Creating a Chicago Bioneers Great Lakes Chapter and 2011 Conference
Organizing for a Chicago Great Lakes Chapter of Bioneers has begun! We’re meeting again on October 6 to talk about roles, responsibilities and generate ideas for carrying out a 2011 theme, potentially based on looking at Chicago as a living city – how is it growing; where it is failing and how it is healing or needs to heal. Chicago could be compared to the human body in terms of its nervous system, blood, bones, heart and wastes.
Our next meeting takes place:
October 6, 2010
5:00 to 7:00 PM
Conference Room, Roots & Shoots
70 East Lake, Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60626
What We’ve Accomplished
Our 12 month planning horizon is expected to be carried out in three stages. We’re still in Stage I:
Stage I – Assemble planning committees, agree on a conference theme and identify an appropriate venue
Stage II – Plan and implement 2011 conference
Stage III – Conduct thorough evaluation of conference planning and implementation; determine feasibility and interest in hosting annual conference
We’re following a structure that includes a Core Planning Committee comprised of representatives from each of several organizing committees:
- Arts and Entertainment
Other committees may be added as the need for them is determined.
We’ve begun to identify organizations and individuals who might be helpful to the planning of this event as committee members and/or key resources. This includes ensuring that our partners “at the table” reflect Chicago’s economic, racial and cultural diversity.
TOOLS SET IN PLACE
We now have a list serv for communications, a wiki to help us plan and organize and a structure for meeting minutes and agendas. We have created a table identifying potential partners to contact for the core planning team, committees and possible workshops and keynote speakers. And we have an organizing guide provided to us by our friends in Traverse City that will help us move forward efficiently in our work!
Where We’re Headed
By the end of the year, we hope to assemble working committees, agree on a conference theme and identify an appropriate venue, completing Stage I!
Interested? Contact Pam at email@example.com.