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October Meetup/Temporary Hiatus

From: Gordon D.
Sent on: Saturday, October 20, 2012 1:46 PM
Good afternoon,

First, I want to thank everyone who attended our October meeting - it's good that we're
taking a well-needed break on a relative high note.

We're fortunate to have plenty of people serve as advocates and ambassadors for digital
excellence in various fields. However, it's also clear that we need to slightly rethink how we're
reaching and engaging people: we have a field which needs to embrace and engage everyone -
from grassroots advocates to young professionals, from non-profits to social entrepreneurs -
and our goal for 2013 will be to rethink how we drive collaboration.

For now, we're taking a break...or more accurately, *I'm* taking a break. I've been working
solo for a bit, and thankfully, we've reestablished working relationships with  two of our
staunchest allies - Chicago Digital Access Alliance and Community Male Empowerment Project.

But we also need to rethink and reposition ourselves - the Chicago Tech Scene in 2013 is much
different than the scene when I joined Net Tuesday in 2006. Because we're now seeing growth
in that field, we need to rebrand and rededicate ourselves to our mission.

So in that spirit, just a few thoughts before we break:

  • First, Net Tuesday will be the common ground and collaborative space for the work in digital excellence,
    tech, and the social good  happening in Chicago. One of the radical ideas that other Netsquared groups
    around the world have adopted....is not meeting on Tuesdays. So our February meeting with not be on the
    first Tuesday in February, but we do have a venue and date which I'll announce in early 2013. So we may
    move away from "Net Tuesday" and more towards "Net2Chi".
  • I would love to have some Google Hangouts/Skype conferences with those people who are willing to share
    their input and insight. After all, we can't drive digital excellence if we are dependent solely on monthly
    face-to-face meetings. If you're interested in participating, please contact me at [address removed]
  • We also started a community survey at http://bit.ly/Net2ChiSurvey - please consider spending a few moments
    answering this short questionnaire, even if you are a relatively new member of the group - we are member-
    driven, and your thoughts count.
  • Even though I'm the sole organizer, there are other opportunities to assist the group, from coordinating our
    online engagement efforts to scheduling venues, from resource allocation to developing collaborative
    tools. If you wish to volunteer, please consider sending me an e-mail.
Please join and engage with us via our Facebook group and on Google Plus, and continue to follow our updates via
our Meetup site. I'm hoping to have final details on DexCon (scheduled for November 10th) soon, and will post
that information on the Meetup site. In addition, I have been - and will be - reaching out to various groups and individuals
who have a stake in our efforts, and will be actively working to bring them into the fold.

Our sole agenda is to create an atmosphere that drives collaborations which further digital excellence in every
Chicago community, insuring that every individual and agency is able to use technology in order to foster the
common good. As it stands, I believe Chicago needs a Net2Chi/Netsquared now, more than ever, to act in the
spirit of open stewardship and build strong collaborative efforts. Since we will not be meeting until February, I
would like to wish all of you continued success, and a wonderful holiday season.

Hope to see many of you in February.

Thanks,
Gordon Dymowski
Net2Chi
[address removed]

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