Hi, all –
This is Lou, “the guy who asked about the newsletters” at the AGM. Before coming here, I was actively involved in the early growth of BioCurious, a DIYbio space in Sunnyvale, CA (yes, I’m also “the guy who posted about biology projects”).
One of the things we did was to create build projects that 1) got new members interested in the space, 2) helped energize existing members, and 3) provided opportunities for people to learn fun/cool stuff. Folks would come in each week for a meeting to learn about and work on the community project. The best example was probably the work on making a bioluminescent nightlight, but there were others too.
If people think it might be a worthwhile undertaking for IG, I’d be happy to help organize the effort. At bioC, there were basically just a few steps:
- Brainstorm project ideas (in person and/or Google Doc)
- Use surveymonkey to poll interest in the various projects (and identify interested project leaders)
- Review the results, choose a project, and launch it
I’m open to suggestions, project ideas, or any other assistance