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IRC chat on 10:30 p.m. EST, 15 June 2005, #freeculture on FreeNodeIRC. Read the chatlog.

Agenda

  • Nelson will present his SWOT analysis
  • Discussion of organizational models

Minutes

Attendance: Abhay, Asheesh, Gavin, Nelson, Stephen, Ben, Ben, Matt, Rebekah

SWOT analysis

  • weakness: diversity of interests (more non-computer geeks)
    • strive for diversity because: people are diverse, our message is more plausible that way,
    • What can FC.o do to change the chapter-level demos?
    • reaching out to artists
      • many view fc.o with distrust
      • everyone is a creator, but some are more creator than others (thanks gavin :)
    • reaching self-sustaining mass may be more important

Org structure, wrt liability

  • Are campus groups part of FC.o, or independent entities?
    • Nelson: wrt 501(c)3 docs, the more FC.o funds and controls chapters, the more responsible FC.o is for them
    • fund, but not control?
    • chapters will not need permission to do some activity regardless
    • control: either accept a chapter into FC.o, or deny it. Breaking the rules means we no longer associate with a chapter.
  • usage of FC.o funds
    • grants for special chapter projects
    • FC.o is only a source for gear, not cash
    • local funding would make it disappear fast; $2500 would cover maybe one event with big-name speaker/large advertising expenses
    • money flowing from the top can make local groups look like astroturf, turning a strength into a weakness
    • we need our law geeks to sort out the definition of liability for us
    • perhaps they shouldn't be called "chapters"?
    • Sign legal forms before accepting funds?

Org structure

  • Are campus groups part of FC.o, or independent entities?
    • should be independent, though FC.o may provide startup capital
    • chapters are for promoting FC.o to us
    • FC.o is for providing resources (Activist Packet) and helping groups collaborate, share experience and practical info
    • FC.o is made of people from chapters
  • defining FC.o around the chapters
    • campus presence makes FC.o worthwhile
    • choosing chapter members for national roles
      • have a conference and election
      • every chapter has a representative
    • "indy charity" model: FC.o could be an independent charity, providing information and/or other resources to campus groups, not requiring representation
      • only involvement with local groups is to choose whom to give access to resources
      • works quietly, doesn't need PR
      • some resources should be totally open, some should be granted at will of the FC.o leaders
  • Who are the members?
    • FC.o is for any students; if you are not attending a school, I'm afraid this organization is not for you
    • youth and local community
    • campus community
    • faculty can be involved, but not control an org

(note to IRC: don't netsplit the minute-taker from everyone else :) Stephen Compall 00:02, 16 Jun 2005 (EDT)

FreeCulture.org is not the Free Culture movement

  • can be composed differently than "all people interested in FC"
  • FC.o is a student movement
  • The mission:
    • support building campus groups
    • help represent their interests
    • advocate participatory culture
    • react to bad law, provide legal info (FC.o is not a lawyer)
    • connect students with each other and other groups/businesses
    • help them fight laws that erect barriers to participation
  • Asheesh's mission statement: FreeCulture.org exists to empower students to organize local chapters and take the discussion to their campuses, bringing the result of a better-informed populace and more actively-involved consumers.
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