How ambassadors get started to work
What happens once you have received your personal invitation to join the Good Mondays Society as an ambassador?
1.) We make you an individual and personal offer.
This offer is valid for you only and based on everything you told us about yourself, the conditions for the country or region (we'll call it your GM-territory) you want to be responsible for and on our estimation of what's most appropriate for your specific situation.
2.) If you decide to accept we enter a two-stage trial phase:
Phase One: 100 days of getting to grips with everything.
You now have three months to get familiar with the many aspects of education in your territory, to find out about the options kids and their parents have readily available and which other options might be there but are more difficult to find out about, ... expect 100 days of intensive work to get a thorough picture of the relevant basics.
You investigate the situation of social and classic media in your territory, get the data on online and offline education facts and on internet usage and connection quality. You look into the historic development of access to knowledge and accumulate the facts and data of national statistics, you take a closer look at all responsible institutions and all private and public education related organisations.
You digest and present this information as a detailed ongoing report on the GM-Wiki (in English and in your territory's language). Doing the research will enable you to decide if this is really for you and if you are ready for commitment. At the same time you acquire the knowledge you need to build your success story and to serve your territory really well. Of course you are encouraged to get started working as an active ambassador straight away. Ideally, real exposure and real results should go hand in hand with your research and learning process.
By the end of these 100 days we look into your results and presentations and will be keen to hear/see your personal conclusion. At this point we should have established a profound mutual understanding, ready to enter into an inspiring and satisfying agreement in phase two.
Phase two: An annual contract.
Now we are ready for a dependable partnership, based on everything we need to make it work:
a strong personal commitment,
a tried-and-tested passion to connect potential with opportunity and convincing proof of competence to make a good job of it.
We enter into our agreement in form of a written contract between us and you as a freelance partner.
This contract will be set out for one year and is renewable annually. We have a strong interest in continuity and aim to entertain long term working relationships.
However, you can terminate your contract within 3 months' notice.
3.) Remuneration: Our initial offer will include a proposal how we will remunerate you for your first 100 days input in case you (or we) do not wish to continue. In the more likely case of us entering into a long term agreement your aliquot share of new members' initial fees will be paid out for the past three months as due and from then on a monthly basis. There is always an open ear for your proposals and room for negotiation!
4.) The value of your work:
We know that every country and every culture has its own ways of approaching challenges and finding solutions. Which is why you as an "educated native" know best how to communicate the tremendous potential of the Good Mondays philosophy. Your ability to convert this into new paying members is essential to strengthen our leverage as a community and help us to do our job well. So your input should pay off accordingly for you too. Your 20% share in every new member's initial fee should give you an income you consider attractive and in a healthy relation to your efforts, it should also be a fair mirror of your contribution to a profound change in educational attitude.
You'll find all of this summed up (and everything else you may want to know about) in our offer to you.
To get a better understanding of our attitude towards a healthy relation between personal input and economic results we hope you take the time to watch a rather controversial TED talk.
It has raised many eyebrows and started a great number of discussions.
We are not a charity and we cherish the freedom of not being under such (sometimes pseudo-moral) scrutiny.
We share Mr. Pallotta's view.
If you want to get deeper into this subject we recommend this NYT article dated December 2008 by N. D. Kristof.