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Fwd: World Carfree Carbusters to continue or not to continue?

Date: Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Hi Justin

I hope that the bulletin continues, but unfortunately I can't offer
any assistance, at least for the next few months.

If the Bulletin hibernates for a while, or even if it is
re-invigorated, then perhaps we could look at making the googlegroups
listserv more effective and with much broader distribution. I think
that Carbusters Magazine had an impact far beyond what might have
been expected, given the relatively small number of people actively

I didn't count the number of subscribers/participants on the Google
group, but it isn't huge.

In North America it seems like there is the potential for much more
participation. Just looking at Vancouver, BC, San Francisco/Bay Area,
and Portland, Oregon (which hosted the Carfree conference not so many
years ago) there are many people involved Carfree
activities/lifestyle. If even a small portion of those folks
participated we would have a much larger and more active group.
Perhaps part of the question is just what this group/listserv is
conceived of as doing.

I have copied this reply and your original to a bunch of people in
various locations who might be interested, and perhaps might want to
become involved.

Am I right in thinking that they would have to become a member of the
Google Group to reply/comment?

They could do that at: I assume.

Ron Richings
Vancouver, BC


From: On Behalf Of Justin Hyatt
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2013 12:57 PM
To: carfree_network
Subject: [carfree_network] Bulletin (+CB) to continue or not to continue?

Dear Carbusting WCNers, WCN-loving Carbusters, and bulletin readers!

As those of you following the bulletin - monthly carfree newsletter -
should have read earlier, there was a decision made late last year to
combine the Bulletin with Carbusters, and have both work in a combo
way, on website and electronic distribution (with the possibility for
local printing by interested orgs). Since then, an editors email group
was started, to oversee this project. Yet precious little else has

I have come to realize that even on the editors group there are not a
lot of people with lots of time on their hands, and I now see that
more people will be needed who are enthusiastic, can at least commit
to a certain (not huge, but useful) amount of time, and then work
towards the goal. However, under the current conditions, I can not
foresee myself mostly single-handedly bringing this CB-Bulletin
joining/transformation about. Without additional help, i could at most
agree to put out a simple bulletin, as earlier, on a 2-3 monthly

In order to do the transformation, we'd need someone with programming
skills (drupal or wordpress, CMS installation capacity), some graphic
design help, and editorial work help.

But this might also be the time to pause and reflect - is keeping the
WCN news organs going, something that is desirable? (some have noticed
it missing, and told me so) is it still something that can be of
support to the global carfree movement, even if the World Carfree
Network itself is not particularly active these times? If it is
desirable to keep, are there people around who have the will and the
energy to help make it happen?

I'm happy to put in effort here - but it will be conditional on having
a strategy that works. However if it is time to decide to put this on
the backburner for now, and pursue other activities supportive of
carfree causes, i'm happy to hear what people think. if there is
little comment and mostly silence concerning this email, that is a
kind of answer too.


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