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First Thursday Meeting Updates

Updated monthly

September  meeting update

Something completely different. The problem of using the etherpad has not been resolved (see note below for August for more information.)

Last month I tried facebook and it was a fruitful expereiment - as evidenced on my facebook page. 

This month I'm taking a similar low key approach. i.e. no reminders sent out about first Thurs but I'll go visible somewhere in the cloud at the usual First Thursday time and see who I connect with. It may be a total failure regarding making any contacts as I'll be on the move and trying out my new smart phone which is still very unfamiliar to me, but it will be good use fo teh time as a learning experience. 

I'll see how I get on with Twitter, or Facebook or Skype, and that will help me decide what to do next First Thursday, and for the rest of the year. In 2015 we have various plans for a new look Dadamac, and as those firm up they will have an impact on how First Thursdays will develop, so I'm happy to just experiment a bit for the rest of this year if the etherpad is not available.

August meeting update - possible problem

Usually we meet using an etherpad (this month it should be http://etherpad.openstewardship.net/p/August-2014-First-Thursday ) - but there is a problem with the server. You are welcome to try the link but it may not be fixed in time. Here is what I am thinking:

1 - I won't send any reminders

I know it is difficult for some people to join the group at the best of times. I don't want anyone to waste time trying to join the group when the server is not working. For this reason I will not send any reminders out this month. I will just let the day come and go.

2 - I will try repeatedly

I know it is possible some of the regulars will find the link and try to use it. Perhaps the server will be working by then. I don't want them to find no-one there. I will try the link repeatedly during the usual time slot.

3 - An impromptu mini-meeting

If we cannot meet in the usual way I may "wander around online' to see if I find any of the First Thursday people elsewhere on the Internet. I may go to Facebook, or google chat, or skype or twitter to see if I can find anyone to have an impromtu First Thursday mini-meeting with me during the usual First Thursday time slot. 

If you want to contact me through any of those channels to start the mini-meeting on Thursday I will be happy to chat (typed chat as usual - not speech - I expect to be online in a library)

4 - Maybe not in real time

If I don't find anyone online, and it is still the First Thursday timeslot, I may go back to sending a good old-fashioned email or two related to First Thursday - but probably by the time I've checked all other options a few times the hour will be over.  

I hope things will be back to normal for September.

First Thursday meetings

On the First Thursday of each month I try to be online for an hour. It's a chance for friends and contacts, old and new, to drop in for a chat (a typed chat). It's very informal. People drop in as it suits them, so we don't have a set agenda. It's usually a small gathering. Usually it's people I know well, who are from varied place and backgrounds, and might not have any other opportunity to meet each other,  We share what we've been doing, introduce people to each other, explore areas of overlapping interest and so on. Sometimes we settle on a specific topic to explore in detail - it all depends on who turns up. (More about First Thursdays, which have been running each month since 2007.)

How it usually works

There is no pre-registration, but the software does limit how many people can attend. So far there has always been room for everyone. If you have any problems accessing First Thursday please let me know

The online space for the group remains open all month - So if you can't make it to the "real time meeting" you can click on the link leter,read what others have said, and leave a message. I visit during the month to see if any "latecomers" have called in.

Next meeting

Blogging about it.

I would love someone to be an "information agent" for the First Thursday Group, to review the conversation each month and blog about it. Then we'd get the unfolding stories of the people and their projects and their advice-sharing in an easy-to-read form (similar to the way we've told the unfolding story of Fantsuam Foundation thanks to weekly online typed meetings and Frances' blogs and Nikki's blogs) If you might be interested in doing this sometimes please contact me.

Meeting archives for 2014

You can see what we discussed in our meetings:

Meetings in 2013 and early 2014

Sadly the etherpad links below were broken during a system failure in January 2014, and subsequent upgrade. I hope to be able to restore them at some point. The links to * October 3rd on Dadamac.net and * August 1st chat archive are not broken.

Archive 2012, 2011and earlier

During 2012 and 2011 each meeting held on an etherpad links back to the previous two months and forward to the next one, so you can quickly find your way backwards and forwards through the year - starting in the middle:

Earlier meetings 2007-2010 were held in the Minciu Sodas chatroom until Andrius Kulikauskas had to close it through lack of income. We moved First Thursday to Skype, as a temporary solution but it was not sufficently inclusive for our needs. Archives from before 2011 are scattered around the Internet - some easier to find than others.

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