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yacc v0.1 (Yet Another Constitution Candidate)
This message is provocative with purpose. I realize that I
run the risk of getting a bad reputation. :)
Your proposal and Thaths suggestions sound excellent. I have
one crib. There were folks who said that they hadn't contributed to
the discussion earlier cos there were no quality posts. Well, I dont
think you'd find more constructive posts that the last three. :)
The structure you have presented sort of tallies with what I
had posted. So the points I make will mostly be minor.
>>>>> "Gurunandan" == Gurunandan R Bhat <grbhat@xxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
Gurunandan> 4) All coordinators of LUGs get automatic membership
Gurunandan> to the core group of LI. A core group member
Gurunandan> automatically lays down his position when his LUG
Gurunandan> appoints a new coordinator, who then automatically
Gurunandan> joins the core. A coordinator is free to abstain from
Gurunandan> exercising this privilege (membership of the governing
Gurunandan> council) , if her LUG sees no benefit in their
Gurunandan> alignment with LI and informs her accordingly.
This is fine. But what does the co-ordinator get out of it?
As Thaths mentioned usu. co-ordinators are kind of overloaded. At
least at ilugc everyone who suggested a representative for li-reg
voted for someone else! So _normally_, folks are not interested in
taking _any_ responsibility. Besides some of them are genuinely busy.
We need to clearly understand the duties of a co-ordinator and his LI
work load. And it is a good idea to allow for someone different from
the co-ordinator to represent the lug.
Gurunandan> 5) The only issue on which the LUGs yield to LI is
Gurunandan> that LI gets to register with Linux
Gurunandan> International. That is the first and last concession
Gurunandan> that the LUGs make to LI. After that the collective
Gurunandan> wisdom of the individual LUG coordinators shall guide
Gurunandan> a) Administer mailing lists.
Gurunandan> b) Maintain and Update Website.
Gurunandan> b) Keep eyes and ears open to opportunities of
Gurunandan> a) Organising national events
Gurunandan> b) Correcting misconceptions about Linux in
Gurunandan> the national press with joint statements on behalf of
Gurunandan> the LUGs.
Gurunandan> c) Organise national events to highlight Linux
Gurunandan> and its community of users
Gurunandan> d) Organise a annual Linux Convention and User
this is a truly tough one. We need to find relatively free,
trusted, dedicated volunteers. Each lug already has almost all of its
members doing their bit...
Gurunandan> Now a few thoughts on the functioning of LI:
Gurunandan> Here are some functionaries of LI:
Gurunandan> 1. Managers for (Term 1 year):
Gurunandan> a) Public Relations and Awareness Management
Gurunandan> (Mailing List management, Web site management, Press
Gurunandan> Releases, Opportunity identification) b) Programmes
Gurunandan> and Event Coordination and Inter-LUG affairs (National
Gurunandan> Linux related event, participation and organisation)
Gurunandan> c) Resource Mobilisation (Fund raising, Library
Gurunandan> management) d) Research and Development (Student
Gurunandan> events, Scholarships, Geek stuff)
This sounds big and hard. :(
Gurunandan> I had earlier put in posts like President, Secretary,
Gurunandan> Treasurer etc, but the whole thing sounded so pompous
Gurunandan> that I quickly changed my mind. Better to keep it all
Gurunandan> low key ;) What we can (must) do is divide up
Gurunandan> responsibilities and believe in collective
Agreed and find people to take up the respinsibilities. :)
Gurunandan> Heres the financial part:
Gurunandan> LI should not raise funds (either from sponsorships or
Gurunandan> donations or membership dues, anything) in a manner
Gurunandan> that would create wealth (capital). On the other hand
Gurunandan> it should strive to raise monies for specific
Gurunandan> programmes and spend them exactly on those
Gurunandan> programmes. In short, between two programmes, LI
Gurunandan> should be as broke as the Ten Commandments.
I agree with Thaths and your ideas. Sounds really good. Now
we are really cracking. :)
Apologies if I stepped on other people's toes, but we need to
discuss this issue. Maybe a vote on the general structure is in