[FAmSCo] Ambassador "exchange program"
mspevack at redhat.com
Thu Jan 14 05:15:19 UTC 2010
Joerg sent me an IRC earlier today which got me thinking a bit about
Ambassadors from different countries or regions traveling to meet each
I feel like I wrote something related to this recently, but for the life
of me I can't remember where, so I'm re-writing it here because I think
it's useful to all of FAMSCO:
* I believe that there is signficant value in helping to support
Ambassadors from different regions or countries who might never
otherwise meet each other to have some interactions.
* It would be very easy to go overboard on this and become a Fedora
Travel Agency, and we don't want to do that. It has to be smart, and
with a point.
* When we find new Ambassadors who we feel like could become the leaders
in countries where we haven't had a strong presence, sending someone to
those countries to help kickstart an event and offer some face-to-face
interaction is incredibly valuable.
* Another example that I think was valuable was when we brought Kushal
and Nayyar to LinuxTag in Germany a few years ago. It builds
connections and networking that can payoff down the road -- Kushal is
now a Red Hat employee in India, and helps with community building
* Joerg's trip to India last December is another fantastic example.
* Dimitris and Diego spent a bunch of time face to face in 2008 and 2009
with some Fedora support, and that's paid off huge benefits for i18n and
In short, I think it's useful for FAMSCO to try to identify and handful
of opportunities like this every year, and make them happen. It's
planting seeds for relatively small cost, that can have potentially huge
benefit down the road.
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