ALE CENTRAL MTG. for Thurs., July 19th, 2012

Filed at 9:02 pm July 18, 2012 under by Ruscetta

In a spirit of improving the value and relevance of the ALE organization
to both its members and to the wider Open Source and IT communities,
the ALE Central Meeting for 7:30pm on Thursday, July 19th, 2012 will
be an open discussion and brain storming session to share feedback on
what is or isn’t working in ALE now, and to consider what new directions
may be worthy of exploration and commitment:

A Public Forum Discussion
moderated by Aaron Ruscetta,
ALE Events Coordinator (etc)

— As an essentially anarchist organization with no formal charter or
managing hierarchy, the structure and operations of ALE are a highly
representative (and self referential) model of the Open Source ideals and
communities that we strive to support. Like most Open Source software
projects, the duties of maintaining the organization and services are
handled by whatever small cadre of volunteers may feel motivated to
step up and do the necessary or envisioned work. ALE has kept itself
running fairly smoothly for about 17 years under this system, but in
consideration of the changes that the IT industry and the Open Source
world have undergone in recent years it seems that a little self reflection
on our efforts and re-evaluation of our group’s future goals may be in

— Aaron Ruscetta has been an active ALE member and volunteer since
discovering an avid enthusiasm for Linux and the FLOSS philosophy
back in 1998. For the past several years he has served as a public face
for the group in various roles including FLOSS Evangelist, meeting
moderator, web site manager and Events Coordinator, as well as
offering public education presentations and civic duty lobbying
surrounding the issues of computerized election systems and electronic
vote fraud. Aaron’s volunteer efforts with ALE have been directly
supported by numerous fellow members, including Michael Hirsch,
Charles Shapiro, J.D. Pfulgrath, Michael Warfield, Michael Trausch,
Joshua Roberts, Stephen Blevins and ALE sysadmin Jim Kinney, and
indirectly by the countless ALE and FLOSS community members who
generously provide relevant presentations or who actively participate
in our meetings and mailing lists.

The meeting will be held at Emory Law School in our
usual Gambrel Hall, room 1C venue.
Our meeting time frame is 7:30pm to ~9:30pm
Directions to Emory Law School can be found at

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