[OSGeo-Discuss] Charter Members: What kind of an OSGeo Board do we want?
jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Fri Oct 13 08:33:01 PDT 2017
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
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