would you be up for posting the agenda ahead of time on the wiki - maybe
it'd be interesting to get comments on some of the issues? I'm genuinely
curious (with a smile!) as to what they may be :-)
ps. (for brianna really, I guess) - I don't know if there's anything you can
do about it, but I thought you might like to know that the ideas site thing
sends you an email when you register which ends up in gmail's 'spam' section
with a big red bar warning saying 'be careful'...
On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 9:46 PM, Sarah Ewart <sarahew...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Plus, the make up of the current committee is very similar to last year's
> committee. Brian, Brianna, Liam and myself were on last year's committee and
> Andrew was an observer. The only truly new member is Steve. Brian, Brianna
> and Liam attended the face to face meetup last year and I attended one day
> of it, and all six of us, including Steve, attended Glam; plus various other
> meetups and meetings etc that various members of the committee have
> attended. So, really the "get to know each other" value I think is
> realistically pretty limited and I wouldn't consider it good value for my
> time and money. However, I do think it is a very valuable opportunity for
> the committee to get together and properly discuss a number of issues that
> are difficult to discuss properly in text communication when we're all
> scattered around the country.
> On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 9:38 PM, Sarah Ewart <sarahew...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Michelle, from my own point of view, I really don't see it as a "get to
>> know each other" thing and if that is what I considered the meeting to be, I
>> wouldn't bother giving up a whole weekend and traveling to Melbourne, and I
>> really doubt I'm the only one who would feel that way. There's a number of
>> issues that have come up in recent months that have been difficult to
>> resolve via email and IRC meetings and discussions and they really require
>> us to sit down and have a really good discussion. Also, I think it's
>> important for the committee to get together in person at times and talk
>> through different issues we're facing, difficult things we're trying to
>> achieve, etc and make sure we're all on the same page. As we all know, text
>> based communication can be very difficult and it can be very easy to
>> misunderstand each others and issues, too. So that's just my own perspective
>> of the face to face meeting.
>> There are currently two sets of committee meeting minutes in the process
>> of being approved and published and both should be upon the wiki at the end
>> of this week and they might help answer your final question. :)
>> On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 8:10 PM, Michelle Gallaway
>>> I don't want to shit on what is otherwise a great idea, but wasn't the
>>> AGM in November? Does it really take two months to "get to know one
>>> another"? What has (or has not) been going on in that time?
>>> On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 2:34 PM, Brianna Laugher <
>>> brianna.laug...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Hello members and friends,
>>>> At the end of January, the committee is having a face to face meeting
>>>> in Melbourne to get to know one another, strategise and make plans for
>>>> Before that meeting, it will be useful to have some explicit
>>>> brainstorming as a way for the committee to collect some idea of what
>>>> we collectively consider important, or would like to see.
>>>> Last year we did a brief survey, which wasn't a huge success; this
>>>> year I would like to try something different. I set up a site for us
>>>> at http://wmau.ideascale.com/
>>>> This site lets anyone suggest an idea, and others can put a number of
>>>> votes to support various ideas. I have it configured so that anyone
>>>> who registers with IdeaScale can add a new idea or vote on ideas. With
>>>> voting, every user has a fixed number of votes (50 I think), and you
>>>> can put multiple votes on an idea if you really like it. If you don't
>>>> like an idea, just don't give it any votes. :) You can also of course
>>>> add comments, and that is probably the most valuable thing you can do.
>>>> I would guess this is most useful for 1) things that take longer than
>>>> a week to plan and 2) things that involve or have some impact on the
>>>> membership and/or general public. So this will not encompass all of
>>>> the committee's responsibilities; some tech and policy and governance
>>>> things won't be relevant to mention here.
>>>> Secondly for Melburnians, we are planning to arrange a meetup for one
>>>> of the meals on the weekend, probably in Richmond or the CBD. The
>>>> details will appear soon at
>>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Melbourne_15 .
>>>> Please feel free to give your feedback on this list or privately.
>>>> WMAU president
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