[Osmf-talk] Upcoming Special General Meeting Opinions?

Johan & Marguerite textline at gmail.com
Sun Nov 30 23:36:20 UTC 2014

I still fail to understand what's going on actually. It's for example
unclear to me why the term limit issue needs to be addressed suddenly. If
it was a major governance issue it should have been solved somewhere in a
regular AGM during the past 10 years. There was plenty of time, also under
the 2 year chairmanship of Simon.

So, when 3 fresh people replace three incumbents somewhere in the first
months of 2015, what will change for the benefit of OSM?

Kate, could you clarify what you mean by
1. the root of the problem
2. governance issues

Cheers, Johan

2014-11-30 14:33 GMT+01:00 Kate Chapman <kate at maploser.com>:

> Hi Tim,
> Personally I do not believe in the proposed resolutions. I feel like we
> are trying to propose a solution without getting to the root of the
> problem. I think other than term limits there are other ways to solve the
> perceived issue of people being too long on the board. Simply making the
> terms clear, in my opinion two years would work well would help. At the
> moment when 1/3 of the board needs to step down every year it is never
> quite clear who needs to run, this is especially true when people resign.
> Clear terms I think would do a lot to help with these items.
> I also feel with 3 of the 7 board members being recently elected there has
> been enough changeover that the new board should be given a chance. Having
> an in person meeting with facilitation will be an important component to
> that. Though at the moment we don't have enough time for this to possibly
> happen before the meeting. We are aiming for early in the new year though.
> As a member I'll be voting no on all three resolutions. I do think at the
> next election at the latest we should vote on changing the terms to be a
> specific number. OSMF certainly has governance issues but I don't think
> approaching those issues in a reactionary way is the best way forward.
> Thanks,
> -Kate
> On Fri, Nov 28, 2014 at 1:44 PM, Tim Waters <chippy2005 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello folks,
>> Several days have passed since the announcement of the Special General
>> Meeting (SGM) and we have just over a week until the vote occurs.
>> I note a pattern in OSM related elections where the (sometimes
>> impassioned) discussion seems to occur at the very last minute, often after
>> proxy votes have started. Could we perhaps seek to start the discussion
>> about this meeting before the last minute, and at least before proxy voting
>> starts?
>> I understand that "The board has decided not to take a position on the
>> resolutions" ... and that...  "Board members with opinions are asked to
>> speak their mind".
>> May I ask that those Board members please feel encouraged to explain a
>> little bit more about the meeting at this stage?
>> We, members, do know know who proposed the SGM, or why and may not know
>> what the changes really mean, and so I think that we may want to know such
>> things before voting upon them at the end of next week.
>> Best regards,
>> Tim
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