[OSList] WOSonOS 2014
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Tue May 13 13:47:31 PDT 2014
OK I got my flight reservations. Waiting to see you all! And they are non-refundable so I gotta do it!!
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From: OSList [mailto:oslist-bounces at lists.openspacetech.org] On Behalf Of Jasmina Nikolic
Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 7:41 AM
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Subject: [OSList] WOSonOS 2014
Dear World Open Space friends,
First of all let me apologize for being late in communicating with you on our forthcoming World Open Space on Open Space in Serbia. Let me assure however you that everything is fine and we are ready to warmly welcome you to the University of Belgrade on 18-21 September 2014.
Let me explain why I am late. Something happened that I did not expect when I offered to host WOSonOS 2014. Earlier this year, I made a major life decision, which was to get involved in politics taking a very lead role with others to establish a new political party. The election took place in March, and it consumed a lot of my time. It still does.
I must say that if Open Space had not been part of my life, I would not have had the courage to get involved like this. I realized how much my country means to me and I felt we needed people to become more involved. We needed to open space, to invite more democracy and transparency in the decision-making.
As a new party, we did not expect to win against the established party that was leading the country. It was a massive job and I am very proud that in 10 days of very hard work we got from 5 to 8% of the vote in the big cities, and became the most promising opposition party. Yes as we all know, Open Space can have a life changing effect.
Now let me get to the main message of this email! Just about everything is ready with all the details you need to know. There is only one problem that was holding us back to publish our website and that was to establish the payment procedures with the bank. This can be complicated. As I continue to work with the banks, I decided to publish the website within the next week and as a last resort, participants can always pay us when they arrive (meals, materials costs, etc.). I assure you that we are doing everything we can to keep the costs as low as possible. The University of Belgrade where I teach has generously offered their facilities to us at no cost. They are very excited to be hosting this event following in the footsteps of Florida who partnered with the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg last year.
In terms of basic information:
Dates: WOSonOS will start on Thursday September 18th at 6.30 pm (registration and welcome) and will end on Sunday September 21st at 4.30 pm.
Venue: University of Belgrade, Studentski trg 1, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia, in the very city center.
Hotels: We have contacted local hotels for preferred rates which will provide you with many options and choices at affordable costs. You can also choose your own as Belgrade has many lovely hotels and rooms for tourists and visitors, all within walking distance or a short bus ride to the University.
Team: We are a team of 10 people with many others who are excited to support us though as you all know, Open Space is quite simple and we want to keep this spirit of simplicity and welcome. We are very fortunate that in the last few years, many here have experienced Open Space. We have been in touch with other people in the Balkans and they too are looking forward to being part of this..
Visas, Transportation: The airport “Nikola Tesla” (website: <http://www.beg.aero/welcome.54.html> ttp://www.beg.aero/welcome.54.html) s a short distance away. Don’t forget to check AirSerbia flights <http://www.airserbia.com/> http://www.airserbia.com/. There is public transportation and cabs from the airport.
Regarding the visas, here is the link: <http://www.mfa.gov.rs/en/consular-affairs/entry-serbia/visa-requirements> http://www.mfa.gov.rs/en/consular-affairs/entry-serbia/visa-requirements
In case you need a visa, let me know, and we will send you an invitation letter you need in order to submit your application.
Access Queen: I will be in touch with Lisa Heft to to see how we can assist in supporting anyone travelling to Serbia as is traditionally done and much appreciated at WOSonOS events.
Website: Coming very soon with all the basic information you need!
If you have any immediate questions until we launch our website in the next week, please contact me directly and I promise we will get back to you quickly.
Again my apologies for this delay and please know that we are welcoming you with Open Arms in Open Space to Serbia. You will love the people and our country!
Thank you also to everyone who has offered to help. We will let you know in the weeks and months to come if there is anything specific we need.
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