[HOT] HOT Board and Chair Elections

Mark Cupitt markcupitt at gmail.com
Sat Mar 7 05:47:16 UTC 2015

Hi Heather and all

Heather,  I absolutely agree with your thoughts on the role women can play.
I encourage any women out there who may be considering in getting involved
at the Board level, or any other level, to please do so, it would be a
pleasure to work with you. You have as much to contribute as anyone else
and I personally would be inspired to see more women involved. In many
parts of the world, women play a key role in their society and having
people on board who can relate with them I believe is important for HOT''s
continued growth and development as a global organization.

I love the Mapper Dude term .. really cool ..


Mark Cupitt

"If we change the world, let it bear the mark of our intelligence"

See me on Open StreetMap <https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Mark_Cupitt>

On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 9:29 PM, Heather Leson <heatherleson at gmail.com>

> 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:
> http://wiki.opensource.org/bin/Projects/FLOSS+Foundations+Board+Selection
> 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.
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_Team/Board_Elections_2015
> 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.
> http://www.forbes.com/sites/chicceo/2014/03/11/the-case-for-women-on-boards-sxsw-2014/
> Fellow Candidates - I'll review all your notes and send more conversation
> points later tonight.
> Thank you,
> heather
> 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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