A group of us who
have found that there is no journal in the English language that serves our collecting
interest have decided to do something about it. We have started this society.
Our thinking is simple; we would
like all our members who collect China's postal history to be actively involved. After
all, what is a society without its member's input? Furthermore, after what we have seen as
to how other societies are managed, we have decided to use advanced management techniques
to run our society, in teams.
There you have it, the why and the how this society is formed. In short, we are a society
that serves the interest of the collectors of Chinese postal history who will actively
participate and work in teams. It is as simple as that.
Team Concept and how this Society is
We are not
going to stoop so low as to say what is wrong with other organizations. It is not our
business. However, what we have seen is the motivation behind why we have chosen to use
the team concept in all aspect of our society.
that once we have created an environment where we treasure innovation and creativity,
respect each other and other's opinion, practice inclusion rather than exclusion, then we
can, in the long run, adapt to the constant changing environment, and carry out our most
important task that this society is formed to do: increase and promote knowledge in
Chinese postal history in the form of research, exhibiting and publication.
Accountability: In a team,
everyone is accountable to everyone else.
Authorship: We respect
everyone's authorship and despise plagiarism. We have zero tolerance towards copycats. In
all our publications, each team member's name will be printed for all to see in their
Creativity: A team with members
from a diverse background is proven to be more creative.
Change: Our hobby and everything
around us is always changing. The way that we have set-up this society will make us most
adaptable and as such we will evolve to whatever form or shape that the world would bring.
Diversity: Where others practice
exclusion, we welcome all to join provided that 1) they are interested in Chinese postal
history and 2) they are willing to contribute to our society, in terms of research and
Empathy: We will think in each
Equality: All members are equal.
As eloquently as others can speak of doing this, it is a way of life in our society.
Flexibility: A team with members
from a diverse background is known to be most flexible.
Non-political: We do not feel
that our society is a medium for any forms of politics and discourages any members from
carrying out their agenda in this society.
Representation: All members can
voice their suggestions and concerns to their team (or teams) or to other members and have
the matter discussed in an open manner. No one is representing us, as none is needed. We
are there to make things happen.
Respect: We will respect each
other and their opinion, although we may disagree with each other.
Transparency: All aspects of our
society's operations must be transparent and we take a proactive approach in reporting our
Team (ST) firstname.lastname@example.org will head and
operate the society. All other teams will direct their reports to this team. An
Organization and Policy Team (OPT) will assist in establishing these, as the need for such
becomes necessary. A Publication and Editing Team (ET) email@example.com
will handle the journal as well as any society publications including our future
catalogue. A Finance Team (FT) firstname.lastname@example.org
will oversee all financial matters including membership email@example.com (at this time). A Publicity (and
legal) Team (PT) will represent the society in external matters, including legal. This
team will also look into the venue for our general meetings. There will also be our
Webpage Team (WT) firstname.lastname@example.org . New teams
will be formed when the need arises.
Research (and Publication) Teams
research (and publication) teams will direct their report to Publication and Editing Team.
It is hoped that we will have enough teams covering all the research areas and eventually
the combined effort of our findings will result in a catalogue of postal history.
Each team will interact
in an informal basis with and among its members. Cross team communication are strongly
encouraged, as these may be mutually beneficial to both teams. All members are encouraged
to voice their opinion or suggestions within their team(s) as well as to members in the
Steering Team. Request for resources from the teams or clarification of policies should be
directed to the operational team(s) involved.
From Here Onwards
Now that we have set up
the foundations of this society, it is just the beginning of our journey. We will see how
we will grow, evolve and adapt.
We just want to end with this note: Nothing is cast in
stone in our society, just respect for each other and the intent of furthering the study
of Chinese postal history. Now we have to get to work.