Re: What do you think of the foundation?
- From: Dave Neary <dneary gnome org>
- To: Behdad Esfahbod <behdad behdad org>
- Cc: Foundation-List <foundation-list gnome org>
- Subject: Re: What do you think of the foundation?
- Date: Sun, 31 May 2009 09:42:39 +0200
Behdad Esfahbod wrote:
Note: this is a personal response. I may disclose information only
available to the board, but in no way any line in this message
represents board's opinion.
For the record, I don't expect the board to take a position on this - I
do hope that prominent foundation members, including current & future
board members, will take the opportunity to get beyond the details and
talk about their vision for the foundation.
I agree that an check for what foundation is and what we want it to be
is long overdue. I don't think this is the best timing though. Do you
expect the candidates to speak up and reply? Shut up? How does this
relate to the upcoming election?!
It is my hope that this election campaign we can get beyond the type of
election campaign that we have had, where every candidate says that they
want to "delegate more", "improve transparency", "make the foundation
relevant to foundation members" - and while previous boards have all
succeeded in greater or lesser measure in those goals, it has felt like
we're not pulling in the same direction, in brief, that there is no
vision for the foundation at the moment.
So, I've detailed my vision, with two major changes:
- include foundation members in the daily running of the foundation by
having the majority of board business happen in the open on
foundation-list, including having the working version of the accounts in
a publicly accessible place, posting draft minutes straight after
meetings, rather than going through the 2/3 day review period we've had
in the past, posting agendas for meetings to foundation-list, and using
foundation-list as the main board mailing list, only going to board-list
for board-confidential issues.
- the foundation, through the board, should be empowered and committed
to maintaining a friendly and productive working environment
I would like to hear candidate's thoughts on this, and I will be voting
for those that agree with me. Since you disagree with me on the second
point, I probzbly won't be voting for you, but you will doubtless get
the votes of many others who disagree with me.
We'll be voting for candidates ased on their ideas and their vision of
the foundation, rather than picking the most prominent & popular board
members! It'll be like a real election!
I'll reply to the rest of your mail separately.
GNOME Foundation member
dneary gnome org
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