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Gavinbaker

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NameName::Gavin Baker
School University of Florida
Location Gainesville, Fla., USA
Program Political Science
Class of 2008
Hometown near Orlando, Fla.
E-mail Email::gavin @t freeculture .dot. org
Jabber Jabber::gavinbaker @t jabber .dot. org
AIM AIM::gavin baker 42
Website http://www.gavinbaker.com




Hi, I'm Gavin. I co-founded Florida Free Culture in spring 2005. I'm also on FreeCulture.org, Inc.'s board of directors.

You can 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 group on thefacebook called Florida Free Culture.

To-do

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User:Gavinbaker/to do

Ideas

  • 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
  • Action alert system for campus groups
  • 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
  • Section on site with links to upcoming events (example -- but more organized, useful, and comprehensive than this)
  • Private facebook with contact info
  • Make teams.freeculture.org subdomain, move team mailing lists there (so blog@teams.fc.o), put Web site on volunteering at teams.freeculture.org

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

Questions

  • Is "FreeCulture.org" 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