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KM4Dev Core Group Meeting

On Saturday morning the KM4Dev core group was joined by all those participants who were interested in KM4dev community “business”. The morning was divided in two sessions: One that was looking at the history, context, purpose, challenges and opportunities of the Km4Dev core group, and a second session where we explored in groups issues, and ideas related to our community.
The first session was handled in a Fishbowl format and generated quite a lot of interest, the second session was again an Open Space and participants came up with the following topics / ideas for discussions:

  • Technology issues in relation to Dgroups and the Re-structuring of our KM4Dev Tech Infrastructure
  • What are possible Criteria & KM4Dev quality standards of joint projects?
  • Writing a  proposal to fund a Km4Dev incubator
  • Create KM4Dev Regional chapters
  • What are the expectations from KM4Dev for sponsored participants?
  • How can we finance our meetings?
  • Lets organize a Community Action Day
  • Ways to move forward the Network of Networks work

You can find already some details about each idea and the notes from the reporting back session at the Km4Dev wiki:
http://www.km4dev.org/wiki/index.php/KM4Dev_Workshop_-_Lisbon_(Almada),_June_2008:_information_for_participants#Core_Team_Meeting

Some points that pooped up very strongly in the discussions:

  • The need to coordinate funding efforts
  • The need to crystallize some principles for the community with respect to governance and finances if we go the path of fundraising
  • The strong feeling that it is time to open regional chapters and that there is lots of energy out there to go ahead. Yeah!
  • The wonderful idea of the community day: straightforward, easy, and energizing!