Subject: [NYCGA Internet] WTF Digital Strategy and IWG tonight....
From: "Charles Lenchner" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 16:16:14 -0400
To: <>

Hey all,


On Sunday evening I spent four hours with many wonderful folks. What I thought we accomplished was the creation of four taskforces, and the start of work on each of them. Most of the work of IWG is connected to the development and management of the new website, but my heart was invested in finding or creating a forum for ‘digital strategy’ that addresses non website issues.


On Sunday night, I thought we had succeeded. Today, after talking to Devon about my interests and attending a meeting of the FLO/Solutions Working Group, I understand more AND I’m also more confused. I’m hearing, more or less, that a meeting of a group to come up with goals/solutions/plans addressing digital strategy are moot because ‘someone just needs to go to the Outreach WG and figure out with them what they need from FLO/Solutions and then go to lots of other groups and work it out.’


And indeed, someone is doing that, and it doesn’t include a stop at the IWG or the Digital Strategy meeting later this evening.


So I’m torn between following this someone around (trying to come up with solutions for ‘what mass lists should exist for email? What should they say? Who should decide? How does it get managed and integrated with social media and the needs of all WGs?’) and returning to the IWG meeting. I mean… imagine that the Digital Strategy group comes up with some great ideas in four days, only to discover that two empowered individuals have it ‘all taken care of’ by making the rounds of ‘the folks that matter’?


For me, this raises all kinds of questions about transparency, accountability, democracy and efficiency. But then, I’m a bureaucrat at heart who likes to know precisely what the right process is for any activity. #OWS is kind of challenging….


So it’s 4:15 and I don’t know how best to plug in my expertise – after a few weeks of meetings and personal conversations. Everyone I speak with affirms that it’s like this ‘for everybody.’ Not sure where I’ll be at 5pm and 7pm.