[Linux-aus] Nominating for President in 2018
kathy at kathyreid.id.au
Thu Dec 7 16:53:25 AEDT 2017
Thanks for your email, and for your support.
In terms of whether the rebrand work will continue, this is highly
likely, however a new Council is free to make other determinations.
Certainly, if I'm re-elected, I will be pushing forward with this.
We're still finalising some of the details of the rebrand, and will
share when we have a more finished product.
The rebrand seeks to reflect our evolving identify, which still
resonating with the long history we have as a community.
On 06/12/17 20:27, Ian wrote:
> Hello Kathy, I support your nomination, I think it would be great for
> Linux Australia to have you in the role again.
> I sincerely thank you for your passion and dedication to LA that you
> have shown in the President's role and in previous roles.
> I must question this opening statement and seek your clarification:
> "We've almost completed a rebrand of the organisation, the outputs of
> which will then be applied to new web and membership systems next
> year, if I'm re-elected."
> Umm, please feel free to correct me but the work that has been done so
> far will very likely continue with the new Committee, whether you are
> on it or not. Yes?
> Maybe you were suggesting that you would continue to push this process
> forward if re-elected which I fully support. But that isn't how it
> reads at present.
> Good luck to you and all nominees for this election.
> On 5 December 2017 at 12:33, Kathy Reid via linux-aus
> <linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au <mailto:linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au>>
> Hi everyone,
> I am nominating for President of Linux Australia in 2018.
> Over 2017, I've been incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity
> to lead a dedicated, professional, committed and high-performing
> team in Council. As a team, we have had rigourous debate on a
> number of issues internally, but have strived to provide a united
> face as the leadership of Linux Australia, supported incredibly by
> several subcommittees.
> We've delivered a number of key outcomes.
> We've almost completed a rebrand of the organisation, the outputs
> of which will then be applied to new web and membership systems
> next year, if I'm re-elected. We've breathed new life into our
> Grants Programme, which saw around $AUD 35k distributed to
> multiple worthwhile projects, including Womens Wednesday's at
> Ballarat Hackerspace, sponsorship of diversity and inclusion
> initiatives, such as VALA Tech Camp, and cross-pollinating open
> source with other disciplines, such as with bioinformatics -
> through STEMformatics. We've provided behind-the-scenes support
> for a number of events - although our involvement has largely been
> hands off - ensuring infrastructure like bank accounts and seed
> funding are in place. We've welcomed Linux Users Victoria as a
> subcommittee, helping to reduce their administrative overheads,
> and focus on what they do best - bringing together the Linux and
> open source community in Melbourne and surrounds. We've liaised
> and started to build relationships with other relevant
> organisations in Australia and abroad - such as through our
> WordPress MoU - although there is much work still to do here.
> We've also done the boring administrivia that ensures our
> established processes run smoothly - in building a pipeline for
> future linux.conf.au <http://linux.conf.au> and ensuring we do
> forward budget planning, that we have insurance coverage, that
> we're complying with Fair Trading NSW law, and that our bills are
> paid on time. We've also made strong efforts to communicate our
> activities this year - providing space and opportunity for
> feedback, criticism and dialogue. Thank you to those who have
> taken that opportunity - while we may not have always solved an
> issue, feedback helps us ensure we're in alignment with the wishes
> of the Linux Australia community.
> We've had our challenges.
> Striking the balance between freedom of expression, and creating
> an environment where *all* open source practitioners, developers
> and users feel welcomed remains a challenge. Sometimes we get that
> balance right, and sometimes we need to work harder to shift the
> pendulum. While we have more diversity of genders attending Linux
> Australia events, this is nowhere near parity. And our community
> is overwhelmingly white - which is not reflective of the diversity
> in Australia - not just diversity of ethnicity - but diversity of
> viewpoints, diversity of thinking, diversity of approaches.
> Together we do better. We're also challenged by capacity. A
> 7-person volunteer Council puts in tens of hours per week just to
> "keep things running" - one of the reasons that some of the goals
> for this year have been delayed (web refresh and new member
> database). We need to be realistic about what we can achieve with
> an entirely voluntary leadership team, and a revenue model that is
> based entirely on volunteer efforts. We do not want to see burnout
> in our community or in Council.
> Why me?
> It would be easy to say "well, no-one else is silly enough to put
> up their hand", but this would insult those whose steps I've
> followed - Hugh, and Josh, and John, and James, and Stewart, and
> Jon, and Pia, and Anand, and Terry. You shouldn't nominate me, or
> vote for me because there's no one else. You should vote for me
> because you have confidence in my ability to lead, and you believe
> in the direction I want to take us in. If there are others with
> other directions and visions - great - we benefit from a diversity
> of strategies, and the desire and drive to fulfill them.
> Where to?
> Next year, I would like to continue the momentum we've built in
> 2017 - running the Grants Program again, and continuing to refresh
> our aging systems. I would like us to continue to foster
> relationships with other technology organisations and identifying
> where we can work jointly on issues that affect us, and effect
> greater change. We need to review whether our name - Linux
> Australia - effectively captures what we do now. And we need to
> continue to incrementally improve our operational processes, and
> make things easier for those running events under our umbrella -
> through templates, well documented procedures and so on. We also
> need to be aware of the pipeline issue we face - we have fewer
> younger and newer members, and we don't have strong methods for
> attracting new members to our community. Those who survive and
> thrive are those who can best adapt to change, and we need to evolve.
> Full disclosure of interests:
> * I currently contract with Mycroft.AI, an open-source company
> specialising in natural language processing and artificial
> * I run my own microbusiness - kathyreid.com.au
> <http://kathyreid.com.au>, where I contract in web development
> and data visualisation
> * I sit on two committees with G21 - the Geelong Regional
> Alliance (Education and Training and Economic Development)
> * I hold a BA in Indonesian and security studies, a BS in
> Information Systems and an MBA (Computing)
> Kind regards,
> Kathy Reid
> Kathy Reid
> email: kathy at kathyreid.id.au <mailto:kathy at kathyreid.id.au>
> mobile: 0418 130 636
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> -- Ian
Independent digital consultant
email: kathy at kathyreid.id.au
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