[OKFN-MENA] FWD: Refining the Local Groups Network structure

Tarek Amr tarekamr at gmail.com
Wed Apr 16 16:14:02 UTC 2014

Thank you Rayna for your email

الترجمة العربي بعد قليل

As explained by Rayna, currently the Open Knowledge foundation is
discussing ways to make it easier for those who want to join or establish
local initiatives in their countries. The final form for how things will be
organized id still being discussed, but what I am sure of, that whatever
the final form is, it will make it easier for those in countries with no
OKF presences to join the network more easily, and for countries with
existing local presences, it should be easier for others to join those
existing ones and collaborate with them.

كما شرحت راينا، فهناك الكثير من النقاش الذي يدور حول المستقبل التنظيمي
للمبادرات المحلية والتمثيل الإقليمي للمؤسسة وسبل تطوير، وأنتم مدعويين
للمساهمة في هذا النقاش، لكن الأكيد أن الهدف من هذا التغيير هو تيسير إنضمام
بلدان جديدة للمؤسسة طالما كان هناك مهتمين بنشر المعرفة المفتوحة فيها، وفي
البلدان المغطاة بالفعل، فالهدف هنا هو توسيع المشاركة وعدم حصر الأمر على
متطوع أو عدد قليل من المتطوعين

Thus, we encourage you first to read through the document shared in the
previous email, and participate in the discussion. And we also ask check
the list of the covered countries so far here, and if you have ideas for
initiatives that you want to pursuit into your country, contact your local
ambassador, if there is one, or contact the apply to become a local
organizer there .. and of course Rayna, Abderahman and myself would be very
happy to help you.

لذا فنحن ندعوكم لقرائة الوثيقة المرفقة مع الإيميل السابق، وطرح ما لديكم من
أفكار حولها، وأيضا ندعو كل من لديه أفكار لمبادرات أو مشاريع في بلده، أن
يتواصل مع ممثلي بلده، إن كانت بلده ممثلة في الرابط أدناه، أو تقديم طلب
إنضمام للمؤسسة من نفس الرابط، ويسعدني أنا وراينا وعبد الرحمن تقديم يد العون
لكم والمساعدة في كتابة طلباتكم

On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 2:40 PM, Rayna S <rayna at hatewasabi.info> wrote:

>   Dear all,
> I hope this finds you well :) Apologies for long silence, I've been
> travelling and frequent powercuts in Cairo weren't particularly helpful for
> sending emails and doing stuff online...
> Please find below a message from Christian Villum, the International
> Community Manager, on the new way Ambassadors and Local Initiatives will
> from now on be set up.
> A short background info: until now, anyone could apply to be an Ambassador
> (Abderahman and Tarek will confirm as they are the Ambassadors for Morocco
> and Egypt, respectively). A group of people could also apply as Initiative.
> The International Review Committee then reviews the applications
> (Disclosure: I am on the Committee, along with Charalampos from Greece,
> Prakash from Nepal and Oleg from Switzerland). And it is where the whole
> was getting super messy as people with really wildly varying involvement
> levels within the Open Knowledge Foundation could apply. I'll skip the
> details on frequent 'open washing' proponents or conflict of interest
> afficionados.
> The Ambassador/Initiative application process was thus redesigned to
> include a more uniform criteria set and to especially require that people
> have been involved with OKF for some time prior to decide to apply for a
> representative. Give the new program a read and share your opinions if you
> like :)
> Rayna
>  Dear Local Groups coords,
> During the past year of running the Local Groups scheme
> (Ambassador/Initiative/Chapter) our global network has grown tremendously
> (over 40 groups by now), and we've been collecting valuable experience
> across the field. Additionally, many of you have been providing us with
> really valuable feedback and advice - in particular those of you engaging
> in the International Council. A huge thanks for that!
> Based on your feedback, we have come up with a plan to refine and simplify
> the structure of the global Local Groups network to make it even more agile
> - as well as ensure that it supports both your ongoing work and continual
> growth in the best possible way.
> You can find the refining plan here:
> Local Group restructuring proposal<https://docs.google.com/a/okfn.org/document/d/1x3aw0pWhqVmKr3NlexuYDIXpTjiYAEn-MYDQ6Ixu4OU/edit>
>   The idea is to ideally implement these changes over the next couple of
> weeks. Feedback as always very welcome!
>  Next, we'll dive into the process of restructuring the International
> Council - and the first step is reaching out to you all to give us feedback
> on that as well (more on that within the next couple of weeks).
>  We are here to discuss if anything is unclear!
>  -Christian, Neal, Katelyn & the Local Groups team
> --
> Christian Villum
> International Community Manager
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Best Regards
Tarek Amr

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