[Ubuntu-US-CA] Project: Representative-Letters, Part Deux

Ilan Rabinovitch ilan at fonz.net
Sat Feb 16 07:19:34 UTC 2013


Hi Grant,

Sorry to have missed the meeting.  We're in the thick of it for SCALE
planning.  Happy to help by email though.

Ilan

On Feb 15, 2013 7:14 PM, "Grant Bowman" <grantbow at ubuntu.com> wrote:

> Nobody stopped by this week in IRC so I'll get started on the text on
> the wiki page this weekend.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Grant
>
>
> On Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM, Ilan Rabinovitch <ilan at fonz.net> wrote:
> > We would be happy to work with you from the SCALE side.  Let me know
> > how we can help.
> >
> > -Ilan
> >
> > On Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at 6:17 PM, Grant Bowman <grantbow at ubuntu.com>
> wrote:
> >> Here is the project page.
> >>
> >>
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CaliforniaTeam/Projects/Representative-Letters
> >>
> >> Please join me *after* our team meeting tomorrow night (stick around
> >> afterward) and/or any night this week M-F at 7:30 PM in IRC
> >> http://ubuntu-california.org/chat/ or #ubuntu-us-ca on freenode.net to
> >> discuss this project. Far from being vague, I would like to
> >> collaboratively draft an initial contact letter and a reminder letter
> >> with reasonable, appropriate information and send them to all
> >> California representatives. The fact that this meeting is taking place
> >> in our state is newsworthy to the "Internet using" public and public
> >> officials and can be carefully described in a "press release" manner.
> >> Discussion of advocacy and promotion is part of the world-wide Ubuntu
> >> work taking place inside UDS. We will coordinate with Canonical,
> >> codeforamerica.org and opensourceforamerica.org if they opt-in to
> >> coordinating with us. We are the team members willing to step forward
> >> to work on this project. Of course more "user focused" events such as
> >> SCaLE socallinuxexpo.org can be promoted at the same time if done in a
> >> coordinated manner.
> >>
> >> Thank you one and all for your valuable, constructive feedback and
> >> contributions to this effort. I've made adjustments to the plan though
> >> I think that some of my intention in launching this project were
> >> misconstrued due to lack of detail. Details are forthcoming. The
> >> discussion on the email list is very much in line with what I was
> >> thinking.
> >>
> >> Let's take a quick step back. What do LoCos do? We advocate and
> >> promote Ubuntu. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoTeams I do not think we
> >> should shy away from talking with fellow citizen computer users, even
> >> if they happen to work in politics. As citizens we have an option to
> >> exercise our voice to our representatives about what is important to
> >> us. Ubuntu is important to us, it's why we participate in the team.
> >>
> >> How do we work together? We demonstrate humanity toward others,
> >> Ubuntu. We do not show prejudice, we foster collaboration and we
> >> respectfully assume good intentions. This discussion among people with
> >> different needs, interest and skills helps us work together. As this
> >> kind of letter writing outreach has not been done before (to my
> >> knowledge) we are refining this idea and carefully aligning it with
> >> other Ubuntu efforts. We strive for consensus but this is not an
> >> absolute requirement for moving forward together.
> >> http://www.ubuntu.com/project/about-ubuntu/conduct  How might the
> >> opposite look? Claiming other people are motivated by subversion,
> >> undermining, harmful or unethical intentions and not being willing to
> >> participate. While we may not agree on all points there is hopefully
> >> no need for such claims in our volunteer team. If we seriously
> >> disagree there are procedures for escalation. Some team members are
> >> familiar with these procedures. A clear majority of people have
> >> responded positively to this concept and I appreciate the discussion
> >> of merits and concerns. Several different levels of organization have
> >> been involved in the planning of this team project. The devil will be
> >> in the details of implementation so let's get to work.
> >>
> >> Respectfully,
> >>
> >> Grant Bowman
> >> ubuntu-california.org
> >>
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