I’m thinking through what the difference between the ‘Midland Information Cluster’ I suggested and the Birmingham.IO Information Cluster’ we have started to work on is. This came out of a chat on the ‘Bars’ list I put in our git last night. I think we and Birmingham CAMRA want different versions of the list and ours is both a subset and a superset of theirs. I think ‘our community’ needs to know where our members meet up and pubs play a large part in that.
Communities are interwoven. I called the mic “Midland” to show that Birmingham has fuzzy boundaries and “Information Cluster” because we have connections to other lumps of information.
I’ll put up a straw donkey for you all to whack with sticks:
When we in Birmingham.IO say “tech”, I think we mean “Information, computation and communication technology and techniques”. We are predominantly the ‘hackers’. There are ‘hustlers’ and ‘hipsters’ who intersect with our circle and occupy areas outside our ‘domain’.
There are electric car makers and metal bashers who use tech but I don’t think we mean them, unless they like chips. LinkedIn just told me that two Aston alumni are scratchings entrepreneurs too. If I had a mushy peas business plan, I wouldn’t expect anyone here to be any more interested than the general population.
Sorry if you think I’m being over-analytical because none of this matters and I’m wasting your time. I’m trying to look ahead a bit, to prevent wasting time.