This is a re-post of a comment I made in the IAWTV member forums on the topic of under-representation of member communities outside of LA and NY, both domestically and internationally. More specifically the discussion was on the alleged implied disinterest in those communities by current board candidates as according to their respective candidate statements.
I agree that we as an organization must become more diligent in servicing non-LA/NY based member communities. Working for a member service organization with 23 branch divisions has instilled in me a heightened awareness of the importance of providing not only a comprable level of service, but also that those services must be tailored to the unique needs of the respective community.
The challenge here is identifying those communities and understanding/providing for their unique needs. Several weeks ago I began a (non-IAWTV) project to do just this. Starting with the obvious locals of Austin and Vancouver, I have established a… local “point-person” familiar with their respective budding communities, and have been educated on all things new media in those cities. Which reminds me, I owe them both an update.
It seems prudent to create a group, be it a committee, a task-force, an away-team whatever, with representatives from the growing communities from around the globe in order to share information on their respective communities and to help best determine their needs from the organization.