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London NetSquared back on track: forthcoming, so be forthcoming!

From: Conrad T.
Sent on: Thursday, October 21, 2010 5:48 PM
Dear London NetSquared members,

It's got to be admitted, since the new team took over running London NetSquared activities from Amy in the summer, we haven't had a lot of luck putting on our First Tuesday meetings. The September one was scuppered by the tube strikes (though we're glad to say that our meeting with Just Giving has been rescheduled to early 2011), and our October hosts pulled out at very short notice. However, the November 2nd event is as solid as a rock and we hope to see some of you there.

November's Meetup is a joint event with the Green IT Specialist Group, part of the British Computer Society, who are generously hosting the event at the London meeting rooms of the BCS, on Southampton Street between the Strand and Covent Garden piazza.

The world of computing has been waking up to the fact that ICT now consumes more energy and has a larger carbon footprint than the whole civil aviation industry! This is as relevant a concern for us users of technology in the voluntary sector as it is for business, government, health, education or any other sector.

Fortunately there are practical things we can do about "greening" our ICT and office practices, and on 2nd November we'll have a chance to discuss them. The other good news is that changing the ways we work with technology can also save us money in these cash-strapped times.

Gaurav Malik and Mike Kretskis are coming from the University of East London to lead the discussion. They are lecturers in computing who also run UEL's "Eureka" project, funded from Europe to assist energy-efficient business solutions for London SMEs, whose office requirements are often similar to those of the voluntary sector. The scope of the discussion will cover Green IT generally, but with an intriguing focus on what they call "green document management" ? not quite the paperless office, but one in which the paper avalanche has been tamed and "virtualised paper" used to fullest advantage.

For December, we're intending to have a less structured Meetup in which we share and celebrate success stories and Good Ideas generally. We are still looking for premises for that, so if your organisation is able to host us on 7th December, do get in touch.

If you visit our Meetup page you'll also see that we are scheduling some Sunday mini-Meetups which will be a mixture of social and planning meeting, at a friendly Waterloo pub we've adopted called the Duke of Sussex. The organising team will be there and we'd welcome others who'd like to share fellowship and planning ideas, without obligation.

Finally, a brief report on the London NetSquared contribution to 350.org's "Global Discovery Day". A small team of us convened at a Deptford community centre and worked with a local community project, Partworks, to brainstorm the structure and content for a website. We also gathered in some artwork materials, and captured some video and audio interviews with local people, and hopefully you'll have a chance to see the fruits of our labours sometime soon!

Steph and Conrad
for the London NetSquared organising team.

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