[Board] Improve Community Behaviour

Alex Leith alexgleith at gmail.com
Mon Aug 6 05:09:15 PDT 2018

Hi Maria

I have a couple of comments on wording:

   - Replace 'empathic' with 'empathetic'
   - I think that you want to replace 'assertive' with 'positive'? So
   '...communicate in a more positive way.' I might have it wrong here, though.

I think your intent is really good, and it's a great statement. One comment
would be that focussing on the specific issue may distract from the more
important issue, which is encouraging people to be nice! But it does
probably need to be said still, so it's probably good how it is.

Kind regards,


On Mon, 6 Aug 2018 at 18:44 María Arias de Reyna <delawen at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> As mentioned on last board meeting, I'm summarizing and posting everything
> we got so far on this subject.
> So this comes from many threads already. To simplify context: I'm trying
> to push some things to improve OSGeo as a safe space where everybody is
> welcomed and feel encouraged to work on our goals.
> CoC committee, as suspected, is gone. I volunteered to pick up the task
> and be the new CoC committee. Shared some emails with Kristin Bott for this
> and she's happy with it. It would be good if it is not only me (worst case:
> what if I am involved in something the CoC has to review?), but for a
> start, that will do.
> Actions:
> 1.- I need to get access to the CoC internal and public email. Jeff, I
> think you have privileges to do so?
> 2.- We should have some kind of news saying this. Maybe we should wait for
> the following action?
> I also wrote this statement to make them official. Pending more review.
> Remember I am not a native speaker and this is intendedly neutral. If it
> doesn't sound neutral, then please, correct me:
> "Recent events in the community have shown that we have to work on how to
> make the communication friendlier. We all, as OSGeo, must remove the recent
> bullying and campaigning mentality that is unfortunately part of the recent
> OSGeo culture. Fair play is key on all aspects of communication both inside
> and outside the community channels, because an OSGeo member represents the
> community at all times. We should remember to be empathic and kind to all
> members of the community. We are all fighting for the same goals and we
> should encourage cooperation, not hinder each other. Disclosing private
> data or hinting threats is not helpful and can only make our community less
> comfortable for everyone. We will work on improving actions on harmful
> behavior and learn how to communicate on a more assertive way. We don't
> want to punish involuntary behavior that may be harmful, but improve it to
> make the community stronger and healthier.
> We want to remind the community that, up till now, local and regional
> events are not required to disclose their budgets and accounts. Although we
> want to be as transparent as possible, we understand that each LOC can
> negotiate private agreements with different providers that benefit the
> community and can't be disclosed. This is a transparency we accept to give
> up in favor of being able to reach further. In any case, we kindly ask
> local and regional events to disclose as much information as possible, in
> addition to statistics and demographics of participants, to collect data
> that will help organize future events and improve diversity. All events,
> big or small, are important to our community and all of them are doing an
> outstanding work in expanding our mission and we want them to succeed."
> Actions:
> 3.- Please, someone review or comment or suggest or at least say it is
> fine.
> 4.- Board members, if you don't agree, please, elaborate on how to improve
> it. I don't want to delay it much further.
> The third thing I am working on is to get a revision of the CoC. For that
> I am doing first some research, but in the coming months (free time
> availability and more volunteers dependent) I expect to elaborate and
> review it to improve it.
> Actions:
> 5.- I guess me, compiling more info.
> Greetings from the beach and have a nice day!
> María.
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Alex Leith
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