Absence makes the heart grow fonder. -
Can you help Friends and Partners?
We receive quite a few offers of help and inquiries about what people can
do to contribute to Friends and Partners.
We outline below some ideas:
But first, the simplest way to help is to join the Friends and Partners email
listserver and help field inquiries from the messages posted there.
This is how most people contribute and we are very grateful for the many
generous folks who help in this way. Click here to join.
As you can probably imagine, there is an enormous amount of work in
maintaining an Internet service like Friends and Partners. The following
are some ways in which you can contribute to this part of F&P.
- Translation services. We are trying our best to maintain F&P in both
Russian and English languages. If you have experience/skills in this area
and are willing to volunteer a bit of your time, we would be most grateful
for help in translating from English to Russian and from Russian to
English. Please contact us and we can set up a means for providing the
materials to be translated.
- One of the best ways to help F&P is to set up your own Internet service
devoted to sharing information about US-Russian/NIS exchange. Please see
the sites by Andrey Sebrant and Skip Evans for examples
of what they've done to share information with people around the world
about life in their communities of Moscow and Atlanta, Georgia. Nothing
would make us happier than to set up an account for you on our server with
which you can tell your story of life in your community (or whatever story
you wish to tell). We are especially interested now in finding people who
are willing to tell our friends in Russia about life in America.
- As the real purpose of Friends and Partners is to get people talking.
We are always happy to establish email listservers for groups and
organizations working to foster US Russian cooperation exchange. These
listservers can be "peered" on our sites in Russia and the US.
- F&P is generated almost entirely now from a database. One of the
simplest ways in which people can help with Friends and Partners is simply
to contribute records to this database. A record might describe a resource
on the Internet that would be of interest to the F&P communities.
We would especially like to find people who might be willing to "take over"
an entire section of F&P and maintain that portion of the database. For
example, someone who is interested in Russian history might like to do
a better job than we are able to do at organizing material about resources
on the Internet dealing with Russian history. If you are interested in
this, we can set up an account for you on our database and help you get
started contributing and maintaining records.
- We would like to find people that would be willing to host and moderate
special "chat sessions" and hosting/guiding those sessions.
- We are also establishing some forums on various topics. These are similar
to chat rooms but are not as interactive, i.e., people post questions and
comments and come back later to continue the "threads" of discussion. We
need people to moderate such forms and to try to introduce interesting
topics for discussion.
- Graphic Design.
Mike Pilla, a talented and successful designer in New York City is helping
us with a gradual redesign of the Friends and Partners web site. Indeed,
Michael has already contributed the logo for F&P, some ideas about
reorganization and other graphic/design elements. We are looking for
others who would be willing to contribute their artistic skills, provide new
sets of pictures to be displayed on the F&P pages, etc.
If you can help in these (or any other) areas, please send email to:
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Natasha Bulashova, Greg Cole
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