Chief of State
Peeps is certainly a resource available to Culture if they want to bring in foreign partners to an event. He's already on Culture's staff so is a convenient go between. Kura, Dax, and and I are also all available to discuss substantive matters of scheduling and what regions to invite. The heart of Peeps' role is engaging foreign citizens so that once we've decided to invite them, more of them show up, and those that do have a good time.Am I safe in assuming Peeps will be involved in any Culture events going forward?On the FA front, I think it's good that OD is keen for Culture to cross over with FA. Our culture and community is a great FA tool and we should be taking opportunities to showcase it to an interregional audience.
My only concern has been that we make sure our FA specialists are in the loop so we can make sure we're not causing problems by accident. FA can be a nuanced balancing act at times. One partner can get offended that another was invited to something and they weren't, controversies can be brewing behind the scenes that are yet to break, other regions can be planning conflicting events that aren't public knowledge yet, etc. I've spoken to both OD and Ist about this several times and I'm happy that we're in a good place where FA can focus on managing our interregional relationships and Culture can focus on great events, with both supplementing the other.