Thank you for your reply Robert.
Robert Deutz [lead], TJ Baker [Social Media], Martijn Boomsma [Sponsoring], Ronni K.G. Christiansen [Website], Kyle Ledbetter [Design], Jon Neubauer [Communication], Brian Teeman [Program/Speakers], Jeremy Wilken [Video Documentation]
A great team of 'workers' of course with, mostly, excellent JAB organisation experience - thank you for all your work. I also understand that people will just get on with their part of the organisation and communicate only when required. Setting up the basic structure seems to have been done culminating, at the moment, with the website. At some point though, everything has to be 'co-ordinated' and it would be good if that was done in the form of a report available to the Community generally.
This conference is a community meeting (quote from the excellent JWC website)
My third suggestion was to add a member of the local JUG to the team. Particularly as that JUG has 500 members in that area. Joomla Community Members. Looking at the team above you don't need more organisers but it does seem strange not to need input from the local community with all the experience 'localness' brings eg sponsorship gathering and certainly local communication although I would hope that the excellent Joomla Marketing Team would also be closely involved in that in conjunction with the SFJUG.
Is TJ a member of the SFJUG? If so, would and could TJ be the JUG/event team liaison? Two-way liaison? Would that be acceptable to the SF JUG, the Event Team & TJ?
I hope no-one doubts the capabilities of Robert to organise an event! But, unlike JAB, this is a 'Joomla Community Meeting' and it would be good if the community, in particular the local community, were able to be involved in decisions rather than having something 'done' to them whether they like it or not. Transparency would be also let community see how our money is being spent, who is provided with transport, accommodation, food etc. Please note: I know there is no conspiracy, no attempt to hide things and I hope no-one ever thinks there could be. But wouldn't it be easy to dispel any thoughts of this by reporting openly on progress and major decisions including finance?
Imagine holding a JWC in Cape Town, for example, and not involving Jacques or Matthew & his team.
This thread could end. But it shouldn't. A compromise from 'both sides' should and could be found. This is not a request to change the way of working - it is a request to allow the community, in particular the local community, to be involved in an event currently being organised on their 'patch' by people in other parts of the world. Robert has some good suggestions re local involvement on the periphery of the event but maybe that feels like 'flower arranging' compared to the local experience the SFJUG could bring to the actual event?
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