[OSGeo-Discuss] [Board] About the selected election periods

Steven Feldman shfeldman at gmail.com
Mon Sep 18 09:46:33 PDT 2017


Do you think that might indicate that Charter Membership is more of an acknowledgement of a member's past contribution rather than an invitation to play active role in the governance of OSGeo?

If that is the case, why would we entrust the important task of electing the board to those who may not be interested in the governance of the organisation?

> On 18 Sep 2017, at 15:39, Jody Garnett <jody.garnett at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am a little cautious expecting charter members to take on a significant role in the governance of OSGeo without asking first. We have recently tried  asking for charter member participation in an OSGeo strategic planning activity ... and were disappointed by lack of response. I continue to recommend building up the working relationship with the committee leadership we do have and promote contributor engagement with committees (osgeo,project,board).
> Of course we should still rename charter members (since that term means people who signed the original charter <https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charter%20member>). I know "voting member" does not sound quite as fun.
> --
> Jody Garnett
> On 18 September 2017 at 05:23, Steven Feldman <shfeldman at gmail.com <mailto:shfeldman at gmail.com>> wrote:
> Good suggestion Maxi, I agree
> We might also want to consider whether the Charter Members should have a significant role in the governance of OSGeo beyond electing the board and being some kind of backstop in the event of a “hostile takeover”
> ______
> Steven
>> On 18 Sep 2017, at 13:17, Massimiliano Cannata <massimiliano.cannata at supsi.ch <mailto:massimiliano.cannata at supsi.ch>> wrote:
>> Dear All,
>> now that the official nomination period is concluded I would like to rise a question about the opportunity of having Charter member nomination just before of the Board Election with the intend of opening a discussion for the coming years.
>> Personally I think that this is very inappropriate. I would propose to run the Charter member election only after the Board member election.
>> Even if I'm sure that nobody did it, there is a risk of 'election' for the purpose of 'election'. 
>> e.g.: I could virtually nominate 20 people and likely expecting they will vote form me or second all the nominations to get the favor of new members.
>> This is a potential flaws in the system from my point of view.
>> Cheers,
>> maxi
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