In the last year of being a coordinator I've met many kinds of people. As it stands presently, the coordinators for all the cities that have stepped up to participate in The Zeitgeist Movement make this experience a rewarding one.
That's not to say I haven't had probelms. I've been called names, accused of stealing the movement from people (yes, really), been told to go fuck myself. I've even had nasty PM's from people that support the movement that were of a derogatory nature towards me. I suppose one way to look at it is if you're a coordinator and you haven't run into any of these situations, it's only a matter of time before you do.
Ego will probably be the hardest part of coordinating. Before I go further, let's define that word. (defering to Wikipedia for general use)
The Ego comprises that organised part of the personality structure that includes defensive, perceptual, intellectual-cognitive, and executive functions. Conscious awareness resides in the ego, although not all of the operations of the ego are conscious. The ego separates what is real. It helps us to organise our thoughts and make sense of them and the world around us. The Ego acts according to the Reality principal.
The reality principle is a psychoanalytic concept, originated by Sigmund Freud, that compels one to defer instant gratification when necessary because of the obstacles of reality. It is the governing principle of the ego and stands in opposition to the pleasure principle of the id.
That should suffice for now.
People project their impressions and agendas (as do I) onto other people and organizations. This could also be seen as the Ego acting up. The best I've come up with so far is just to mindful that I do this myself and step outside my projecting as best as I can to minimize the unfortunate situation of just plain dismissing someone, or quickly making them "wrong", for their position (usually in regards to their objecting to TZM in some way).
As I've volunteered to take on this role of a coordinator it's becoming evident that the basics tenet of my role are clear:
1. create a place for people to go that support these ideas (tenets of TZM)
I heard Peter say something in a radio address earlier this year about creating a place for people to go (ie. the global website). That made sense to me and was the primary movtivator to create zmca.org in California.
2. Any communication platform that we (movement coordinators, members, etc) acknowledge as "official" is THE place a person can go to participate in the most "noise free" environment concerning The Zeitgeist Movement.
And as a volunteer that is committed to the direction of transitioning to a global RBE, I take these two points seriously. And since phase 1 is a global, mass awareness phase, the primary role of chapters at the moment is just that: awareness of this alternative to the current social system (aka monetary-ism)
I've stood in admiration of the communication skills of some coordinators that tolerate hours, even days, of criticism (of both the movement and themselves) to get a person to understand this direction and step outside their "box" of worldview. Personally I have no such constitution for such a duration of criticism. There is a member known as Roan that wrote a great article about "converting & convincing" which I've also taken to heart. It allows me to apply myself to the projects and communication I want to be doing, vs stuck in debate with people. To that I note the materials of the movement are all over the internet for free. The information about The Venus Project is provided for free. Peter makes feature-length documentaries as tools for understanding these ideas, all for free. I don't know of any movement that is as open, transparent, solution-based, and committed to communication as TZM.
The best I've been able to do with people that come to me with criticism, demands, attacks or other things of this nature, is to not take it personally. Easy to say, sometimes hard to do. I think a lot of people place their ego problems on coordinators and the movement in general. Some looking for agreement, or attention, or an audience for their own agenda, or a title. Personally I take on a concept known as "integrity", defined as: honoring one's word the same as one's self. This could also be said as "doing what you said you'd do" and if you don't, make a new committment and take it from there.
With that in mind, it's the way I remind myself about the neccesity of the above points 1 & 2 as it applies to coordinating. And makes dealing with egos a bit easier.