[IAEP] community team

Tomeu Vizoso 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
> communication.

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
a prerequisite.

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.



> Tabitha
> 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>
>> wrote:
>> > 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!
>> Regards,
>> Tomeu
>> > --
>> >   // Bernie Innocenti - http://codewiz.org/
>> >  \X/  Sugar Labs       - http://sugarlabs.org/
>> >
>> >
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