The Liberal Stemmocrat: October 2020
To all our new members, I'm so pleased to welcome you to ALDES after a terrific virtual Conference. Personally, I'm a huge fan of Conference but was beyond sold that once we can get back to York, Bournemouth, or Brighton, that we'll be seeing hybrid Conferences, accessible to far more of our membership. ALDES can play a leading role in creating the best of both: incorporating the conversations, energy, and social aspects of a physical Conference, with the accessibility, cost, and on-demand viewing that digital can bring.
The Conference auditorium sessions are up on YouTube, and we'll have our fringe event recordings online soon. Our digital working group continues, and our AGM is on the horizon - RSVP or run for exec via the details below! We'll also be putting out a survey of members' skills, interests, and what you want from ALDES.
A fantastic virtual conference
Two terrific fringe events delved into the opportunities, challenges, and liberal approaches to artificial intelligence (AI) and social media. A massive thank you goes out from all of us at ALDES to Lord Tim Clement-Jones, Lucy Nethsingha, Samie Dorgham, Simon Beard, Jamie Stone MP, Rob Davidson, Jonathan Sebire, Alex Krasodomski-Jones, and everyone who tuned in.
And thank you to all of you who came to visit our virtual exhibition booth to keep us company!
Any auditorium sessions you may have missed are now up on the party's YouTube channel.
We're hoping to get both fringe recordings up on our website in the near future.
Diversity in STEMM, business, and beyond
ALDES is at the start of a variety of work with other Lib Dem groups like LDCRE (the Lib Dem Campaign for Race Equality), CaSE (the Campaign for Science and Engineering), and external industry representatives and bodies, to better ourselves as an organisation, and also put together briefing papers, events, policy proposals, and industry best practice throughout a range of diversity topics from inclusion, to progression, to retention.
We've already seen enthusiasm from our new members to get involved and lend their thoughts and expertise. Please do get in touch if you would also like to be involved in the conversations that you'll be hearing a lot more about very soon - or if there's anything at all you think ALDES can and should be doing!
ALDES working groups: data, digital, and so much potential!
Our data privacy working group continues to liaise with Parliamentarians to inform the ongoing debates on digital identity. Check out some of the group's output and other blog posts on our (shiny new) website: aldes.org.uk. (Oh, and if words like GitHub, HTML and/or NodeJS make any sense to you, go take a look at the GitHub repository for the website - you can even submit Issues and Pull Requests!)
If anyone would like to get involved with this digital work - or more broadly in ALDES if you feel like you have the expertise and enthusiasm to explore other working groups - then we'd love to hear from you. In the near future we'll be sending out a membership survey to better understand the skills and interests in our membership - but also to learn what you want from us at ALDES. We'll also be discussing this topic more at our AGM...
ALDES AGM: October 15th, 2020 at 7 pm - join the exec or just get involved!
ALDES' annual general meeting (AGM) will be held at 7 pm on Thursday, October the 15th virtually via Zoom. You can RSVP here and details will be sent out before the meeting.
Why not consider a committee position? If our (hopefully uncontroversial, just more modern) proposed new constitution passes (which you can view here - and send amendments or questions to email@example.com) then the following positions will be up for election: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Officer, and 3 ordinary committee positions. Any questions, don't hesitate to ask anyone at ALDES :)
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