For up to date details on First Thursdays see http://www.dadamac.net/projects/cross-cultural-collaboration/first-thurs....
Description up to September 2010
First Thursday is a regular Dadamac "open meeting". It used to be held in the worknets chatroom, but at time of writing (September 2010) it is being held on Skype - for more background on why this is, and the implications, see Different location for August First Thursday (5th) and worknets chatroom code seeking new server
It will be at the usual time (12.00 GMT, 13.00 British Summer Time and Nigerian TIme, 14.00 Central European Summer Time. 15.00 East African Time and East European Summer Time, 17.30 IST, and uncomfortably early in the morning for people in most parts of America - our apologies for that). For more details of time zones see world clock
Joining First Thursday on Skype
Please contact me - Pamela McLean - before the meeting to be added to my contact list. My Skype ID is Pamelamclean. If I am one of your contacts, then when I do set up a public meeting on Skype you will see an invitation appear by my name – like a mood message. For most people this message serves as a live link - but for some (mac users for instance) it doesn't work. If the "mood message" link doesn't work for you, you may need to send me a personal skype message and I'll try to add you to the conversation..
Guests of Honour
"Guest of honour" is a role that helps to give structure to a First Thursday meeting. When I designate someone to be “guest of honour” then it means their interests will be the focus for the discussion. Guest of honour is a role that one person can hold throughout the First Thursday session, or it can be passed from one to another. It depends on how the session is going. Everyone shares the responsibility for making the guest of honour feel welcome and able to learn from others in the group. Having a guest of honour is less formal than having a chairman and an agenda, but it is more structured than having everyone pulling the conversation in various directions.
If you are going to join us at a future First Thursday and you definitely want a chance to steer the conversation around your interests for a while, please contact me, so I know to try and give you a turn as a guest of honour.
What to expect at First Thursday
If you come to a First Thursday you can expect to meet people from Dadamac UK and Nigeria. I hope other friends and contacts may also turn up, but I don't know in advance. Unfortunately meeting on Skype is not as inclusive as the chat room, so some of our friends are not able to attend.
A good way to decide if you'd like to come to First Thursday is read Nikki's blog which covers the weekly Dadamac UK-Nigeria meetings (and more) and gives you a good idea of what is happening in Nigeria. The archives here at Dadamac's Posterous give you a flavour of our interests here on the UK side and on the Internet. Typing First Thursday in the search box will also give you some background.
You are welcome to join us
If you're interested in what we're doing, do please come and introduce yourself at First Thursday and we can find out more about overlapping interests. Newcomers are always welcome - and all our old friends too of course.