Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Local Labs organization (II)

Deep inside a local labs, we have to consider a general internal organization.

These are the proposed objectives of a local labs

* Adapt the technology and pedagogy to an area's culture and resources (e.g, developing activities and content specific to a region)
* Help translate Sugar to the local language(s)
* Support Sugar deployments in area schools
* Create a local community devoted to the Sugar Labs principles, making Sugar more open and sustainable
* Provide for communication,between the local communities and the global Sugar Labs community
* Develop Local content and software that can be used not only for local purposes but also for the overall community
* Host, co-host or partner in the organization of conferences, workshops, talks and meetings related to the use or development of Sugar,

And these are the means proposed to accomplish these objectives.

* A university connection as a local human resource
* A local pilot user group from which to learn
* A local passion or sub-goal that provides a rational for the work
* Bi-directional communication with the global Sugar community and other Sugar Labs
* A sustainable and well-defined entrepreneurship model
* A program to reach out to local free-software community and local industry.
* A marketing program or roadmap

Internally each local labs, have to divide responsibilities between the individuals to achieve objectives, implement programs and with that reach sustainability.

But overall the people involved have to be passionate about education and free software, they have to be passionate about cultural and social changes, they have to share their knowledge and construct innovation starting from the joy of collaboration, because after all, love is better master than duty.

now we have three Local Labs starting around the world, we expect that many would start between this and next year.

* http://co.sugarlabs.org/go/Laboratorios_Azúcar_Colombia Colombia Local Labs
* http://cl.sugarlabs.org/go/Página_Principal Chile Local Labs
* http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_Labs_DC Washington DC Local Labs


Christoph said...

Please do note that while they might be called "OLPC something" for historic reasons there are many other groups and organizations doing basically the same thing as the 3 Local Labs you're mentioning (e.g. OLPC France).

Dirakx said...

Christoph, that's right, although i don't know if there is an official relationship between OLPC-Something and OLPC.
don't know if these organizations have an official recognition from OLPC, maybe some of them have, but maybe some others not, this was never clear on OLPC's side, on SL we are trying to make this clear from the beginning.

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