Local community teams

Registered by Mark Shuttleworth on 2006-10-17

The LoCo team system has been positive but is at this stage in a state of some disarray, with confusion over standards and expectations of governance, web infrastructure, support, translation, coordination etc. This topic is a placeholder for the discussion and the plan as to how we make that better.

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Status:
Complete
Approver:
Ubuntu Community Council
Priority:
High
Drafter:
None
Direction:
Needs approval
Assignee:
Jono Bacon
Definition:
Obsolete
Series goal:
None
Implementation:
Unknown
Milestone target:
None
Completed by
Jono Bacon on 2009-10-01

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The main thing that I notice is that their is no set standard by-laws of manner of governing or reporting on progress of the LoCo teams. I mean, I would be more involved, but everyone is so detached. It is hard for myself too as a graduate student at night and full time Technical Manager. There must be a way to set a gold standard for governance of these teams. At least someone to report progress to show that the team is even active.

submitted by duanedesign:
I submitted this idea to the US loco mailing list in regards to this topic:

 I have noticed that some LoCo's have been created and then virtually abandoned by their creators. People who are excited to do something to help the Ubuntu community join these LoCo's. They then place a post on the forum and mailing list stating their enthusiasm. Without any kind of leadership or infrastructure, this post or Email goes unanswered and the person quickly loses interest and moves on. We need a framework or system in place that fills gaps left by inattentive LoCo leadership. The US Team could propose and help organize projects, say 3 or 4 a year, for the State LoCo's. Members could pick up these projects on their respective mailing lists and have something they can participate in even if nothing is being organized locally. For instance I am working on the Ubuntu in Libraries project for my LoCo. The materials and letters I am putting together could be, with minimal effort, replicated and used by any LoCo in the U.S. A lot of these projects could be duplicated from community too community with very little additional effort.

Secondly, I think having nationwide projects would also serve to inspire State LoCo's. There are LoCos who are more organized and active then what I just described, however they are in a lull. Just as a reinvigorated leadership woke up my individual LoCo, I think the US Team can serve to do the same for the individual State LoCo's.

Craig A. Eddy, March 26, 2009: In reply to duanedesign's comment - PLEASE post the materials and letters where others could use them. They could be valuable, at least to the LoCo to which I belong, in stimulating another area that our members could approach. Thanks

Steven De Baets, July 13, 2009:
It seems that everywhere around the community, there are some problems concerning the leadership or governing of the LoCo's. The problem is that most the LoCo's have no predefined or formal structure at all, and in some places they don't even have a structure of any kind. And that is a big concern.
You can never boost marketing without any structure that carries the LoCo.
As a result many efforts of enthusiasts get lost, they get demotivated and eventually opt out or lose interest and become inactive.
When decisions have to be made, there is no board that takes the responsibilities required to move forward.
Lots of people are running around in circles and nobody takes on any form of responsibility for the group.
Some even transformed the LoCo into a closed group of individuals (or a bunch of friends), where new enthusiasts get ignored completely.
I understand the concept of local communities, but sometimes a group of people can really put a brake on individuals who really want to make a difference and really want to solve bug #1.

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