Last week I reached out to every individual listed as an Admin Contact for an unapproved LoCo in North America with the hope of engaging fellow LoCo Leaders and see if they were interested in any mentorship or wanted any resources to further their advocacy of Ubuntu in their respective communities.
To be honest I had no idea what kind of reaction I would get and to be honest the response has been minimal and of the few responses I did get they were not very positive in fact the tone of the responses seemed to be consistently disappointing.
I want to quote some troubling parts I got from various LoCo’s:
“I think it would really help if Canonical promoted Ubuntu by sending me some Ubuntu CD’s I can distribute”
“The [Redacted] team doesn’t really want to be approved any more. The process of exhibiting events was always superficial and subjective.”
“All the projects that we continue to run here in [Redacted] happen thanks to our efforts to distance ourselves from the Ubuntu hub.”
“The figureheads that lead the loco community make promoting Ubuntu a difficult process that many consider not worth our time”
“As in the problems we had faced, I think it’s mostly bad organization, unclear goals and lack of leadership energy.”
“There was little interest in a sustained local community and I found it hard to get any help from the greater community”
As you can see the responses were not very positive and I wonder what kind of responses might have come if each unapproved LoCo had actually responded. I further wonder how many are totally defunct but more importantly I wonder how these issues can be addressed and how we can make the community and loco process a but more inclusive and friendly after all we are trying to encourage and promote the community.
I do want to point out that for Ubuntu US Teams at the very least there is a group of volunteers who are willing to Mentor teams and share ideas to be successful. I would also invite those who feel they do not have a stake in the community to get on irc and perhaps join #ubuntu-locoteams or #ubuntu-community-team on Freenode and ask about opportunities to get involved more deeply in the community.
Feel free to also discuss ideas in the comments below to improve the LoCo Teams process so that our LoCo Teams are not feeling fragmented from the community or better yet wanting to be fragmented.
Some ideas for improving the process I have are:
- Improve Mentoring of LoCo’s
- Better Engagement with Unapproved LoCo’s
- Follow Up’s and Health Check’s of LoCo’s that are Declined Approval
- Facilitate a Library of Resources for LoCo’s including a Leadership Document
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