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

Jo Cook jocook at astuntechnology.com
Mon May 21 01:33:55 PDT 2012

On Wed, May 16, 2012 at 10:03 PM, Cameron Shorter <cameron.shorter at gmail.com
> wrote:

> Arnulf,
> 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 base.
> 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.
> In the spirit of trying to move this along- I don't object to the role,
but want the procedure to be as simple as possible. Personally I'd rather
it was done on a case-by-case basis than anything more formal than that,
but I'd also like to see it limited to charter members to give people the
incentive to have get more involved in OSGeo. If it's not limited I don't
see how we can make an informed decision about whether someone is going to
be a good representative or not. I do understand that other's have
objections to this though, which is why it's harder than you might think to
get a firm decision...

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