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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.
When was your last hitchhiking trip? Looking forward to yet the next!? Try this winter... Spend New Year somewhere completely random, maybe even with your driver! Hitching is really easy in winter: no hitching queues, people don't like to leave hitchers standing in the cold, and why wait until spring or summer?
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 29 people voting already, almost 50% of the votes are for Ukraine, mainly Odessa. We invite you to cast your vote and to share your opinion.
The actual destination in the Ukraine will depend not only on where we would like to go, but also on the support we get from local groups in the Ukraine. In Paris at the 888-event we agreed we want to have some kind of a welcoming group that can facilitate a location for us to stay, and who can also possibly arrange communication with local authorities and press.
We will therefore further discuss the location in the new hitchhiking forum that is part of hitchwiki. We will also need to communicate with some groups in the Ukraine and other surrounding countries to help setting up a good base in the Ukraine. So it looks like the location will be Ukraine, but if you're convinced that another place is so much better, make yourself heard.
- what we need for a location to be chosen - proposed form of going further/
The vote on the forum / Reaching a consensus
There's already a vote going on on the forum. We feel like 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).
So we keep the voting open as a permanent opinion survey (you can edit your vote). For now 29 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.
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 believe 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.
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