Spring Newsletter #1
send out: 03/02/2010 - 19:12
Meteorological spring just started in Europe a few days back, which means that the spring/summer hitchhiking season 2010 just started!
For all the folks out there, a group of enthusiastic hitchhikers has started to organize on the next big event this summer: The European Hitchhiking Gathering 2010, short 6/8/10.
On August 6, 2010 we want to gather again somewhere in Europe to celebrate the freedom of the road, connect with the community and spread the word about one of the best ways of transportation there is.
A location has not been determined yet - for that we just started a voting on the official website: http://hitchgathering.org (the same as the previous website, except the name is different now).
We would love to see everybody voting for his/her favorite location. If you want your location added to the voting, give your voice at the discussion on hitchwiki: http://hitchwiki.org/en/6810
As always the gathering will be organized in an open, horizontal way, which means everybody who wants to contribute in the planning of the event is welcome to join!
The weekend of March 13/14, 2010, we are meeting in the heart of Berlin to push forward the development of the event. On http://hitchgathering.org you can find the current discussions & can sign up for the coordination meeting.
We wish you all a good start onto the roads of the world, warm highways and safe rides. Spread the word!
- The Community
- Website: http://hitchgathering.org
- Location Discussion: http://hitchwiki.org/en/6810
- Coordination Team: http://groups.google.com/group/789-coordination
During the weekend of the 13th and 14th of March, a handful of hitchhikers met up in Berlin to kick off the coordination of the next European Hitchhiking Gathering. This newsletter is here to tell you what happened during the last month.
The main points were:
- To promote the concept of hitchhiking in European society
- To stimulate the community of hitchhikers.
- To have a good time doing the above, while travelling and meeting old and new friends.
At the meeting we soon attacked the big question that was on the tip of everyone's tongues: WHERE?
After various discussions, we agreed to follow the result of the on-line location polling at the gathering website. If no support(logistical, locational, etc.) was to be found after one month, the choice would fall subsequently the next on the list until a suitable location with the required support was located.
After polling closed it was determined that, if everything goes well, we'll meet you on the 6th of August 2010 in Portugal: The End of Europe.
Currently we are connected with local hitchhikers in Portugal who are actively in search for a meeting place. If you also have connections in Portugal, don't hesitate to contact the coordination teams in the hitchgathering* forums.
A necessary passage to Portugal is Spain (aka: the Gorilla in the room) and the general impression is that this country is in need of a lot of hitchhiking promotion.
Thus: We also invite all hitchhikers to converge in Barcelona on Sunday August 1st, 2010. Monday, the 2nd, will be our day reach out to the people and media. Afterwards we'll leave the city and all meet again on 06/08/10 Somewhere in Portugal, where we can spend the weekend together, with all such worldly concerns many hundreds of kilometres and another country away. There's not even any need to meet in large centres as in previous years.
Money Money Money
The previous editions of the festival were realized with almost no budget, the rest paid for by the volunteers. After a long (and painful) discussion, we reached a sort of consensus to stay away from any official sponsorship or public funds. We have good hope that the various hitchhiking clubs of Europe will provide us with some financial support, as has been done for previous gatherings.
Three major pieces were produced: A short 789* movie by Mitch, a couple of 6.8.10 logo designs by Sandra and a poster/flyer by Heather. We brainstormed many ideas for promotion and you can help with new ideas on the coordination forum of the website. We're now up to print a bunch of flyers and distribute them to everybody by means of lightfoot or snail mail. More information on this coming soon.
Our main coordination tool is now the hitchgathering website. For an ongoing list of updated features please refer to the wiki pages.
The content of the website is translatable in as many language as we want, which means "so many languages as we have a translator for". If you know a language, you can translate any content on the site by clicking the "translate" tab on top. You need to be logged in.
- Minutes of the pre-meeting: http://hitchwiki.org/en/6810/Berlin_meeting/Minutes
- 789 video by Mitch: http://hitchgathering.org/789-video
- Hitchgathering Forums: http://hitchgathering.org/forums/6810