[ESIP-all] ride sharing from airport ( was: Meeting Venues and Climate Change)

Joe Hourcle oneiros at grace.nascom.nasa.gov
Wed Feb 5 12:58:57 EST 2014

On Feb 5, 2014, at 12:41 PM, Bruce Barkstrom wrote:

> Maybe we could use Doodlebug to create a ride matching service
> plus a little searching around for schedules and places to catch
> buses up into the venue.

Quite a few conferences I've been to will have some sort of
a message board where someone will post a time they're looking
to get the airport, so people can share a taxi.

Some conferences will link to an online forum so people can
hash out details to coordinate rides from the airport.

... although, you have to be careful ... I did it once
for an SPD meeting in New Mexico, and coordinated with some
others from GSFC so we didn't all need to rent cars (as
the closest airport was El Paso)

Half the people showing up from the DC area had delays or
cancellations, so my ride didn't show up 'til hours after I
had landed.  (and they assumed I'd have gotten a ride with
someone else, but I hadn't, I had just left my seat watching
the people leaving the date so look at the list of incoming
flights ... which was behind a pillar)

... and NASA civil servants aren't allowed to get rides from
contractors.  (not sure if this applies to other agencies, too)


> On Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 12:22 PM, Ruth Duerr <rduerr at nsidc.org> wrote:
>> Hi Bruce,
>> Actually you may not have to rent a car after that, given that there are
>> buses up to all the major mountain towns - I can't imagine Copper Mountain
>> isn't one of them.  Alternately, you might try to coerce one of the local's
>> to pick you up at the airport and take you up with them... They after all are
>> likely to want to drive up and stay, given that it isn't that short of a
>> commute... even for folks with a Prius...
>> Ruth
>> On Feb 5, 2014, at 10:08 AM, Bruce Barkstrom <brbarkstrom at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> Just for the fun of it, take a look at
>> http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2014/01/the_existential_despair_of_the_conference_call_conferencecall_biz_captures.html
>> This article mentions many of the odd difficulties in virtual meetings
>> that I'm  sure are familiar to all of us.  As usual, the difficulties are
>> not
>> necessarily IT caused.  David has a point about face-to-face meetings for
>> sure.
>> Also, I think Alice and I will see about taking the Megabus from Asheville
>> to Denver for the summer meeting.  We'll have to rent a car after that, but
>> it may be a start.
>> Bruce b.
>> On Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM, Erin Robinson <erinrobinson at esipfed.org>wrote:
>>> Hi Bruce,
>>> This is something near and dear to my heart.
>>> The entire ESIP meeting is streamed via Webex and available for free. We
>>> have done this for the last 6 meetings. We also share our webex
>>> capabilities with other agencies to support remote capacity for their
>>> meetings too. There is research however that moving entirely virtual all
>>> the time is not the silver bullet and there is necessity for in person
>>> meetings.
>>> There is always space for continued improvement of hybrid meetings. It
>>> would be helpful to discuss this on next Monday's visioneers call.
>>> E
>>> On Feb 5, 2014, at 9:43 AM, "Labrecque, John (HQ-DK000)" <
>>> john.labrecque at nasa.gov> wrote:
>>> NASA is increasing its virtual meeting capability.
>>> Dr. John LaBrecque
>>> Lead, Earth Surface and Interior Focus Area
>>> MS 3B74
>>> NASA Science Mission Directorate
>>> National Aeronautics and Space Administration
>>> Washington, DC 20546
>>> email: John.LaBrecque at nasa.gov
>>> Tel: +1 (202) 358-1373
>>> Cell: +1 (202) 341-0078
>>>  From: Bruce Barkstrom <brbarkstrom at gmail.com>
>>> Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 11:32 AM
>>> To: "esip-all at lists.esipfed.org" <esip-all at lists.esipfed.org>
>>> Subject: [ESIP-all] Meeting Venues and Climate Change
>>>    Maybe we need to consider the "moral challenge of climate change"
>>> when planning our
>>> meetings.  There's a real challenge in the Slate article
>>> http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2014/02/why_a_meteorologist_took_the_bus_for_28_hours_instead_of_flying.html?wpisrc=hpsponsoredd2
>>> Perhaps it would be appropriate for ESIP to work on ways of improving
>>> our virtual
>>> meeting capabilities to cut down on travel.  I don't know whether
>>> agencies would consider
>>> converting travel funds to improved virtual meeting capability.
>>> Bruce B.
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