Re: About the Cyberspace Jamboree on the 18th WJ
David Brown (dbrown@PCUG.ORG.AU)
Mon, 27 Feb 1995 09:47:38 +1100
>=> * "Furthermore, the various computer network which will
>=> exist there (Compu Serve, Internet), will NOT be used as communication
>=> channel by the world jamboree organization."
>I have asked the jamboree secretary, Mrs. Ritzema if they would like to
>have the programme-information of the jamboree, or the bulletins they are
>sending to the contingents on Internet.
>She said: NO! The official policy is that communication is allowed ONLY
>through OFFICIAL channels of the WOSM.
In the Australian Capital Territory Branch we constantly complain about
communciation problems. The line leaders are unhappy because somewhere in
the train there is a blockage, or the information arrives too late to be of
use and the Branch is unahppy because no matter what they do, information is
filtered. We have even had to advertise in The Canberra Times newspaper to
get the message around! Of late we have resorted to including fliers with
the Scout Magazine which goes to all leaders if it is important. This is
hardly effiicient though as it is a monthly publication.
I therefore cannot understand why anyone would want to restrict the flow of
information? To me this attitude is dark ages stuff. If there is a way to
enhance the level of communication I cannot understand why a responsible
person would not accept it with both hands. IMHO, if more people
understand what is happening, the Jamboree must flow much more smoothly.
> each country must decide
>for himself if there are parts of information he wants to hold back from
>his staff...... (!!!!!????)
Scouting is about empowerment of our youth. This attitude is surely
inconsistent with this aim? Why would someone need to keep secrets from
their staff and ultimately the scouts? Even if there is some information
which must be 'classified', then surely the bulk could still be given
>The 18th world jamboree also has a limited number of telephone lines
>available. The organisation comes first, then the programme activities.
I was at the 18th Oz and was amazed at the amount of phones available. Pay
phone were ubiquitous and every staff tent had at least one handset. Of
course they are limited, by definition. But a lttle bit of planning and
discussion with the local telco can overcome this sort of dificulty. If they
are prepared to be nice to the service providers they might even be able to
An example is Apple computer in this Country. They give away lots of Macs
to schools. What happens when the kids leave school? They expect to use a
Mac at work and plan to buy a Mac for home use. [As managers, we then then
have to retrain them ;-) ] The point is that there will be say 30,000 happy
consumers at the Jamboree who will have lots of parents and relatives and
friends and so on. That adds up to alot of potential sales and a pile of
$s. I don't think it would take too big a spreadsheet to convince a few
companies that sponsorship of an event like this is an investment rather
than a gift.
Offered for the discussion.
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