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RE: [The-Sydney-NetSquared-Meetup-Group] Where to for Sydney-NetSquared-Meetup Group?

From: user 1.
Sent on: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 6:10 PM

Thanks for the reminder, Grant – Patrick did mention SocialTech at the first NetSquared event and it had slipped my mind.

 

SocialTech’s challenges make interesting learnings for this group.

 

We’ll see whether what develops.

 

Cheers

 

John Carrigan

Special Projects Coordinator

Community Resource Network Inc.

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"Servicing the Blacktown and surrounding Local Government Areas"

 

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Grant Young
Sent: Monday, 22 February[masked]:38 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [The-Sydney-NetSquared-Meetup-Group] Where to for Sydney-NetSquared-Meetup Group?

 

Hi John.

 

Just FYI, there is another group running - has been for some time (prior to the Net Tuesday events that Patrick established) - SocialTech (details at http://socialtech.net.au).

 

SocialTech is more a social event for web folks working in NGOs and is primarily an opportunity for informal meetups to talk shop - discussing technology, campaigning and the challenges that are unique to the NGO/non-profit sector.

 

I have to admit, however, that the SocialTech group is in a similar situation to Net Tuesday - the core group co-ordinating the event is getting busier, and given recent turn-outs to the events we have organised we're not sure on the interest/commitment from folks in the sector to continue organising them.

 

There seems to be two primary issues (afaict) - lack of time and the many competing events in tech/ngo land.  While there's not much specifically focused on the tech/NGO challenges combined, there are a lot of events focusing on one or the other that may well be providing what people are looking for.

 

We shifted our meetups to the 2nd Tuesday of the month to avoid 3 other events occurring on the first Tuesday (that's excluding the Net Tuesday event).  That first week tends to be busy all 'round, tbh.

 

So I'm interested to hear from others on the list as to whether or not the interest exists - if there is a perceived need for these events, I'd be happy to chip-in where I can...

 

Regards, Grant

 

On 21 February[masked]:30, John Carrigan <[address removed]> wrote:

Hi everybody

 

You?ll have heard last week from Patrick that he has to bale from the organiser's role with the group because of work commitments. (Thanks Patrick for taking the lead and getting the Group off the ground last year when the rest of us were sitting on our hands!)

 

It?s been a while since the Group met and in the meantime, there?s a lot of other activity developed in the social media/social change/social innovation space.

 

However going back the Group?s home page and re-reading the statement of purpose, it reads ?connecting 3rd sector NGOs and not-for-profits to talk about technology and working better with the free and inexpensive tools at our disposal?.

 

That?s something that nobody else is really doing in Sydney.

 

I?m currently planning presentations on digital storytelling and the uses of social media to community sector events I?m helping to organise where I work in outer-Western Sydney.

 

I?m also working with some colleagues to develop a Ning-based community for sector workers and others to share stories about community initiatives that have an impact. The emphasis in those stories will be on new business models and technologies but we don?t want to be too exclusionary when we?re just starting off! (We know enough about community development online to know the community will eventually define most of the parameters!)

 

If people are interested in discussions about these sorts of projects and possibilities, I?d love to hear more.

 

I am willing to take an organiser?s role for the group but only if there?s enough interest and commitment from people for whom such a group could make a real difference.

 

I look forward to hearing from people.

 

John Carrigan

Special Projects Coordinator

Community Resource Network Inc.

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"Servicing the Blacktown and surrounding Local Government Areas"

 





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