[Board] have fun today, hopes

christopher.schmidt at nokia.com christopher.schmidt at nokia.com
Mon Sep 13 06:37:42 PDT 2010

On Sep 13, 2010, at 9:27 AM, ext Mark Lucas wrote:

> Chris, 
> Appreciate the kind offer to use the board list.
> I think a separate list for ex board members makes sense for a couple of reasons.
> The board list should be primarily for the elected board.  

I disagree, and I think that at the AGM, we described the board list as an open
way to communicate with the board for OSGeo members. The goal of the board --
or at least, my goal as a member of the board -- is to be a strong representative
of the people in the OSGeo community, and I think that the best way to do
that is to increase the communication to this list from the entire community,
and especially ex-board members. 

> The ex-board members are not shy and we certainly would chime in where appropriate for board list discussions.  Ex-board members need a place to go when they step down - I'm sure that we will all respond if you need our assistance in any area - but I think that we should be very conservative and avoid any confusion on who speaks for the board.

I don't think that there is any confusion that people sending emails to
board at lists.osgeo.org necessarily speak for the board. If there's confusion
about that, we should see what we can do to fix it :)

> Consider us envoys for special missions, advisors when needed - and above all, supporters for the current leadership team
> Besides, I think we should have special badges   :-)  Maybe our portraits should adorn a virtual hallway somewhere...

A virtual hallway is fine, but a private mailing list seems less than 
an efficient method for such a thing :)

-- Chris 

> Mark
> On Sep 13, 2010, at 7:39 AM, christopher.schmidt at nokia.com wrote:
>> On Sep 13, 2010, at 7:01 AM, ext Venkatesh Raghavan wrote:
>>> Hi All,
>>> Was great to meet up with board past and
>>> present. Particularly wonderful to meet
>>> Mark and Jo from the board that I served.
>>> On 2010/09/13 19:46, Markus Neteler wrote:
>>>> On Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 12:11 PM, Mark Lucas<mlucas17 at mac.com>  wrote:
>>>> ...Count me in, I'm
>>>>> hoping to have more time to re-engage.  At the very least, we could gossip
>>>>> about how we used to do it in the old days.....  I nominate Venka to lead
>>>>> us....
>>>>> Mark
>>>> I'd like the idea of an extra "advisory board of former directors" who
>>>> volunteer
>>>> to participate and offer their opinions on the actual work to be done by us
>>>> board members.
>>> We can get started with having a mailing list
>>> ex-board at lists.osgeo.org. I would prefer this
>>> list to be private so have more fun and gossip.
>>> If most of the ex-board active on this list, I
>>> would like to request Frank or someone in SAC
>>> to kindly create the list for us.
>> I guess I'm confused; why is the board list itself not an appropriate venue
>> for this kind of discussion?
>> All members of the OSGeo community are welcome to participate here, and I think
>> that the ex-board members hold a significant amount of impact and sway in
>> the community -- otherwise they wouldn't have been on the board to begin with.
>> Encouraging ex board members to remain on the board mailing list and
>> offer their advice at any point seems perfectly reasonable and wise to
>> me. On the other hand, hosting a private mailing list for ex-board members
>> seems unnecessary to me. 
>> If someone can explain to me why the board list itself is not an ideal
>> venue for this, I am interested to hear.
>> -- Chris_______________________________________________
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