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- To: ErnieNSE(--nospam--at)aol.com, seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org
- Subject: Re: SEAOC Committee Meetings
- From: Rick.Drake(--nospam--at)fluordaniel.com
- Date: Mon, 2 Mar 1998 6:56:00 -0500
Ernie Natividad wrote <in part>: <<I am going ahead with my proposal to start a Committee on the Listserver. I'll call it "VIRTUAL COMMITTEE". I'll declare the following as "FOUNDERS"; Dennis Wish, Ernie Natividad, Bill Allen, Rick Drake, Frank Lew and Bill Cain. These are the only people who are involved so far and hopefully we can add more people later. Yes, I included Frank and Rick because I don't believe that they don't want the committee, they just have concerns about it's success. Their negative comments should be treated as constructive criticisms. Unless they don't want to, then, they can request to be excluded. Anyway, I still welcome them and encourage them as they will be the starting point and basis for how we can make this Virtual Committee work.>> ********************************************* I appreciate you adding me to the "Virtual Committee" membership as a Charter Member. I'm not sure that you will want me, because I am not an advocate of 100% electronic committees. I am an advocate of 100% effective, useful committees. As my previous post to the list server indicated, I object to Dennis Wish's 100% electronic committee meetings, for the reasons stated. I didn't as clearly state it, but I also object to 100% face-to-face meetings, for some of the reasons that Dennis Wish has stated. I know this may sound "clearly nebulous", but I think each SEAOC Committee should find an appropriate balance between 100% face-to-face and 100% electronic, depending on the needs of the committee. In other words, a SEAOC committee should exist to achieve a specific objective(s), not just for the heck of it. I think that puts me in agreement with Bill Allen on this point.) The committee should achieve the specific objective(s) with a membership appropriate to the task, using tools appropriate for the task. If the objectives are best met by a 100% electronic committee, then that is the proper tool. But if the objective is best met by a 100% face-to-face committee or some 50%-50% committee, then that is the tool that should be used. Let's not use a hammer to force a threaded screw into a square hole. Now, here is where I think the Virtual Committee can make a meaningful contribution. Establish electronic protocols, etc. to make available to any SEAOC Committee to use as a tool, when appropriate, to achieve its objective. If this tool is available, I am sure the more computer literate committee chairs will make use of it, slowly dragging along those who are less computer literate. I'm afraid any attempts to force electronic committees on the computer illiterate will slow down the education process, and discourage valuable contributors to the SEAOC process. Rick Drake, SE Fluor Daniel, Inc.
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