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I have mildly tried to attract technological community for this initiative but have little luck. As it seems technologists are not that interested... in fact, I got ZERO response. Is it possible that this subject is completely out of scope for general technological group?
Also we may be talking here about this and have some spare time for it, but it is festivities period, not too many people at this moment can be attracted.
Every good (or bad) idea usually starts from one then through a small group of people eventually gets communicated. How many people here could be interested anyway I mean on this site. In spite of fact that this is pretty open place it is not by any means public.
I am willing to try to broadcast something through several connections and networks I have and see what is the outcome. My dilemma what is this something? A write-up/article? Syrvey? Questionare of interests? A blog?
This comes from my belief that instead of directly attracting eventual actors (whereby we may not have contacts) and see what COULD be a target interest group - we can instead with strategically written approach go down to our networks of people and kindly ask them to forward this outreach to people they believe could be interested, and see what viral networking can give us back.
This could be a bad idea also, but to my belief its worth trying.
Tricky part is that IG fails into gap between technology and society. Not many technologists are aware (or maybe I could be free to say - interested) of societal issues. On the other hand I've seen many people from social sciences that are interested, even skilled in technology, yet often lack technological background, and are usually driven by contemporary issues they detect in social movement.
Second thought that comes to my mind on "people who have enough knowledge and motivation for serious efforts, projects and initiatives" is my belief that these are on decision making positions. This belief of mine may be completely wrong. I am for example very involved here on site, as to my belief I can detect some of related IG issues and comment various subjects.
From other side, it is my personal belief that I have no influence (which also may be wrong) on any critical decision making.
All of this boils to a specific point: We here know what are IG issues, we believe that we know who could be eventually be interested, but largest obstacle I see is clear communication on the importance of IG in the way that target people get interested in the subject.
I liked survey (recent one giving weight to subjects) as it gives a set of issues. This brings IG out of somewhat murky waters.
One idea that comes in my mind is to create survey/invitation for this event. Set of questions shall be geared to get people aware of issues and as well detect their beliefs, as well possibly attract them of getting involved. This can go viral, and through eventual network shaking we can attract more interest and possibly involve people that are completely unaware of an IG subject.
WHat do you think about this?
@Gavrilovic: "It brings a question of the audience for Eurodig - who shall it be?
Its time to outreach. If question is: what has to be done? - my belief is popularization. And, again, to whom?" - Dear Ljubisa, it seems we have the same questions on our minds. In my belief, popularization is the critical issue here.
It has been a while since I am thinking about who are the relevant target groups for IG in Serbia. The issue is not that simple at all - first people who come to mind are ICT professionals and businesses, academia and researchers, NGO/government people. But, that are the same target groups that DiploFoundation is trying to motivate for IG related initiatives for some time already. In spite of all efforts, I don't think we could put together a group of more than 15-20 people who have enough knowledge and motivation for serious efforts, projects and initiatives. As I have attended almost all IG related events in Belgrade I can witness that I keep seeing the same small group of friends and professionals involved since 2000 or so.
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