Thursday February 14, 2002
Refuge in the sangha....how the sangha can help the cause..
The idea of taking refuge in the sangha is one where the sangha will help you in your common cause.
Our common cause is PERL.
There are opportunities that we miss in promoting this wonderful thing.
Free trips for the people who make PERL what it is for example. I have a LOT of frequent flyer miles since I am Elite on Northwest. You know if I had the opportunity to give up some of those miles to get Larry, Randal or any other perl luminaries to spread the gospel I would. Without question. I am not good enough to instruct people in the ways of PERL but I can help in this way.
What about YAPC? How to defray the costs? I spent time in the travel industry in a recent previous life and I thought of an idea. If the host PM group finds a local travel agency (fairly decent in size) and has them to negotiate a rate for hotels nearby and a group rate with airlines, they can always agree to a revenue sharing agreement where by some of the commission goes back to the PM group or YAPC. Corporations do it, why not YAPC?
Hosting services. Has any PM group ever considered the idea of getting themselves a reseller account and selling virtual hosting space to PM members? A reseller's account where the PM pays 2.00 a month can easily be resold for 20.00 a month.
That would add up...
Maybe there needs to be a central web site to facilitate these ideas. I'll be the first to donate 25,000 miles towards a free ticket if anyone else is interested in joining me.
It's the VERY least I can do for all the good the PERL community has done for me.