The RFN is unfunded and is run by a small group of volunteer members of the network. If you’d like to get involved or have any ideas about how it could develop, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an unfunded, voluntary initiative, the RFN is designed to operate in a fairly decentralised way. There’s no official membership status or application process – membership is simply a matter of joining the mailing list and/or being listed in the Directory, and getting involved as much or as little as you like. This means the RFN can be somewhat rough-and-ready at times, and things can take time to develop – but in an increasingly on-demand world, doing things Slowly can be radical in itself…
The RFN’s stripped back, light-weight design helps minimise the labour required to administrate the network. However, the RFN’s growth – it’s now the largest organisation of its kind in the world – has made it necessary to develop a certain amount of hierarchy, and since 2018 we’ve established a steering group of around twenty members of the network with different roles and responsibilities. You can find out more about the Steering Group here.
Roughly once a year (sometimes more), members of the network will volunteer to host an RFN conference. These events are pretty much the only time the network meets as a network (and of course not everyone in the network can attend each time, which makes things interesting…). Usually, the RFN conferences are partnerships between one or more organisations affiliated to the RFN and a local education institution, but each conference is unique – bespoke to the people and place that host it. For more info on past and forthcoming conferences, see the Conference page. If you’d like to host one, get in touch with us at email@example.com.