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be five themes.<br>
<br>
1. =A0Some people are in favour of an &#39;ACC&#39;, giving the community a=
 say<br>
in how things are run.<br>
2. =A0Some people are happy with the way things are now.<br>
3. =A0Some people have real grievances about how they have been treated<br>
in the past (&amp; present).<br>
4. =A0Some people think that &#39;Less Talk - More Action&#39; is required.=
<br>
5. =A0The Silent Majority.<br>
<br>
&quot;Everybody is right and all of your arguments are valid.&quot;<br>
We bring with us, our own Prejudice, Ego, Agenda, Thoughts and<br>
Perceptions.<br>
We just differ on how we perceive the situation. Does it need fixing?<br>
How to fix it?<br>
<br>
THE MODEL:<br>
When I presented the Model, I admit that it might have scared some<br>
people (Maybe I didn&#39;t sell it enough).<br>
It is not really a scary document, it does talk about 3 levels,<br>
&#39;Local, State, National&#39; and it goes into some detail about Roles,<=
br>
Responsibilities, Elections and &#39;what if&#39; scenarios. I apologise, i=
t<br>
is due to my &#39;Systems Analyst&#39;, &#39;Big Picture thinking&#39; and =
my<br>
&#39;Applications/Programmer&#39;, &#39;small details&#39; background. =A0(=
That&#39;s enough<br>
about me)<br>
<br>
The Model was a collaboration so I can&#39;t take all of the credit. (Not<b=
r>
that I&#39;m seeking it)<br>
As there has been NO comment on the structure of the model, IMO, it<br>
must be pretty close to the &#39;money&#39;.<br>
Not to say that there is no room for improvement or changes.<br>
I have made slight changes to it see <a href=3D"https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ubu=
ntu-au/council/structure-detailed" target=3D"_blank">https://wiki.ubuntu.co=
m/ubuntu-au/council/structure-detailed</a><br>
<br>
<br>
Out of the discussions a couple of concerns that people raised:<br>
1. =A0&quot;The Model is three(3) levels of &#39;Bureaucracy&#39;<br>
It is NOT a &#39;Bureaucracy&#39;, there are just three(3) levels<br>
&#39;Local&#39;- A group of people on the ground, at a local level, &#39;Ci=
ty&#39; or<br>
&#39;Region&#39;<br>
&#39;State&#39;- IF the numbers on the ACC get too large for meaningful<br>
discussion/decision making<br>
THEN a &#39;State Council&#39; would be formed. ELSE a possible &#39;Talk-F=
est&#39;<br>
with no decision making at the ACC meetings.<br>
&#39;National&#39;- A collection of representatives(leaders), from the &#39=
;local&#39;<br>
groups.<br>
<br>
Everybody is autonomous, just like it currently stands.<br>
Anybody can make a contribution in anyway as they see fit (within<br>
reason, that doesn&#39;t damage ubuntu-au).<br>
<br>
2. =A0&quot;There is no need for &#39;Titles&#39;&quot;<br>
It is true that you don&#39;t need a &#39;Title&#39; to make a contribution=
 or be<br>
a &#39;Leader&#39;.<br>
It is also true that you need to &#39;Earn&#39; a &#39;Title&#39;, through =
your<br>
&#39;Actions&#39;.<br>
<br>
However, people are identified through their &#39;Title&#39;, it gives us a=
<br>
clue as to their role within an organisation.<br>
A &#39;Team Contact&#39; performs a role, a &#39;Local Contact&#39; perform=
s another,<br>
a &#39;Web Master&#39; performs another. etc.<br>
When a &#39;New&#39; person comes along, they look for people with a &#39;T=
itle&#39;<br>
and have certain expectations.<br>
An organisation that doesn&#39;t APPEAR to have many people with a &#39;Tit=
le&#39;<br>
does little to inspire peoples&#39; interest (&amp; confidence). &#39;Who d=
o I<br>
contact?, =A0Who do I talk to about this?, Is there somebody local?&#39;<br=
