Joined: 09 May 2006
I do not think that anyone in Europe is willing or capable and with the experience of organising an event to rival the US Mysterium.
(I think this post kind of got away from me, but I think it's important to post it anyway so here it is)
I think that is entirely the wrong way to see it, and here's why. Last year (Mysterium 2011) was put together at the last minute by 4 people who had no idea what they were doing. We eventually got some support from Odo, but I can't believe there isn't anyone in Europe who knows how to wrangle good contracts, and there are ways to deal with funding. I'm a Technical Artist by trade (which is to say, a programmer), I have no experience doing this sort of thing but I muddle my way through it the best I can. I still find myself wondering how I ended up running this whole thing!
The point is, experience is irrelevant, it is only a matter of commitment to see it through. There's no need to start it off as a huge thing like the main Mysterium. It can start small and grow. It can be a bunch of people meeting up to have fun exploring a city for a day. It can be some people just getting hotel rooms and meeting up somewhere new. And it will grow before anyone realizes what's happening. Last year, the 4 of us planned on having a 'mini-mysterium'. It was supposed to be 10-15 people getting together outside Boston in place of the real thing... and somehow it turned into the real thing.
What I can say is there will never be a Euro-Mysterium if no one takes the initiative. Someone needs to run it, even if they don't know how. The point of forming the FMG is to foster this sort of thing and help other people to run Mysteria of all sizes with guidance and resources.
As to the comment about Cyan attending, you have to pay room and board for your special guests, so yes there is expense. But we didn't pay to have Rand fly out last year, we got him to do a Skype thing. There are ways around that, and if a Euro Mysterium got big enough, reg fees could be adjusted to make that sort of in-person thing happen.
Anyway, enough of my 2am rambling O_O
Chairman - Falling Man Group, Mysterium Committee (Retired)
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