New Diplomat Onboarding Workflow
The following tasks are steps that will get you up to speed with the operations of the Cascadian Diplomat Corps, and will connect you to the resources that you need to participate fully with it. There are associated instructions and tutorials. We understand that everyone is busy, so complete these tasks in your own time, but don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or get stuck.
Upon completion, you’ll be fully recognized as an Attaché of the Cascadian Diplomatic Corps, ready to contribute to our online media, propose a project, or join a department in our combined work towards a vibrant and thriving Cascadia.
#1 - Read & sign the Diplomat Pledge
Takes about 10 minutes
This document codifies the commitments of being a Cascadian Diplomat. In the spirit of diplomacy, we seek to represent the Cascadia movement as a whole, and to ever pursue points of collaboration and positivity above those of exclusion or contempt.
#2 - Complete the Diplomat Contact Details Form
Less than 5 minutes time
This simple step adds your contact details to our Cascadian Diplomat Roster, allowing us and other Diplomats to communicate with you. Please be sure to use an email address that you plan on using for both your Squarespace log-in (our web portal), and for receiving communication from Department of Bioregion administrators and other Diplomats.
Note - Diplomat Contact Details are visible to other diplomats for ease of collaboration and communication. They are not to be used for any other purpose.
#3 - Fill out the New Diplomat Bio form.
Takes between 15 & 25 minutes.
This online form gives you a chance to introduce yourself to the Diplomatic Corps and the Cascadian community as a whole. Your responses will be added to our website as a personal bio page. This is also where your blog posts will live as as an anthology of your work with the Department of Bioregion. The form requests a profile image that can be included with your bio to represent you. We’re looking for an image to act as a head shot, but we’re not too stuffy about it. It can be an artistic rendering of you, an avatar of you, or a simple photo. It’s your choice. So long as it doesn’t include text, and uses neutral or Cascadian themes, it’s good by us
#4 - Set up a Squarespace account, and familiarize yourself with the blogging feature.
Depending on your prior experience, can take from 15 to 50 minutes.
Squarespace is the platform that we use to manage the Department of Bioregion website. You should have received an email inviting you to be a contributor to our Squarespace site. Once logged in, you will be able to participate as a contributor and blogger.
Note - Squarespace doesn’t have a trust inducing auto-save function, so we recommend you compose documents in a reliable text editor and then copy and paste your work into Squarespace.
Here’s a tutorial of how to create a blog post using Squarespace on a desktop computer.
If it’s more convenient, or you’re more comfortable using an iPhone for blog writing, CLICK HERE to download the Squarespace app from the App Store.
Unfortunately, Squarespace App is not currently compatible with Android devices.
#5 - Set about writing your first blog post.
Could take between 30 minutes to an hour.
Your first published piece as a Cascadian Diplomat will be to introduce yourself in a blog post written in the third person. Here are a couple of examples of successful introduction posts.
Note - Be particularly attentive to the Title, Category and Tags fields of your blog post. The Title field should read “Introducing New Diplomat (Insert your name here).” The Category field for your Diplomat Intro post should be New Diplomat and the tag for this post should be your name, so my only tag would be Trevor V. Owen as a for instance. Once you’re done writing and adding any relevant photos and quotes, save the post as Needs Review, and a Senior Diplomat will review it and schedule the post for publishing.
Sign into the Department of Bioregion Google Drive.
Familiarize yourself with the taxonomy and content of our shared drive, as this is where much of the day to day work of the Diplomatic Corps gets done. You’ll find:
Diplomatic Resources where:
Manuals & Handbooks,
Forms & Templates,
Policies & Guidelines
are archived for your use both as a diplomat and a representative of the Cascadian movement.
Embassies provides a list of geographic centers of Department of Bioregion organizing. Each Diplomat is a member of their nearest Embassy, a reflection of the local and decentralized nature of the Cascadia movement. Here you can find:
Campaigns carried out by each respective Embassy
Group Projects being undertaken by that Embassy
Past Meeting Minutes
A Diplomat Contact List for that Embassy