>
You may argue that &#39;what we currently have&#39;, addresses these issues=
,<br>
IRC, email list etc. =A0But is it really enough?<br>
<br>
3. =A0&quot;We don&#39;t have the numbers?&quot;<br>
Is this a &#39;Chicken &amp; Egg&#39; scenario? =A0Acccording to the &#39;O=
fficial<br>
numbers&#39; there are 211 members(launchpad), with 337 subscribers to<br>
this list. Duplicates ??<br>
Who knows how many &#39;Un-official&#39; members we have, Ie. Those who<br>
register on the &#39;<a href=3D"http://ubuntu.com.au" target=3D"_blank">ubu=
ntu.com.au</a>&#39; website and go no further! (This is a<br>
question I have been asking, for a long time and have yet to get an<br>
answer. It seams to be a secret! =A0I see new people every time I take a<br=
>
look at the website.) Then there is &#39;Facebook&#39;, &#39;Google Groups&=
#39;,<br>
&#39;flickr&#39; and numerous other groups around the place.<br>
<br>
Maybe the Question should be, &quot;How do we Motivate this silent majority=
<br>
to become active?&quot;<br>
My answer would be &quot;Put in place an environment &amp; structure to fos=
ter<br>
participation&quot;<br>
We just need to look at the phenomenon of &#39;Ebay&#39;, &#39;Facebook&#39=
;,<br>
&#39;Twitter&#39; to see this. (These may not be the best examples) When yo=
u<br>
build a structure around a sound concept things happen, the &#39;snowball&#=
39;<br>
effect.<br>
<br>
One &#39;Goal&#39; of the ubuntu-au community could be to have a &#39;Local=
&#39; group<br>
in every &#39;Capital city&#39;.<br>
Whether it be a part of a &#39;LUG&#39; or another organisation or<br>
independently organised.<br>
<br>
Currently it seems that we have &#39;active&#39; groups in &#39;Brisbane &a=
mp;<br>
Adelaide&#39;.<br>
I don&#39;t know what happens in &#39;Melbourne &amp; Sydney&#39;, either n=
othing or<br>
nobody else hears about it. (I shouldn&#39;t have to ask) According to our<=
br>
&#39;wiki membership list&#39; there seem to be many people in &#39;Sydney =
&amp;<br>
Melbourne&#39;.<br>
I&#39;m sure that there is enough &#39;leadership&#39; material, for a &#39=
;local-<br>
Contact&#39; &amp; someone to organise.<br>
<br>
For the other Capitals, Nothing much happens in &#39;Hobart, Canberra,<br>
Darwin or Perth&#39;, from what I can tell.<br>
There needs to be &#39;Support&#39; &amp; &#39;A Mechanism&#39; to bring pe=
ople together<br>
wanting to form their own &#39;Local Groups&#39;.<br>
It is not enough to &#39;tell&#39; people &#39;That they need to become mor=
e<br>
active&#39; without helping them. (Less talk More-action)<br>
<br>
We have the tools, Website, Wiki, IRC, mailing list but we are not<br>
using them properly.<br>
I have created a &#39;mock&#39; website at <a href=3D"http://www.ubuntu-au.=
gandella.com" target=3D"_blank">www.ubuntu-au.gandella.com</a> to<br>
illustrate extra information that could be<br>
conveyed to current &amp; new visitors on our <a href=3D"http://ubuntu.com.=
au" target=3D"_blank">ubuntu.com.au</a> website, but<br>
this is not the subject of this post.<br>
<br>
Currently the numbers on an ACC could be &#39;Team-Contact, Web-master,<br>
Brisbane, Adelaide&#39; with possibly &#39;Sydney &amp; Melbourne&#39; =A0T=
hat makes<br>
six(6), a nice number to start with.<br>
<br>
<br>
TRIAL PERIOD: =A018 Months<br>
As it has been previously stated there would be a review in 18 months<br>
time as to the effectiveness of an ACC and the Model. =A0If it doesn&#39;t<=
br>
work we can scrap it, if it needs changing we can change it.<br>
In my mind, &#39;Nothing ventured, nothing gained&quot;<br>
<br>
