[Talk-us] Reaching out to Local User Groups
kathleen.danielson at gmail.com
Wed Feb 6 22:37:45 GMT 2013
Excellent point-- what I had in mind was something along the lines of what
the Boston Python Workshop <http://bostonpythonworkshop.com/about/> has
done-- they provide intro to Python workshops that encourage diversity
within the local python communities. They have had a lot of success
packaging their organizer toolkit, but they also have grants from the
Python Foundation to send trainers to the events. Obviously there are some
structural differences (looking to kick start communities, rather than
diversify existing ones, etc) but I think it's worth exploring.
I think this is something we can try on a small scale first (a few of us
from DC could head to Baltimore for a Saturday kickoff), and there is lots
more discussion to be had, but like I said-- I'd put this as a goal 6
months down the road, at least. Plenty of time to determine whether or not
it could be useful.
On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 5:32 PM, Steve Coast <steve at asklater.com> wrote:
> On Feb 6, 2013, at 2:30 PM, Richard Weait <richard at weait.com> wrote:
> > hrm. imho, having outsiders parachute in to (kick-)start a local group
> discourages local leadership. The locals end up thinking, "hey, they'll
> come back and we can do it again some time. No need for us to organize
> anything", or something. That's not our goal. :(
> Right, but we also know what happens when we try nothing: nothing happens.
> What we *really* want is data, rather than our opinions, on what works.
> But, that is hard and expensive to obtain :-)
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