100 days to go

Our conference opens in Istanbul in another 14 weeks and 2 days, and while of course there is still an enormous amount to do, we have made some progress.  Today I’d like to focus on what’s gone right so far:

  • We have a steering committee up and running in Istanbul and I’m confident that they’ll do an excellent job.  I will meet with them on 7 September.
  • We now have a conference hotel at a great price – more details coming soon.
  • We secured a great conference venue – at Petrol-Is, the oil workers union.
  • 108 people have registered so far – 40 of them say they can pay their own way.  Of those 40, 29 are from outside Turkey, so those plus the ones we expect via the Solidarity Center bring us up to nearly 40 — getting very close to our goal of 50 participants from outside Turkey.
  • We have a significant number of workshop proposals which we need to refine and finalize.
  • We have tentative commitments from one, possibly two, very senior international trade union leaders to speak at the event.
  • At the meeting of global union federations in Istanbul in September, we have a slot to talk about the conference and to encourage participation from GUFs.  We already have commitments for participation from the IUF, IMF, ITF, and others.
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  • One thing that would be helpful is an agenda, some idea of specific content. I know how difficult juggling these things can be, but when it’s available we can start approaching staffers with international responsibilities/interests and senior elected folks. Without something specific to point to it is a little difficult to justify the expense involved to the decision-makers.

    FYI, and mostly just to motivate myself, I have set a goal of 25 Canadians at the conference. 🙂

    Comment | August 10, 2011
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    We have a provisional list of workshops – this will be finalized during my visit to Istanbul on 7 September and I’ll update you all.

    Comment | August 10, 2011
  • That should give us lots of time. Thanks.

    Comment | August 10, 2011

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