Re: Reducing the board size
- From: Anne Østergaard <anne oestergaard nu>
- To: jg freedesktop org
- Cc: Jeff Waugh <jdub perkypants org>, foundation-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Reducing the board size
- Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2005 15:43:46 +0200
On Thu, 2005-10-27 at 08:30 -0400, Jim Gettys wrote:
> I've been following this discussion with interest.
> I don't think reducing the size of the board is a good idea, for all the
> diversity and geographic representation arguments posted by others.
> There is one other piece of reality we have though I haven't heard
> mentioned: it is not uncommon for someone's anticipated time to change
> without much warning; a smaller board makes this more of a problem.
> I do have serious sympathy though to the arguments about having formal
> officers and a process for their selection, so that better structure and
> executive authority might exist.
> But all of this boils down to the fact one can make almost anything
> work, one way or the other. Size of the board feels about right for me,
> even if I think we might do things to improve its execution (e.g. the
> officers idea).
I fully agree with Jim on all the above mentioned points.
We can even have a press responsible as a fifth task.
I also think that fund raising falls within the responsibilities of the
board of directors.
> On Thu, 2005-10-27 at 09:23 +0200, Jeff Waugh wrote:
> > <quote who="Davyd Madeley">
> > > > This is only because the purpose of the board is badly defined and
> > > > communicated.
> > >
> > > I think it is worth pointing out, that if the role of the board is better
> > > defined in the future and if the board is "fixed", there is no reason that
> > > the number of directors can not be increased again.
> > >
> > > Like with everything else, the board, its role and its size should evolve
> > > based on the needs of the project.
> > It has taken 3 years to go from idea to possible execution to reduce the
> > size of the board. I very strongly believe it's the wrong thing to do, so
> > this doesn't sound like a very good way of doing things at all to me. :-)
> > - Jeff
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