[Fsf-friends] Ten ways to promote communication within a GNU/LUG
Wed, 2 Oct 2002 10:49:37 +0530 (IST)
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COMMENT: Ten ways to promote communication within a GNU/LUG...
* Build a network of GNU/LUG speakers, who are capable to speak and
evangelise on the power of GNU/Linux. It's important to list
who's available to speak on what subject, so that the interests
of newbies are catered to. Technical issues are imporant; but
issues like the philisophy of Free Software needs to be
adequately understood. The power of sharing and helping one
another also can be emphasised.
* List readily available GNU/Linux software, where
available, and under what terms it can be
shared freely and without artificial restrictions.
* List GNU/LUG members and contact details. Group communications
through GNU/LUG mailing-lists build a self-learning environment
for all, but sometimes one-to-one correspondence may be more
apt in order to (i) avoid mailing-list overload (ii) address
issues which might not be of wider group interest.
* Expanding numbers is important. It helps GNU/LUGs attain
critical mass. At the same time, it's equally important
to take care of one another's learning needs, and the
requirement of building a caring, sharing environment.
Sharing and community building could prove more valuable
than mere technical excellence, as the latter could lead
to stagnation and elitism along its trajectory.
* Report regularly on GNU/LUG meetings. This build
bridges to those not present.
* Plan for GNU/LUG meetings in advance. Meetings with
outlined agendas and scheduled talks could attract more
people than vague, no-agenda meetings. Meetings should
also take care of newbie interests, including talks and
subjects that would help to build interest among those who
are not so well-versed with GNU/Linux.
* If nothing else works, trying to build more
mini-GNU/LUGs in your area.