Blogger editor does not working here, thus I'm writing this note on Douban where public opinions don't really matter so much.
These two weeks, I'm working mostly on wanmen.org which is an non-profitable educational organisation. It is quite a magic. I bet my supervisors(GSOC mentor+ SG Prof) must be angry about my timetable.
4 weeks in Beijing
As a NGO, I never ask wanmen for any salary, whereas the GSOC project and ReadPeer project give me good pays but I don't work that hard. That's not the right behaviour as a employee. However, I do consider wanmen as a high-priority project despite the fact that it's a NGO and gives no pay.
One big challenge comes to the organisation when the Human Resource management becomes a crisis. Volunteers are very hard to manage. No one is fully responsible for the projects&there is no guarantee for the time these volunteers can contribute. However, there can be advantages for this unstable state. People who really have passions will come and join. Self-motivated people will be a better assets for the organisation than those who come for the money. An interesting fact came when we notice that the volunteers are actually highly qualified. We've got a PM from dangdang.com, a backend developer from douban.com, a software engineer from microsoft, a physics phd candidate who's very talented for front-end development, a professional designer, a CS student from Toronto university, etc. The team is getting to be a quite technical&deliverable. However, time management is still a big problem. Hopefully, we'll conquer it along the way.
Another crisis comes when leadership becomes a problem. The leader is highly passionate about physics, but he is not really into team management, let along design or coding. Thanks to two very passionate volunteers who helped rent a small office and decided to full-timely serve the organisation. These two volunteers are somewhat clearer about the direction of the NGO than the leader. The idea of "general education" is actually the right approach to this online university. A university is not just a knowledge curation system, but more of a educational organisation which provides the public with high-quality educational courses that helps forming a more complete personality. I personally highly praise the leader and the other highly motivated volunteers because they actually devote 90+% of their time/energy to this career. I should really learn from them. To be more focused and dedicated.