[HOT] HOT Board and Chair Elections

Heather Leson heatherleson at gmail.com
Fri Mar 6 13:29:47 UTC 2015

Blake and colleagues, thank you most kindly for this nomination.  I'm
delighted to see more candidates put their names forward. I nominated Mark.
While a new member, I appreciate his positive, professional focus. Plus, he
is keen to help us grow in Asia.

As new faces put their names forward, I wanted to say a few more words
about HOT and our future.

1. Governance
We really need to think firmly about Board continuity and organizational
development/sustainability. It is very hard to do annual elections, but if
the membership feels this is the best method, I will support it.  Perhaps
we could move to different terms. Some examples from our friends in the
wider Open Source world:


On working groups, I noted this previously in my statement but wanted to
expand on this. I feel that the working groups need to be stronger and
engage in more decision making. This is really part of our evolution. My
colleague at Drupal tells me that about year 3/4 of that global
organization, this transition occurred to build the organization better. I
love this and think that all of us should review how other organizations
work and learn from them. Previously I mentioned Jono Bacon's book on the
Art of Community (Ubuntu). He frames some of the theory on this. I've also
see this done very poorly, so we need to really trust the Governance group
to help us. I promise to extend my wider network to inform this research.


2. What being a Board member has taught me?
Well, Being on HOT's board has been an incredible personal journey. In the
past years, I have scoured BoardSource.org, read negotiation, leadership,
community and strategy books. I've contacted other Board members from other
organizations to learn how to better serve HOT. The questions and topics we
discuss are top on my mind often. It is my learning and teaching zone.

With that, HOT has made me a better manager, leader and person. I use the
lessons and skills I've learned from my experience as a HOT board member
every day. If you are looking to grow as an employee or person, being on
the Board of HOT is a rigorous and demanding sandbox. Each of you have
taught me to rethink context, language and perspectives. While we all
naturally do this, HOT has evolved and as we do in a positive, productive
way, the HOT Board can do this as well. This is a gift for all the Board
duties. I would highly recommend that you (at some point in your career) be
on a Board for an NGO. It will give you the big picture, the weight of
responsibility (contracts, staff, members, community, organization and,
whew, humanitarians). I often worry about our partner's perspective. Are we
doing enough, are they happy with us and how can we better stabilize to
keep opening the door with HOT and digital humanitarians. This has made me
very driven on our future. It has streamlined my ability to prioritize and
really dream big. All of this, again, makes me a better human and very
proud of all the efforts - the simple and the very hard.

Lessons I learned from the working groups have informed conversations with
other open source organizations. I cite what I learned from HOT or how HOT
co-created a strategy document or grant, or how HOT built a resolution
process and has navigated to be more peaceful and hopefully productive.
These organizational community leaders listen to this and then go back to
their communities to talk about HOT's best practices. This is all our work.

3. Gender
Are you a women? Please run for the Board. Ask me any questions and I can
help. Claire was on the Board with me this past year. It made a difference
in dynamic. One thing that we have not broached enough is the what I like
to call the "mapper dude" dynamic. For my male colleagues, you are awesome.
I have the utmost respect for you. Honest. I am slightly uncomfortable
bringing up the topic of gender, which is a sign in itself. If we are
growing globally, we need to also have more women inspired to be members
and community leaders. I can't put my finger on why more women are not
involved, but we need to think about it.  This will come in time as is
evident from the changing nature of some of the workshops of late. But,
there is a gap.

Just like HOT needs a balanced Board of diverse skills and locations, we
also need women. See some of the research.


Fellow Candidates - I'll review all your notes and send more conversation
points later tonight.

Thank you,


Heather Leson
heatherleson at gmail.com
Twitter: HeatherLeson
Blog: textontechs.com

On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 7:38 PM, Joseph Reeves <iknowjoseph at gmail.com> wrote:

> >Also, I think it would work to use the one table for people seeking
> nomination for either the Board or Chair, just make sure it’s obvious which
> one your seeking nomination for
> Done,
> Cheers, Joseph
> On 5 March 2015 at 16:18, Russell Deffner <russell.deffner at hotosm.org>
> wrote:
>> Thank you Joseph – I like the table and moved it up to the top of the
>> page
>> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_Team/Board_Elections_2015#Nominations_for_Humanitarian_OpenStreetMap_Team_Chair>.
>> Mark, maybe you can delete, re-direct or link your page to there so we
>> don’t end up with manifestos in both locations?  Also, I think it would
>> work to use the one table for people seeking nomination for either the
>> Board or Chair, just make sure it’s obvious which one your seeking
>> nomination for.
>> =Russ
>> *From:* Joseph Reeves [mailto:iknowjoseph at gmail.com]
>> *Sent:* Thursday, March 05, 2015 4:14 AM
>> *To:* Kate Chapman
>> *Cc:* hot
>> *Subject:* Re: [HOT] HOT Board and Chair Elections
>> hi Kate, all,
>> I've added a new table to that wiki page so that people with an interest
>> in the Board elections, and a statement posted somewhere, can put
>> themselves forward as candidates looking for nomination. So far that's Dale
>> and myself.
>> It's really good to see Mark and Dale put forward their ideas about HOT
>> and the Board - I'd urge as many people as possible to do the same, and to
>> do it as quickly as possible. Let's get discussing what we want the Board
>> to be doing and where we want the organisation to be going.
>> As a side note, I think that this practice of putting up your ideas and
>> looking for nominators is also how we should be running the new member
>> intake. If you're not a voting member, but would like to be, please tell us
>> why long before the next intake is scheduled to finish.
>> Cheers, Joseph
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