New Web Site

The Mormon Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce the release of a new web site. In our 2008 member survey, members indicated that the most important offering of the association is its web site. The new site provides several improvements:

1) Member blogs and discussions are aggregated to the home page. This gives additional exposure to our members' individual perspectives. Member blogs also include blogs hosted at other sites, such as blogspot and wordpress. Now members have the flexibility to blog wherever they're most comfortable, and still contribute content to the association. See the list of contributors by clicking on the "Blogs" button.

2) Our news sites, "Mormon Science and Technology News" and "Transhumanist Religion and Spirituality News", are now incorporated directly into the main site, along with association news. To view the headlines, click on the "News" button.

3) The entire site is based on RSS feeds, which enable you to access the same content directly through the web site, through your favorite feed reader (like Google Reader), or even via email. A list of RSS feeds is available via the "About" button.

4) The site is integrated with several Internet services to improve management of and access to content. Documents are managed through Scribd, photos and other images through Picasa, and videos through Vimeo. Click on the "Library" button to browse the content. The site is also integrated with Paypal for donations, Amazon for book sales, and Google Groups and Apps (including a wiki) to support collaboration among our members.

5) The search feature in the upper right corner will help you find content not only on the MTA site, but also across all member sites and at Mormon and Transhumanist sites related to the intersection of religion, science, spirituality and technology.

We invite your feedback and recommendations. Please contact us at admin@transfigurism.org. Thank you!

Job Opening: Executive Director, Humanity+

Humanity+ (formerly known as the World Transhumanist Association) is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for managing the affairs of H+ under the Direction of the Board of Directors, including:

  • directing the work of the Assistant Director
  • maintaining the website
  • fundraising
  • managing mailing lists, a newsletter, and member communications
  • maintaining contact with chapters and organizing committees, and facilitating chapter growth
  • maintaining contact with affiliates around the programmatic agenda outlined by the Board
  • representing H+ and transhumanism in the media and other outlets (such as seminars and conferences)
The position will require a commitment of approximately 15 hours per week. Candidates must have experience with organizational management, fundraising and administration. They must be self-starters with keen entrepreneurial sense. Applicants must also display a working understanding of and commitment to transhumanism, and an acceptance of the various perspectives grouped under the transhumanist umbrella. Candidates must also be prepared to sometimes navigate among diverse opinions within the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will be frequently called upon to act as a mediator and facilitator in the efforts of moving things forward.

Preference will be given to prospects with strong written and verbal communication skills and for those who are experienced and capable public speakers. Fluency in English is essential, with other world languages a plus. Candidates must be prepared to be the “public face” of Humanity+.

Location is irrelevant as the candidate will be expected to telecommute. The position is currently voluntary. However, there are prospects that fundraising will enable some level of compensation in the coming year (part of the responsibilities of the Executive Director will be to make this happen).

It is also expected that the Executive Director will attend conferences, seminars and other networking opportunities. The ED will be reimbursed for these expenses.

Applications will be accepted until May 15, 2009.
A final decision will be made by May 25, 2009, and the position will begin June 1, 2009.

Please send resumes to: hplusdirector@gmail.com

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