April 2011 Newsletter (draft)
Here in Magdeburg the summer hitchhiking season started just in time while the Magdeburg (Pre-)Meeting took place. Hopefully the sun shines on your face as well!
The day before, on thursday, the poll for the location voting was closed and the clear winner is Kara Dere, a huge remote beach at Bulgaria's Black Sea coast. The beach borders with a marvelous forest, where it's cool all day long and in the night it's not windy and sandy and which offers shadow as well. Water supply is covered by a natural spring with drinking water. And there will be 72 virgins for every virtuous hitchhiker.
In Magdeburg our group consisted of Julien, Elsy, Benjamin, Patryk and Jona - less people than expected, but the advantage was that discussions quickly lead to results. We're almost missing the endless discussions of last year :D .
We talked about the issues and topics that had been put down as an agenda and tried to evaluate the feedback from last year, but also discussed different random topics.
You'll have access to the detailled minutes. But, of all the things we talked about, these are the most important points:
- make the website easier to use and understand (especially for new visitors)
- have volunteers to check if things in need to be done are actually being done
- We didn't hatch a detailed program, but we have quite a list of suggestions on how to make the gathering more eventful. To be fulfilled spontaneously as open space at the Gathering
- Plans for promotion and social media
- having an early (maybe partially organisational) pre-meeting end of June or beginning of July in Berlin, way before the actual gathering.
If you have any respect for those that got their ass on the road (for 2 days for some), and spend a whole sunny week-end hunched down on laptops, you'd better read the minutes. Most of it is unimportant chitchat, so we bolded out the relevant stuff. Scroll directly to them. Comment inline.
So, that's a LOT of work, and we have good hope that ALL of it can be accomplished over the months before the gathering, thanks to a new organizational trick. And we can start with the traditional slogan suggestion page. Holy Kurrywurst! We don't have a slogan for 2011! Hitchhiker! To your keyboard:
Another thing that needs to be done right now: Some of the lines in the minutes have a "TODO" tag. All those lines need to be copy-pasted to the main orga page at the relevant place. Please do that and, for each item that you copypaste, delete the "TODO" tag.
We hope that many people will participate in taking over jobs on the to do list :)
Lets make this a great gathering,
Happy thumbing till August!