[OSGeo-Discuss] My feelings about board elections

Massimiliano Cannata massimiliano.cannata at supsi.ch
Sun Oct 29 12:36:52 PDT 2017

Dear all,
I think that this is democracy.

You were the board and should have thought when in power to change the
election rules, but since you didn't, to me is not fare to rise concerns
just the day after. Asian is just a part of the world, what about missing
Africans, or south Americans or Oceanians in the past board? Was that more
fare then now?

We are global and global is the election, we are just members: one member
one vote. We have no closed doors. If you like, make a proposal and ask
charter members to vote on that.

I regret that Venka, a dear friend, was not elected. Just because it's
Venka, the history and wisdoms of OSGeo and foss4g, not because he's Asian.

Regarding Jeff I think it's time to stop spamming his reputation. Everybody
should respect the person and the people that voted for him!
He also know much more of OSGeo community than you may think...

My 0.01 cent.

Long life to OSGeo.


Il 29 ott 2017 3:55 PM, "Maria Antonia Brovelli" <maria.brovelli at polimi.it>
ha scritto:

> Dear Sanghee
> Many thanks for your frank email. I also want to congratulate the new
> friends elected but, at the same time, I share your same  considerations. I
> feel not confortable in a Board that is only, as you correctly pointed out,
> European and North American. That is not becasue I don't like the current
> Board Members. On the opposite, they are wonderful and I love them. But
> there is something wrong if we missed one part of the world which
> before was represented and we have not added any new one.
> With respect to point 2 of your mail, I also agree with you. It seems me
> not serious to change ideas every other day. Also in this case, I have
> nothing against Jeff, whose activism, enthusiasm and help is so important
> for all of us, but I can simply say that I would not behave in this way.
> Writing this mail was a bit tough and I thank you, Sanghee, for starting
> this discussion (I imagine how difficult it was by you). Sometimes we need
> also to discuss about weak points in the life of the Foundation.
> Best regards and love to all of you.
> Maria
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> *Da:* Discuss <discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> per conto di Sanghee Shin
> <shshin at gaia3d.com>
> *Inviato:* domenica 29 ottobre 2017 15:17
> *A:* OSGeo Discussions
> *Oggetto:* [OSGeo-Discuss] My feelings about board elections
> Dear All,
> First of all I'd like to give my sincere congratulations to newly elected
> board members. Here I want to share some of my feelings around this board
> elections.
> 1. Needless to say all new board members are deserved to win the election.
> However as a whole, now we have all WHITE board of directors only from
> Europe and North America. We've talked about the importance of diversity
> and inclusiveness many times so far, however the reality is like this.
> Please don't get me wrong. I'm not writing this because of my failure in an
> election. Being nominated and encouragement to run the election was just
> great honour to me. For me as Asian, one of most shocking and disappointing
> moment in this election was Venka's failure in an election. Venka has
> contributed so much to Asian community over the last 2 years. His
> contributions and activities reached out not only to Japan but also to
> Thailand, Vietnam, India and sometimes to Korea as well. He also put so
> much efforts organizing FOSS4G Asia this year. And I know as a former board
> member how he restlessly carried out his duty as president of OSGeo. And
> finally he failed! I know he didn't answer to some of quesitons to nominees
> during the election period. Ok, itโ€™s excuse however he and I was being
> tied up with handling a urgent issue in community. Anyway I and other Asian
> friends are so shocked that he was not elected! I bet other Asian members
> share the same feeling. The result gave the clear meaning to Asian
> community, "If Venka can't be a board member of OSGeo, nobody can be
> forever from Asia." I already saw many complaints and discouragement in
> Asian community. I believe regions other than Europe and NA have the rights
> to be reprensented failry. So, I'd like to ask new board members to fix
> this kind of wrong representation of board configuration by adopting new
> election rules.
> 2. I believe Jeff McKenna's ambiguous behaviours around election period
> made both him and OSGeo untrustworthy. I don't want to mention again here
> some of concerns over him in detail during the election. One thing I'd like
> to point out is his un-withdrwal from board election after disclosing the
> results. Nothing personal, Jeff. Actually I tried to accept and understand
> this situation so many times for a couple of days, but I failed to accept.
> We're not the children in the kindergarten! How can it be happened? The
> last thing I did as a former board member was approving the motion, "This
> board election is valid." I was able to block the motion however I approved
> the motion. Because I accepted his withdrawal as sincere one and trusted
> him. I'm feeling my good intention was being betrayed. I know I don't have
> any rights now to change my previous decision and I don't want to criticise
> someone here. New board, this case cleary has shown that there's big
> loophole in our election process. If OSGe can't fix it, OSGeo will lose
> trust and credibility. Board, you need to bear in mind that there's already
> bunch of sign of loosing trust from community.
> Many mentioned that OSGeo is run by Do-ocracy. I believe the basis of
> Do-ocracy is recognizing of someone's work and trust. If someone's hardwork
> is not recognized and acknowledged fairy, who will want to jump into the
> matters to fix it? And if someone can't trust the organization, who wants
> to put their precious time and efforts to untrustworthy one?
> If OSGeo lose the trust, it will lose everything. OSGeo is just shell.
> Best regards,
> ์‹ ์ƒํฌ
> ---
> Shin, Sanghee
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