[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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> Politecnico di Milano
>
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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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