During the discussion of at the November Geek Dinner, it came to mind that a new group would be beneficial to the various groups (tech and otherwise) that exist in LA. I saw a deep need for an “organization of organizers” — a group where organizers could turn to help one another build their groups and work together on projects of common interest.
In this vein, I am proposing the LA Organizers Consortium.
“A consortium is an association of two or more individuals, companies, organizations or governments (or any combination of these entities) with the objective of participating in a common activity or pooling their resources for achieving a common goal.” 1
Based on this description, we certainly could use an association of groups to forward any number of common goals.
I see several ways in which the LAOC could benefit groups in Los Angeles…
- Share information and experience between group organizers. (Frankly, I know I could really use this)
- Cross-promote events and activities that apply to more than one group
- Coordinate cooperative events bringing together several groups for a common goal
- Create a comprehensive schedule listing all LAOC member events on our own site and develop groups on the various event sharing and promotion sites, such as Upcoming,org, SuretoMeet.com and others.
I am sure there are other benefits that others can offer, as well.
It is my feeling that we have done very well in starting and developing a large number of groups in LA and no we are ready to take it to the next level of organization. Through the Consortium we can start to bring our power to bear to create even more and better effects in LA.
If you are an LA Organizer and would like to become part of the Consortium, you can join the new mailing list/group I have started.
Join here: http://groups.google.com/group/laorganizers/
Please forward this note to other organizers you may know, of the organizers of groups of which you might be a member.