[Ambassadors] remember the mission

Max Spevack mspevack at redhat.com
Tue Feb 17 17:43:50 UTC 2009

When you put your Ambassadors hat on (as opposed to any of your other 
roles in Fedora), remember:

(1) You give a face and a name to Fedora.  You are a person, friendly 
and approachable.  Fedora is big and scary, but you are going to help 
make sure that *one person* finds their way through all the confusion 
into the place where they can contribute.

(2) You are the glue.  You help connect different people in different 
parts of the Project, because you are always dealing with people whose 
interests are different.  You should be eager and happy to work with 
other parts of Fedora to solve problems.

(3) People are the key.  Everything that we do -- events, budgets, swag, 
membership verifications, blogging -- it's all done as an attempt to 
make personal connections with folks who either want to use or 
contribute to Fedora.  Places where Ambassadors get together are one of 
the few times that Fedora contributors have an opportunity to meet face 
to face (other than FUDCons and FADs).

(4) You are the expert in your region.  You understand the culture, the 
needs, and the best ways to communicate about Fedora and FOSS in your 
region.  FAmSCo and other "leaders" in Fedora *work for you*, and need 
to listen to what you are saying makes sense.  We can't ignore the 
global picture, but we need to be flexible in adapting to local needs.

These are things I have been thinking about while reading 
ambassadors-list recently.


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