[Linux-aus] Have you considered nominating for a position on the Linux Australia Council?
kathy at kathyreid.id.au
Mon Dec 16 17:37:37 AEDT 2019
You will have seen the official notifications go out from the current LA
Council. As someone who served on Council for five years as Sec, VP and
Pres, I'd like to add a few (unofficial) cents to the conversation.
Being a force for change
Is there something you think LA doesn't do well? Some sort of change or
program you would like to see implemented? Being on Council is an
opportunity to do this, to set projects in motion and be able to work
with others to see them come to fruition. It might be one big thing, or
a bundle of smaller changes you'd like to make, but your efforts can
have lasting change on the LA organisation, and, importantly, the wider
opensource community LA serves.
I wish Linux Australia would do X...
If you've ever thought "I wish Linux Australia would do X", well, now is
your opportunity to do X. All too often I see comments lamenting that LA
doesn't do enough $BLAH, or needs to change their approach to $BLERGH.
LA Council is 7 people, supported by a handful of active Subcommittees,
like Admin Team, Media & Web Team and event teams. Feedback and a desire
to improve are great. Effort to realise lasting change is better.
A stronger resume
Previous opportunities I've been offered have been in no small part
because of my experience heading up Linux Australia. Serving on Council
is hard work. It's challenging. But it's also great experience, and
employers recognise that.
As a volunteer organisation, Linux Australia is reliant on
volunteers for organisational survival
For better or worse, Linux Aus is an entirely volunteer organisation.
Council are not paid, Event organisers are not paid. Linux Aus relies on
people putting their hand up to remain strong. We're in an enviable
position compared to other not for profits in Australia; we host a
portfolio of events, have strong membership, and money in the bank. That
position has been won through the laudable efforts of volunteers for
over 20 years. Without that volunteer force, the organisation may, over
time, take the dwindling and dormant path so many other similar
organisations now find themselves in. That means every year people need
to put their hand up to keep carrying the organisation forward.
Different voices and different perspectives help make us stronger
It's great to have a mix of continuity and fresh faces on Council.
People with previous experience have organisational history, a network
of contacts and know what needs to be done. New additions bring fresh
perspectives, ideas and talents, and the ability to question the status
quo. Different genders, backgrounds and experiences help different
perspectives to be represented and voiced.
Please consider nominating.
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