January 30, 2006
We had the first Node101::Boston Media Makers meeting yesterday.
What a turnout! We had over twenty-five people meet up at Sweet Finnish in Jamaica Plain.
After mingling in the cafe, we moved into the conference room.
After I welcomed everyone, I shot a quick video with my Canon S400, (this is it), and then explained what node101 is.
It's all about media as conversationa and not a lecture, so next we had each person introduce themselves and talk about what they are most interested in.
There were 4 or 5 video cameras at least grabbing footage of what everyone said. I'm sure that will come out soon. I've got two tapes, one from me and one from Michaeael Oh of Tech Superpowers was there to explain the Pulse Point that's being installed at Sweet Finnish, and also how Tech Superpowers wants to be a source of support for this group.
Some of the things that people are interested in are:
– Learning how to make a video blog
– How to better edit video
– Developing citizen media and telling stories
– Looking at media, media literacy
– Fostering creativity among the group
– Information sharing and community
Amy Carpenter talked about the SIM program at Mass Art where one meeting a month is a big meeting and the other meetings are self organizing where you need at least two people to meet to talk about a topic. We all agreed on this.
The next big meeting is Sunday February 5th at 10 AM where Aaron is going to do a presentation on how to make better videos. Everyone was excited about hearing Aaron share his knowledge.
I'll be putting up a site for node101::Boston that will include a forum for us to use to plan future meetings have discussions.