I agree @sharmarval - would be good to make contact again and support/ connect the cities signed up now - this was really great last year and helped build the linkages in advance of the events - outwith the BosT meetings. This could be included in the newsletter and communicated to all the city organisers - Google hangout?
Absolutely @sharmarval !
I also think that we should keep the community engaged in a regular basis, and this could be a great way. Otherwise we’ll be completely disconnected of the rest of the events doing stuff.
It will also enable us to transmit what we learn from one event to the other, and maybe spread inspiration and new ideas to the community.
I had a little discussion about regular community calls with @unteem & @cameralibre some weeks ago. @unteem suggested it also - as a side note in a PM conversation. So the conversation was not in the open.
Generally community calls could be good. But we really need to think them through before doing them. Here is what I wrote in the conversation with Sam and Tim:
##Problems with the suggestions
- Streaming the onboarding calls is not a good idea. People have not decided to follow the transparent OSCEdays workflow at that stage. So we should not force them in to the public.
- Regluar Community Calls just to plug in? I do not really see the need but you both seem to do. I suggest to have one of those slots per week. Alternating One Week in the Morning the next week in the evening - so for everyone on the globe there is a possible time slot.
- But I predict that noone will show up to this calls. And if you make them publicly streamed - people will feel even more insecure to join them and not do it. And you will have announced calls but no video recording afterwards - because noone showed up. So it looks strange/intransparent or unsuccessful afterwards.
- It also is a problem where to announce this talks? It would be one more thing to communicate to the outside world. And we have already several and complex messages to deliver.
- Again, I did not feel the need for those calls last year. A lot of the time even the onboarding calls don’t really feel necessary. As the guy from Rome wrote this week and i got this several times before - our participation guide is pretty exhaustive.
- I am also not sure if Onboarding calls and community calls should be the same. Think we should really connect to local organizers at least one time eye to eye. In a call with more of them … not sure. It might end up beeing a waste of their time for example.
- I don’t say that all of this can’t be solved and that there could not be a good place and function for those community calls. But I don’t see a working plan for it yet. Requires some thinking.
##We need a real and thought through plan - to decide
- I would suggest that one of you creates a topic in communication (we are here in PM at the moment) with a first detailed and thought-through plan for those calls addressing the questions above.
- If we want to make them a permanent institution of the OSCEdays foundation and everything I want to understand this institution first better. We can’t create an infinite number of institutions and maintain them. We have to be smart. Which ones do we create and how do they play together with all the rest, for maximum effect and best use of our limited resources. And what can we communicate to the outside world.
- What is the role of this institution? How does it connect to the rest? Can someone come up with a first and more detailed plan.
With “institutions” I mean the things an OSCEdays community uses to connect and collaborate. We should use all of our creativity and smartness to build the right institutions . . . Community calls - have to be thought through. They have to interact well with the rest of the institutions.
I start to think, this would make a great challenge: How to build and foster a global OSCEdays community. Ask the people for their ideas. And what would really help them.