I think discussing the structure of TTPGH requires some knowledge about what's been going on recently. Here's my updates, a non-condensed version of what I put in a recent email:
Potlucks--Not doing the potlucks anymore, especially when there's such more interesting stuff to bring people to going on elsewhere, and when there isn't the energy behind it. Thinking about maybe reinvigorating Transition evening hour gatherings, however, over at the Red Oak Cafe or some such. Can't possibly do Starbucks.
Structure—do not have other steering-group roles filled; I honestly do need help and there is much stuff to do. I've been unable to effectively organize TTPGH in that sense. and there are duties falling through the cracks everywhere. We could use people. Would like others to come to Alex's discussion group on transitionpgh.org and give their thoughts.
Telling people about TTPGH--How honest should we be with interested patrons of Transition about how little structure there is yet? How open should we be about plans to reinvigorate it? Could either of those options be helpful? I wonder how hurtful to our cause it would be to be open about that. At this point, I wonder if people might offer help if we're open about it. I wonder if people would take us more seriously if they knew we're reviewing ourselves and our own progress and saying we need more.
Movies—want to do more, think I can by myself but would like help. Had one screening in March, of “The Pipe,” in association with the Marcellus Protest folks. Have not, unfortunately, had the energy/manpower to do more screenings. “Power of Community” won last poll—will try to get a screening of that or Transition2.0 going soon, hopefully this month. Trying to do partnerships with other organizations to do that, more often.
AUUC T4T – Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church on the North Side appears to be open to a Training For Transition in the Summer—I'm looking to see if that's doable in June. Still need to contact Tina about all that.
AUUC Eco-summer Camp – The AUUC is also having an Eco-Summer Camp for kids 3-11, in late June or early July (every morning/early afternoon for a week) and they need a “head consultant/head teacher,” paid maybe $1000 or multiple $1000s, for their leadership and curriculum, and I told them I'd look for one amongst Transition's supporters, provided they were willing to work in a community-oriented aspect to their program.
On movie nights: interested folks might want to take a look at my ‘places I want to screen Transition 2.0 this summer’ thread. Certainly, Justin, we should coordinate who buys the movie (I’ve tossed some emails back and forth with them over it already in preparation for this summer).
On structure/honesty: I think that ‘we’ should be able to set up a solid skeleton that can be filled in as we go - this website is a reasonable public side (though we might need to prioritize static content over feeds, at least for anonymous users), but I think something we’re really lacking is an online repository of files that any leaders could look at and use. I’m thinking of something on the order of G. Apps, though we could probably have this group function as a file storage location as a start. A G. Apps account would also let the steering committee have emails @transitionpgh.org without much hassle. I’m also poking at the old G. Group for TransitionPGH to see how good the file support would be.
Once we’ve got a core set of files for leaders to refer to, a clear set of initial leaders and what their roles are, and a clear set of people they’re working with (none of which should be all that complex, though we might have to spend time thinking about contact methods and meetings for those that are not as internet-adjusted), I don’t think there will be any problems with potential patrons. In the meantime, optimistic honesty is probably the best policy.
Could you send me more details on the AUUC camp idea? Even if I don’t have time (I make no promises here), I might know some other folks.
Movie nights: We got the movie, just need the rights. We MAY have that through Mark Dixon already, maybe not. We'll see.
Structure/Honesty: By static content you mean: "SPECIFIC blogs + discussion groups > ANYONE's blogs + discussion groups"? Or is that "Blogs + discussion group postings > activity feeds"?
Google Apps--dunno anything about that yet, will have to look into it. Also: Optimistic honesty till things become more concrete--sounds good. File-sharing/repository definitely needed.
Definitely needed to factor in internet-adjustedness in Larimer. Something else to keep in mind along with all
AUUC Eco-Camp point person is in your inbox.
Anything with ‘blog’ in it is, by definition, dynamic content. By static content and front page stuff, I mean that an anonymous user (someone who isn’t logged in) should probably see a ‘Hello! If you’re new here read this and this and this and these are upcoming events’, not a feed of who joined what or posted where.
G. Apps would be free, and hooks onto the domain - so long as you’ve got the domain info, I think you could set it up in about 10 minutes, and then it’s basically just like a G. Account - Docs, Sites, Mail, etc. (We use it for ESW at the national level and it saves us from piles of problems).
I think I can come up with some tactics for internet-adjusting (because, honestly, I’m going to use net resources for everything I possibly can, forever). I’ll write em up and send out a copy for perusal.