[LACTTE] Re: [Linux-aus] About a User Conference (was...)

Anthony Towns secretary at linux.org.au
Mon Feb 28 09:02:02 UTC 2005

Michael Still wrote:
>> Funding.
>> --------
>> I am requesting $xxx seed funding from Linux Australia, and the same 
>> amount from AUUG. The reasoning here is to spread the risk of the 
>> event, and maximise the benefits to the community and both groups.

I'm somewhat worried that having three groups (you, LA, AUUG) trying to 
run a single conference isn't that great an idea. :-/ OCG 05, eg, has 
explicitly minimal involvement from LCA and LA, and what little 
involvement there was seems to have pretty quickly resulted in chaos...

>> Chain of command.
>> -----------------
>> I would report to both Linux Australia and AUUG, but would have sole 
>> delegated control of the event. Subsequent events would be negotiated 
>> between myself, Linux Australia and AUUG if this event is a success.
>> Liability cover would be arranged through Linux Australia's event 
>> insurance.

The way of doing it under the LA banner would be to act as a 
subcommittee (of one person, possibly) of LA, acting in LA's name and in 
accord with any directions that might come from the LA committee. That's 
officially the way LCA works -- the idea is that the LA ctte shouldn't 
be giving m/any directions because the subctte knows what it's doing.

Having a joint ctte works by having representatives appointed by each 
organisation, so you'd have a couple of people from AUUG and a couple of 
people from LA, with LA/AUUG being able to direct how they vote on any 
particular issue.

Having just one person on the ctte, having to answer to two different 
groups on how you spend money doesn't seem like a great idea. We could 
just run it as a grant -- ie, you ask for money up front, then run it 
yourself -- but there'll be continuing costs that you probably can't 
estimate well enough up front which probably makes that impossible.

Those'd be my qualms anyway.


Anthony Towns <secretary at linux.org.au>
Secretary, Linux Australia Inc


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