I wonder to what extent we could have meetings online? I started a meetup
groups a while back and the biggest problem, as here, was always where and
when to meet. That uses up a lot of our energy that could possibly be put
to better use. Plus problems with the meeting place and time and just
getting there added to the general inefficiency. There are two online ways
to meet that come to mind: we could use something like gotomeeting where
everyone signs on to a site and has the ability to talk or type, and become
the presenter, showing anything they want on the screen (examples, articles,
etc.) then turn the presenter role over to someone else.
An interesting way to meet on a topic, and that is more visual, is to try to
use Prezi. Its like a big sheet of paper on a table in front of us and we
all type stuff, load vids, picts, pdfs, and then draw arrows between them
that can be typed on too. If we are also on a conference call, we have
voice channel too.
Finally, there is a tool that stresses getting the meaning documented on
what we are discussing and is a personal favorite of mine: CMAP from the
Florida Institute for Man Machine Interface, or something like that. (easy
to find with Google). Its free and goes sooo well with Wikimedia thinking.
After all, we are all about documenting meaning.
Any interest in trying these a couple of times? I could help set up a
trial. Most of these are limited to 12 or 15 people at a time, so there is
that. But all are free.
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Shreyas
Sent: Monday, July 29, 2013 11:03 AM
To: Karen Coyle; San Francisco Bay Area Wikimedians
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-SF] Berkeley Wikipedians
Sorry I did not get back to you earlier. I can think of a couple of options
1) Campus libraries: It seems it is easy for registered campus organizations
to get access to meeting rooms. The problem is, although Berkeley Wikipedia
club is a registered group, room reservation can only be done by a
"signatory" for the group. The group mailing list itself is inactive - I
wonder if anyone on this list (Kevin Gorman?) is a signatory.
2) The Berkeley Public Library: They seem to have a public room for
community events (free, with free wifi) if you book it well in advance.
3) I've written to my friend who works with the Compass Project, a student
support group in the physical sciences, to see if they have any space that
we can use - but I've yet to hear back from them.
Among these, the Berkeley Public Library looks like the safest bet. I'll let
you know if I can think of anything else..
On Sun, Jul 28, 2013 at 7:17 AM, Karen Coyle <kcoyle(a)kcoyle.net> wrote:
I've taken up the organizer role for the Berkeley Wikipedia meet-up group.
I'll do some figuring out on how to use Meetup. Would the person who
volunteered to find a space on UC campus please contact me?
I presume that we are aiming at a September first meeting, given how summer
seems to disrupt schedules.
If we can't find other meet-up places, my home has wifi, various computers
and screens, networked printing, and a fridge. We can try a meeting here, if
it's not a large one.
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