SUMMARY:<br>
Nothing really changes, Individuals &amp; Groups are autonomous.<br>
Nobody will be &#39;telling&#39; anybody what to do. &#39;Guiding&#39; yes =
- &#39;Telling&#39;<br>
no.<br>
<br>
The ACC (Leadership group) is a visible &#39;Contact&#39; that provides<br>
&#39;Support &amp; Consultation&#39; to the ubuntu-au community, the commun=
ity at<br>
large and to each other.<br>
<br>
Adopting this model has many advantages, with very few disadvantages.<br>
Among the best:<br>
1. It shares &#39;leadership&#39; amongst many. (Currently there is very<br=
>
little)<br>
2. A &#39;Visible&#39; contact at a local level for existing and new people=
.<br>
(Currently limited)<br>
3. Co-ordination at a National level. (None at the moment)<br>
4. Group goals can be set and implemented. (Currently they are very<br>
loose)<br>
5. Extra communication channels going both-ways. (Currently limited)<br>
6. A &#39;Roadmap&#39; for the &#39;Present&#39; with the &#39;Future&#39; =
in mind. (???)<br>
7. We could be a well organised group that is to be taken seriously.<br>
<br>
<br>
IMPLEMENTATION &amp; ACTION:<br>
Hopefully, I have convinced some of the &#39;nay-sayers&#39; that this mode=
l<br>
is a good one and that it needs to be implemented. =A0In some respects<br>
it is &#39;already&#39; implemented, anybody has the freedom to create a<br=
>
&#39;Local&#39; group or &#39;BE&#39; a leader. =A0It &#39;Formalises&#39; =
it a little bit and<br>
hopefully it will foster more participation amongst ourselves &amp; in<br>
turn the wider community.<br>
<br>
I know that some of you still don&#39;t care either way because you are<br>
happy with how things are currently or that you think that things are<br>
not broken so why fix. =A0Some think that there is a problem and that<br>
this may go part of the way to solve it. =A0Others just want &#39;Less Talk=
<br>
and More Action&#39;. =A0Then there is the &#39;Silent Majority&#39;.<br>
<br>
For it to work, it needs the support of this community and especially<br>
the &#39;leaders&#39; in the group.<br>
<br>
Most importantly it needs the support of out &#39;Team Contact&#39; Melissa=
<br>
Draper.<br>
<br>
Melissa, You have been very quiet, observing these proceedings!<br>
I&#39;m sure that you have an &#39;Opinion&#39; we would like to hear?<br>
(You do hold a certain &#39;Sway&#39; in this community)<br>
Will you Work (&amp; Share) with the members of an ACC (The<br>
representatives from &#39;Local&#39; groups) ?<br>
Will you allocate access to resources to implement &#39;change&#39; if it i=
s<br>
deemed necessary?<br>
<br>
<br>
MOVING THINGS FORWARD:<br>
<br>
Can we get some sort of &#39;CONSENSUS&#39; that this &#39;PROPOSAL&#39; be=
<br>
implemented?<br>
<br>
Do we need to take it to a &#39;VOTE&#39;? =A0(if we take a vote, how will =
it be<br>
validated?)<br>
<br>
FINALLY:<br>
Thanks to Daniel for asking this<br>
&quot;The question we should be asking is what needs to be done and what<br=
>
isn&#39;t<br>
being done with the current system and how adding this will help. =A0 &quot=
;<br>
<br>
I hope that I have gone some of the way in answering your question.<br>
<br>
We all have one thing in common, a passion for &#39;UBUNTU&#39; and that #1=
<br>
bug to work on.<br>
<br>
<br>
Regards,<br>
<br>
Andrew G.<br>
<br>
<br>
PS. =A0I have tried to follow the guidelines set down in<br>
<a href=3D"https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoResolvingProblems" target=3D"_blank"=
>https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoResolvingProblems</a><br>
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