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The thing looks a bit scattered to me (I think it needs to get a lot more focused). Who are all the people that would be interested in this and what kind of problems do *they* see? Why not have some sort of an *informal* meet-up with interested people in NYC, for instance?
Something in the line of: Anybody who would possibly consider this meet me at this or that coffee shop and letâ€™s talk about it! (Iâ€™d make sure most of the NYU journalism students could attend â€“ the meeting would not be at the time they would be in class for a mandatory course or somethingâ€¦; if you end-up having a huge turn-out you may have to head over to some big classroom somewhere).
I think people would respond a lot better face to face than over the internet. Especially at the beginning, you want some sort of social interaction going (I thinkâ€¦.). If they like the meeting (and I think most would), they would likely tell their friends etc. (so you get some word of mouth going on). I think a whole lot more people would be posting comments and getting involved as a result.
P.S. Ohâ€¦ I wouldnâ€™t be telling people: â€œWhat are you waiting for?â€� I know you didnâ€™t mean it that way, but it can come across as not very respectfulâ€¦ I think itâ€™s good to keep in mind that none of these people *have* to do any of this stuffâ€¦ (and most of them are not just sitting around waiting for something to do to turn upâ€¦) So in some way they need to be shown that their efforts would be acknowledged (as basically a sacrifice on their part) and made clear that NewAssignment would really appreciate them.
P.P.S. I like Amanda’s suggestion too (getting a list of volunteers through other non-profits if possible). I’d still try to informally meet up to the extent that I could.
I think the beginning of a project is very important: it’s like making a first impresion. This is all would-be volunteers can *see* (at this point… right! but you have good publicity… *now*… so I suspect quite a few potential volunteers have been looking at this stuff). People get a gut reaction of what the project would be like from what you tell them now…
Yeah… having a “huge turnout” was the (maybe overly) optimistic way to look at it, but even if you just get 5 people talking about it (and none of them journalism students), I see no harm in trying. I still think you might be surprised what a face to face would do (both in terms of turnout and in terms of the quality of the discussion and positive externalities following from that).
But I maybe wrong, of course… All I’m saying is that… *I* would give it a try…
... why wasn't he taking advantage of the great publicity he was having?
(couple of posts *up* -- the NAN blog comments go the other way round)