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==Title: 789 Newsletter: Let's hitch with Frankenstein!==  
 
==Title: 789 Newsletter: Let's hitch with Frankenstein!==  
When was your last hitchhiking trip? Looking forward to yet the next!? Try this winter in [[Europe]]! Hitching can be relatively easy in [[winter]]: no hitching queues, people don't like to leave hitchers standing in the cold, and why wait for summertime?
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When was your last hitch-hiking trip? Looking forward to yet the next!? Try this [[spring]] in [[Europe]]! Weather gets better (by periods), days get longer, no need to wake up sooo early, people don't like to leave hitchers standing in the uncertain weather... and why wait for summertime in the first place?
  
It also gets you into gear for the next hitchhiking week in Europe, taking place on 789, the '''7th of August 2009'''. According to the latest polls, with 34 people voting already, almost 50% of the votes are for Ukraine, mainly Odessa. We invite you to cast <i>your</i> vote and to share your opinion. You can vote on the forum, to be found at [http://hitchwiki.org/forum/?q=content/789 hitchwiki/forum]
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It also gets you into gear for the next hitch-hiking week in Europe, taking place on 789, the '''7th of August 2009'''. The poll on the location was massively in favour of Odessa, Ukraine.
  
<strong>Website and discussion forum</strong><br />
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<strong>Website</strong><br />
For communication, we have set up a website at http://the789project.eu. You can also find here the main forum with all discussions. It also manages the newsletter you now received. Anyone can now subscribe or de-subscribe.
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There is a web domain at http://the789project.eu . Right now it's hosting a draft website that main job is to redirect to our coordination forum. As soon as possible, it should be our main PR portal. All it takes is a Drupal/CSS artist with some time on his hands. We need YOU.
  
<strong>Deciding the location</strong><br />
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<strong>Coordination</strong><br />
In Paris at the 888-event we agreed we want to have a kind of welcoming group that can facilitate a location, and possibly arrange communication with local authorities and press. So far we have not succeeded very well in making good contacts in the Ukraine. We will therefore have to put more effort in getting in touch with the right people and continue to discuss the location. Join if you care! Also, if you are think that another place is so much better, make yourself heard.
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However controversial that might be, a Google group was created to concentrate the coordination for the festival. You'll find it over <a href="http://groups.google.com/group/789-coordination">there</a>. Anyone can join and everyone is invited to.
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<strong>Getting in touch with the community</strong><br />
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Of course, we need to be in close touch with the hitch-hiking community in Ukraine and local community in Odessa. Some of us have contacted the <a href="http://elba.org.ua/forum/viewtopic.php?p=5532">Elba</a> Ukrainian hitch-hiker's gathering that will take place 24th to 26th of April and ran into a cold war. Check that <a href="http://elba.org.ua/forum/viewtopic.php?p=5532">forum post</a>.
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The hospex (ie. CS) community of Odessa has given a warmer welcome. We hope to find some support in organising the festival hand in hand with the local authorities, as much as possible of course.
  
 
<strong>Slogans: seven, eight, nine!</strong><br />
 
<strong>Slogans: seven, eight, nine!</strong><br />
789 needs a good storyline, a sentence that grabs the attention immediately, one that is easy to remember and great to use. When we were in Paris for the European Hitchhiking Day at "8/8/8/ Paris wants you for a nomadic date", thinking about the next slogan for 7/8/9., all we came up with was, "789 the road is mine". Obviously that slogan will never hold. So we came up with an additional 35 so far, feel free to add yours and share your opinion. Check [[789/Slogan]]
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789 needs a good storyline, a sentence that grabs the attention immediately, one that is easy to remember and great to use. When we were in Paris for the European Hitchhiking Day at "8/8/8/ Paris wants you for a nomadic date".
 
