Hortensii is a project that will only work if people join and make it work; if you do, together we can change things, and otherwise we cannot. We are not asking for money, but rather for
1) people to endorse our project by joining us officially and putting their names on this site, and
2) people who can volunteer time and/or expertise. (At present we have no budget, so anything we do has to be done by volunteer power.)
If you are willing to endorse us, please leave your name and a message of support on the home page; or if you can’t do that send an e-mail to E.Dickey@reading.ac.uk with the message you’d like to leave there. It would also be helpful if you could forward the link to other people/groups and encourage them to join: the more publicity the better. If you are willing to volunteer, please send an e-mail saying what you can do and how much time you have when. So far the following have been identified as things volunteers could usefully do:
Publicize this project on social media
Publicize this project in traditional media (print, radio, tv, whatever you have access to)
Discuss with professional associations (e.g. American Philological Association, Council of University Classics Departments) our suggestions for ways those associations could help, and try to get these suggestions implemented (this will be easier for people who have positions in the professional associations); if you want to work on just one of our suggestions that is fine.
Discuss with your own institution our suggestions for how institutions could help, and try to get these suggestions implemented (this will be easier for people who have a solid institutional connection); if you want to work on just one of our suggestions that is fine.
Work out which of our goals will need money to accomplish and raise money for them (by applying for grants, by crowdfunding, or by other methods — this will be easier for those with some experience of the chosen method)
Co-ordinate volunteer efforts
Help work out how to implement the suggestions and draw up sensible action plans
Help run/improve this web site
If you can think of something you can do that is not on this list, please offer to do it!