Some developments to report:
I've realised that I'm as stuck as an old media snail and that RSS probably isn't going to be a suitable way to inform everyone about this whole Interesting business any more.
So, in the very short soon, I will be creating an actual internet website whereon will be posted all the relevant details, this will include:
One. Details of who I've already got lined up to talk and the kinds of things they're going to talk about, and the kinds of things we've had in the past. Hopefully this will help potential speakers get a sense of the kind of event it is. And I'm looking to add something inspired by the emfcamp call for participation. Thanks to Jay for the suggestion.
As a starter, here's some of who I've got so far:
Ade Adewunmi is going to talk about the importance of watching TV
Alby Reid is going to talk about polonium poisoning
Kim Plowright is going to "try and explain what it feels like to preserve memories and talk about dementia and death on social media, whilst still occasionally making people laugh (and how her Mum would’ve had her guts for garters if she'd realised what she was up to)"
Two. Details of the people who've offered to do training, support and mentoring for speakers and potential speakers. (And big thanks to everyone who's volunteered to do that!)
Three. A code of conduct, again, probably based on the EMFCamp one. I've only been to emfcamp once but it seems like a great model to follow.
Four. Details of tickets, prices etc. My thinking is that tickets will be £15 each. The cost of the venue and the PA etc is £1,200, and unless I've forgotten anything that's the only cost there is. There are no sponsors to offset costs, so in order to break even I'd have to sell 80 tickets. Even with my old school RSS-based marketing skills that feels do-able. Anything more than 80 tickets and we'll use that money to support speakers who have to travel to the venue or might need help covering child care or other caring costs. Then we'll spend money on making the event itself as accessible as possible - access, sign language / live transcription etc. Once that's taken care of I'll distribute the rest of the money evenly amongst the speakers. The venue capacity is 400 so that's a (very) theoretical £4,800 to be shared out.