Ubuntu Toronto Meeting Processes

David J Patrick djp at linuxcaffe.ca
Fri Jan 12 02:22:28 UTC 2007

On 11/01/07, Dave Sullivan <dave at dave-sullivan.com> wrote:
> On 1/11/07, David J Patrick <djp at linuxcaffe.ca> wrote:
> > On 11/01/07, Frank McCarron <erebus59 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Well, laptops should be closed at some time or another.
> >
> > Rather than imposing a buncha rules, why not alter the environment to
> make
> > the afore mentioned  laptopoloosa go away. What I propose we try next
> time
> > is an arrangement where most of the tables are stacked in a corner and
> the
> > chairs are a bit more audiencey. The human at the front has a table, but
> > only one row of seating has a table. That table is for the person who is
> > wikifying the minutes of the meeting, and driving the projector with
> related
> > content. Someone prepping a presentation, or demonstration, could also
> be at
> > those tables.
> Setting it up in a leader/audience style seems like it suggests that
> one person (the person at the front) is in power and control of the
> meeting, and I think it may even take away from the conversational
> nature of the meeting. This works for a workshop, but I don't think it
> works for a discussion group. But that's me.. what do you think?

I think the central focus thing could really work for us everyone who wanted
to had an opportunity to address the group. That would break the seeming

> Indeed, it isn't my intention to impose rules and regulations, but a
> meeting code of conduct, or guidelines if you will.

does ours differ from / extend the Ubuntu Code of Conduct ? or can we simply
apply it ?

 I find that often
> while we are discussing something, there's two or three people talking
> about something totally different and going about their business. What
> could we do about this, or should we just leave it alone?

we should not leave it alone, it's counterproductive. Lets build in times
for on-topic discussion, and discourage it when a speaker has focus.
In-the-round is fine for unstructured discussion.. if that's the desired
outcome, but I think we should consider speakers taking turns in a
results-oriented framework.

just my $0.02 as the guy who rearranges the tables afterwards.

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