The logistics of organizing a multi-national event are daunting. And starting from zero is intimidating. Fortunately, we have friends, and they have friends. In addition to our executive committee, our finances committee, and a national advisory board, we put out the word locally that we would like to organize additional groups to help to get the Festival underway.
Dozens of people descended on the Bushmans’ apartment, and we quickly organized into additional committees for: website, marketing, social media, technology support, registration/check-in, exhibition set up, presenters’ assistance, and social events.
Whew! Each of those committees has leaders and committee members who hash out ideas and come up with creative responses. Whenever a problem is introduced, the committees generate solution after solution. I’m reminded of the C. S. Lewis quotation, “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”