<HTML><FONT FACE=arial,helvetica><FONT COLOR="#000080" SIZE=4>Viv:
<BR>I feel very strongly that people who just drop in and haven't been there for
<BR>much of OS, especially the beginning, can, even inadvertently, close the
<BR>space a little.
<BR>I did an OS with a church over a weekend and what we told people was that if
<BR>you couldn't be there for the opening (Friday evening), you couldn't come to
<BR>the rest but if you came on Friday evening but had to miss some of the rest,
<BR>that was okay. We also asked that people who were going to post topics who
<BR>could only be there that evening to pick times that evening, since there were
<BR>fewer sessions that evening. Similarly we asked people who expected to be
<BR>there for the whole time, to first choose Saturday times if possible.
<BR>People respected that. So if you could contact the local politicians to ask
<BR>them if at all possible to come to the opening or at least to coach them
<BR>about how OS works and how they might best contribute if they drop in later
<BR>during the event, it might help.
<BR>Just some thoughts,
<BR>The Change Alliance
<BR>133 Fairlawn Avenue
<BR>Toronto, Ontario M5M 1S9
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