Knowing a little bit about how the ASC runs, being actively involved over the past 3 years - to post onto the ASC e-lists you need to be a member but to receive the emails posted to the list - you don't...so potentially people who are emailing you back privately aren't members but want to reply?
I agree the list should be about us starting discussions, learning about events in your region and getting advice from those in the field....obviously the media list should be kept to media releases and promoting science.
I hope someone from the exec replies but I know that alot of the things you have suggested such as website and professionalism are well underway and I also look forward to hearing of the progress as well - potentially at National AGM. Which - just to remind you the ACT branch is hosting on the 29th of November, so hopefully local members can come along if in Canberra.
I disagree with your comment on the Scope Newsletter - what is the justification for saying it's a flop? I thoroughly enjoy recieving it each month and think more members should contribute. Plus I always read a message from the National President giving us updates on national activities - http://www.asc.asn.au/blog/2013/11/02/presidents-update-rocketing-towards-the-end-of-the-year-agm-and-members-abroad/
As for members not being involved in events - the ACT branch ran multiple events this year targeted at members and didn't get a great response - so this is something our committee is working on, the age old question - what do members want?
How do we best target events for our members? Do members want more webinars rather then events you have to physically attend?
We are using ASC money after all to run these, so we want to make sure that members are happy with what we are doing.
As Susan stated, join in, it is a great way to learn from each other - we are all a friendly bunch and if you are worried about posting from your work email - post from a personal email.
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Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2013 08:23:11 +1000
Subject: [ASC-list] Where's ASC headed? Was science or persuasion
_______________________________________________ ASC-list mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.asc.asn.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=97&Itemid=115I think Charles has a valid point.. ASC is beginning to look like Food4media or TravMedia.
Maybe we should do what some other associations do and charge a premium for these media release postings? They are after all advertising. I think there are other better places to get media release, AusSMC, Eureka, Google alerts are a few of the places I subscribe and of course science direct topic alerts.
I personally would like to see more communication about communication on this list. I know you can take the horse to water etc. But why don't members feel comfortable airing their bits on here? So many times people have responded to me off the list. I feel like shouting. Keep it on the list.
I would also like to see more communication from the executive on this list. We haven't heard anything about the new website. We keep employing scope editors and the newsletter keeps flopping. We keep talking about becoming more professional but what's happening to our charter and code of ethics?
Members are not involved in any of the communications for any of the events or funding or anything really, the only communication comes from those few that can be bothered to raise questions or liaise on the list.
I repeat. We can't operate in a vacuum.
Please don't email me off the list with your replies. Keep it on the list.
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