[ASC-list] Embracing technology

Tom Dixon tom at econnect.com.au
Mon Nov 18 02:23:26 UTC 2013

Interesting discussions, indeed, and thanks for the clarifications from Kali and the office.

As with many volunteer organisations (and, indeed, democracies), I believe the direction of the ASC is guided by its most vocal members, and those who step up to the challenge of leadership. And of course, those who win the vote.

In the 'age of membership' debate, Ghandi's words "Be the change you wish to see" seem to ring more true than ever before. 

I look forward to next year's presidential ballot. 


Tom Dixon 
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Just a couple of points.

The executive, the branch coordinators, the people who attend the conference every year.  You're lucky.  You've developed relationships with your peers because you've had the opportunity to work together.  This, on its own, won't make an organisation prosper but its gives you a connection that probably means you will renew your membership every year.

But for those members who may be financially or geographically challenged, this is not a reality. While technology will not replace face to face meetings, for those of us, like me, who can't get to branch meetings or AGM's we need different interactions.  We need forums, lists, SKYPE, video, and functioning websites, to help us feel a part of this organisation.  It doesn't really matter what venue or media is used to have our say.  It just matters that our input is valued. I too feel the same as lee:

"I absolutely did not expect people to be okay with criticism - no one likes it, and we're all only human. But what I did expect was some actual rationality and professionalism. What I, and the others who have commented, have gotten instead is a disproportionate amount of issue dodging, changes of subject, condescension, defensiveness and snark. Cut it out - it's not deserved, appropriate or welcome."

And I would add I'm disappointed that it was taken as criticism instead of
member feedback.   

You will never convince me on the business model for the conference but I guess I'm just going to have to agree to disagree here.  It seems a few things are set in stone.  Which brings me to funding.  AusSMC seems to be able to find a few nuggets in the government coffers to do some really exciting and interesting things for its publics, and I see some of our members also don't have any trouble finding a few themselves.  Why are we not doing some serious grant writing? Is this a way to fund the next conference? Sponsorship, what a novel ideal.  Yes that was sarcasm.  Sorry.

Can we please make sure that all of our input is put into an agenda for the next AGM, particularly those suggestions put in the last email by Julian and Kali.  Also the finalisation of the code of ethics.

Can we also get this AGM live so that we can have a voice.  This is another area where I feel completely isolated.  Who is putting their hand up for presidency?  Do we know?


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