News about summit funding

Magnus Melin mkmelin+mozilla at iki.fi
Sun Sep 7 11:42:32 UTC 2014


On 04.09.2014 23:34, Kent James wrote:
> On 9/4/2014 8:29 AM, Mike Conley wrote:
>> Hey tb-planning,
>>
>> For the past few weeks, we've been in a "go / no-go" holding pattern for
>> the proposed summit, because our funding wasn't assured.
>>
>> Today, mhoye received e-mail from Mitchell saying that we've got the OK
>> to spend the funds allocated to Thunderbird on our gathering.
>>
>> That sounds like enough of a "go" to me - rkent, do you concur?
> Sorry to be slow to respond to this, I've been busy doing debugging 
> all morning that requires I run Thunderbird on a test profile. Thanks 
> Mike for working on this, and yes this is good news!
>
> So do you have the authority to spend that money now? If not, does 
> anybody? How much money is it? Are there restrictions? Like, how do I 
> answer Roland's question "Kent: please let me know as soon as you can 
> if you can fund my travel out of the Thunderbird funds" Who has the 
> authority to answer that? I certainly don't.
>
> I was hoping for more clarity at this point. At the rate things have 
> been progressing, it could easily be weeks before we get that clarity 
> - and we are less than 6 weeks away from the proposed summit.
>
> My sense is that there are just too many unknowns at this point to 
> move forward in time for October. It is already way, way late to be 
> trying to get travel and such organized. I really think we should 
> consider declaring victory, then get the accounting and governance 
> organized so that we can make decisions concerning how we allocate the 
> money, and reschedule for some time in the winter or spring so that we 
> have proper time to promote and plan this.
>
> Let's hear what other people say, and make a decision on Monday. Mike, 
> can you get more clarity on this?
>
> October or later folks?
>

October works for me.

Indeed it's a victory, but also an excellent example of how the 
government structure is way too stale atm.

  -Magnus




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