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FL Creatives 21a: First Steering Committee Meeting

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On December 8th, 2008 the first Florida Creatives Steering Committee meeting and conference call was held in my kitchen downtown. In attendance were people with an invested interest in the continuation and growth of Florida Creatives. Among the contributors are:
Ryan Price, Eric Marden, Gregg Pollack, Darren McDaniel, Rachael Page, David Rogers, James Tryon, James Caruso

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Here are some notes I took during the discussion:

Mission/Purpose:
Organic Approach is good, but other groups are entering, so we need some focus
Writing stuff down - a wiki committee?
Benefits to membership
Harness the energy
How do you sell "unnetworking" to folks who have never networked?
What benefit to other user groups?
Refresh-like group? Mix it up.
Creative Consortium - Creating a physical space for Florida Creatives
A Tangible Project - a physical product
Something more than Happy Hour

User groups
give a calendar, have a presence at local user groups, give people permission to be evangelists
Tell a story about who you are

Non-profit
*we're not spending tons of money
*liability - insurance
*if we were sponsoring tons of local user groups
*a simple LLC can be a good shelter

Events?
*Demonstrative - "This is my passion, this is what I made"
*Representative of a place, not a discipline

Community Support
*A Creative Collective
*Portfolio Review
*Promotional Help
*The Studio Model - A Cohort - Students, internships
*"The Big Brothers of Geekdom"
*Mentoring, getting paid, earning experience
*Florida Creatives as the go-between for user groups and cohort studio

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