How to challenge/deal with inspiring/opportunity creating but economically self-exploiting EU/Event offers?
given the following inquiry/offer (see attachment), I and Albert received by the http://www.digitalfreedomfestival.com/ to give a keynote there and join an illustre podium round (see below) at their 1000 participants event in Riga 27-29.11, I would like to start a generell discussion here (after having talked about it also with Albert and Javier who suggest the same procedure).
On the one hand, opportunities like this are a good opportunity for OuiShare and whoever goes to gain visibility, make connections, learn, improve, have an impact, make a difference etc.
On the other hand, this (often EU settings) invite people but don't pay for the time invested or not even for the transport or accomodation saying if they pay people will not be objective because it is a paid service. This is of course baloney as these (EU commissions) events force freelancers and networks like us to self-exploite ourself in order to contribute, influence or have impact or exclude us and thus they end up one-sided with just politicians, academics and lobbyist getting payed exactly for this.
1. Should we have a general position as OuiShare, e.g.preformulated text to use?
2. Should we leave it to each individual of use receiving this inquiries if they want to do it under the suggested conditions?
3. What are experiences or best practices of others? (It is not the first time I get this kind of inquiries and I guess many of you too)
4. Where or how to post these kinds of inquiries/offers if the addressee can't go (like in the case of Albert going to Colaboamerica) or me thinking if I should. So maybe others can or want to go?
5. If we - as OuiShare - still want to use these opportunities is or should there be a fund to help out? If so, how much? Who decides? Should there be certain rules (e.g. there is the possibility to ask for a certain budget once a year for each connector or active OuiSharer so that everybody getting an offer to go at least once (a year)?
6. I guess there are more questions. Please pose them.
Happy to talk about this specific case (they first said they couldn't pay costs, but got them at least to cover transport and might get them also to cover accomodation), but also in generall and for future handling.
You find more information on this specific case on http://www.digitalfreedomfestival.com/ and the discussion will be with:
Arvils Ašeradens, Minister for Economics and Deputy Prime Minister (confirmed)
Filomena Chirico, Member of Jyrki Katainen Cabinet at European Commission (confirmed)
Pēteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit, Startups and Innovation, Digital Single Market Directorate, DG CONNECT (confirmed)
A representative from OuiShare think-tank community (to be confirmed)
Enn Metsar, General Manager at Baltics Uber (confirmed)
Kristo Käärmann, CEO at TransferWise (to be confirmed)
So welcomed to start a debate. I suggest to use the numbers above in front of comments you make relating to these questions (or others (No. 6) you can think of.