European members of AEE & friends becoming an AEE region
a swot analysis
To help with the discussion whether or not we should become an AEE region I have compiled a SWOT analysis based on the Euronetx email discussions over the last few months. It is meant to be a working document so amend it as you see fit during the discussions.
Any omissions of views expressed are unintentional, and remember, the arguments below are based on people’s perceptions, views and concerns, so they are not meant to be taken as facts! I wish you a fruitful discussion!
Ruth Winden (AEE member)
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How to organise ourselves for the future?
Organising the conference this year, Maurice and I have sometimes got the feeling that we have been reinventing the wheel at times. This feeling must sound familiar to some of the organisers of previous conferences. We would like to discuss if and how we can keep certain knowledge available for future organisers.
One of the things that we propose for sure, is that we will keep the website as it is set up now. This has several advantages:
- Future organisers can use the same structure, including the registration form, with the java- and cgi-scripts that underly the web site
- the e-mail address is now spreading, and it makes us much more accessible, rather than having new e-mail addresses every year.
- www.eeeurope.org is spreading as well, and we will probably rise higher in Google in the time to come. Being on the web with a permanent, independent address, will increase our visibility. We have experienced that a lot of new attendants have found us through the internet, some of them at the last minute.
We propose that the website throughout the year will be used as a place to post other events as well. If people then want to advertise events, posting of the url to the Euronetx e-mail list will be sufficient.
Among the questions that we have, the most important one is how to deal with the funds that are starting to go around. For instance, we will probably have some money left in the Scholarship fund. Who is taking care of that? And what do we do once this conference starts to make a profit, even though it may be a small one?
One of the solutions might be to have some kind of real non-profit body, which has to account for the money that goes around, but we realize that some people shudder at the idea of anything official. At the same time, Maurice and I have run a big financial risk organising this conference, trying to keep the cost as low as possible. If we keep some funds in an official body, we may make the risk lower for people in the less rich countries to organise this conference.
Just some food for thought and discussion.
Jac Rongen and Maurice Zorge