Dan Shearer wrote:
This isn't a bad plan at all. A presentation style meeting is much much more open to new members followed by a visit to a pub somewhere, gives nice flexability and structure.On Sat, Mar 10, 2007 at 05:07:32PM +0000, Faye Gibbins wrote:Teeth and I are looking at alternatives right now. We'll let you know. However if anyone has any suggestions please let us know.Faye, you said you had a presentation room lined up from the University. Perhaps it would be possible to lock that in, and leaving the choice of watering holes a interesting debate for those who migrate there afterwards? Scotlug in Glasgow do that to great effect, as do LUGs in other countries I've seen. >From comments I've heard the pub-only Edlug style has kept some people away, which is why I thought your idea was a good one. Especially if someone can be found to sponsor tea/coffee/bikkies at the venue which I think will be pretty easy. I suspect that sort of an arrangement might encourage more people to come forward with well thought-out talks; at least, it seems to elsewhere. One final advantage of this approach: people can change where they migrate to afterwards without the venue advertising having to be changed -- a more-or-less fixture really does work at encouraging attendees and speakers.
I'll even volunteer to do a talk and demo of openstreetmap ( http://www.openstreetmap.org/ ) and some of the tools used to make and draw the maps.
Cheers Chris - http://www.chrisfleming.org/
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