Over the years, some of the best ideas for user group leadership have come from the worldwide community of user group officers, the hard working folk who ensure that their groups survive and thrive.
One of this month’s topics comes from Doan Stafford, long-time leader of QMUG and an active supporter of the user group community. In 2004, he was one of the featured speakers at User Group University during the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, offering ways to plan group meeting topics well in advance.
O’Reilly Answers is a community site for sharing knowledge, asking questions and providing answers that brings together customers, authors, editors, conference speakers and Foo (Friends of O’Reilly). User group members are invited to be a part of the beta.
Take part in the conversation.
(Thanks to Marsee Henon of O’Reilly for this tip.)
What’s happening on Saturdays down at the dBug Cafe sponsored by the Seattle Mac User Group? According to the dBug website, a better question might be, “What isn’t?” People bring in their Macs to get fixed up or souped up. The iPhone has made a fair number of visits and digital photography buffs have been showing off some cool tricks in iPhoto and Photoshop. iPods are all over the place and the questions & answers flow more freely than the hot coffee!
Have coffee with the experts.
The Santa Fe Macintosh User Group (SFMUG) is sponsoring “Synapse to Screen 1.0” (S2S1.0) in cooperation with the Tenth Annual Santa Fe Film Festival. S2S1.0 will provide a full day of panels, demos and speakers dealing with the use and workings of pre-production software and tools–from brain-storming and mind-mapping, to outlining, scripting, story boarding, production reports and scheduling. SFMUG hopes to offer live streaming of the event as well.
Be part of a great event.
In conjunction with September’s Second Annual Amsterdam FCPUG SuperMeet, the Final Cut Pro User Group Network (FCPUG Network) has released issue three of “SuperMag,” a free download consisting of over 170 pages of tutorials, tips, techniques and feature articles for today’s digital filmmakers.
Download and learn.
Magnus Nystadt from the EmiratesMac User Group will be sharing technology news with host James Piecowye on the Nightline radio show, broadcast by Dubai Eye 103.8 on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 8 p.m. Missed the September 1 broadcast? EmiratesMac offers a podcast of each radio hour.
O’Reilly, always a strong supporter of user groups, has recently announced webcasts that provide the community with opportunities for audience information and participation. These webcasts typically attract a global audience–it’s not unusual to see participants from thirty countries or more. Past webcast subjects have included the Best iPhone Apps, Snow Leopard and more. The September 24 edition covers security in cloud computing.
Download the archived Best iPhone Apps webcast.
Sign up for free sessions.
Founded by Nicholas Pyers and made up of more than 30 groups in
Australia, AppleUsers.org is a central gathering spot for the leaders of
Australian Apple User Groups. On July 25 they displayed their newest
project: a new digital format (PDF) magazine for all Australian Apple
User Groups to distribute free to their members.
They work together to grow together.