Local "Chapters": Grassroots Organizing
As a start, a listing of local groups (ideally something better than what we've done in the ACIA Community area) would be useful.
It might be just as important to provide information describing how to set up a local group, where to advertise, what sorts of activities one might conduct, etc.
Additionally, templated space on a community web server might be helpful to give local groups more incentive to get the word out.Posted by Louis Rosenfeld at November 01, 2001 05:00 PM
I'm a big fan of local groups. You don't need to travel hundreds or thousands of miles anymore to find like-minded folks. I live near Ann Arbor and in the last several months have attended a startup SIG-IA called Great Lakes Information Architecture (GLIA). We meet at Wayne State University on the first Tuesday of each month. I have also attended MOCHI, a related reading roundtable, and the local Michigan ASIS&T. Though my dance card is now getting a bit full, I'm always interested in more groups like these. For example, a local UPA chapter may be starting up in my area soon. Each one is a little different and hosted by organizations with different values. It's fun to get the cross pollination of attending different types of groups.... and not be required to pay the bucks for the big conference events. Another benefit is getting the chance to practice presenting case studies and research in front of small groups before seeking a larger venue. I think that one useful service that THIS site could provide would be to collect information on all kinds of local groups and their activities (not just a listing of all the groups with one affiliation, like ASIS&T/SIG-IA).Posted by Chris Farnum at November 12, 2001 8:18 PM
We are trying to get a group organized in NYC but we are having trouble finding a quiet location. The current security issues prevents companies to be open to outsiders, especially after hours. Meeting at bars is fun but it limits the number of people we can talk to, and our discussions.
It would be very useful to have information about the kinds of activities we could conduct, as well as how to get a meeting space.
Are there any suggestions? Thanks.
It's definitely a good idea to post and discuss local group issues here!
Also, consider getting your local group (or your intent to start one) here: ACIA Community page.Posted by Lou Rosenfeld at November 19, 2001 12:30 PM
I've been collecting notes from my experiences creating the IA cocktail hour in Charlotte and would like to share them with the group; am not sure if it would be better to do that here or in the wiki (or perhaps both?). Any thoughts?
sbPosted by Samantha Bailey at November 19, 2001 2:57 PM
Good question; how about trying both and seeing which makes more sense? That'd end up being an interesting experiment, and perhaps you could report back what worked better.Posted by Lou Rosenfeld at November 19, 2001 6:23 PM
I'd recommend on the wiki if the end result is some form of timeless document (eg. a collected wisdom). If OTOH it's a passing commentary which should expire in due course, then a blog would be better suited.
I've already got some notes started on IAwiki:CocktailHours/AdvicePosted by Eric Scheid at November 27, 2001 4:25 PM
Jess posted some great ideas:
As part of the larger info-arch.org effort I'm going to be working to create templated space for local cocktail hours.
Right now I'm planning on including:
Other thoughts? Want to help?
How to Start A Local IA Cocktail Hour (draft)
*the following is an excerpt from a message I sent to someone inquiring how I got started setting up the Charlotte IA cocktail hour; I fully intend to flesh this out and make it more generalized, but since it’s taking me so long to get to that, I thought I’d share this version here, in case it’s of use to anyone as-is.
Before I began I checked the ACIA list of local IA groups to see if there
Once I started working at First Union I did the same thing there; because
I also contacted Lou Rosenfeld (email@example.com) and asked him to add
Once I looked at the surveys to get a sense of days/times etc that it seemed
And now I wait. ;) My expectation is that the first meeting will be pretty
I have heard from people in Greensboro (enough that I decided to start by
first msg to sig-ia:
> I am relocating to Charlotte, NC and am interested in meeting up with
I am interested in forming a group of local professionals interested in
1) Do you prefer meeting on weeknights or weekends?
2) If the group met alternate months in Charlotte & Greensboro would you be
3) Would you prefer to meet in a:
4) What kind of format would you prefer? The San Francisco group spends
5) What topics are you interested in discussing and/or learning more about?
6) Are there topics you'd like to give a presentation on or lead a
7) If you have colleagues/contacts I should get in touch with about this
Thanks! I'll get back to you soon with details about our first meeting
Please join us to kick-off a meeting of the minds that
Please pass this message along to anyone you know in
RSVP (I'd love to get a headcount) or just show up.
Posted by samantha bailey at December 13, 2001 8:10 PM
Local groups sound like a very interesting idea, specially from a perspective from someone living in a country where IA is not well understood as the US. I live in Brazil and so far, have met but half a dozen people who consider themselves as Information Architects.
I would very much like to start a local group but I would already be very happy with an online group in Portuguese (as this is a big country and we are spread out). I sent an email to someone in Rio listed on Argus' list, but never got a reply.
If anyone has any suggestions on how I could encourage people to get together, I would appreciate. I am also participating in AIFIA's effort to translate/internationalize IA, so if you know of anyone, please send them to http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/aifia-translation. Thanks!Posted by Livia Labate at February 25, 2003 1:41 AM
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