The final few days before the call for nominations closes on the LoCo Council. I’ve had a chance to think back over the past 4 years on the LoCo Council. The friends I’ve made being on the council, the people I’ve met when travelling and the stories I’ve heard from people running their teams. All have been amazing and eye opening.
When you think your LoCo Team it’s hard to believe there are over two hundred teams world wide! Each with a story, each one does their own events, and takes part in global events doing it their way and it’s fascinating to see how people get involved in their LoCo Team. From being involved in keeping their wiki page up to date, to chairing a meeting, handing out flyers at events, staffing a booth, giving presentations, to being there and and talking to others about Ubuntu at their events catching up on IRC. It’s great to see and read how each community is doing. I’ve loved every minute of it.
Being on the council is rewarding, you get to hear about how people are doing and helping them with issues, but it also can be frustrating at times. Sometimes things don’t go as fast as you want them, keeping everyone happy at times isn’t always possible, there is always someone out there who isn’t going to like change. But you do work as a team on the council and that’s something to be proud of. You work with your peers from all over the world who come from teams who’ve been active and spreading Ubuntu and hope they bring this enthusiasm and experience to the LoCo Council.
I do think there are some challenges to face going forward, with the lack of a physical UDS it’s harder (not impossible) to really connect with teams and their experiences. It’s not always possible to have the council attend a UDS online due to work commitments, it’s also the same thing for LoCo Teams people are at work and it’s not so easy to take part and discuss issues. It’s great at times to discuss things on lists but it’s not the same as a face to face talking and getting to know your community. Perhaps a online UDS over a weekend would help this as that would mean people could attend and not have to juggle work and being part of the community.
If you’ve not considered joining the LoCo Council, why not? Is there someone on your team who you think would be good to be on the council, ask them to see if they would like to be nominated! Closing for nominations is this week on Wednesday 18th September.