[HOT] Let's make the most of this

Severin Menard severin.menard at gmail.com
Thu Mar 12 14:38:00 UTC 2015

Hi Joseph,

I did plan to present my views as a candidate for the board and I did it,
and I am sure everyone else has been working on this. The extension allows
us to strengthen our texts. Publishing early is your own decision and is
not a rule and I do not see the benefit to stigmatize other candidates.
Please keep in mind you had the chance to write your views in your native
language, what is not the case for any of us.



On Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 11:27 PM, Joseph Reeves <iknowjoseph at gmail.com>

> *tl;dr *People are always asking for more of a say in HOT. Let's do that
> now!
> Dear all,
> The proposed (accepted?) extension to the nomination process has taken
> most of us by surprise. Let's use it as an opportunity.
> The original nomination deadline is due to close in less than an hour.
> With this extended we have some possibilities. Most obviously, Severin,
> Nicolas, Jaakko & Pierre, will you be able to write a proposal for your
> Board election before the new deadline? Reading why someone else thinks
> you're great is, well, great, but I'd rather hear your views.
> In fact, I think this is really important before the new deadline. By
> writing your views about HOT, the role of the Board and why you want to be
> on it, you give others the opportunity to engage with you and your views.
> You give others the opportunity to put themselves or others forward. We've
> got the word "Open" in our organisation name; please don't keep your
> thoughts from us.
> I do admit, however, that the deadline extension is a bit of a nuisance if
> you were planning to sneak in at the last minute, not say anything to the
> membership and then let the nomination process close behind you. I'm sure
> nobody was planning that.
> Members, volunteers, interested parties:
> if you were thinking of running for the Board, there's still time. Read
> what others have written and see if you agree. Tell us what you think of
> the organisation. How does the Board fit in there? Why do you want to be on
> the Board and not a Working Group? What could you do as a board Member that
> you couldn't do as a a community manager or mapping coordinator?
> If you weren't thinking of running for the Board, please tell us what you
> think anyway. At times in the past we've had great outcries that the
> Membership has not been listened to. At this great opportunity, however,
> it's depressing that not more people are speaking; the usual verbose email
> senders, myself included, have been saying more than anyone else.
> You don't have to tell us much. Brief is good. Put in a tl;dr if you like.
> This is the most important time for sharing your views.
> I'd be interested in, for example, what do you think HOT is? How do the
> volunteers, Members and Board fit that view? What needs to change? Where
> will we be in a year? 5 years? 10 years? How do we need to get there?
> Tell us what you think, please.
> Thanks, Joseph
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