[HOT] Conflicts of Interest

Martijn van Exel m at rtijn.org
Thu Mar 12 17:29:01 UTC 2015

The OSM US board has just agreed on a COI policy that was prepared by a
legal expert. I can see if I can get you a copy if that would help?

On Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 10:40 AM, Harry Wood <mail at harrywood.co.uk> wrote:

> > I believe conflicts should be handled in the follow 2 basic ways.
> >
> > 1. Potential conflicts should be talked about and acknowledged well
> > before any actual conflicts arise.
> > 2. Board members should completely recuse themselves from any
> > conversation. They should not listen to or be a part of the conversation
> > during any activities where a conflict exist.
> >
> Yep. Those are the rules. It's quite difficult to follow if the topic
> about which you have a conflict of interest, is something coming up a lot
> in board discussions. So in your case Dale, if the board were needing to
> discuss ARC a lot, then you might have to recuse yourself a lot. That's a
> bit awkward but not impossible.
> We found it very difficult in the past having HOT paid staff members on
> the board, particularly as they didn't always seem to understand and accept
> these rules. I guess it was understandable that they wanted to take
> strategic decisions about the projects and parts of the organisation which
> most effected them and their (HOT staff) work.
> Can be tricky.
> > As such I'll be posting my conflicts to the Board Election Wiki
> > and encourage others to do the same.
> I called mine a "Declaration of interests" and linked it off my user page
> rather than off the elections wiki (but that's partly because, I was *on*
> the board when I wrote it. Also it serves just as well as a declaration for
> anyone looking at me as a OSMF CWG member)
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Harry_Wood/Declaration_of_Interests
> Maybe that's useful as a template. Direct financial interests (who pays
> you) is the most important thing for people to be aware of, but I tried to
> think of other affiliations I have which might conflict. I also noted when
> it was last updated, since this information can obviously go out of date.
> Harry
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Martijn van Exel
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