[okfn-discuss] Re: open knowledge event

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Thu Sep 21 09:50:42 UTC 2006

Saul Albert wrote:
> hi Rufus,
> We have had a *long* overdue limehouse town hall meeting, and lots has
> happened while I've been away. 
> Our event list has been radically reduced due to issues with the
> consortium (of which we're a part) that runs the building going mental.
> However, we can still do non-public events (100% pre-registration), as
> long as we have some notice. I also managed to get the calendar and
> wiki back up so we seem to be able to co-ordinate things again.
> The dates that are available at the moment are:
> The last 2 weekends in October, or the 1st, 3rd and 4th weekends in
> November.

OK. My feeling is that for the full one day open knowledge event it 
would now be better to wait until next spring (when the days are longer, 
the trees are in bud etc etc). Is it feasible to book an event at 
Limehouse for next March/April? If so I think that is what we should do.

Then instead of the big event this autumn we should do another open 
knowledge forum evening on civic information. Since this is smaller and 
only ~2 hrs long I think it will be feasible to get some 
central-londonish space for this.

> The rent has also doubled, so now we have to charge even for 'free'
> events. The rate we've calculated is realistic is 500/day including use
> of projectors, screens etc. but I assume this is unrealistic for okf.
> Presented as an event that a group I'm involved with is running, I can
> wrangle it down, but the imperative to get some dosh in is still there.
> What can we pay? I can put in 50 quid myself, and reckon that if we can
> gather 200 squids between us, that will probably be ok.

I would really like to give as much as possible to limehouse since it is 
such fantastic place. If we were to have a small charge say of 5 or 10 
pounds (we which we could make optional for those who found it 
objectionable) then we would be able to pay a full five hundred for the 
day. Even if we don't charge for the event I think as you say that we 
can probably find at least 250 (if not a little more say 300-400) so 
whatever happens I think we will be able to fund it.

> I hope this sounds ok to you, sorry for the totally fucked up response
> time, but Limehouse has been a world of pain in the last few months.

No problem. Thanks for getting all this info. Let me know what you think 
re. the above.


> On Tue, Sep 05, 2006 at 05:43:30PM +0100, Rufus Pollock wrote:
>>Saul Albert wrote:
>>>Hi Rufus,
>>>I appreciate this is very irritating to not get an answer for so long,
>>>but the lth group is in a bit of a mess. We will have a meeting on the
>>>10th, and I can give you an answer for sure after that.
>>>I'm afraid our electronic comms systems have not been working at all,
>>>there's turmoil in terms of our relationship with the consortium and it
>>>just seems like only a face to face meeting will do it. You were
>>>unlucky enough to ask me about this date on the day I left for LA - and
>>>missed the August meeting, so the September meeting will have to be
>>>where things get decided.
>>>Hope you understand,
>>No problem Saul -- just thanks for your efforts on this. As I said 
>>before given the time scale we probably should probably be looking into 
>>dates in Nov/Dec or even the new year.

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