I’m sure you are all interested in how the Skype brainstorming session went last night – thank you very much to everyone who was able to take part! We had a few technical issues – such as the call falling out and bad quality – so we resorted to instant messaging, which worked very well. There were a variety of people there from all over the country – and even one from Australia (thanks Kate!) – and it was great to get some more discussion going and some decisions made.
So the main points we talked about were:
- The need for a contact list
We discussed the need for a contact list so we could tell who is keen to be involved, where they are, and which can help us build a more formal membership list at a later date if need be. Kate Freedman kindly designed a contact form for us – which you can fill in here – which will go to the private spreadsheet which the administrators can use to contact you for face-to-face events. I’ll also set up a page on the website with names and twitter handles so you can follow other people in the group and have some contact with them. Your name and twitter handle will only go on this list if you are happy and select that option on the contact form.
So please do go fill in this contact form so we can get a better picture of where our members are in New Zealand which will help us in shaping events, etc…
- Regional groups of New Professionals
We have divided New Zealand into three regions being:
- Upper North Island/Auckland/Hamilton/Taupo/Other surrounding areas
- Lower North Island/ Wellington/Palmerston North/Other surrounding areas
- South Island
There is also another region for international people who are interested:
- International (not actually in NZ)
We’ve also decided to organize regional admins/coordinators for each region to help with face-to-face events (like social meet-ups, etc…). These are:
- Upper North Island: Laura Caygill & Mark Huynh
- Lower North Island: We need a coordinator here – would someone like to put their hand up???
- South Island: Megan Ingle (online events) & Fiona Kerr
- International: Kate Freedman
- Face to face events and online stuff
The group agreed that there was need for both types of events, and suggested that a face-to-face event would be a great way to get started. The regional coordinators are responsible for organizing something for their areas, but anyone within those regions is also welcome to set something up informally.
At this stage, we are looking at some informal get-togethers to get the word out and get to know one another a bit better. This could be over drinks, a breakfast, a Saturday event – whatever takes your fancy.
I’m also looking to do something for New Professionals at LIANZA Conference 2013 in Hamilton. We were looking at a New Professionals Network breakfast one morning (maybe Monday or Tuesday) during Conference so I am investigating the options for that. I thought it also might be nice to have a corner/stall at Conference where we can meet up and hang out if you are keen.
So what should we do now?
The best way you can help out now is to:
- Fill in the contact form so we can design events to suit you 🙂
- Think about being/or suggesting someone to be coordinator for the Lower North Island – I know there’s a few of you down there, so please stick your hand up or find a friend and do it together!
- Do leave comments/have discussions about what you would like to see/do as part of this network – we need your voice to shape this!
- Come to the next Skype/online discussion session! We’ll set up an online poll or something so we can work out the best time for most of you to attend.
One more great opportunity – for presenting at Conference!!!
And one more thing -= PubSIG announced last night some exciting opportunities for new presenters to present at LIANZA Conference 2013 as part of the PubSIG session – with some sponsorship opportunities!!! For more information, check out the full details here.
Do think about it – and apply! A great opportunity for being mentored, presenting, and getting sponsored to do it!!!
That’s all for now folks 🙂