Archive:2005-08-14

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Here be the record of another conference call.

14 August 2005, 3 p.m. EST

Agenda

Introductions

Please give us your:

  • Name, school, class year
  • One question that you'd like to ask about FreeCulture.org or starting/running a local chapter

Quick responses to each question, then moving on.

Week in review

Events

  • What sort of events might our local chapters want to do next year? Brainstorm.
    • Jimbo Wales campus tour
    • Screenings of Thought Thieves contest winning films
    • Mixtrade (see proposal)
    • Speakers, discussion panels, debates, film screenings, lectures, concerts, reading circles, LAN parties, open source beer brewing parties, brown-bag lunches, listening parties, leafletting, public demonstrations, agit-prop street theater, revolutionary knitting circles...
    • Organize volunteers to work on free software, Wikipedia, Project Gutenberg / Distributed Proofreaders, etc.
    • Create content (and release it under a Creative Commons license) : produce a podcast or show on your campus radio station or low-power FM, film or photograph campus events and share the files online
    • Activism: meet with your Congressman; organize call-ins or letter-writing campaigns; circulate petitions; pressure your university or local community for change; etc.
    • see also Local projects
  • Do any of these events require national coordination?

Minutes

Attendance

Gavin, Nelson, Andy Scudder, Andy from Emerson, Rebekah Baglini, Becky, Karen from Scripps, Inga at NYU, Lori from MIT

Introductions

  • Inga is a sophomore at NYU
    • Question: What evens are other chapters planning?
  • Andy is a senior at Emerson (his favorite color is lime green)
    • Question: Are there specific guidelines and expectations for groups?
      • Every group should be in contact with freeculture.org: make conference calls regularly, respond to e-mails and mailing lists, and get people involved with freeculture.org
      • Each member should be added to your group's mailing list and the freeculture.org announce list.
      • We recommend that each group has a blog on campus webspace or otherwise (we can provide blogs if needed), a mailing list, and a wiki for meeting notes, etc.
      • We like to have information and documentation from your events! Publish them to the web and let other chapters know what you're doing.
  • Karen is a sophomore at Scripps College
    • Question: How much money can groups expect for budgeting activities?
      • It depends on your school...
      • At NYU, you only get a token amount of money for your first year, but then can have access to more funds later
      • At U of Florida, you can get funding for events, but have to be around for a year before you can have a budget
      • Be prepared to pay out of pocket for advertising and printing fliers
      • Look for co-sponsors! They can help you organize, get funding for, and run events, get speakers, etc.
  • Lauren is a sophomore at MIT
    • Question: How do you find other people who are interested?
      • We discussed this last week and Rebekah has been working on some guidelines for this topic.
  • Andre from Free Culture UK
    • Question: How can we organize campaigns together that involve an international audience (e.g. both the US and the UK)
      • There is some common ground between the US and UK, e.g. calling for expanding copyright terms, the issue of software patents, etc.
  • Stephen Compall is a Senior at the University of Evansville

Week in review