[Osmf-talk] Financing the OSMF

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Wed Aug 28 09:29:08 UTC 2013

For the record, the board decided on a corporate membership fee of £1000
for the coming year yesterday, that is clearly low enough to avoid any
inkling of undue dependence. I personally see no reason why we shouldn't
give corporations a vote given that there is no danger of getting any
where close to overruling individual member votes, and further that
certain key decisions, AoA changes and the like, remain reserved for

Am 28.08.2013 11:16, schrieb Mark Obrembalski:
> On 27.08.2013 21:27, Jonathan wrote:
>> I've been following this discussion closely.  I'm nervous about
>> accepting money from corporations however necessary it may be
>> sometimes.  It must always be considered carefully.  Personally I don't
>> think corporations should be given a vote and I don't think money should
>> buy influence.
> I agree that money shouldn't be able to buy influence on OSMF, and we
> have to keep in mind that when deciding about the financing of OSMF. I
> don't think, however, that corporate donations per se pose a greater
> risk of undue influence than other sources of funding. Governments,
> international organisations, foundations, and private persons have
> interests, too, and may want to buy influence on OSMF.
> In my opinion, the best strategy to avoid certain donors/sponsors to
> influence OSMF is not to rely on a few big sources of income but on a
> great number of small ones. Increasing the number of ordinary members
> looks most interesting regarding this aspect.
> Mark Obrembalski
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