[ubuntu-marketing] Reviving the Marketing Team (yet again!) with a focus on simple activism

Martin Owens doctormo at gmail.com
Wed Oct 21 06:45:30 BST 2009

Hey Danny,

On Wed, 2009-10-21 at 01:30 -0400, Danny Piccirillo wrote:
> Cross-posting just to get the word out. 

I've added the Ubuntu LoCo Contacts lists, a group very pertinent to
this topic.

> Many lengthy and interesting discussions have come up about what to do
> with the Marketing Team. Ultimately, it comes down to how motivated
> people are to create their own projects under the team. Just like any
> other LoCo, this depends on individual involvement, but i don't want
> to start yet another discussion on this. 

Well, what might be needed is someone to head up the team. Some artist
or designer (not developer) who stands like a poised like a hero against
the backdrop of the Ubuntu Community landscape and to whome we can all
look up and say: "I bet if I ask him, he'll know where I can get a
poster for my event"

As the moment I produce content, I don't tend to produce it under the
banner of the marketing team. The website for spread ubuntu isn't linked
very well with the marketing team and the marketing team has no grand
vision or responsibilities.

> I merely wanted to propose changing or adding to the scope of the team
> to include general activism. Dropping all focus on marketing probably
> isn't going to be any better, not to mention that just like marketing,
> activism is also something done by local community teams, BUT adding
> simple activism to the scope of this team, might give the team more
> purpose and drive up activity in other areas. Yes, marketing Ubuntu
> *is* activism, but i'm talking about officially recognizing general
> FOSS activism as one of the functions of the team. 

I'd advise against including activism. You don't need to widen the
scope. You just need to find someone or some people willing and able to
drop their own LoCo's work and come higher into the world community. A
leader perhaps?

> The mailing list can be used to share ideas for activism and pass on
> things like this open letter to Obama in support of FOSS (reddit
> link: http://www.reddit.com/tb/9w23y/ original
> link: http://www.consortiuminfo.org/standardsblog/article.php?story=20091020050110241). If you're in support of this idea, just pass on any simple actions you come across to the list. There's also this nifty activism guide: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ActivismGuide

Interesting, thanks for posting Dan.

Best Regards, Martin Owens

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