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Re: [Computerbank] new branches discussion

Bruce, I have discussed it with a few in Ararat, but enthusiasm is hard to
raise, unless you have something to show.  With these people, I find it best
to just start a service, and then people just start crawling out of the
woodwork and getting interested and involved.   Its an old pattern.  You
start doing something interesting, and next minute people start standing
around watching, then next thing you know, they start saying "I could do it
better this way".  And then you have them hooked and its up and running.

----- Original Message -----
From: Bruce McCubbery <brucemcc@melbpc.org.au>
To: <computerbank@lists.linux.org.au>
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2001 8:53 PM
Subject: Re: [Computerbank] new branches discussion

> Hi Kylie and all,
> Just encapsulating a week of relative non-activity discussing this
> possibility.
> There hasn't been boo said by anyone else on 'wide about this, this time
> around (sorry), and there's not much interest on here either it seems. I
> think the Australia-wide people might be reacting to me saying it was
> coming a few too many times (Boy Who Cried Wolf sorta) before this.
> Two I contacted privately who had left 'wide said they'd gone ahead on
> their own, didn't need Computerbank..
> But Rob's still interested, if only someone on here can help him get his
> local experts, and Sydney's got four possibilities but there doesn't seem
> to be anyone on here from NSW who knows where they are.
> I'm waiting to learn the culture on the NSW list, actually I am thinking
> would be wrong for me to ask about this on there when they pretty plainly
> see themselves as NSW-only, and that's OK.
> So there are lots of slippages and Catch 22s happening.
> Although Greg will go ahead when he gets a BIG green light, I don't know
> he's discussed it with anyone else in Ararat.
> I hope this 'report' of sorts kickstarts some comments and discussion.
> Regards, Bruce
> PS. I didn't go ahead with the email I was preparing (below), not too much
> point really.
> At 09:42 12/12/01 +1100, Bruce McCubbery wrote:
> >Who's interested in a new branch? Where?
> >I was thinking about an email to send to a few personal friends and
> >contacts around Australia to let them know we are doing this now. Then I
> >thought it'd be good to talk it over on here with everyone first, it's
> >finished but so far I've said..
> >
> >---
> >
> >Computerbank wants people to start talking about setting up branches
> >wherever they live. Please let everyone know. Suggest they join the
> >Computerbank mailing list to see the discussion underway on there between
> >others interested in the same thing, and to join in that discussion as
> >as they wish.
> >
> >List-Subscribe: <http://lists.linux.org.au/listinfo/computerbank>,
> > <mailto:computerbank-request@lists.linux.org.au?subject=subscribe>
> >
> >Tell them to suss Computerbank Australia Inc.
> >http://www.computerbank.org.au/ for background.
> >
> >They expect to have everything tied up and ready by early Feb 2002 for a
> >branch to start anywhere, particularly in the bush, and want to start
> >talking to everyone on their list about it now, preparing as much as we
> >for that time. A lot of what will be needed can be done ahead of Feb
> >wherever the groups of people interested in doing it exist.
> >
> >What are they offering? Expertise and help for people who will however do
> >much of the work involved. Insurance coverage for all volunteers, answers
> >to all questions, training manuals, assistance to find a local Linux
> >who will help, assistance in local people learning Linux, assistance in
> >training the trainers they will need,
> >
> >(( what else are we offering? is what I've said so far correct? ))
> >
> >---
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