Communications is the key at SIGCHI
Report from the communications chair
Communication is the cornerstone of any progressive organization. For example, innovation within an organization is only possible through continuous dialogue and intellectual exchange among members. Furthermore, organizational learning is a byproduct of accurate record keeping, information capture and exchange. My past involvement in SIGCHI (including CHI2001 Conference Co-Chair, CHI98 Tutorials Co-Chair, et al) has strongly influenced my interest in the success of this organization through well-structured, content-driven communication to members. These goals are possible through execution of the principal responsibilities of the Communications Chair: demonstrating an absolute commitment to maintaining accurate timely records and correspondence; keeping and distributing minutes of Business and Executive Committee meetings; reliably notifying Executive Committee members of the time, place, and agenda of committee meetings; and officially communicating with ACM as appropriate. In addition, important issues related to the benefits of SIGCHI membership, active involvement of volunteers in SIGCHI activities, and development of a volunteer appreciation model are all efforts led by the Communications Chair.