I encourage forum staff to try to attend UDS Mountain View. I have also requested sponsorship to go myself. Real progress can be made by talking to people in person.
Not only can “forum attendees” talk about forum integration but they can also actively participate in the drafting of the specifications and try to arrange BOF’s for subjects they care about and have something useful to say about. Ofcourse there’s only limited time for a limited number of BOF’s.
This can also be a small part of a “solution” : have more forum staff request Ubuntu Membership and have more of them blogging to planet.ubuntu.com
read my entire post in the Bridging Ubuntu thread