ahorbinski: Tomoe Gozen is so badass she glued her OTW mug to her wrist.  (tomoe gozen would haved loved the OTW)
As has been announced elsewhere, I've decided to decline appointment to the OTW Board of Directors for the 2016 term and have tendered my resignation from the Board, effective 15 December 2015.

It's been a privilege to serve on the Board for the past three years, and I wish the 2016 Board and the OTW all the best for their future success.
ahorbinski: Tomoe Gozen is so badass she glued her OTW mug to her wrist.  (tomoe gozen would haved loved the OTW)
It's the OTW's biannual membership drive again this week, and we're fundraising to continue to do our work in support of our mission and our projects! 

The theme of this drive is tropes, and I wrote a post about the alternate universe in which the OTW never existed: it's a pretty dark timeline. With your support, we can prevent it from ever coming true and continue to bring you great projects like Fanlore, Open Doors, the AO3, and many more.


ahorbinski: Tomoe Gozen is so badass she glued her OTW mug to her wrist.  (tomoe gozen would haved loved the OTW)
A stack of playing cards with the OTW fundraising drive dates.
I'm in just under the wire, Tokyo time, with a note about the OTW's first 2015 fundraising drive. It's that time of year again when we ask people to support our work supporting fans and fanworks by donating to the organization. This is your chance to ensure that we're able to continue doing and improving our work, and as someone who's been involved with the OTW for a good long while now, I can assure you that your support is very much appreciated. We've come a long way thanks to you, and thanks to you, we'll keep going even further in 2015 and beyond.

So thank you again, and again, you can donate now.

ahorbinski: Emma Goldman, anarchist (play the red queen's game)
Along with the other members of the OTW's Board of Directors and representatives from several other committees, I spent the first weekend of October in Maryland for the 2014 Board retreat. All in all, we had a really good, productive, and encouraging time. Everyone who attended left convinced that the changes we discussed will make the OTW a stronger and much more functional organization, while at the same time extending our capacities both internally and externally. I think in three years we're going to be in a very different, and much better, position.

I'm aware that there are a lot of conspiracy theories going around about the meeting; obviously, given my position, I don't think they're particularly well-founded, but I can certainly understand how people would be worried. Nor do I really expect that anyone with these worries will be particularly inclined to take my word for it on any of these matters. But I did want to register that in my view what the OTW has accomplished this far is even more remarkable in light of all the problems it has had, and that the credit for that entirely goes to the people who've been involved with it. Hats off to all of us, and to all of you.
ahorbinski: Tomoe Gozen is so badass she glued her OTW mug to her wrist.  (tomoe gozen would haved loved the OTW)
Stepping Stones: Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, April 3-9
April brings another fund drive for the Organization for Transformative Works! Fundraising is an essential stepping stone to running the OTW, which involves a tremendous amount of work, as well as a rather impressive set of costs associated with doing that work. The OTW is run by fans, for fans, and we need the support of our fellow fans to keep doing what we’ve done.

And the support of our fellow fans thus far has been a stepping stone to doing quite a lot: Transformative Works and Cultures, Fanlore, Open Doors, and of course the Archive of Our Own, to say nothing of the OTW’s legal advocacy, which has secured fair use exemptions for vidding under the DMCA before the U.S. Copyright Office for two cycles running, are all supported exclusively by donations from our supporters. For more information about what the OTW does, you may watch this video, recently created by OTW staff and partners:


A donation of US$10 or more will allow you to become an OTW member for the next calendar year, giving you voting (and bragging) rights, and giving us the financial support we need to keep doing what we’ve been doing, and to become better at it. Thank you.
ahorbinski: Tomoe Gozen is so badass she glued her OTW mug to her wrist.  (tomoe gozen would haved loved the OTW)
I'm celebrating one million works on the AO3!

On another note, I'm thrilled that the Archive of Our Own has hit one million works as of early this morning, Pacific time. The AO3 is quite an achievement, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it, as a user and as a staff member of the OTW, but this couldn't have happened without all of my fellow archive users. So, here's to us, and here's to the next million fanworks on the Archive!
ahorbinski: Tomoe Gozen is so badass she glued her OTW mug to her wrist.  (tomoe gozen would haved loved the OTW)
The OTW is hosting a meetup next Sunday, November 3, at 2631 Fulton Street in Berkeley! More details at the link, including an Eventbrite RSVP.

I'll be there, and I hope you can come too!
ahorbinski: Tomoe Gozen is so badass she glued her OTW mug to her wrist.  (tomoe gozen would haved loved the OTW)
As of the last deploy a few days ago, the Archive of Our Own Diversity Statement is now live on the Archive of Our Own.

I drafted the text of the blog post, which puts things much more eloquently than I can at the moment, but here in my own space I can admit to taking a large amount of personal satisfaction in this. I was a founding staffer of the Internationalization & Outreach committee (then International Outreach) when it was created under Julia Beck in 2010, and this was one of our earliest projects. Complications arose, ensued, were overcome, and along the way I became the last of the original I&O staffers on the committee, but we didn't restart work on the getting the Statement live on the Archive until the middle of last year. Now that it is part of Archive policy, I feel like I can retire as Chair with my head held high.
ahorbinski: Tomoe Gozen is so badass she glued her OTW mug to her wrist.  (tomoe gozen would haved loved the OTW)
Fandom Is Love: Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, April 3-9


Fandom is love. It's also, in the form of the OTW, a tremendous amount of work, and a rather impressive set of costs associated with doing that work. The OTW is run by fans, for fans, and we need the support of our fellow fans to keep doing what we've done.

And we've done a lot: Transformative Works and Cultures, Fanlore, Open Doors, and of course the Archive of Our Own, to say nothing of the OTW's legal advocacy, which has secured fair use exemptions for vidding under the DMCA before the U.S. Copyright Office for two cycles running, are all supported exclusively by donations from our supporters. A donation of US$10 or more will allow you to become an OTW member for the next calendar year, giving you voting (and bragging) rights and giving us the financial support we need to keep doing what we've been doing, and to become better at it.

Since joining the Board I've had even more cause to be impressed by the dedication and commitment of OTW staff and volunteers, my fellow Board members not least among them. But we wouldn't be anywhere without our supporters who donate, so thank you.

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