Re: Temporaray enlargement of the GNOME Board with 2 persons

Anne you better also send this mail to foundation-announce because every
foundation member might not be subscribed here, but they do to

Also I wonder why Board need to enlarge its size, but instead asking for
help outside the board. Like delegating some work to groups and just
stay as a decision maker?

As a side note, as far as I remember the biggest argument for reducing
board size is because it was harder to decide with too much noise in
board, which made being in decision maker position harder. Isn't it
better to get over this problem first, which next year's or later year's
boards would suffer again, instead of temporary solutions

On Mon, 2006-06-05 at 15:42 +0200, Anne Østergaard wrote:
> Hello all GNOME Foundation Members,
> About the size of the present board.
> The Board would like to propose to you a temporary enlargement of the
> board with two persons: Behdad Esfahbod and Germán Poó-Caamaño. 
> Background:
> Not so long ago we had a Reducing Board Size Referendum
> "Should the board size be reduced from its current 11 directors to 7
> directors?"  
> The Referendum Results:
> 188 members voted for this referendum. The repartition of the votes is: 
> yes (117 votes)
> no (70 votes)
> blank votes: 1
> The board is at the moment of the opinion that a GNOME Board of 7
> persons should normally work and be enough, provided that we have a
> staff person who can take part of the work load.
> Also at present a couple of the 7 board members have been given
> additional responsibilities at their ordinary work places and/or
> enlarged their family so they are pressed for time for "heavy" board
> work.
> Since the board has not yet hired anybody (we are in the process of
> doing so), the board would suggest to you that for the remaining of this
> year, we ask Behdad Esfahbod and Germán Poó-Caamaño to join the board.
> They are both happy and willing to join the board, but under the
> condition that there is not severe objections from the GNOME Foundation
> Members.
> I think that I need not tell you, that the two candidates in question
> are highly respected for their long time great contributions to the
> GNOME project and the GNOME community spirit.
> Being responsible for having proposed this temporary compromise
> solution, I naturally hope for your blessings.
> Please react within 10 days if you have problems with enlarging the
> board by inviting Behdad Esfahbod and Germán Poó-Caamaño to join the
> GNOME Board of Directors for the rest of 2006.
> Best wishes
> Anne
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