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Hi Italo

Unfortunately, being located in the UK, I cannot put myself forward for SCALE. I would, in any 
case, need an awful lot of briefing beforehand before I felt sufficiently confident to address the 
detail of issues likely to be raised by the calibre of people attending SCALE.

I have to say that it comes as a surprise that US participation in LO is mainly limited to a large 
number of enthusiastic users. Is this a phenomenon peculiar to the US/Canada or representative of 
the entire world outside Europe? If the latter then perhaps a way needs to be found to identify 
supporters who may be able to act as regional "ambassadors", for want of a better term, using local 
languages to further promote active participation in the project.

Easy to come up with "blue sky" ideas like this, of course. I realise it would be a job and a half 
to implement such a thing. The fact remains though that there is an enormous pool of development 
skills in North America. There must be some way of tapping into it for the benefit of LO.


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From: Italo Vignoli <>
Sent: 09 January 2023 16:06
To: Nigel Verity <>; Mike Saunders <>
Cc: Ilan Rabinovitch <>; 
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Subject: Re: [libreoffice-marketing] Re: LO at SCALE in March?

Hi Nigel, we would love to have a US based community of LibreOffice volunteer advocates, but it 
looks like in the US we have a large number of users but we completely miss volunteers who show up 
to help the global project with activities such as staffing a booth at SCALE. TDF is the 
organization representing the LibreOffice community, and has a budget to help these activities to 
happen (for instance, we can reimburse travel and lodging expenses for events, and the production 
of swag for the booth). Unfortunately, the old volunteers coming from the OOo project have retired 
or have passed away too early, and nobody has shown up to replace them. We have had to sadly turn 
down similar opportunities at other US FOSS events during 2022, and we don't see how to solve the 

We would be happy to work with you and with other organizers of FOSS events in the US to attract 
volunteer advocates for LibreOffice. Any suggestion? Should we organize a video chat to discuss the 
topic? I would be happy to organize the video chat, inviting you and other people who can help us, 
at least with suggestions about actions to address the issue.

Does it sound feasible for you? In any case, thanks for your message, which shows that we have 
loyal users and followers in the US, and best regards, Italo

On 1/9/23 16:52, Nigel Verity wrote:

Hi Mike Is a representative of TDF the only option? I'm sure there are some top notch LO supporters 
and/or developers within a reasonable distance of SCALE. With solid briefing from TDF beforehand 
such manning of a table at the event could demonstrate well the nature of the LO project as truly 
collaborative rather than a quasi-proprietary product of TDF. Nige Mon Jan 09 15:00:48 GMT+00:00 
2023 Mike Saunders 
<><>: Hi Ilan! On 
09.01.23 15:40, Ilan Rabinovitch wrote: > > Hi Libre Office Team, Any interest in joining us in 
March? Thanks for the offer of a table! None of us in the TDF Team are in north America, so I don't 
think anyone can attend in March, I'm afraid. If something changes though, we'll let you know :-) 
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