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Hi, I'm Gavin Baker, a history major c/o 2007 at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. I founded a chapter of Free Culture at UF, called Florida Free Culture, in Spring 2005. Feel free to contact me at grbaker -@t- ufl .dot. edu or on AIM at gavin baker 42. I have a Web site at

You can also join Florida Free Culture's mailing list by sending a message to LISTSERV@LISTS.UFL.EDU with subscribe FFC-L Your Name in the body of the email. It's a one-way announce list, and low traffic. There is also a Facebook group called "Florida Free Culture."


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User:Gavinbaker/to do


  • Travel fund, so group leaders / the board can meet, and so students can travel to conferences, etc.
  • Speaker's bureau, to help coordinate bringing speakers / presenters to campuses
  • Help placing students in internships, work, volunteer, research, or training opportunities
  • Scholarship to provide OSS-loaded PCs to students
  • Help researchers, promote research in our sphere, produce original research (summer research internships?)
  • Provide FC.o & other merch. to new campus groups (along with Activist Packet)
  • Action alerts
  • Style guide for blog, announce emails, etc. (How to:blog)
  • Press section on Web site with readymade info
  • Info on Web site in other languages (French, Spanish)
  • Merch. / pamphlets for influential people outside the org
  • Business cards for directors
  • Better integration of wiki with Web site
  • Shared address book(s)
  • Revamp password system
  • Provide funding for grant-writing workshops for students
  • Provide small bounties / stipends / mini-grants for students to work on FC.o (e.g. Webmasters, blog writers)
  • Section on site with links to free software we use or would like to use, to direct developers to work on those projects

Staff positions

These could be employees, volunteers, or somewhere in between (e.g. a small monthly stipend):

  • Communications Director (or Public Relations Director): checks and responds to FC.o inboxes, prepares monthly Announce email, writes blog announcements, prepares press releases
  • Webmaster (or Web Director): self-explanatory
  • Activism Coordinator: prepares action alerts, coordinates with other groups

These make more sense as volunteer or stipend positions:

  • Research Coordinator: encourages research of our issues, works with researchers
  • Treasurer / Paperwork Type Person: so the decision-makers can focus on making decisions


  • Is "" the best name for our organization?
  • Should we claim to be "international" when all our groups, and almost everyone involved, is in the U.S.? Should we try to be international -- or let those outside the U.S. start their own national group naturally?
  • Should our blog be for FC.o news only, or also for action alerts, or commentary? Should we be encouraging students to write commentary? Can we rely on a regular production of commentary? Would the commentary work better in its own blog (or its own RSS feed, but the same blog)?
  • We're about participation. We seem to have given up on being "radically decentralized"; how can we stay decentralized enough that creativity and innovation flourishes? How can we be "radically transparent" (but still professional) instead?
  • How can we recognize the contributions that people have made to us (volunteers, money, in-kind donations)? How can we track people so we know who did what?

Jobs I Hate

Tasks I currently perform for FC.o, but strongly dislike. If you would like to take over one of these tasks for me, I highly welcome it.

  • Check and reply to FC.o inboxes
    • Could someday be handled by Communications Director, PR Director, or similar
  • Compile the monthly(-ish) Announce list email
    • -> Comm Dir
  • Meeting reminders
    • -> Comm Dir