The meeting worked out well enough in the end, although it was quite small. I think the message about keeping up structure and building membership has hit home. There is consensus about that and some ideas for doing the work started coming out this week. It was basically all the nominees plus two others voting for themselves, but at least we carried out a process and formalized it. The discussion was good. Financially speaking, we’re in good shape but we need to increase revenues now in order to avoid problems later down the road.
I gave a talk about the history of migration and English education policy in this country, showing how certain issues arose. Those points led to a discussion of resources that expats have been creating for themselves. My co-presenter, a local expert in media resources and a teacher trainer, gave an overview of some of the expat media created since the 1990s after his first presentation on the uses of media in the classroom. Both presentations were well received and stimulated discussion among the 14 people there.
The one battling me over membership and such looked sheepish. Things started out frosty with both of us in the room today, but warmed up. She conceded my points and gave in. The two of us will go out for a drink to patch things up.
I went to see a documentary on climate change called, “Chasing Ice”, after our group had dinner. The Peace Poems guy is a vegan environmentalist and is organizing educational stuff in town. He and his little team have put together a “climate change film festival” and are showing three documentary films over three weeks in various locations at various times. About 10 people came to see the film and discuss the issue after the viewing.