The Open Supporter Data Interface (OSDI) seeks to define a common application programming interface (API) for moving data between different systems in the progressive left cause-based, campaign and non-profit marketplace.
The OSDI chairman, Josh Cohen, was looking for a way to keep meetings organized, private, and efficient. After using Lucid Meetings, the group was able to keep meetings running smoothly, know who was participating at all times, and easily change presenters or share their screen when needed.
Challenges Facing OSDI - and Committees in General
Committees can have their own unique requirements - especially when it comes to meetings. Members need to share documents, capture notes and decisions, track attendance and often vote on outcomes.
The size of a committee can sometimes be large, which can make for a cumbersome and lengthy discussion.
OSDI used to hold committee meetings where participants were eager to give input, yet didn’t exactly know when it was their turn to do so.
This sometimes led to inefficiencies and frustration, where committee members were either being talked over by one another or not being heard at all.
Josh attended a committee meeting for a different organization that used Lucid, and noticed the speakers were taking turns and speaking in an orderly fashion. This encouraged him to learn more about the Lucid Meetings platform.
OSDI was using join.me for all their meetings, but there was no way to tell who was joining a meeting. It wasn’t possible to determine who was dialed into the telephone conference and identities in the web screen share side weren’t authenticated.
Due to the private and political nature of their meetings, not knowing who may have acquired the dial in information to a meeting can lead to security concerns.
Lastly, making sure that all welcome attendees can access a meeting is a challenge for any facilitator - even when you’ve done your best to make sure attendees have all of the information.
How OSDI Uses Lucid To Support Committee Meetings
OSDI started using Lucid to make sure their committee meetings were organized and participants each had a chance to contribute.