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Another conference call for those starting a Free Culture chapter.
17 August 2005, 10 p.m. EST
- 1 Minutes
- 1.1 Introductions
- 1.2 Q&A On Starting a New Chapter
Anthony, Sarah from CCA, Thessaly La Force from Columbia, Gavin, Nelson, Andy Scudder, and Julian at UCR
- Thessaly is a Senior at Columbia
- Met Nelson through Fred
- Sarah Hromack is 1st year grad student at CCA
- Has been aware of copyright and the arts, read Lessig's book, and is interested in starting a Free Culture chapter. (Might be interested in one of our guest posts on Lessig's blog)
- Julian is a student at the University of California Riverside
- Got to know Lessig and his ideas, is interested in starting a chapter/donating some time for the org.
- Anthony is a freshman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Got involved in Linux, open source and free software, and then found out about Lessig's Free Culture and found the org.
- Question: what was the best way to get new people to join your group?
- Gavin Baker at U Florida
- Got interested in Free Culture around the whole Dmitry Sklyarov, got interested in the conflict of rights with technology which lead to Free Culture and the org
- Eldo is at U Florida as well
- Heard about Free Culture on boingboing with the Diebold case and was contacted by Gavin last fall about starting a group
- Nelson is a Sophmore at Swarthmore
- Got interested in Linux and open source software, saw Lessig's presentation on Free Culture, and founded the SCDC which became Free Culture.org
Q&A On Starting a New Chapter
What is the best way to find new members?
- All depends on the atmosphere of the school
- Look for people who may already be interested
- Contact EVERYONE
What's the best way to explain Free Culture to potential members?
- Find a strong starting point, like an existing point of interest (Open Source, downloading music, blogging, etc.)
- Teach by example (CC license creative works, writing/distributing free software, showing public domain films, etc.)
What happens at a typical Free Culture campus meeting
- All depends on the school
- Play to the interests of the group (If artsy - creative works, if technical - free software, etc.)
- Show presentations (Lessig perhaps), hold lectures (RMS' speeches maybe) or debates, etc.
Has anyone contacted their college radio station? With what success?
- Hasn't really been done yet, however, it would be very beneficial.
- Play CC licensed music, illegal art, just about anything that demonstrates Free Culture.
How to avoid student apathy?
- Keep participants involved!