Earlier this year a few of us started talking in Drupal UK about setting up an organisation to represent the local Drupal community. The idea was to have a small focused discussion to lay the groundwork for a full discussion with the wider Drupal UK community.
We now have two proposals for the community to consider, and we would like as much feedback as possible to decide on how to proceed.
You can read one proposal below, the other proposal is available here. To make it easier to discuss the two lets call the one on this page the Drupal UK Society and the other proposal Drupal UK Association.
This proposal will be timeboxed to one month (27/07/2012), after which we will either: a) not proceed or b) start setting up the representative body.
Set up of an organisation to represent the Dupal community in the UK. All parts of this proposal are up for discussion, please do add your feedback by leaving comments.
Aims of the organisation:
Having a local body will enable us to:
Being a member and having a vote should require some minimum level of commitment - we can charge a low basic membership fee to prove commitment and provide discounts on local events (like Drupal Camps) so that community participation actually becomes cheaper for members.
By charging a fee for membership we can also check that a user actually exists, and multiple users are not in fact just one user up to mischief.
We propose the following membership categories and fees:
A pool of volunteers, elected by membership
An initial steering committee will set up society and infrastructure
We need a group of volunteers to kick things off and set up the organisation, create a site for the organisation, and oversee the election of a Governing Committee. Would you be interested in helping with this?
We would also like to encourage local Drupal group organisers to get involved if they can - they will be valuable in spreading the news among their local members and getting valuable feedback from the community.
The organisation needs to be able to:
We propose to set up a Company Limited By Guarantee (CLG)
A CLG can convert into a charity, so we have that option if it becomes enough of an advantage.
A draft constitution is here, adapted from the Scottish and Irish Drupal representative bodies. This needs to be checked to make sure that it complies with CLG regulations. We also need to draft a Memorandum of Association which is another CLG requirement.
In the same way that the world wide Drupal Association provides support for regional activities we propose that the Drupal UK Society will aim to support local initiatives by the Scottish Drupal association and any other representative bodies that are set up to represent local Drupal interests within the UK.
This proposal offers :