Posted 27.05.2011 @ 11.02AM (Edited 27.05.2011 @ 11.02AM)
Packing up for a few days away (picking up a car in Sydney and doing the road trip back), but just wanted to chime in and say thanks to everyone for their thoughts. I'll see if we can match our words with actions, and will report back in with some developments as they are ready to announce! If in the mean time you want to ask any direct questions, feel free to get in touch with anyone in the state council in your respective state http://www.agda.com.au/about/council or just give me a hoy via my website :) Happy friday everyone!
Posted 26.05.2011 @ 4.16PM (Edited 26.05.2011 @ 4.17PM)
:: "One thing I'd like to see gone is all this AGDA QLD, AGDA NSW, AGDA VIC BS. It's either Australia or it's not. I see the need to organise things at a local level but there should still be a united front, right at the top, across the whole of Australia."
We have AGDA National to coordinate the state councils and our high level stuff. The day to day stuff happens by state councils. Where possible we're as united as possible, but we're geographically separated and it makes it impossible to have one central body responsible for everything for simple practical reasons.
::"I find it silly watching different representatives from different states putting forward their views with disclaimers that they aren't official. If they can't talk on behalf of AGDA then find someone who can, and if noone can, then you have yourselves a problem."
Mate, if I claimed to represent all of AGDA then I'd be bonkers. We have thousands of members and heaps of people on state council (12+ per state). I can't claim to represent all views in the organisation. If I did I'd be sending substantially more emails than I currently do ;). I'm an AGDA representative, and I stand by what I've said, but it's unfeasible for me to claim that I represent everyone's view. That's why the disclaimer, not because I'm trying to sidestep responsibility here.
justin: I didn't think Andrew's original article was a hit job or anything. I thought that that it's a fair call if you're only into awards then maybe AGDA membership isn't worthwhile, but its my feeling that we do a lot more than that. It's fair to say that we need to do more too (we always need to do more).
I think Andrew was looking to stir up discussion and that's exactly what has happened. So from my point of view it's a win. Speaking personally, I've put a lot of time into AGDA and I believe in the value of what we do. My big insight from this has been how little of what we do beyond the day to day visible stuff (events & awards) is actually known in the wider design community. I'm making it my business to try and fix that.
Davidwho: Me too!
::"Storm in a teacup anyone?"
Dan: I agree! A lot of the stuff which has been raised has been things that have been ongoing discussions and activities that AGDA has been working though. If you read it without responses from the AGDA folks you'd be convinced that AGDA does nothing.
Hopefully AGDA can redress some of that lack of information going out into the design community, but at lot of things people are very hot under the collar about, we're already doing things about them (from well and truly before the original piece in Desktop).