"focus not on membership"

12 Nov 2003 - 8:54pm
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Josh Seiden
2003

Challis,

In a variety of posts recently, you've said something
like this:

"AIFIA has made certain to focus not on membership but
on furthering information architecture."

Could you explain a little bit what you mean by this,
and what you think are the implications?

Thanks,
JS

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12 Nov 2003 - 11:35pm
Challis Hodge
2003

Joshua Seiden wrote:
Challis,In a variety of posts recently, you've said something like this:
"AIFIA has made certain to focus not on membership but on furthering
information architecture."Could you explain a little bit what you mean by
this, and what you think are the implications?

What I mean by this is simple and complex at the same time. If we try to
gather up a bunch of people, classify them in some way, and then work on
creating an org to meet their needs, we will fail. There are countless ways
to fail taking this approach it seems to me. I fear that many folks are
thinking about what we're trying to do from this perspective and I can see
why they would have concerns.

If we instead get together a bunch of folks who have a tangible interest in
the practice/profession of interaction design (which I believe we have
already done here), and then build an org that nurtures, grows and promotes
the practice, we succeed and everyone benefits. I believe AIFIA took the
latter approach.

Does that make sense?

-challis

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