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Marc and all,

On Oct 20, 2010, at 9:25 AM, Marc Paré wrote:
I have started 2 threads on the marketing list

[libreoffice-marketing] LibO in Education (JK-High School and NOT    post grad. 
[libreoffice-marketing] LibO in Academia

I am really interested in improving the LibO suite pagackaging so that it better suits these 2 
areas of education. IMHO, I hope to work with interested dev. (once they identify themselves as 
interested) so that plugins could be either moded or developed to accomplish this.

After this, we could devise a more concentrated marketing strategy to gain a larger foothold in 
the educational field. I have had 18 years of experience in this field in Ontario, Canada and 
have worked on committees at the provincial and local board levels as well as administrative 
levels as a school board specialist. I may be able to help with market strategies as well as 
expected results from approaching federal, provincial and local board levels, both at the public, 
catholic (we have this division in Canada), private levels. I also have contacts and could 
probably arrange for group testing at the teacher as well as  student levels.

I strongly agree that education is a highly strategic target for LibO. Your connections and 
experiences will be really helpful for us to devise a tactical plan. I would like to work with the 
NYC school system to promote LibO myself, though I don't have any connections there. Perhaps a 
well-designed plan could help me get started...

As for Academia, I have had over 30 years of ties both at the academic (I have taught at some 
summer workshops approx. 15-20 years ago at University level) and technical level (I am also a 
piano tuner by trade and period keyboard restoring specialist). I can probably convince an 
extremely small group for testing purposes, but I think we may have already enough academics on 
the list who are prepared to help in this way.

I see a tangible reason to bring additional people onboard as testers--it may help them develop a 
sense of "ownership" in some small way, that could gradually draw them in to becoming community 
members within the project, and our group would grow as a result. :)


Benjamin Horst
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