Is it an idea before its time? Or will delegates to General Synod really go “paperless”?
Stay tuned, folks.
From online registration to online posting of all the documents that go into the convening circular, members and General Synod staff are already raising concerns about logistics. Some don’t have laptop computers and may be unable to access email or the Internet. But even for those who have portable computers, power outlets will be few and far between in the gymnasium at Saint Mary’s University, where plenary sessions are being held.
The planning committee is looking at ways to address the problem, said Barbara Burrows, chair. “Over the years people have said, ‘Oh my goodness, look at how much paper we are going through with each synod,'” said Burrows. “So the first and the most obvious way right now is that registration is all online.”
All documents that delegates need to read and review will be posted online. Worship materials will be projected onto two big screens, which will also be used to display documents, presentations, announcements and resolutions during the sessions.
In keeping with the green theme, the Anglican Journal will be producing its daily coverage online instead of distributing a print version, although some printouts of each day’s stories will be available. Ω