[OSGeo-Conf] FOSS4G Discount for Charter Members proposal

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Wed Aug 13 08:42:48 PDT 2014

Hi David, Gérald, all,

I am in support of this (if you view 'history' on the page you can see 
my edits).  When Gérald approached me with this, I was impressed with 
his vision, and that he is willing to champion such a change.

Times have changed, since the foundation has formed in 2006 until now; 
we now have a huge strong base of Charter members located across the 
globe, and we really aren't leveraging them, or giving them any benefit 
to being a Charter Member.

To me, this is more about the first paragraph in Gérald's proposal, that 
FOSS4G is more about the 'meeting of the tribes', and the 'tribe' is in 
fact Charter Members, so let us make sure that we help the tribe to 
attend the main FOSS4G event.

Of course this really depends on what the OSGeo Conference Committee 
thinks, if they agree to this or not, or agree to some form of this, or 
not.  And then it must be brought to the new Board likely, in September.

But I agree with Gérald, helping Charter Members attend our FOSS4G event 
should be a priority (and it is worth it, in my mind, in terms of any 
issues with any 'bottom line').


On 2014-08-13 10:50 AM, David William Bitner wrote:
> Gerald,
>  From the beginning of the foundation, one of the main tenants of
> membership was that the only additional benefit to Charter Membership
> was the ability to vote for Board Members and new Charter Members. Other
> than that Charter Members should (as things exist currently) not receive
> any other perks not available to the general membership.
> I am not opposed to trying to find ways to make it easier for active
> OSGeo members to receive discounts to FOSS4G, but unless we really
> change the nature of what a Charter Member is supposed to be, I don't
> think this is the right avenue. One place to start that is common in
> almost every conference is discounts for presenters.
> David
> On Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 8:38 AM, Fenoy Gerald <gerald.fenoy at geolabs.fr
> <mailto:gerald.fenoy at geolabs.fr>> wrote:
>     Dear Conference Committee,
>     I would like to ask you to review and comment the following
>     proposal: [1].
>     Waiting for your answers,
>     Best regards,
>     [1] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4GDiscount
>     Gérald Fenoy
>     http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Djay

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