[HOT] HOT Board and Chair Elections

Dale Kunce dale.kunce at gmail.com
Thu Mar 5 04:13:28 UTC 2015


HOT,
When I sat down and starting reading through my email tonight I came across
Joseph's great post about announcing the desire to serve on the HOT board.
I quickly sat down and starting writing my first every OSM diary entry as
my HOT board statement. I humbly ask for your nomination to the board.

https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/dkunce/diary/34502

My HOT journey and story really starts with the State of the Map US
conference a few years ago. I had just started working for the American Red
Cross and was asked to talk about how and why we use OpenStreetMap. At the
conference, I had the pleasure of meeting Mikel, Schuyler, Russ, and many
other passionate HOT folks. Six months later, I was fully embedded and
accepted into HOT, working very closely with Andrew Buck and Pierre Beland
to provide the NGO perspective for the Typhoon Haiyan activation. In the
weeks and months to follow, I learned of the tremendous passion and
dedication that all HOT people have for the organization, the work, and the
continued success of HOT.

It is with that same passion that I ask for your nomination to the HOT
Board. HOT is still at a pivotal time in its growth. We haven't fully put
the events the past few board elections behind us. The old debates of what
a 'HOT project' is versus what is HOT, still go on. HOT must grow out of
this current adolescent phase if it is to become truly successful and
sustainable. HOT is and will always be a mapping NGO. However, to get HOT
to where it needs to be, it needs to be about more than skilled mappers and
dedicated activators. HOT needs to improves its fundraising,
administration, and visioning to become a sustainable organization. I know
that there has been some resistance to HOT growing as an organization and
that there are those members that see HOT the NGO as being different from
the HOT community. I understand the resistance but disagree, HOT the NGO
and HOT the community should be the same thing for a variety of reasons,
most importantly fundraising.

In my day-to-day professional life as the GIS lead for the American Red
Cross, I am constantly talking, bragging, and honing the work that HOT
does. When the American Red Cross asked other organizations to come
together to create the Missing Maps <http://missingmaps.org/> project, we
did so because of how much we like and support HOT. Missing Maps is a huge
accomplishment for HOT. It allows HOT to engage with new stakeholders,
local communities, and donors to accomplish HOT's work. I've worked hard
since joining the non-profit sector to lend my hand at strengthening HOT:
founding Missing Maps, building technology to enable our work (Tasking
Manager 2, OpenMapKit, OSM-Meta-API), fundraising for various projects,
helping host and plan the upcoming HOT Summit, and generally working behind
the scenes in the humanitarian sector to lead the adoption and use of OSM
by humanitarian organizations.

My vision for HOT is a continuation and evolution of its current path. I
want HOT to have a solid financial foundation that supports both technology
and field projects, HOT helps guide other humanitarian organizations to
adopt and use OSM, and the old animosities are replaced with a renewed
passion and dedication to help HOT grow.

The key areas that I will focus on if elected to the board include:

   - *Governance*: Build upon the momentum created by existing HOT staff
   and working groups to manage and maintain the governance structures within
   HOT.
   - *Overhaul Board Terms of Reference*: The existing HOT Board is
   required to oversee the daily management of HOT and does not have enough
   time to focus on creating and implementing a longer term vision. I will
   work to empower HOT staff to take a more active part in the daily
   decision-making process in line with how other NGOs function.
   - *Partnerships*: It is imperative that HOT build better partnerships
   *before* disasters. One of the main reasons the American Red Cross uses
   OpenStreetMap is due to the relationship built prior to, rather than
   during, a disaster. Pre-established relationships can strengthen the
   broader applications of HOT to other actors. I will develop and strengthen
   partnerships with humanitarian relief organizations so that OSM and HOT are
   embedded into their business operations.
   - *Fundraising*: HOT needs to create an endowment to support long term
   projects, technical infrastructure, and increased staff. Many organizations
   depend on HOT during times of crisis and even during normal operations.

During my time at the American Red Cross I've had the privilege of working
directly with a number of the members. I've also had the privilege of
seeing the HOT's work first hand being used to alleviate suffering after
Typhoon Haiyan and heard stories and reports from many humanitarians that
depend on HOT to do their work for the West Africa Ebola outbreak and from
many other activations. I want to see that HOT keeps being able to make
others work that 1 percent easier.

Thank you support of HOT and for your consideration.


On Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 3:20 PM Blake Girardot <bgirardot at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Joseph,
>
> I could not agree more.
>
> We as voting members really need to be more involved in the processes
> and activities of governing our organization.
>
> Input, ideas and our membership's priorities need to be expressed or the
> Board and Kate are left in the dark.
>
> If anyone is thinking about running for Board I hope they will speak up
> soon.
>
> Further, if anyone has questions for people running for Board, I hope
> they will ask them now so candidates have a chance to answer questions.
>
> Cheers,
> blake
>
>
>
>
> On 3/4/2015 8:41 PM, Joseph Reeves wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Blake, thanks for nominating Heather; I was just thinking about this
> > nomination process.
> >
> > All, last year one of the problems we went through with the Board
> > election process was that a last minute proposal was made to radically
> > change the organisation and members didn't, it could well be argued,
> > have enough time to openly discuss the issues and the ramifications.
> > More recently we've admitted more members to the organisation and have,
> > again, arguably done this too quickly and without enough time for debate
> > and discussion.
> >
> > The nomination period closes on March 9th. This is less than a week in
> > the future and there are currently only 2 nominations, both for people
> > who are current Board members.
> >
> > If you're considering running for the Board, please get your name on the
> > list soon. Please also tell us why you should be a Board member; if
> > you've written a manifesto, get it circulated as soon as possible.
> >
> > Please lets go through this process as best we can.
> >
> > Thanks, Joseph
> >
> >
> >
> > On 4 March 2015 at 19:28, Blake Girardot <bgirardot at gmail.com
> > <mailto:bgirardot at gmail.com>> wrote:
> >
> >     Hi everyone,
> >
> >     It is my privilege to nominate Heather Leson for the Humanitarian
> >     OpenStreetMap Team Board of Directors.
> >
> >     Heather is a dedicated and tireless HOT member and current Board
> >     member but most importantly, she always expresses and represents
> >     what to me are the core values of HOT: Altruism, inclusiveness,
> >     genuine respect for every person and peacefulness.
> >
> >     I hope you will join me in supporting her for the Board.
> >
> >     Best wishes,
> >     Blake
> >
> >
> >
> >     On 2/25/2015 4:44 PM, Heather Leson wrote:
> >
> >         Thank you, Russell.
> >
> >         Fellow Community supporters and members, I ask for your
> >         nomination and
> >         support to continue the mandate as your Board Member.
> >
> >         https://www.openstreetmap.org/__user/Heather%20Leson/diary/_
> _34467
> >         <https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Heather%20Leson/diary/34467>
> >
> >         My recent article on OpenSource.com also highlights the
> >         opportunity that
> >         we have to continue our growth:
> >         https://opensource.com/life/__15/2/getting-involved-hfoss
> >         <https://opensource.com/life/15/2/getting-involved-hfoss>
> >
> >         For Hotties who are eligible, I would encourage you to support
> >         HOT with
> >         your skills. I am happy to answer questions as a Board Member to
> >         aid in
> >         your decisions. As well, I would encourage former Board Members
> and
> >         Current Members to assist folks in their decision.
> >
> >         Some skills that I think HOT needs:
> >
> >            * Strong network, partnership relationships, fundraising
> >         capabilities
> >            * Finance or legal background
> >            * Strategic and management experience
> >            * Languages
> >
> >
> >         Please read the Board primer and the HOT 2014-2015 Strategy as
> well.
> >         (links in my diary)
> >
> >         Thank you in advance for your potential support.
> >
> >         Heather
> >
> >         Heather Leson
> >         heatherleson at gmail.com <mailto:heatherleson at gmail.com>
> >         <mailto:heatherleson at gmail.com <mailto:heatherleson at gmail.com
> >__>
> >         Twitter: HeatherLeson
> >         Blog: textontechs.com <http://textontechs.com>
> >         <http://textontechs.com>
> >
> >         On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 6:35 PM, Russell Deffner
> >         <russell.deffner at hotosm.org <mailto:russell.deffner at hotosm.org>
> >         <mailto:russell.deffner at __hotosm.org
> >         <mailto:russell.deffner at hotosm.org>>> wrote:
> >
> >              Good day HOT community,____
> >
> >              __ __
> >
> >              It is my humble honor to launch the Humanitarian
> >         OpenStreetMap Team
> >              2015 Election for Board of Directors and Chairperson for
> >         the Voting
> >              Members!____
> >
> >              __ __
> >
> >              Key Dates:____
> >
> >              - Nomination period from today (23 February 2015) until 9
> March
> >              2015*.____
> >
> >              - Ballot/voting period from delivery (no later than 13
> >         March 2015)
> >              until 27 March 2015 23:59 UTC*.____
> >
> >              - Election concludes at the Annual Meeting of the voting
> >         membership
> >              (week of 29 March 2015)*.____
> >
> >              * Unless altered following the Election Procedures.____
> >
> >              __ __
> >
> >              Places to find details and (hopefully) answers to all your
> >              questions:____
> >
> >              - 2015 Board and Chair Election wiki-page:
> >         https://wiki.openstreetmap.__org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM___
> Team/Board_Elections_2015
> >         <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_
> Team/Board_Elections_2015>
> >              ____
> >
> >              - 2015 Annual Meeting Details/Agenda:
> >         https://docs.google.com/a/__hotosm.org/document/d/__
> 1PUyBevgpRxM3EGk7g4FqAYw7mj1eO__TUegJXY6PuVzwY/edit
> >         <https://docs.google.com/a/hotosm.org/document/d/
> 1PUyBevgpRxM3EGk7g4FqAYw7mj1eOTUegJXY6PuVzwY/edit>
> >              ____
> >
> >              - 2015 Board/Chair Election Procedures:
> >         https://docs.google.com/a/__hotosm.org/document/d/1K1TUa___
> 847Il1M3eVb1RMlONgqB5JusuO4HOj__2QbspIo/edit#
> >         <https://docs.google.com/a/hotosm.org/document/d/1K1TUa_
> 847Il1M3eVb1RMlONgqB5JusuO4HOj2QbspIo/edit#>
> >              ____
> >
> >              __ __
> >
> >              A big Thank You to the current Board of Directors for
> >         another great
> >              HOT year! Thank you to my fellow Election Committee members
> >              (Heather, Severin and Boris) and again to our independent
> >         observer,
> >              Michael Collinson!____
> >
> >              __ __
> >
> >              May the election favor HOT!____
> >
> >              __ __
> >
> >              Sincerely,____
> >
> >              __ __
> >
> >              Russell Deffner____
> >
> >              Chairperson for the Voting Members____
> >
> >         Russell.Deffner at hotosm.org <mailto:Russell.Deffner at hotosm.org>
> >         <mailto:Russell.Deffner at __hotosm.org
> >         <mailto:Russell.Deffner at hotosm.org>>____
> >
> >              Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)____
> >
> >         http://hot.openstreetmap.org/ ____
> >
> >              __ __
> >
> >              __ __
> >
> >
> >              _________________________________________________
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> >         <mailto:HOT at openstreetmap.org <mailto:HOT at openstreetmap.org>>
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> >
> >
> >
> >
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