[LGM] Community funding LGM 2013

Alexandre Prokoudine alexandre.prokoudine at gmail.com
Mon Dec 3 10:14:58 PST 2012

Hi Femke,

I'm afraid that we are long past the time when anything could be
crowdfounded. To make successful fundraiser, it needs a plan and
goals, which is difficult for a conference.

No matter which platform is used, the campaign needs:

- a list of benefits for the community;
- an explanation, how the money will be used;
- a list of people/projects who will be participating.

That's the bare minimum.

Hence I would suggest to open talk submissions _now_ and start slowly
reviewing them a month later.

We do 3 conferences a year where I work. We never get wire transfers
from future participants until we start 'throwing a bone": interviews
with keynote deliverers and program committee members, program
updates, special projects etc.

So it boils down to having a media plan. And that means you need to
establish relations with online media.

Coincidentally, I'm working on a social media presence strategy for
our next conference right now, so while I'm in the swing, there is a
separate mail in progress.

Alexandre Prokoudine

On Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 9:20 PM, Femke Snelting <snelting at collectifs.net> wrote:
> Hello,
> Time to get the community funding for LGM 2013 going...
> Do we stay with pledgie? http://pledgie.com/campaigns/16614
> Alexandre P: would you have time to coordinate this effort?
> The pledgie platform is far from vibrant but I'm not so sure about others
> (often all-or-nothing funding which I think does not work for LGM).
> And what about this:
> https://crm.fsf.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=8 Could be
> interesting to fund through Free Software Foundation, what do you think? Any
> experience with this?
> Our target should be again 10.000 I think but it would be nice to meet our
> goal this year ;-)
> F
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