Archive:2005-09-18

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Conference call at 6pm on Sunday.

Agenda

We've loitered too long: we need to get back to doing the work of FreeCulture.org. Local chapters are great and important, but they will be at a serious disadvantage if FC.o doesn't exist. We need to turn the tide: to complete back tasks and start moving forward. We know what we need to do to make FC.o viable in the long term. But we need workers to do it.

On today's call we'll talk about what FC.o needs to do and try to divy up those tasks.

Standing tasks

We will be using the Todo page to coordinate unfinished tasks. From there, we will enumerate all the various tasks that need to get done, both un-done one-time tasks and standing / recurring tasks.

Here are some important jobs we need help with immediately:

  • Website: There are a number of un-finished tasks on the Web site, including:
    1. Install BattleCart so DHB can take over our shirt orders.
    2. Add prominent link to shirt shopping page.
    3. Update shirt shopping page.
  • T-shirts:
    1. Follow-up on previous shipments, making sure the right packages arrived at their destinations.
    2. Create a list of packages that need to be shipped.
    3. Re-order shirts, including XL size.
  • Outreach:
    1. Follow-up on contacts, see if they need help, etc.
    2. Draft Canada recruitment e-mail.

CopyNight

CopyNight is our first national project for the year. CopyNight is a great project started by Ren from the EFF to help build social capital around the idea of copyright reform. It's a monthly meet-up in bars across America that provides a neutral, non-threatening environment to start establishing relationships among lawyers, technologists, artists, activists, academics, etc. -- to build the social networks that strengthen our work and develop into political clout.

We are asking each Free Culture chapter to start a CopyNight in their city or join one in the area. You can do this even if you don't have a chapter.

What we need:

  • A guide for chapters.
    • Explain succintly what CopyNight is and why we're doing it
    • How to host a CopyNight
    • Flyers that students can print and post on campus and in the area
    • Hints on who to invite and how to invite them (e.g. pre-made e-mails)
    • A press release that students can send to their local media
  • A blog post about what we're doing and why
  • A project leader to overview progress and maintain contacts
  • Someone to contact extant CopyNights and ask for their advice

Note: CopyNight provides some resources for hosts.

Jimbo Wales

Our second national project: Jimbo, the founder of Wikipedia, has expressed interest in doing a college speaking tour. The earliest this could happen is the spring, but we need to start preparing now.

What we need:

  • A project leader
  • Someone to contact Jimbo and get more information about his availability, prices, requirements, etc.
  • A guide for chapters
    • Explain why we want to bring Jimbo to speak at our campuses
    • How to bring Jimbo: where to get money, etc.
    • A "proposal packet" for prospective funders

Note: Jimbo already has some college dates scheduled that we may be able to piggy-back on.


Minutes

Present

  • University of Florida
    • Gavin
    • Pedro
    • Eldo
  • Swarthmore
    • Nelson
    • Erek
  • Nick from Franklin