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Future of Eastercon - after Novacon

This is written assuming you already know what this is all about. Please see our website for the background: http://www.eastercon.wordpress.com.

A questionnaire was open on the website during October 2015. We had 207 responses, about half from people who do not usually attend Eastercon bidding sessions.

We took the results from the Questionnaire and presented them at a programme item at Novacon 45 (Nottingham, 13-15 November 2015). Pat McMurray, the Chair of Mancunicon, chaired the panel, and there were ~77 people in the audience. A spirited debate was had, we got an idea of what to do next, and we took volunteers' names to help with doing it. I'll post in more detail on all of that in due course.

Meanwhile:
- we have 17 additional volunteers to take discussion forward - thank you everyone! - and more are always welcome
- we were told off for not advertising the questionnaire widely enough, and told to reopen it - so we have done so and the link is open again on the website
- we will post on our website both the presentation we made at Novacon, and the detailed data our thoughts were based on
- we will be meeting on-line to work out how to take the conversation forward

This is a busy time of year for everyone, and we won't be doing very much of this before Xmas. Please bear with us and we'll come back with more in January.

Please tell people the questionnaire is open again, and we're happy for people to print it off for people who can't do it online. We'll put a postal address on the website for this purpose.

Everyone wants Eastercon to continue and thrive. We hope this conversation is helping.

We'd love comments on the website. Thanks for listening.

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( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
purplecthulhu
29th Nov, 2015 11:21 (UTC)
You need to add a .com after the wordpress in the link.
murphys_lawyer
29th Nov, 2015 11:44 (UTC)
The link that works for me is

https://eastercon.wordpress.com/
coth
29th Nov, 2015 13:09 (UTC)
Edited. And corrected spelling and punctuation errors too. Thanks.
emmzzi
1st Dec, 2015 07:24 (UTC)
"told off"?
coth
1st Dec, 2015 07:42 (UTC)

Oh yes.


By several people. Some polite, some less so. Occupational hazard for fannish commmunicators - no worries.

watervole
10th Dec, 2015 17:36 (UTC)
I knew there was something I'd forgotten.

It might be useful to keep a list of useful panellists between Eastercons. (Heavy use of badge names in programmes means that it isn't always obvious who is who)

I do recall one overheard conversation that went roughly as follows:

Why wasn't I invited to be on panel X?

Because you didn't fill in the volunteer form (which was sent to every member) asking what your areas of interest were and whether you'd like to be on panels.

I didn't bother because everybody knows I do X.

watervole
11th Dec, 2015 10:56 (UTC)
I knew there was something I'd forgotten.

It might be useful to keep a list of useful panellists between Eastercons. (Heavy use of badge names in programmes means that it isn't always obvious who is who)

I do recall one overheard conversation that went roughly as follows:

Why wasn't I invited to be on panel X?

Because you didn't fill in the volunteer form (which was sent to every member) asking what your areas of interest were and whether you'd like to be on panels.

I didn't bother because everybody knows I do X.

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