[Osmf-talk] Candidates: How will you know ... ?

Christian Quest cquest at openstreetmap.fr
Tue Aug 28 18:39:31 UTC 2012

Looks like some kind of 2 levels election process, where the first
level is self-elected ;)

As Kate wrote, there are a lot of people to consider.
Regarding the foundation, some are really active (voters), less
(members), less (non-members).
You can also consider that there are mappers, developers, data users,
promoters of the project, etc... the ecosystem is large and mixed.

It's important to have a mix of board members coming from different
regions of the world, with different interest and involvement.
This is for me one way (the best ?) to take into account as many point
of views as possible.

I've been managing an international non-profit association for around
10 years, and it was successful thanks to this mix we tried to
maintain in the Board.

2012/8/28 Kai Krueger <kakrueger at gmail.com>:
> On 08/28/2012 02:54 AM, Christian Quest wrote:
> Elections are the usual process in democracies to deal with that.
> Voters choose who they think represent them the best way.
> Of course, they have to know at what degree each candidate share their
> point of view.
> The problem with this is that OSMF is only a tiny fraction of the community.
> If I remember the numbers correct (please someone correct me if I am wrong)
> there are roughly 300 OSMF members of which only 150 or so voted in the last
> Board elections.
> So the OSMF board is voted upon by ~150 people out of a community of several
> hundred thousand people, or less than 0.1 percent of the community.
> Therefore OSMF elections in its current form (unless they are extended to
> include at least all active mappers) can't really be used to judge the
> "wishes of the community".
> Kai

Christian Quest - OpenStreetMap France - http://openstreetmap.fr/u/cquest

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