[Marketing] Re: Fw: [Board] Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Defining an OSGeo Ambassador role

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Wed May 16 17:03:02 EDT 2012

Thank you for moving this thread along.

In answering question "why make the role of a charter member stronger?":
I see it more as "increasing the profile" of our voted members, rather 
than "increasing the role". It is a service we provide to our OSGeo 
members to help them be recognised as "authoritative" and "experts" by 
conference organisers, as conference organisers are continually asking 
for experts to attract audiences. That is why Arnulf is continually 
asked to speak at conferences. If we can raise the profile of our voted 
members, giving them a title that conference organisors can latch onto, 
then we can spread the task of evangelising Open Source to a much wider 

Note: I'm not including "Negotiating MOU" type tasks in this "General 
Ambassador" role. I suggest this be addressed by a "Negotiator" role (if 
we define it at all), and as Jeroen suggests, the board could assign 
that responsibility to a trusted member of the community (possibly on a 
case by case basis).

As a side note: Could we please start drawing this thread through to 
conclusion. If there are board members who object, could you please put 
your objections forward, preferably with a suggested alternative.

On 16/05/2012 11:16 PM, Seven (aka Arnulf) wrote:
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> One of the board members has regular objections to making the Charter
> Members have a stronger role in OSGeo. I did not understand the
> rationale and had to ask. The answer is straight forward purely based
> on community considerations: By making Charter Member roles more
> important we alienate / reduce the role of the "regular member" which
> is something we always strive to avoid (being broadly open, etc.).
> So instead of increasing the role of the Charter Members we might
> rather want to strive for more involvement of all members (including
> Charter Members, ex Board Members, honorary members and whatever else
> we might come up with).
> Makes sense?
> Let's ask the other way round: What good would it do make the role of
> Charter Members (and ex boad members, etc.) stronger?
> Cheers,
> Arnulf
> On 16.05.2012 12:12, Ravi Kumar wrote:
>> ----- Forwarded Message ----- *From:* Ravi Kumar
>> <ravivundavalli48 at yahoo.com>  *To:* osgeo-discuss
>> <discuss-request at lists.osgeo.org>  *Sent:* Sunday, May 13, 2012 5:44
>> PM *Subject:* Re: [Board] Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Defining an OSGeo
>> Ambassador role
>> +1  Markus In due course, evolution of OSGeo will need more
>> participation from the Charter members. The charter members who are
>> expected to elect the board at the helm of OSGeo can be tapped for
>> more involvement. So are the ex-board members. Ravi
>> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* Markus Neteler<neteler at osgeo.org>
>> *To:* mpg at flaxen.com *Cc:* discuss at lists.osgeo.org; OSGeo-Board
>> <board at lists.osgeo.org>; marketing<marketing at lists.osgeo.org>
>> *Sent:* Saturday, May 12, 2012 2:34 AM *Subject:* Re: [Board] Re:
>> [OSGeo-Discuss] Defining an OSGeo Ambassador role
>> On Sat, May 5, 2012 at 9:15 PM, Michael P. Gerlek<mpg at flaxen.com
>> <mailto:mpg at flaxen.com>>  wrote: ...
>>> The board is elected by the charter members to make policy. When
>>> the
>> system was set up, it was not the intent that charter members had
>> any role other than to preserve the nature and mission of the
>> foundation by electing appropriate board members.
>> Things may evolve: A a founding member of OSGeo I was always very
>> interested to keep the community strongly involved. This implies
>> that with the years charter members may obtain a stronger role than
>> "just" electing the board members.
>> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_charter_member_page_instruction
>> What others do:
>> http://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html#asf-members
>> ... but Jody has just send around some links...
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