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Important info re: the May 6 Net Tuesday Meeting

From: Seth H.
Sent on: Friday, April 18, 2008 5:36 PM
Hello, fellow Net Tuesday Philly Meetup folks,

Some of you have RSVPed Yes for our May 6 inaugural meeting; some have RSVPed Maybe; and some have not RSVPed at all. So, this update may be helpful to all of you.

First of all, some important information about the Tuesday, May 6 meeting...

Our inaugural meeting will be held at Independents Hall, located at 32 S. Strawberry Street. Strawberry St. runs parallel to, and between, 2nd and 3rd Sts., and Indy Hall is just north of Chestnut (only a block from the 2nd Street Market-Frankford line station). There is on-street parking in the area and some parking lots on 2nd Street.

We?ll begin gathering at 6:30 PM. We?ll have two presentation/demonstrations:

  • Friends for Peace (, a project of the American Friends Service Committee (, will be discussed by its creators, Aaron Crosman and Mark Graham. Putting faces on the diverse majority of people who oppose the Iraq war, FoP won the best integrated online and off-line e-campaign award from the E-Philanthropy Foundation.
  • Ivan Boothe, who works with the Genocide Intervention Network will give an overview of how the group has used social networking in a variety of ways ? using Facebook to raise money, using MySpace to keep members engaged, and folding it all together to help create public pressure for anti-genocide legislation.

We?ll have some light refreshments, but please feel free to bring your own food or drink. (This will be an informal gathering.)

Please pass this invitation on to others you think may be interested. We?d like most people to RSVP (for planning purposes), but feel free to just show up.

Future presenters. Please consider whether you, or somebody you know, would like to present at a future Net Tuesday Philly gathering. The idea is to share and learn from one another, and we?ll all benefit from hearing many different perspectives.

Sponsorship. We?re committed to keeping these meetings free of charge to participants, so we?re also looking for sponsors for future Meetups. At $150, sponsorship covers the cost of the space, plus refreshments and incidentals. We?ll recognize sponsors by promoting them in our meeting materials, and by encouraging them to distribute their own materials at the meeting itself, as well as taking a few minutes to welcome attendees.

In-between meetings. We want to keep networking and learning outside of the meetings themselves, including:

  • Visit the Philly NetSquared blog at We?ll keep updated information here, and are planning to post materials and audio- and video-podcasts of past presentations. Do you have some other ideas of how we can use the blog?
  • We?ve added a couple of questions to the Net Tuesday Philly Meetup member profiles. If you haven?t already done so, please consider going back to your Meetup profile and filling in one or more of the questions.

That?s about it for now. We?re really encouraged by the interest everyone has shown, and are looking forward to helping local web innovators and social changemakers to gel into more of a community from which we all (and the world) can benefit.

If you have any questions or suggestions, or would like to help out in any way, please let us know.

On behalf of the organizing group,

Seth Horwitz and Ivan Boothe, co-organizers

P.S. Folks may be interested in a free ?skill share? that Bread & Roses is sponsoring for nonprofits this Wednesday, April 23. More information can be found at

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