[discuss] What is MSism?

Barry Shein bzs at world.std.com
Sat Mar 29 18:45:38 UTC 2014

May I ask a naive question?

What effort is expended to inform potential stakeholders (even taken
as groups) that they might want to get involved in all this? And by
whom? And when?

My impression is that by and large we are composed of people/groups
who for some historical reason brought themselves to the table.

Do we just hope that by some process of the collective consciousness
stakeholders who should be involved (is that a valid concept?) will
all bring themselves to the table?

The first problem with this question, besides whose responsibility
this might be, is how can one define the targets? Other than just
doing generic public relations and hope the right people pay

For example, if one were forming the UN one might say we need to get
in touch with potential member countries and, with some hard cases of
course, a list could be composed and contacted and educational
materials and invitations sent out.

This is not only altruistic.

What occurs to me is that some otherwise influential group might
discover later that all this went on and take an attitude that they
were excluded by default, not invited to the party, and if they are
truly influential make themselves into a problem. And perhaps with
some justification.

I hesitate to try to generate examples of who might need to be
contacted off the cuff because that might just sink this question into
a case by case "oh they know about it, try again!" rathole.

        -Barry Shein

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