Sure enough, the White House just announced the next step in the series:
As part of the effort to build on the progress made and highlight the need for continued investment in American manufacturing, the President is announcing today a new competition to award more than $200 million in public and private investment to create an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute, led by the Department of Defense, and the second of four new institute competitions to be launched this year.
If you’re looking for a steamy exposé on what can go wrong when a bunch of creative strangers start an organization, I’ll have to disappoint you here. But you might pry it out of me over a drink offline.
Instead I want to share the Big Gotchas that derailed us, in hopes that the knowledge can help someone else. I’m sure much of it will sound familiar to other organizers and leaders.
In our first conversation, Charlene the editor she asked me something about iPhones and the conversation went
Me: I wouldn’t know; I use a Windows Phone
Charlene: Oh, I’m sorry
So many ways to go with that… but suffice to say that from my perspective it proves how much more convincing a distortion field can be than reality. I’m in no way impugning Charlene– she’s definitely sharp or I wouldn’t have started following her in the first place. But Apple and others have done a spectacular job at misinforming even the discerning public.
Microsoft is included in that others category.
I’ve historically held a variety of interests and usually found the time and energy to manage those most important. I’ve always taken that for granted.
However, the past several months have truly tested that. A negative turn to my marital situation, oldest son leaving for the Navy, and ongoing health and other issues have all contributed to pulling my “eye off the prize(s)”. Not that I view my son’s choice as a bad thing per se; I just miss him when I could use local support.
I’m going to pull YOU in as a potential prizewinner. That means a FREE TRIP TO HELSINKI, FINLAND for you if I win the contest (Facebook contest winner gets two tickets) and you get drawn from the list.
Yesterday in my zeal to win a trip back to Helsinki, Finland I lost all common sense and spammed the crap out of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and a few texting streams.
I know better. I should have done better. Impatience is no excuse, but it got the better of me.
There’s no funds or funny stuff required. Visit Helsinki has arranged a contest where contestants’ photos are displayed in a Facebook media album and all you need to do is Like those of your favorite participant. In this instance, me.
And in case you need further motivation, as I noted in the previous post here I’m working on a book about maker communities. One of the coauthors, Jarkko Moilanen, works in Helsinki and I’d like a chance to get with him face-to-face for a bit. I also hope to interview former Maemo/MeeGo community members (now with Jolla) to get their perspective on collaborative communities.
I have many friends in Finland and several of them have jumped in to help. But so far it’s not nearly enough– I’m being beaten pretty soundly by another contestant and could use all the assistance I can muster.
All of this has been a lot of work, especially in my very conservative locale. Every time I hit some sort of social or functional wall, I think, someone should write a maker community how-to book.
And when a common political rant emerged on the hackerspaces.org general discussion list on that very subject, it all came together for me: *I* should write that book.