Subject: Re: [NYCGA Internet] Meet with Outreach and other communications groups?
From: william buster
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 22:17:29 -0400

Sounds like something everyone needs. The missions of PR. Outreach, MEdia, Journal and Internet all overlap and statements are issued, no one knows by whom, and WAY too much redundancy and lack of comminication to grow into a mature responsible organization to reflect the growing needs of the movement. It would be great to meet, maybe at Teachers Union and get all groups down to fewer groups, so there is more communication and accountability, and a more workable process is developed to better reflect the needs of the movement and the US citizens we need and want to support us, as opposed to the needs of individual working groups. It will take us further into the future if we reframe our processes, and we have to be in this for the long haul.

On Oct 19, 2011 9:56 PM, "Christian Smith-Socaris" <> wrote:
Hi all,

I'm Christian and I work with outreach.  We've like to coordinate better with the other outward facing working groups to figure out what all of you are up to, see if there are areas we're we can coordinate better, and share the needs that we see for information to get out to the 99%.  From the outreach perspective (and it seems like Chaz and I have similar backgrounds) I'd echo what Chaz says below, but there are many other things we'd like to discuss.  In general we just get a lot of feedback that it is hard to get info on what is going on.  It seems like this is a problem bigger than any one of our working groups and something we should tackle in concert.

I'd like to set up a time to pull members from all the groups together late next week or early next.  By my count the groups are internet, media, press, occupy wall street journal, graphics and outreach; if there are others please let me know!

Since this is the internet groups I'm assuming that interested parties will respond by e-mail and everyone involved is following these threads.  Please advise.


On 10/19/2011 09:01 PM, Chaz wrote:
Hi, folks,
This is purely my opinion.

   Nice job on getting the new site up, especially with the server
issues you had.
I would like to make a few suggestions. The menu tabs seem to get lost
with the current banner image due to its overall gray tone, and the
fact that the gaps between the tabs lessens its impact.
   On the front page, the activity log looks quite unprofessional, I
would expect to see a splash image related to an news article or
feature summary. A list of who joined the site makes this look like a
popularity contest or a blog. A widget on the sidebar showing this
information would be neat. When I logged onto the page and saw the
activity list, I honestly thought I had gotten sent to the wrong
section of the site, not the front page of the Movement. A home page
should grab your attention and make you want to stay. I see 'Activity'
and I think, "Oh, when's the next march!" I don't really care to see a
list of who signed up.
   As movement that is trying to change the world, people want to see
'Whats Happening Next!'. As a sidebar halfway down the page, under a
'give us money' button doesn't sit well with me. I would put the
button in its own box to draw attention to it and put a link right
above it that says, "Why donate?" or "What your donation can do". I
have designed Non-profit website before and the most effective ways of
collecting donations is to explain exactly what the money goes to and
how it helps. A whole separate page should be created to detail what
money has been used for and what sorts of efforts and programs will
benefit from the funds. On the bottom of that page, you can have a
button to donate and better yet, have selections to donaote in
predefined increments with an 'other amount' option.When I clicked on
donate and saw 'We Pay' I thought, is this the We Pay we like,or the
one that some guy is getting 8% of off the top? I had never heard of
We Pay until this site so I can see how someone would be confused and
think its s scam.
   Also, it seems to me the about page is very light on text. Many
people coming to the site, myself included, would like to learn what
the GA is actually about. The information is sparse, and if someone
comes here looking for information about why the GA has made a site
for Occupy Wall St. that connection is not very clear either. I'd
rather see more informative text on an about page, than a short blog
type blurb and a in icon ribbon.If the about page doesn't convey
confidence or a strong reason for existence people, supporters, press
will have a hard time explaining what we're about.
  The organization of the website and the relationship between NYGA/
OWS/AGJ are unclear. This site must make those ties clear- that is its
job. A lot of people visit the site looking for information and we
have to give it to them in a concise and visually appealing manner.

I like the banner picture.