Andy Warren asked a question in another post inviting us to say no to one of his idea's I would like to put that example forward to show the kind of considered response members would receive should their idea not be possible: SQLSaturday in Every State/Country. Tell me why we aren’t having at least one event in every US state? What about every country? PASS Board, you want to see a vision for growth, here it is.
Thank you for your idea Andy, however at the time we do not have the infrastructure or the finances in place in order to be able to undertake a task of the magnitude to which you are suggesting at this moment in time.
In order to clarify why this is not possible we need to look at the constantly changing landscape of world affairs. A quick internet search provides a number of different answers to the number of countries that exist ranging from 189 to 196 (The US State Department recognizes 194 according to http://www.worldatlas.com/nations.htm).
This is a large number of events that would require more administrative staff with specific language and cultural skills than we presently have. It could also place a great financial burden on not only PASS but our sponsors which may detract from existing planned events on the calendar.
As a long term goal the vision is noteworthy, but I think we need to make this a staged approach. If you would permit me here is how I think we can turn the suggestion into a more reasonable and sustainable growth plan:
1. Make a prioritized list of languages that we feel would increase membership.
2. Create a new virtual chapter for each of the top 5 languages.
3. Report on engagement numbers and see if there are any volunteers in those regions that would be willing to either help lead or provide translation skills for organizing physical events.
4. Plan to hold 1 - 2 SQL Rally size events per year in each continent outside of the US where we have language support within the next n (possibly 3) years.
5. Revisit and reassess step 1 based upon outcome of growth and engagement of step 4 every year.
I hope that you understand the rationale behind the decision and would love to hear further input from you on this matter.
Thank you for your continued support of the community.
As you can see what I am trying to achieve is to spend some time with the originator of the idea to develop their initial thought and take it to a place where we can give it the consideration that input from the community deserves.