3 thoughts on “FOSS Social meeting”

  1. Notes for the SAOSS meeting dated 7 November 2019.  
    1.       Why did the forum collapse?
    1.1.    Review and identify strength and weaknesses
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Perform self-assessment to determine the root cause of the collapse;
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the forum as an institution and its members;
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Scan the market both inside government and outside for risks and opportunities;
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Assess the attitudes and messaging within the business and political environment.
    1.2.    Make recommendations
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Prepare a set of recommendations for adoption by the forum;
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Review/develop constitution and supporting policies. ¬†
    2.       Structure
    2.1.    Identify structure
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Identify, discuss and agree on target audience and membership;
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Agree on the structure that should be relevant taking into account that the forum has members inside and outside government;
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Manage risks of the structure, its leadership and membership that may come when members in private sector are elected into leadership positions. ¬†¬†
    2.2.    Task team
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Appoint task team to drive the forum so that it does not lose momentum and Mbombo, Karl and Prince were given the task to be the coordinating task team. ¬†
    3.       Build Capacity
    3.1.    Both private and public sector is concerned about the capacity to develop, implement, maintain and support open source products and therefore the technology uptake is delayed;
    3.2.    Develop a strategy to build the necessary capacity starting with:
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Identifying and stratifying the markets;
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Developing content;
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Developing training programmes;
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Providing training;
    3.3.    Possible funding sources
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Public sector institutions e.g. MICT SETA, DST, and Department of Communications;
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Private sector; ¬†¬†
    3.4.    Possible training platform
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Schools;
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Universities;
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Private sector businesses running on open source.
    4.       Recruitment and communication
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Identify communication messaging and related audiences;
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Establish a team to look at recruitment and communication team;
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Develop and implement recruitment and communication plan;
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Share success stories and pursue rekindle past international relationships.
    4.2.    Targeted sources of membership:
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Community members through workshop and social media platforms;
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Government institutions through workshops and lobbying leadership;
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Partnerships with local government institutions ¬†
    5.       Identify projects
    5.1.    Identify low hanging fruits
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Use these to attract clients;
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Create interest and critical mass. ¬†
    5.2.    Medium-term strategy
    –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Identify medium-term projects that will be used as a launching pad
    6.       Next meeting:
    –¬†¬†¬†Next meeting will be on 3 December 2019 at 3pm;
    –¬†¬†¬†Following meetings will be on the first Tuesday of every month.¬†

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