Signal Boost #15: A Conversation about Helsinki WorldCon & WSFS Business

15 Aug

On today’s psuedo-Signal Boost, Shaun, Paul, and our resident WSFS expert, Alex, recap the Helsinki WorldCon WSFS Business meeting LIVE from WorldCon (ok, so not exactly live, but it’s as close as we get). Alex shares the nitty-gritty, the grim and ugly, the wonderful and the strange, that occured at the Helsinki WSFS business meeting, including the news that we now have a YA award (which is, as of now, nameless)! Yay! Also, an update on all the fun of the anti-slate voting measures that were put into place. A lot of stuff happens at the WSFS meetings regarding the Hugo Awards, so it’s worth paying attention to and getting involved with if you can. The team also share their impressions of the Helsinki Convention as a whole!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Here’s the episode (show notes are below):

Signal Boost #15 — Download (MP3)

Show Notes:

Our new intro music comes “The Launch” by Chronox (CC BY 4.0), which has been slightly modified to include sound effects and for length purposes.

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for listening.  See you next time.


4 Responses to “Signal Boost #15: A Conversation about Helsinki WorldCon & WSFS Business”

  1. Terhi Törmänen August 16, 2017 at 5:07 am #

    “Helsinki reminds us of a college town.” LOL As you well know, it happens to be a capital of the country. So it’s the seat of government, a commercial, business etc. center of the country. It does have a the largest university in Finland (University of Helsinki)… but a college town… 🙂 OK, the population of Finland is only 5.5 million and Helsinki has about 640 000 inhabitants (the capital region (cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa & Kauniainen combined) has about 1 250 000 people.) Finland is mostly pretty empty of people…

    About the Business Meeting: One thing that may keep non-English speakers out of it is the specific “jargon” and technical language used in the meetings which may be a bit foreign for people outside of the English speaking countries.

    • shaunduke August 22, 2017 at 12:57 am #

      Oh, I hope that wasn’t inadvertently offensive. We just had a number of experiences with a lot of young college-age folks wandering around the city near our apartment. It reminded us, oddly enough, of home :P. Or, at least, it reminded me of home, since I live in a city known primarily by its university. But, obviously, we only got to experience a small side of the city; as you rightly point out, it’s a much bigger place than we probably had the time to fully see.

      As for your note on the business meeting language: now that’s a great point. I wonder if there’s a way to either universalize the language OR at least provide some kind of “introduction to things” for folks new to it all.


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