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Re: [fsfc-discuss] Hello

From: Jerald Vanderraad
Subject: Re: [fsfc-discuss] Hello
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2012 22:25:04 -0800

We do not have any LibrePlanet organization here in Vancouver, but I'm
sure there are enough people in the woodwork to form a small group. I'm
lurking in #lp-ca-bc, just in case.  

I think the concept of local LibrePlanet groups across the country
working in concert for our needs in Canada is a really good foundation
to start with. It looks like there are folks on the list here who are
politically connected to some degree, so that could help tie the
Canadian LibrePlanet groups together when we wish to work on any
initiatives at a federal level.

So, I think we could:

(in FSF style)

0. Network locally and gather the troops
1. Figure out a raison d'etre nationally. Would our efforts be
2. Engage politically.
3a. Incorporate a non-profit
3b. Register as a charity

As has been said, it may be hard to get people fired up for free
software to the point where we will be receiving a lot of monetary
contributions. We could see donations from the corporate community, but
that would pretty much necessitate charitable status. The charity
designation does bring a lot more complexity to this proposal, OTOH it
would be hard to operate and do outreach effectively without it. We'll
have to weigh that up, and it should become clearer in time.

my 0.02 

I hope to be in Boston on March 24/25, and I agree with you Fabian, that
would be a good time to get things in gear.



On Tue, 2012-01-24 at 15:16 -0500, Fabian Rodriguez wrote:
> 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.
> Cheers,
> Fabian Rodriguez
> Montreal, QC
> http://libreplanet.org/wiki/User:MagicFab
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