[IAEP] community team
tomeu at tomeuvizoso.net
Tue May 25 03:12:02 EDT 2010
On Sun, May 23, 2010 at 01:12, Tabitha Roder <tabitha at tabitha.net.nz> wrote:
> I am watching this conversation with deep interest. In my attempts to
> develop a community of olpc and sugar volunteers in New Zealand I have
> experienced all sorts of extremes in emotion, energy drain, feelings of
> success and failure, and I still wouldn't give it up because I believe in
> what olpc and sugar have been striving for.
> Mostly I wish for more hours in the day; more hours for me and for the
> volunteers who have been trying to help along this journey with me. It takes
> a whole community and each of the players contributes in a different way. I
> have been frustrated when I have not been able to fill a role that requires
> a certain skill (e.g. translation, programmer, educator, funding guru,
> importing guru, etc) and disappointed with myself for not learning all these
> skills (obviously you can't learn everything).
> As a community of practice subgroup here in New Zealand we have tried to
> nurture each other and help each other learn so we all have more knowledge,
> we have shared challenges, learned the importance of regular interaction (we
> would have failed if it were not for the regularity of same place, same
> time, every week). We have had to define what we do and how will we do it,
> as well as build confidence in talking to others about what we do and why.
> This identity helps us. We have all had to work hard in our roles as
> volunteers, whether that be in recruiting others or in sacrificing time to
> investigate bugs or in other ways, or in financially supporting events to
> get olpc and sugar news out to others in New Zealand.
> As community lead for NZ I have had to learn how to set boundaries and
> minimums (this has been hard for me, but I have had to learn it for the good
> of the community). I have had to provide direction at times and step back
> and see what happens at other times. I have been surprised by some of those
> things. I have encouraged a culture of support and nurturing with the
> community. I have made mistakes and wished I had done better.
Will be great to count with your experience!
> My two cents: a community leader MUST have time, understanding of the nature
> of volunteers contributions in all their forms, and clarity in
Just wanted to make clear that what we need for starting is a team
coordinator that does the duties of a chairman. If that same person
has the time to also lead in one or more areas, then great! But is not
If during the first meetings nobody offers to lead any efforts, that's
fine, we'll keep meeting and discussing how to find and get those
people on board.
> On 22 May 2010 20:15, Tomeu Vizoso <tomeu at tomeuvizoso.net> wrote:
>> On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 03:59, Bernie Innocenti <bernie at codewiz.org>
>> > El Tue, 18-05-2010 a las 11:41 +0200, Tomeu Vizoso escribió:
>> >> We also need to ask the Wiki team to create a new instance of the team
>> >> template, such as this: http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Wiki_Team
>> > Perhaps we don't need a new template. The Community Team page could
>> > simply be this: http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_Labs
>> > The header already reads "Community Home", and the content of the other
>> > subpages is already more or less appropriate.
>> Sounds like a great topic for the kick-off meeting!
>> > --
>> > // Bernie Innocenti - http://codewiz.org/
>> > \X/ Sugar Labs - http://sugarlabs.org/
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