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Re: GSBN:An Australian "Odd"essy

Hello everyone,

Just want to add a note to the dialogue about the Australian Corroboree to
let you know that we're planning to add a web page to the TLS web site and
send out a request for photos from the Corroboree so that everyone can share
their photos (over the next year).  And, information/papers that we don't
have space for in TLS #41 or plan to use in future issues, will also be
added to the TLS web site for everyone to access.  It will take a few weeks
to get this set up as we are just now actually transferring the web site
from NetWorks Productions in New Mexico to Green Prairie Foundation in
Nebraska.  (I'm sure John Glassford will be telling you about other ways in
which conference news will be shared, too.)

TLS #41 (due out in March) will have more information about some of the
changes that Chris and I are making so that TLS will be more accessible
electronically and in other countries.  We'll also be making a major
promotional effort to past and potential subscribers within the sb community
and beyond. 

We're always glad to hear from you about how we can keep TLS an up-to-date,
viable and readable journal of strawbale and natural building for everyone.
We're still considering lots of options and suggestions, so now would be an
opportune time to chime in with your thoughts and ideas!

Green Prairie Foundation for Sustainability, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization, is the new publisher.  We'll have a web site up in a month or

Chris Magwood as TLS Editor focuses on the journal's content and layout -
topics to feature, articles and news items; products, book reviews and other
resources to bring to everyone's attention; gathering information about
what's going on worldwide; project profiles and people news.  Chris also
contributes in many other ways to the overall operation of the publication.

Joyce as Managing Editor works on the business side of the publication -
subscriptions, financial management, printing and distribution, advertising,
calendar of events, resource guide, web site, collaborations and
partnerships, and other business matters.

We'll share information about the rest of the team in TLS #41.  By the way,
the topic featured in TLS #41 is Costs & Budgeting, and if you have anything
to share on this topic, please get in touch with Chris as soon as possible.

We hope to have the email addresses switch over completed next week.
Chris Magwood TLSEditor@...
Joyce Coppinger thelaststraw@...
Web Site address remains the same for now - www.strawhomes.com

Thanks for your support and encouragement!

Joyce Coppinger


on 1/11/03 8:29 AM, DCAT at info@...:

> Chris,
> Thanks for the update! As David E had to hit the ground running here,
> I've only seen a couple of slides and heard a few stories of the
> wonders down under. Glad to have some additional snapshots, with him
> IN THEM, rather than taking them :)  In fact, we are often searching
> for stories and photo's of David in action, which I often am not able
> to collect directly due to budget. If anyone has good stuff on David
> and DCAT out there I'd love to see it!
> On the subscription for TLS issue, I am willing to push this as we
> finalize development of the Resource section of our new web site. As
> many of you might have noticed, there is content missing that used to
> be present on the other site. Much of that even I had trouble finding
> so rolling it into the new, easily navigable format has been a long
> process. Having something short of a banner that pushes TLS I think
> would be fine. Let me know as you move along in your planning.
> Good day to all our fellow baleheads,
> Tony Novelli  (anovelli@aol.com)
> Assistant Director
> P.S. If you hadn't heard through other appeals, DCAT is on the ropes
> financially more than ever with over $100K in grant funding
> vaporizing this last year, and we could really use all the help we
> can get. Direct general support is always helpful and tax deductible,
> and we are beginning a shift to more fee-based, income generating
> strategies that can take over some of the load. How fast we get some
> consulting gigs will determine if DCAT and the work of esteemed David
> Eisenberg becomes a volunteer, rather than a paid effort. Please do
> what you can, and know we are grateful for your support in any form.
> Peace.
>> Hello GSBNers,
>> As many of you generously donated funds toward my flight costs for going to
>> Australia, I thought I'd give you a quick report on the conference. Much
>> more detailed coverage is forthcoming in TLS#41, but I didn't want you all
>> to have to wait that long...
>> As you've doubtlessly heard, the conference was quite a success. There were
>> over 100 participants, with about 40 of those being international guests.
>> The Aussie contingent was a good mix of seasoned pros, owner-builders, and
>> hopeful owner-builders.
>> The Spirit of John Glassford set the tone for the entire affair, which
>> means it managed to be laid back and "No worries, mate" and yet still have
>> a positive forward momentum.
>> Our conference days were split, with the mornings involving a bus ride from
>> the Charles Sturt campus in Wagga Wagga to glorious Ganmain (home of the
>> infamous Ganmain pies (have you digested yours yet, Lars?)) and a 3-hour
>> flurry of building activity on the Hall of Conciliation. It was quite
>> something to see a building set upon by 100+ eager workers! What could have
>> been pure chaotic mess managed to be pure chaotic accomplishment. In the
>> mere 20 hours available to work on the building, we managed to go from an
>> unprepared gravel bed to a finished structure (well, pretty darn close to
>> finished... there are carvings on the doors!). The idea of creating a
>> building during a conference was a stroke of pure genius. As we all know,
>> there is no better way to creat an immediate and strong community spirit
>> than to build with one another, and this was certainly the case in Ganmain.
>> Upon arriving back in Wagga, the Straw Wolf gave the tired and dirty
>> participants no time for rest. We dove right into the presentation of
>> papers, which extended over three sessions from mid-afternoon until
>> mid-evening. The presentations were grouped according to loose themes,
>> including Owner/builders, Engineering, Materials, Architectural, and
>> Sustainability. A full list of speakers and summaries will be in TLS#41.
>> Keynote speakers included David Eisenberg and Bruce King who, as usual,
>> wowed the crowd with their trademark insights and humility!
>> Joyce Coppinger and I spent a lot of our time promoting The Last Straw via
>> a table in the refreshments area. It was encouraging to see how well-known
>> and highly regarded The Last Straw is among bale enthusiasts from all over
>> the world. At the same time, it was a bit discouraging to note how few
>> people are actually subscribers! I think this is a common problem TLS needs
>> to address, and Joyce and I spent a lot of time discussing strategies for
>> increasing our subscriber base with potential subscribers. As a result, we
>> are putting a lot of effort into offering electronic subscriptions as soon
>> as possible (with the help of Bill on the technical front). The cost of
>> overseas subscriptions was the most frequently-cited reason for people not
>> subscribing, so we hope that eliminating printing and mailing costs will
>> mean we can offer the same content at a lower price (and save a bunch of
>> trees, too!).
>> As with any conference, the main highlight is the opportunity to meet
>> people and network, and this was certainly the case in Oz. For me,
>> personally, it was an opportunity to connect with many regular contributors
>> to TLS and put a face to a name, as well as an opportunity to cajole and
>> harrass a whole new contingent of potential TLS contributors. In order to
>> maximize my time at the conference, I made the mistake of trying to stay up
>> at night at least as late as David Eisenberg, which meant I was averaging
>> about 3 hours of sleep, but it was all for a good cause!
>> To feel like a member of a thriving, exciting international community meant
>> I came home rejuvenated and excited about all this bale stuff, and I think
>> most of the participants felt the same way. I'm glad I got the opportunity
>> to go, and I'd like to offer a deep and heartfelt tip of the hat to John
>> and Susan, whose efforts and personalities made the whole thing "click".
>> Cheers,
>> Chris
>> ***************************
>> Chris Magwood / Camel's Back Straw Bale Construction
>> http://www.strawhomes.ca
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>> The Last Straw Journal?
>> You should!
>> http://www.strawhomes.com
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