This weekend I have the opportunity to attend the Community Leadership Summit. While there, I’ll be able to take advantage of an opportunity that’s rare now: meeting up with my fellow Ubuntu Community Council members Laura Czajkowski and Michael Hall, along with David Planella of the community team at Canonical. At the Community Council meeting today, I was able to work with David on narrowing down a few topics that impact us and we think would be of interest to other communities and we’ll propose for discussion at CLS:
- Declining participation
- Community cohesion
- Barriers related to [the perception of] company-driven control and development
- Lack of a new generation of leaders
As an unconference, we’ll be submitting these ideas for discussion and so we’ll see how many of them gain interest of enough people to have a discussion.
Since we’ll all be together, we also managed to arrange some time together on Monday afternoon and Tuesday to talk about how these challenges impact Ubuntu specifically and get to any of the topics mentioned above that weren’t selected for discussion at CLS itself. By the end of this in person gathering we hope to have some action items, or at least some solidified talking points and ideas to bring to the ubuntu-community-team mailing list. I’ll also be doing a follow-up blog post where I share some of my takeaways.
What I need from you:
If you’re attending CLS join us for the discussions! If you just happen to be in the area for OSCON in general, feel free to reach out to me (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) to have a chat while I’m in town. I fly home Wednesday afternoon.
If you can’t attend CLS but are interested in these discussions, chime in on the ubuntu-community-team thread or send a message to the Community Council at community-council at lists.ubuntu.com with your feedback and we’ll work to incorporate it into the sessions. You’re also welcome to contact me directly and I’ll pass things along (anonymously if you’d like, just let me know).
Finally, a reminder that this time together is not a panacea. These are complicated concerns in our community that will not be solved over a weekend and a few members of the Ubuntu Community Council won’t be able to solve them alone. Like many of you, I’m a volunteer who cares about the Ubuntu community and am doing my best to find the best way forward. Please keep this in mind as you bring concerns to us. We’re all on the same team here.