
no completely unsubstantial submissions. The 3 projects that didn't make it
further were not a great fit for this scheme, or not developed enough. We
hope to be contacting the proposers soon and explore ways in which these
ideas could still come to fruition.
The June 2010 volunteer prize winners are
Maxwatt -- Came to ImmInst at the end of 2006 and was elected Moderator in September 2008. Next to his work as a Moderator, he is particularly interested in scientific discussions resveratrol Maxwatt has won the Volunteer prize before, in September 09 and donated it to the SENS foundation. He lives in New York.
AgeVivo-- only recently re-joined as a Member. He wins the Volunteer prize for his work on the Longevity Communities Network and this month joined ImmInst leadership as a Moderator with special focus is the Projects and Genetics Sections. He lives in France.
The $25 prize is randomly drawn each month. For a trial period starting last month, the board has agreed to widen the volunteer prize to 2 winners of each month. See this topic for all past volunteer prize winners.
Chapters: Would you like to meet people interested in life extension in your city? Why not register your interest on our regional forums? You could join, or even help organise a local chapter in your area. Check out: http://imminst.org/chapters
Teams: Sadly, the automated 'teams' function is no longer available. If you want to join a team contact the interim team coordinator brokenportal.
If you have other ideas or suggestions regarding new initiatives, please visit the ACTION forum to share your thoughts.