[OSGeo-Discuss] Charter Members: What kind of an OSGeo Board do we want?

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Fri Oct 13 08:33:01 PDT 2017

Hi Steven,

Your questions are great, and I think I tackled most of them in my 
manifesto/vision document.  But I think I did not properly address the 
"what has not worked as well as you hoped?".

In a job interview this is always a good question, a great way to 
self-examine and openly discuss things that come more difficult for you.

I think in my case, I let my passion sometimes get in the way of 
professionalism.  This is my downside in OSGeo.  I have so much passion 
for helping the OSGeo community, that I can sometimes come off as 
disrespectful to others in the community (Andrea Ross, Bart, Mark 
Lucas).   I am sorry for that.   If we were at an event right now I 
would walk directly over to each of them now to talk.   I am sorry that 
my words were disrespectful to you, and (in each case) I am sure I was 

I am sure there are others upset at me, for almost 17 years is a long 
time to work in the Open community.

I am truly sorry.

If it sounds not meaningful, this actually comes from my heart.  We are 
all on the same team.

I support you all as leaders, true leaders.

I may have failed you in the past.

I am sorry.

Steven, thanks for the great questions.  I hope my honest answer helps 
understand me, just one of the many great nominees for the 2017 Board.


On 2017-10-09 11:12 AM, Steven Feldman wrote:
> First up my respect and thanks to the 9 candidates that have agreed to 
> stand for a position on the OSGeo Board. 
> https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_Member_Nominations_2017 It is a 
> fantastic indication of our vibrant, passionate community that we have 9 
> people willing to offer their experience, wisdom, energy and most 
> importantly time to serve.
> Charter members, we have a tough choice to make to select 5 of these 9 
> outstanding candidates to serve for the next 2 years. I thought I would 
> share some of the considerations that will influence my choices when we 
> get to vote, they may help others to identify what is important to them 
> in making their choices and they may also prompt some of the candidates 
> when they write their personal statements/manifestos.
> We have an opportunity to shape the board in terms of professional 
> background, gender and experience
>   * The current board is balanced between practitioners/developers and
>     academics - do we want to maintain that balance?
>   * Currently 3/9 of the board are women (Anita is standing down, thanks
>     for your contributions, Helena is standing for re-election)
>   * 4 of the 5 board members standing down are standing for re-election,
>     additionally 2 past members of the board are standing for election.
>     There are 3 candidates who have not served on the board.
> Some questions for candidates:
>   * If you are standing for re-election - what roles have you taken in
>     the last 2 years? what do you believe you have achieved and what has
>     not worked as well as you hoped?
>   * All candidates - what role, specific topics would you like to work
>     on within the board and why? what do you hope to contribute and
>     achieve in the next 2 years?
>   * If there was only 1 thing you could change in the next 2 years what
>     would it be?
> May the FOSS be with you all
> ______
> Steven

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