[HOT] Conflicts of Interest

nicolas chavent nicolas.chavent at gmail.com
Thu Mar 12 17:43:37 UTC 2015

Thanks for this Martjin: this would be most helpful in that context on top
of the practices within HOT US.


On Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 6:29 PM, Martijn van Exel <m at rtijn.org> wrote:

> 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 it was last updated, since this information can obviously go out of date.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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