With the positive vote this past week, it appears that SCIP will survive. Now, in thinking about how SCIP can thrive, I would like to suggest an idea for how we "meet" beyond this Ning and the annual SCIP conference.
Many people belong to local SCIP chapters - which is great for meeting people in the local area.
What about people who live in an area without a local chapter, or if you want to attend a SCIP session across the country? (For example, I would like to attend the Oregon SCIP Event: June 9th)
My suggestion is that one benefit of joining SCIP is that you automatically belong to a SCIP virtual chapter (maybe one for each continent?)
For example, someone gives a presentation over the Internet using WebEx or other collaboration tool and we all discuss it on the phone using something like freeconferencecall.com. Near zero cost for attendees.
Additionally, SCIP local chapters might want to consider making a presentations "live" for a bigger audience. If each Chapter did one live presentation a year, plus a few extra presentations by people not belonging to any local chapter, we would have a full calendar. (Maybe give training credits for some of the presentations.)