[OSGeo-Discuss] My feelings about board elections

Andy Anderson aanderson at amherst.edu
Tue Oct 31 03:14:33 PDT 2017

Let me just suggest, again, that the board be elected using Ranked Choice Voting with Proportional Representation. This allows the different significant interests that are still in the minority of the membership to coalesce around candidates who represent those interests so that they can get a seat on the board and ensure a fair hearing. This is automatic, it doesn't require districting or quotas.


— Andy

On Oct 31, 2017, at 2:04 AM, Vicky Vergara <vicky at georepublic.de> wrote:

Hi all, Frank:

I have being woman all my life and also Mexican, I fall in both categories, but personally I want to win in a fair game, not to fill a quota, and in this case is two quotas!!!. I don't feel that ever in my life I won something to fill a quota and I don't want to start to be used to fill a quota.

Storm is over and my baby elephant is eating fresh grass that is starting to grow.

Being on the board or not, there is work to be done.


​PS. I will think of option(s) that are not filling quotas.

On Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 1:40 AM, Frank Warmerdam <warmerdam at pobox.com<mailto:warmerdam at pobox.com>> wrote:
On Mon, Oct 30, 2017 at 7:56 PM, Ravi Kumar
<manarajahmundry2015 at gmail.com<mailto:manarajahmundry2015 at gmail.com>> wrote:
> Will be happy to see those who have let 'The Clouds In Motion'... and those
> 'Giving us a good harvest of GRASS'.. speak out too.


I am not sure, but in light of my signature perhaps 'the clouds in
motion' is a hint to me.

I don't see any need to rerun this election, nor am I particularly
concerned co-CRO who is nominated to run, etc.  Lets all give folks
the benefit of the doubt, and it isn't like the board has their
fingers on the button of nuclear weapons. :-)

Like Sanghee I am concerned that the board is less diverse than I
would have hoped by now.  I think it would be reasonable to adapt the
board selection criteria to ensure at least some diversity on axes we
want to see covered.  I could imagine a couple of special rules like:
 - If by normal voting no female would be elected, and if there is a
female running in the election the female with the most votes will
replace the otherwise lowest voted person who would have made the
 - If by normal voting no two board members are selected who are
outside "north america + europe" and if there are such candidates
running then replace the otherwise lowest voted person who would have
made the board with the the candidates outside of NA+EUR with the most

Well some word smithing and algorithm clarification would be needed,
but you get the general idea, and a number of variations would be
helpful in moving us towards more diverse representation.

I would prefer to see a change in board voting rules of this nature
passed by a vote of the charter members rather than just put in place
by the board.

But most of all, I wish to encourage us all to recognise that we are
an organization of volunteers and that we have similar goals.  While
we fine tune things, I hope we try to avoid taking offense and ascribe
the best intentions to others in our community.

Best regards,
I set the clouds in motion - turn up   | Frank Warmerdam, warmerdam at pobox.com<mailto:warmerdam at pobox.com>
light and sound - activate the windows |
and watch the world go round - Rush    | Geospatial Software Developer
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