there are some issues to consider here: circulation, editorship, etc. but an online bulletin might help pull together key events that we want to post, meeting dates, project updates, good news etc., possibly supplementing the national one, possibly becoming a 'must have' supplement to other local initiaitves.
haven't done this since roneo days, some of you will be too young to know what I mean: the power of the activist was ground down in a plethora of slippery stencils, litres (?) correction wax (smelly!), reams of coloured paper, relentless hand cranking (a social activity) and rainy, last minute, delivery rounds. Just look at what we achieved!
Now we can just input and 'ping' them all over the world! Obviously the world is a better place
What do you think?
Distribution is not a problem; we can work out an email list for Bristol and add to that as people declare interest. If a group of you would like to look at content I think it could be a really great thing. Many regions have newsletters, I am not sure if there is a city that has a dedicated one but I don't see a problem with that.
Lets think about frequency and content....
I think the issues of time (to make a newsletter truly representative and informative means a lot of trawling the recipients for new info) and control (the Bristol network's quite diverse, so who decides what's to be 'news'?) are likely to be problematical for a while, at least until the network gets more active and accordingly has more to record in a newsletter or otherwise.
For the time being, this online forum seems a good way of enabling anyone who wants to opt into info and has the time to do so, cost-free, while also allowing them to respond instantly, whereas a newsletter is one-way communication permitting at best delayed response. What we will need is a bulletin that ensures that new factual info (e.g. meeting dates and agendas) and calls for action are communicated to all members of the network, once they're identified, or all RSA members within the locality, subject to the data protection regulations. (I think.) Ultimately a Bristol network web page with push email functionality would allow the network to support members' info needs best, I suppose.