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FC.o conference call for 22 May 2005.


Can we just incorporate already?

  • We're gonna do it unless you say otherwise
    • Reasons not to: Possibility of Florida having crappy annual filing practices; possibility of being better to incorporate in another state
      • Annual filing doesn't look bad
        • If we're 501(c)3, we'll have to do a ton of paperwork
      • If we should have incoporated somewhere else, the worst that happens is that we're out $80 (donated)
        • We won't likely have an actual office somewhere for a long time, so we'd be waiting a while

UK groups

We should set up a meeting with the UK and US people and discuss how we can work together across the Atlantic.

Free Culture Phase 2 report

Gavin and Nelson will report in about the weekend's events.

Details of incorporation

  • Who should be on the board of directors?
    • What sort of people?
      • Academics, alumni? What ratios/percentages? Should we have a student majority? A majority of people who have been involved with FC.o as students at some point in time?
    • Who specifically should be on the board at the moment?
    • How big should the board ultimately be?
  • Do we want an advisory board?
  • Officers: what are the roles/titles? What do we need? Who are they?

The Future(tm)

  • What should FC.o be focusing on?
  • What should the structure be, what should the organization look like?
  • Funding: what do we need it for? Where do we get it?
    • Office / staff: Should we have a paid staff member? What sort of person should the staff member be? Where should our office be?


Attendance: Nelson, Nick, Andy, Gavin

Connections to Free Culture

  • Make magazine: Hobbyists, geek-oriented magazine that covers political issues such as the broadcast flag and is definitely in favor of open source/free culture issues
    • How can we get involved? Write articles? Promotion?

Can we just incorporate already?

Three of three Free Culture members say yes.

UK groups

We want to meet at a time that would be convenient for folks living in the UK (GMT), so we're shooting for 11 EST AM on Saturday, May 28.

Free Culture Phase 2 report

  • Our grant is ~$3,000.
    • How do we want to use it and what do we hope to accomplish?
      • $1,000 for transportation subsidies to get members
      • $800 Initial investment for merchandise, for fund-raising
      • $800 Propaganda/Promotional Materials: banners, posters, fliers, etc.
      • What's left: e.g. $100 Buying domain names, other expenses.
    • What are our long-term expenses, e.g. does incorporation cost us annually?
      • Barring catastrophic events, things like our hosting from Downhill Battle should be fine.
    • Nelson will post a draft of what we expect to use the money on and develop it from there
  • Creative Commons's gift is still in limbo, but it should be coming in the next few weeks
  • Other cool stuff at the conference:
    • Speed Geeking: people demonstrate technology for 5 minutes to other people at the conference
      • Volunteer module for Civic Space: it's cool, but do we need it?
      • Prometheus radio
      • Scribe Video: Gretchen in Philly, Nick will try to network with them and see if we can work together
    • Open-Source Beer: sell microbrewery beer as a fund raiser
  • Work on a white paper about making money from Free stuff: Open Source, Creative Commons, etc.
    • Convincing the Swarthmore school board on using Creative Commons licenses
      • Maybe start with the professors to help build "success stories"
    • Getting scholarly papers/thesis in a central database, digitized and in different formats, and under free licenses is a massive undertaking, but a possible result of more academic support of copyleft