[HOT] Monday 5pm EST Re: brainstorm on membership, board, bylaws

Tom Taylor tom.taylor.stds at gmail.com
Thu Feb 14 12:14:27 GMT 2013

Just thinking of governance: I participate in the Internet Engineering 
Task Force (IETF). They do not have membership, but operate by consensus 
and a well-defined procedure for maintaining their steering body, the 
Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). The IESG has a lot of power, 
but members' terms are two years, renewable. The different members have 
different subject areas, but all final results are achieved by 
consensus. This process of consensus extends to the operation of the 
different working groups that tackle specific problems. I can give more 
details if there is interest.

In any event, on the matter of consensus, a document has recently been 
published by one of the IESG members. I haven't read it myself yet, but 
it has garnered praise from other people. It is generally applicable, 
though slanted toward the IETF. It is at


Hope this is helpful.

Tom Taylor

On 12/02/2013 9:32 AM, Mikel Maron wrote:
> Thanks, that was a productive kick off.
> Notes compiled here (thanks Heather!)
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1z54XlB1Yszk1HrtrDJD724l6-ZIZtfso_8v5lRiEdDA/edit?disco=AAAAAFkkndw#
> The IRC log is posted
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_Team/Working_groups/Bylaws/Brainstorm_20130211
> The Bylaws themselves weren't visible on HOT's website. I've updated permissions, should be accessible now.
> http://hot.openstreetmap.org/our_board/incorporation
> We had some emerging next steps, especially documenting the various roles in HOT, particularly (in my view) a membership and contributor guide to HOT.
> Please step up if you are ready to push ahead!
> Perhaps next meeting we can have some draft documents to discuss.
> Cheers
> -Mikel
> * Mikel Maron * +14152835207 @mikel s:mikelmaron

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