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Having a good catch-phrase for 789 is not sooo important, but that's the kind of really fun brainstorming that we love to do. Check [[789/Slogan]]
<strong>New website - css-geeks wanted!</strong><br />
 
A new website is up for 789. It is based on Drupal and has a crazy amount of options, it can basically look like however we want it. Potentially we can change the whole layout, plus it offers possibilities for blogs, forum, photos, a special entry page, and so on. Check http://the789project.eu
 
  
To make things work we are looking for css-designers and people who want to help out with text, ideas, and so on. Feel free to drop a note on the [http://hitchwiki.org/forum/?q=forums/789-road-mine forum].
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<strong>Odessa calling</strong><br />
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789 doesn't need to be over organised. On the other hand, some stuff can be done between now and a couple of days before the event, that will save us a lot of troubles when we're there and don't want to care about troubles. You can help the festival to be a greater success by joining the discussion on the coordination channels. Namely: The <a href="http://hitchwiki.org/en/789">hitchwiki page</a> and the <a href="http://groups.google.com/group/789-coordination">coordination group</a>. Right now we have around 7 people more or less involved in the organisation. It'd be great if the 150 of 888 would join. Wouldn't it?
  
 
<strong>Happy hitching!</strong>
 
<strong>Happy hitching!</strong>

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November Newsletter

things to do before sending

40px-Stock post message.png To-do list for Talk:789/News:

Here are some tasks you can do:

The Newsletter itself

This newsletter is targeted at participants of the 888 project and/or to people that showed interest in 789 project. It deals mainly with planning the event. Input from everyone is welcome. Below you find a draft version, feel free to edit.

Title: 789 Newsletter: Let's hitch with Frankenstein!

When was your last hitch-hiking trip? Looking forward to yet the next!? Try this spring in Europe! Weather gets better (by periods), days get longer, no need to wake up sooo early, people don't like to leave hitchers standing in the uncertain weather... and why wait for summertime in the first place?

It also gets you into gear for the next hitch-hiking week in Europe, taking place on 789, the 7th of August 2009. The poll on the location was massively in favour of Odessa, Ukraine.

Website
There is a web domain at http://the789project.eu . Right now it's hosting a draft website that main job is to redirect to our coordination forum. As soon as possible, it should be our main PR portal. All it takes is a Drupal/CSS artist with some time on his hands. We need YOU.

Coordination
However controversial that might be, a Google group was created to concentrate the coordination for the festival. You'll find it over <a href="http://groups.google.com/group/789-coordination">there</a>. Anyone can join and everyone is invited to.

Getting in touch with the community
Of course, we need to be in close touch with the hitch-hiking community in Ukraine and local community in Odessa. Some of us have contacted the <a href="http://elba.org.ua/forum/viewtopic.php?p=5532">Elba</a> Ukrainian hitch-hiker's gathering that will take place 24th to 26th of April and ran into a cold war. Check that <a href="http://elba.org.ua/forum/viewtopic.php?p=5532">forum post</a>.

The hospex (ie. CS) community of Odessa has given a warmer welcome. We hope to find some support in organising the festival hand in hand with the local authorities, as much as possible of course.

Slogans: seven, eight, nine!
789 needs a good storyline, a sentence that grabs the attention immediately, one that is easy to remember and great to use. When we were in Paris for the European Hitchhiking Day at "8/8/8/ Paris wants you for a nomadic date". Having a good catch-phrase for 789 is not sooo important, but that's the kind of really fun brainstorming that we love to do. Check 789/Slogan

Odessa calling
789 doesn't need to be over organised. On the other hand, some stuff can be done between now and a couple of days before the event, that will save us a lot of troubles when we're there and don't want to care about troubles. You can help the festival to be a greater success by joining the discussion on the coordination channels. Namely: The <a href="http://hitchwiki.org/en/789">hitchwiki page</a> and the <a href="http://groups.google.com/group/789-coordination">coordination group</a>. Right now we have around 7 people more or less involved in the organisation. It'd be great if the 150 of 888 would join. Wouldn't it?

Happy hitching!

Notes

The vote on the forum / Reaching a consensus

There's already a vote going on on the forum. This vote should not be binding but rather consultative. The best would be to reach a consensus through discussion and keep the vote for last resort (if we can't agree).

The voting stays open as a permanent opinion survey (you can edit your vote). For now 38 people gave their voice to the voting already, most of them voted for Ukraine, mainly Odessa. So it looks like it'll be Ukraine, but if you're convinced that another place is so much better, make yourself heard.

Local welcome

One particularly sensible point is: how the local citizenry and administration feel towards us. If the third most popular choice shows to have a really cool mayor that wants nothing more than a crowd of hitch-hikers, then we should go for them.

For that, we need support from the local communities. It would be a good idea to contact the local people with whatever tool available in the, say top 6 cities, and see if they can find an arrangement with the people they elected.