Ask not what your institute can do for you
Jeremy Gold

May 2004

April 30th is past and we are far from done. Did you think that we could change the world and stuff without some effort? I am reminded of a critique of 60's activism that went something like:

"Hey man, we're like gonna change the world and stuff."

"Cool, how're we gonna do it?"

[pausing to inhale]"You know, like man, we're gonna form like a committee, you know."

Well, that's about where we are. I have a couple of suggestions for how you can change the world and stuff -- or what you can do for your institute. The first is particularly easy.

1) Go through your own browser bookmarks and copy the URL's that you would like to see on the PFI site. Paste this into a text file (notepad will do fine) and then categorize each url in terms of the topics shown here.

Each bookmark/url may appear in one or more topics.

If you wish to suggest new topics, deletion of topics, renaming of topics, let me know.

It is clear that number 1 is easy to do -- just put it on your to do list -- and do it. Thanks, every little bit helps.

2) We have some important tasks that need volunteers to keep moving.

First off, we need an introductory press release (these may be renamed -- I am currently thinking of "Announcements" since this is more general and not every Announcement need be a press release -- though many shall). We need someone to own this. The owner need not write it -- certainly not every last word and not alone --but the owner needs to keep it moving, circulating it to others for comments, etc. The number of words is probably <500. This should be almost as easy as number 1. Later ownership projects might include a funding white paper, web research to deepen the shallow areas on our web site. But these can wait.

Since step 1 was so easy, and I hope that you will all have done your part in a very few days, can we get someone to own the debut press release?

Pension Finance Institute
May 1, 2004

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