[Board] a request for you

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Thu Oct 29 15:39:41 PDT 2015

G'Day Maria:

We are indeed starting to take steps, the first one for me (as noted) is to
get our sponsorship game in order. After that we will have a better
estimate for Michael to build a budget around. Which will allow us to plan
activities proactively. I have a few ideas on how to go about this, but we
have to tread carefully as there is a lot of pent up demand (even if just
in the form of ideas).

Keep an eye on this space, and thanks for encouraging this years board.

Jody Garnett

On 28 October 2015 at 14:56, Maria Antonia Brovelli <
maria.brovelli at polimi.it> wrote:

> Dear Directors
> saturday evening I was so lucky to run into a Paul Ramsey's tweet related
> to the mail I had sent some time ago to you (
> https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/board/2015-October/013400.html). I have
> to say that I was lucky because I'm not an assiduous frequenter of twitter
> ;-)
> But this was the occasion to start a (limited) discussion (140-character
> is definitely not enough!) about spending or not spending "our" money and
> how to do that.
> Paul concluded that "Despite repeated attempt to have plan/policy, OSGeo
> lurches from minor spending kurfuffle to minor kurfuffle. Maybe #future
> better." and I'm sure about the last point.
> In my opinion OSGeo has to plan at least annually which is the target,
> what we want to reach and (consequently) how to invest the money we have.
> This means also discussing  about volunteer activity and paid work.
> Just to mention some cases: the activity of the incubator or the SAC's
> activity or communication activities (via social media), or the creation of
> a new website. Do we need to pay someone for working on that?  Some time
> ago we spoke about OSGeo cloud but some people have not experience about
> that, other people have not time, other again have neither time nor
> experience. So, at the end, nothing happened at all.
> There are also other activities we are not considering at  the moment but
> that can be useful: for instance the production of OSGeo MOOCs (we have
> GeoForAll and therefore experts in education: why not to take advantage of
> these people for producing, as OSGeo,  professional MOOCS?) And why not to
> think about OSGeo summer of code, giving students and young people the
> possibility of implementing pieces of OSGeo software?
> In my opinion it is the very time of having a clear plan/policy.
> My proposal to the Board is to analyse the current situation, what we want
> to do and where we want to go and to propose such a plan to the community.
> Once we have decided that,  it would be easier to decide what is strategic
> and what is secondary and how to spend the money.
> And,at the end, in my opinion, the point is not to spend the money we
> have, but to invest them.
> But, for doimg that, we need a plan....
> Thanks for considering my request. I know that it is a huge work but
> designing/proposing strategies is one of your committments and we know that
> you are a wonderful team of Directors!
> Best!
> Maria
> P.S. Obviously I'm available for any discussion, if needed.
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> ________________________________________
> Da: Board <board-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> per conto di Jeff McKenna <
> jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>
> Inviato: mercoledì 28 ottobre 2015 20.20
> A: OSGeo Board
> Oggetto: Re: [Board] sponsorship document
> Thanks Jody, I have added my name to the working group.  I am moving
> this to the public discussion (as mentioned on your wiki draft page).
> As I mentioned offline, I do like giving the small
> businesses/consultants a more reachable price point than 3000 USD, so I
> am glad that you have subsequently added a 1k option
> (http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_2015_Sponsorship).
> Also, regarding organization size, could you explain this more?  Is this
> a guideline, or are you proposing that organizations must sponsor
> according to the number of employees they have?  I'll give you a
> physical example: for my local provincial non-profit GIS association (I
> was on their board a long time as well, ha, small world) the lowest
> sponsor level (bronze) is now 500 CAD.  For many years this was 250 CAD,
> and it just this went up to 500 CAD this year for bronze.  My company is
> a bronze sponsor, as well as a huge vendor, which I think is great that
> both organizations are involved there, I'm happy to see me listed with
> them.  However, that brings up several issues.  What would happen if we
> have 1000 USD as the bronze sponsor? (which I cannot afford, so I'd be
> gone)  What would happen if organization size was <3 for bronze?  That
> then knocks out both sponsors.
> Long story short, I do like adding more sponsor levels, especially for
> the average sized small business (the average business size in my
> province of Nova Scotia is 1.5 workers).  I like seeing as many logos as
> possible there, promoting their support for OSGeo.  So I even like a 500
> USD option.
> As a side note (yet strongly related), I saw today someone asking about
> the OSGeo service providers page.  Yes, interesting timing to be
> mentioning that :)
> -jeff
> On 2015-10-27 4:00 PM, Jody Garnett wrote:
> > You are welcome to take notes/ideas on the
> > wiki page <http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_2015_Sponsorship>, if so
> > please "join" the working group
> > <http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/2015_Sponsorship_Drive_Working_Group> (by
> > adding your name to the list) rather than as a board member.
> >
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