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  1. Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 20:22:37 +0200
  2. From: Koen Martens <gmc@ohm2013.org>
  3. To: orga@lists.ohm2013.org
  4. Subject: Re: [ohm2013-orga] i quit
  5.  
  6. [-- PGP output follows (current time: do 25 apr 2013 20:22:58 CEST) --]
  7. gpg: Signature made do 25 apr 2013 20:22:37 CEST using DSA key ID B9053E96
  8. gpg: Good signature from "Koen Martens <kmartens@uva.nl>"
  9. gpg: aka "Koen Martens (gmc) <gmc@limesco.org>"
  10. gpg: aka "Koen Martens <gmc@ohm2013.org>"
  11. gpg: aka "Koen Martens (Founder) <gmc@revspace.nl>"
  12. gpg: aka "Koen Martens <gmc@open-search.net>"
  13. gpg: aka "Koen Martens (Kernel Hacker) <gmc@metro.cx>"
  14. gpg: aka "Koen Martens (Kernel Hacker) <kmartens@sonologic.nl>"
  15. gpg: aka "Koen Martens (Kernel Hacker) <gmc@sonologic.nl>"
  16. gpg: aka "Koen Martens <gmc@hackerspaces.org>"
  17. gpg: aka "Koen Martens (gmc) <gmc@hackerspaces.nl>"
  18. gpg: aka "Koen Martens (gmc) <gmc@mediastudies.nl>"
  19. gpg: aka "Koen Martens (gmc) <k.f.j.martens@uva.nl>"
  20. [-- End of PGP output --]
  21.  
  22. [-- BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE --]
  23.  
  24. On Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 01:06:48AM +0200, Koen Martens wrote:
  25. > On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 12:07:11PM +0200, Koen Martens wrote:
  26. > > I quit.
  27. >
  28. > I have spoken to many people today, and apparently a number of you think
  29. > i am essential for making this event happen. I think that is over-rating
  30. > my role in this, but i've heard people whom I respect very much tell me
  31. > I should not quit.
  32. >
  33. > It's not a decision I made lightly though. The motivation to organise this
  34. > event (and the one in 2009) has always been that I think it is important
  35. > that the community meets. I think these events are important, for the community
  36. > and for society.
  37. >
  38. > However, over the past weeks/months (maybe years already) i've seen a face
  39. > of the community that does not go down well with me. We (and yes, all of
  40. > us) seem to be more content spending time stabbing eachother in the backs
  41. > than focus our energy in positive change in the world.
  42. >
  43. > I've seen that within the Dutch hacker-community, i'm now seeing it within
  44. > the large community where a significant number of people seem to be intent
  45. > on using FUD to sabotage OHM.
  46. >
  47. > The hackers of this world have become a political party: too busy with
  48. > internal strife to actually make a difference in any way, not even able
  49. > to punch a hole in a wet newspaper.
  50. >
  51. > With that realization, my motivation to organize these events has
  52. > evaporated. It's a sad realization that something I once believed in
  53. > turns out to be an illusion.
  54. >
  55. > Well, I will sleep on this a night. I reject the notion that I am somehow
  56. > irreplacable (i mean, what if i am hit by a meteorite?). Yet, I can not
  57. > ignore the voices of those people I respect and have told me to stay on.
  58. > Perhaps those voices will provide enough motivation to carry on and make
  59. > OHM2013 happen. I mean, it's only 4 more months right?
  60. >
  61. > Thanks all, for the uplifting responses.
  62.  
  63. After a restless night, and a relaxing afternoon at work, i've come to some
  64. conclusions.
  65.  
  66. First of all: sorry for scaring you all. I've received so many encouraging
  67. emails, pm's, texts and rejections of my resignation that I can only conclude
  68. that I should stay.
  69.  
  70. However, there's a condition! It's only 3 months away before we start build
  71. up, and there is a lot still to do! I can not do this on my own, and the
  72. board can not do it alone either. Spiders email was spot on: we need to pull
  73. together now to make this happen!
  74.  
  75. This might very well be the last of these events ever. There are, apparently,
  76. only a handful of people stupid enough to want to take up responsibility to
  77. make something like OHM happen. We've had the great initiators that pulled
  78. the cart until 2005. A new group stood up in 2009, of which I myself have
  79. been / am a part. But I shall not be around in 2017 to organize another
  80. edition, nor are my friends at HXX.
  81.  
  82. Not only that, the government is really tightening up with all kinds of stupid
  83. rules making these events nearly impossible. Silly rules with a big financial
  84. consequence. I know, Rop said this in 2005 already. We're now finally starting
  85. to feel the brunt of the laws Rop predicted would come into force.
  86.  
  87. So, let's make this one count! If it's going to be the last, as I fear, let's
  88. make it a blast!
  89.  
  90. Tnx,
  91.  
  92. gmc
  93.  
  94.  
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