Sat, 06 Nov 2004
That ol' "n degrees of separation" thing
When you're asking people to do work for you, especially unpaid work,
it helps a lot if you already have a personal relationship.
In staffing next year's OOPSLA
track, I want to find committee members who are well known,
interdisciplinary, and like novelty and change. I know some - never enough - people like that in software, but I know fewer outside
software. So I'm going to do something quirky: diffuse invitations
through a network. Here's how:
of my unused wikis, I've placed a list of people who I
think would fit well with our plans and might find the
opportunity interesting or even useful. (Right now, they're
Malcolm Gladwell, Rodney Brooks, Lucy Suchman, Etienne Wenger,
Corey Doctorow, Lawrence Lessig, Edward Felton, and Eszter
If you (a) know someone who is more likely to know the person
named than you are, and (b) think that intermediate person would find the
idea of the essays track interesting enough to forward it on,
send them the text you
But incorrigible optimist that I am (heh!), I'm afraid of a sorcerer's
apprentice situation. I don't want intermediate people or
the final recipient to get an annoying amount of email. So before you
send mail headed for a particular person, check if four people
already have. If four people have, don't send mail. Otherwise,
do send mail and leave a note on the wiki.
If you know one of the targeted people, contact me so that we can
arrange an introduction.
Thanks. Let's see what happens...
## Posted at 14:37 in category /oopsla