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Ubuntu Governance Reboot: Five Proposals

Sorry, this is long, but hang in there. A little while back I wrote a blog post that seemed to inspire some people and ruffle the feathers of some others. It was designed as a conversation-starter for how we can re-energize leadership in Ubuntu. When I kicked off the blog post, Elizabeth quite rightly gave me a bit of a kick in the spuds about not providing a place to have a discussion, so I amended the blog post to a link to this thread where I encourage your feedback and participation. Rather unsurprisingly, there was some good feedback, before ...

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Ubuntu Governance: Reboot?

For many years Ubuntu has had a comprehensive governance structure. At the top of the tree are the Community Council (community policy) and the Technical Board (technical policy). Below those boards are sub-councils such as the IRC, Forum, and LoCo councils, and developer assessment boards. The vast majority of these boards are populated by predominantly non-Canonical folks. I think this is a true testament to the openness and accessibility of governance in Ubuntu. There is no “Canonical needs to have people on half the board” shenanigans…if you are a good leader in the Ubuntu community, you could be on ...

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Happy Birthday Ubuntu!

Today is Ubuntu’s ten year anniversary. Scott did a wonderful job summarizing many of those early years and his own experience, and while I won’t be as articulate as him, I wanted to share a few thoughts on my experience too. I heard of this super secret Debian startup from Scott James Remnant. When I worked at OpenAdvantage we would often grab lunch in Birmingham, and he filled me in on what he was working on, but leaving a bunch of the blanks out due to confidentiality. I was excited about this new mystery distribution. For many years ...

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Bringing Literacy to Millions of Kids With Open Source

Today we are launching the Global Learning XPRIZE complete with Indigogo crowdfunding campaign. This is a $15 million competition in which teams are challenged to create Open Source software that will teach a child to read, write, and perform arithmetic in 18 months without the aid of a teacher. This is not designed to replace teachers but to instead provide an educational solution where little or none exists. There are 57 million children aged 5 – 12 in the world today who have no access to education. There are 250 million children below basic literacy levels, even after several years of ...

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New Facebook Page

As many of you will know, I am really passionate about growing strong and inspirational communities. I want all communities to benefit from well organized, structured, and empowerinfg community leadership. This is why I wrote The Art of Community and Dealing With Disrespect, and founded the Community Leadership Summit and Community Leadership Forum to further the art and science of community leadership. In my work I am sharing lots of content, blog posts, videos, and other guidance via my new Facebook page. I would be really grateful if you could hop over and Like it to help build some momentum ...

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