[Board] Support from Charter

Venkatesh Raghavan raghavan at media.osaka-cu.ac.jp
Mon Dec 19 05:42:21 PST 2011

On 2011/12/14 15:05, Frank Warmerdam wrote:
> On 11-12-13 02:57 AM, Ravi Kumar wrote:
>> Dear Board,
>> a few points for consideration.
>> The charter members, are a learned lot and the OSGeo can benefit from 
>> their
>> collective wisdom
>> They can participate and tilt the result of
>> 3. Expenditure beyond a certain limit.. Say (only an example) 10 k USD
> Are you suggesting that any charter member should be able to authorize
> $10000.00 expenditures regardless of budget, etc?  This could easily get
> way out of hand!  Generally speaking we budget money to committees and
> the committees can decide how, within reason, to spend that money.  But
> with limited resources and the risk of haphazard spending I am not 
> keen on
> some sort of blanket spending authorization for the 100 charter members
> much less the 9 board members (as individuals)!

Think that what Ravi is trying to say is that any "expenditure beyond
a certain limit" could seek for a broader consensus form CM's and rather 
decision by the OSGeo BOD alone.

Ravi, can correct me if I am wrong.

I consider OSGeo to be an evolving organism led by Board of Directors (BOD)
who are elected by Charter Members (CM). Positive attribute  CM is being 
a "do-er"
whose accomplishments are recognized by the entire of the OSGeo community.
OSGeo do-ocracy (http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Do-ocracy)  states 
attach to people who do the work, rather than elected or selected 
So, I think CM's are expected to do more than electing the OSGeo BOD and 
new CM's.
Since CM's have the responsibility for the sustainable growth of OSGeo, 
they might
as well have a more say on how OSGeo is governed and how the OSGeo funds 



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