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> I would like to start a discussion regarding something I’m myself guilty
> of. I feel there’s no communication between chapters. Sure, we meet
> every two years at our conference, some are very active in the
> discussion mailing list, but this is definitely not enough. Chapters are
> at the battlefront of the issues we are fighting, like [closed
> universities], net neutrality, and copyright law reform.
> Currently I feel we are working independently. I think this is not the
> best approach. Chapters should be collaborating with each other. Sharing
> ideas and planning activities together. Telling everyone else what they
> are doing, and how they are doing it.
> This is very helpful for many reasons. First, for already established
> chapters, it’s a way to organize new activities. We can copy and remix
> what others have done. For new chapters, it is invaluable information.
> It shows them what we are doing, what they can do too. We have already
> prepared a chapter kick starter, [Year One], but more information is
> always better.
> I also believe this speeds up the planning of activities. For example,
> if I plan a [FOSS Gaming Night] for [FC <at> UPRM], I need to prepare a
> flier to post in the bulletin boards around campus. But, if a chapter
> decides to host a gaming night as well, or something very similar, they
> shouldn’t need to make a whole new flier. They should be able to use the
> same flier/art a chapter already used. It’s only a matter of changing
> some text and, perhaps, a little bit of remixing. It’s the model we
> support and sponsor, a bottom-up way of making things. Like Newton once
> said “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders
> of Giants."
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> This is not a new idea. I know there are a couple fliers somewhere in
> the [wiki], but I have no idea where they are, and that’s a problem.
> There should be a centralized place for all this, and something that is
> chapter friendly. The wiki can be a good place, but it’s currently more
> like a labyrinth. Perhaps a couple people from various chapters can join
> the [webteam] and do something together. I recently joined the
> webteam and I’m ready to work on this. Who’s with me?
> I propose many things:
> * The creation of a new mailing list for chapters. Think of it like
> chapter news. We tell each other what we are doing. It might be short
> and sweet. Something like “We are talking about ACTA next Thursday.” Or
> better yet, attached to the message is some art for the activity.
> * UPDATE: Well, this mailing list exists. I had no idea about it. I
> don’t know if I’m the only one that didn’t know about it, but, let use
> that. It already exists [here].
> * A centralized place for fliers. Something that’s organized and
> * Meeting in IRC. I miss the days when chapters would have meetings in
> IRC. These were planned meetings, not just “Hey Sparragus, what’s up?
> How’s FC <at> UPRM doing?” It would also be awesome if the board attended the
> meetings, too.
> * Blogging more! We should be blogging more. In the SFC website, under
> [chapter news], I always see a couple posts every other month. This
> is great. However, I would love to see more, and specially from more
> chapters. Blog once for every activity you have. And this is not
> necessarily blogging for SFC, but blogging for our members, our
> university, and for the world. We need to make sure the name of Students
> for Free Culture stands up high, and so does our chapters. Blogging is
> the easiest and quickest solution for this. Once again, it’s a great way
> to know what others are doing.
> Let’s start conversing with each other! I would love to hear your
> thoughts on this. What should we do and how should we do it?
> See ya all around!
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