Absolutely. Help goes a long way. I now have two co-organizers – Francesc Campoy and Ken Fromm – for GoSF… And our meetups are usually 150 people per meetup, and it is — I’m beyond thankful for the assist most of the time, and especially starting new jobs etc. It makes it a lot easier to know that you have people that you can rely on… Because the other aspect of this is you’re doing it generally for free; it’s your free time, you’re not being paid to set up these meetups, so the more help, the better.
I do see an interesting question kind of popping up, which is “Okay, I have started to help out my meetup organizer; maybe I have done a GoBridge workshop, or I’ve hosted a meetup, maybe I’ve started to write tutorials… How do I go from the local meetup to going to more regional and then global?” Because it’s not such a thing where I feel like you can just go from small to large; it took me years before I kind of felt like I understood what the global Go community looks like, and that’s still growing and changing every day and I’m still learning so much, especially in the last three months… But a lot of that for me goes from investing time in your local communities and getting your contacts there, and then getting on Gopher Slack, getting to know there’s a whole meetup organizers channel, so who are those people… And then, starting to look at conferences, honestly. Not everyone has the ability to travel to a lot of conferences, but maybe trying to get to one that’s close enough to you; if so, applying to the diversity scholarship… And then maybe just submitting a talk.
It’s very interesting, because over the last week, internally at the Go team we’ve been talking a lot about resources, and then I’ve talked to many conference organizers over the last few weeks, and they have put out these tweets, and I don’t know if you’ve seen them… Where it’s “If you wanna help people build a CFP or an abstract (whichever word you want), then raise your hand, basically. So retweet, or say yes.”
[00:12:10.03] Russ Cox actually started a page on GitHub (we can add it to the show notes, or something like that). It’s in the Go Wiki and it’s called New Speakers. It is a list of people who have offered their services to help build abstracts, and I think that these types of collective information pools are going to make it easier for someone to go from a local impact to global impact… But to some extent there is some pressure on community organizers like myself to make sure those tools are available to our community.