Archive:2005-08-07

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First conference call of August!

Agenda

Attendance

  • Who is starting a chapter this semester? Who is continuing a chapter from last semester?

How to start a chapter

Fred, Rebekah, Nelson, and Gavin will talk about their experiences starting chapters (and anyone else who wants to)

  • How do you start a chapter at your school? How do you get people to join?
  • What do chapters do? What happens at meetings? What's been successful for current chapters? Do you have any ideas for cool events?
  • Would you advise coordinating efforts with other student groups? Which ones, and how?

What will FreeCulture.org do to help?

  • We will ship you lots of literature and goodies
  • We will provide every chapter with a mailing list, blog, and wiki

Who needs stuff shipped to them, and who needs web stuff set up for them? We must make sure that someone keeps a list, and that your needs are taken care of.

Q&A

Any questions we haven't answered already? Feel free to write them down here, especially if you're worried that you might not be able to make the call.

Minutes

  • Fred talking about starting a new chapter at NYU
  • Started club through the NYU student center, has an advisor etc.
  • Most unis like having new clubs since it creates a better value for the tuition.
  • Where to get new people: LUG, Computer classes; simply asked people to join.
  • Get dirty old hippy profs
  • Get help from the IT department
  • Contact people with related fields through listserves
  • Flyering kinda worked
  • Make sure you get a website, mailing list, etc. so you are not bogged down with uni IT people
  • Bueracracy: deal with it, cause they are the ones giving you money.
  • Fund raising: different for diff unis, depends on private/public school.
  • Final lesson: Focus on one event if you can in the spring semester. Plan around that. Dont have more than *neccesary meetings/updates.
  • Have people give speeches.
  • Events that can attract more people.
  • Target Froshies
  • Try to work within the beuracracy
  • Gavin talks about starting in UF
  • Try starting a chapter during the Fall.
  • Basically try to contact the related people such as media, tech, arts, etc.
  • First meeting should be something big if you can.
  • Try using Facebook to promote.
  • Make sure to get contact info
  • Do something rather than just sitting around talk, anything.
  • Make sure to put a faculty advisor who is interested in what you are doing.
  • The prof may not be in the correct field.
  • Do whatever is locally 'needed'.
  • Publicaly funded schools are required to give out info based on FOI
  • Private schools are controled by Alumni assoc.
  • Try not to limit people by puting out a certain opinion.
  • Make sure the group is not pidgeon holed into a certain subject.