things to do before sending
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.
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.
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/">Elba Ukrainian hitch-hiker's gathering</a> (site in Russian, <a href="http://translate.google.fr/translate?prev=_t&hl=fr&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Felba.org.ua%2F&sl=ru&tl=en&history_state0=">English auto-translation here</a>), that takes place three times a year. The next one will be from the 24th to the 26th of April and we ran into a cold war with them (like in the good old times...) So you can maybe throw some flowers of peace <a href="http://translate.google.fr/translate?prev=_t&hl=fr&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Felba.org.ua%2Fforum%2Fviewtopic.php%3Fp%3D5532&sl=ru&tl=en&history_state0=">over there</a> (in Russian too, <a href="http://translate.google.fr/translate?prev=_t&hl=fr&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Felba.org.ua%2Fforum%2Fviewtopic.php%3Fp%3D5532&sl=ru&tl=en&history_state0=">English auto-translation here</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 Hitch-hiking 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 <a href="http://hitchwiki.org/en/789/Slogan">this</a> out.
789 doesn't need to be over organised. On the other hand, some stuff can be done between now and August, 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?
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.
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.