Meetings and Workshops
Over the past 10+ years, Elephant has been a completely voluntary effort. Top notch speakers volunteer their time, while hi-tech companies and the city of Yokneam provide facilities. Meetings are free and informal, but informative and candid. Even frontal presentations often turn into discussions. Meetings begin with AA style introductions and announcements.
Tech Writer Family Picnics
Every year, Mike Lee organizes the annual Elephant Family picnic at the Kibbutz Hazorea swimming pool. The picnic is open to all technical writers, marcom writers, copy editors and members of similar professions. the pool and grounds around it is one of the nicest swimming pools in all of Israel.
It has a great swimming pool for kids and infants, and an even better one for the adults.
Debbie Hemstreet provided an insider’s look at the new construction projects currently underway at Rambam Health Care Campus.
- The Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital—To provide emergency acute and chronic care while under fire, the focus of the meeting, described below
- The Ruth Rappaport Children’s Hospital—To provide “pain free” pediatric care to serve the physical and emotional needs of children and their families
- The Biomedical Discover Tower—To conduct clinical research that leads to improved patient care in collaboration with academic institutions and the biomedical industry
- The Cardiovascular Hospital—To provide cardiovascular diagnosis, treatments, research, and disease risk reduction in one facility, using the integrated cardiovascular care model
- The Joseph Fishman Oncology Center—To provide cancer treatments including experimental treatments resulting from research conducted at Rambam that were previously unavailable
A new way of providing technical information was presented by Angel Pariente, professional filmmaker who recently made aliyah. A small group of technical writers and colleagues met at Svi and Pnina Ben Elya’s home in Yokneam. Outside in the cool air Angel showed us how to become audiovisual. In a hands-on demo he showed us how a rudimentary technical instruction leaflet is transformed into a video clip with concise and instructive audio. He successfully made assembly of a household food processor seem so easy that immediately one wanted to pick up all the heavy manuals, toss ‘em, seize the challenge and move forward with the new technology and interface.
All of those who came had such a good time that no one remembered to take pictures this year. For all those who missed it, hope to see you next year.
As a technical writer and translator, I find that when either of the two professions holds a conference, there are always several “How I Do My Stuff” lectures. Sometimes they can drive you crazy. Then along comes a “How I Do My Stuff” lecture where the lecturer’s stuff resembles your stuff. That kind of lecture, in contrast, is fascinating.
Hundreds of job seekers turned out for a successful job fair at Cinemall (Kanyon Lev HaMifratz).
As many of us are contemplating what the downturn in the economy is going to do to us next, it was good to get together to exchange stories, especially humorous ones. Actually we bounced back and forth between funny episodes and the brass-tacks of how best to deal with the current job market (
Other Community Events
Elephant supports and encourages participation in other events in the writing communities and does its best to provide announcements and summaries of these events. Some of these events are shown below.