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Re: [fsfc-discuss] Hello

From: Fabian Rodriguez
Subject: Re: [fsfc-discuss] Hello
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:16:21 -0500
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On 12-01-22 05:16 AM, Jerald Vanderraad wrote:
> Great to have found a Canadian presence for the FSF ;)
> How much interest is there in moving this beyond the discussion stage?
> I'm very interested in what this could become.
I'd be very interested. I've been (slowly) working towards that goal
quietly, making some progress, first by starting a local LibrePlanet
group and getting local FSF members interested - and working :) Are you
a member ? Do you know other members in your area ? Although it should
not be a requirement, the discussions are easier/quicker when fellow
members get together. Then with a small group of FSF members it's also
easier to advocate to anyone else. So far I preferred the quiet route
and presenting some tangible resources after a few months, perhaps the
timing is good for more.

Progress is slow but steady, check
http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Group:LibrePlanet_Quebec - nothing really
extraordinary there, just documenting what I do and what others close to
me do, and inviting them to do the same, while networking. FACIL
(http://www.facil.qc.ca) has some great advances in the political scene
here in Quebec, and at the federal government we have several contacts
that are mostly dormant but could rally around an FSF-CA organization
rapidly. Many other organizations involved in industry & IT across
Canada can also be invited virtually. I believe the upcoming LibrePlanet
conference in Boston could be a target date (and place) to organize
this, we'd also need to ask the FSF if/how we would be tied (or not) to
them. We started some of that networking during SFD last year.

The bottom line is this requires a lot of discipline, dedication, and
time. Discovering interested people in other provinces and getting them
together will require more outreach than this list. It will also require
a small group of people to be available almost immediately to show up
and respond when they come (we currently do that on #lp-ca-qc on
IRC/Freenode), and have them register at
http://fsfc.clith.com/Volunteers. While this is desireable (and even
urgent), I've found in many cases we don't even know what neighbors are
using/advicating FLOSS, so I am focusing on that first.


Fabian Rodriguez
Montreal, QC

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