I'm excited to be able to tell you about some work the Board has recently completed.
At our Board retreat earlier this month, the Board (http://www.ixda.org/about_leadership.php) reaffirmed and clarified the mission of our organization. I am just so excited to be able to share this with you, and I hope that after you've had a chance to read and discuss, that you'll share my enthusiasm.
IxDA has always been dedicated to two propositions. First, we are a community that has come together around a shared passion for interaction design. Second, we are working to create a new kind of professional organization-one built around community contribution and initiative.
As we've grown-we now have nearly 8,000 subscribers to our list, 5,000 members of our LinkedIn group, and Face-to-Face meetings in nearly 60 cities-we've also seen that some of these core principles are not universally well understood.
Thus, the board felt it was important to reaffirm these principles for ourselves, and to communicate them to the community. As a result, I'm proud to share with you our newly crafted Statement of Value and Purpose:
We believe that the human condition is increasingly challenged by poor experiences. IxDA intends to improve the human condition by advancing the discipline of Interaction Design.
To do this, we foster a community of people that choose to come together to support this intention. IxDA relies on individual initiative, contribution, sharing and self-organization as the primary means for us to achieve our goals.
The Board also spent a lot of time discussing the role of the Board itself, especially in light of the statement above, which clearly reaffirms our commitment to being a community-driven organization. The result of that discussion is an idea that we're calling the IxDA Network. Stay tuned. I'll explain that in my next email.