[Osmf-talk] The role of face-to-face meetings in the future of the OSMF board

Kathleen Danielson kathleen.danielson at gmail.com
Mon Oct 27 10:38:15 UTC 2014


>
> It is hard for me to imagine a board member or candidate not attending
> SOTM which is a best place to get in touch with an active portion of the
> OSM community and have so many F2F informal meetings !


FWIW, I am a candidate, but I will not be attending SOTM. I would like to,
but Argentina is quite a long way from Germany, and without an employer
funding the trip, it's not economically feasible.

On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 8:38 AM, Christian Quest <cquest at openstreetmap.fr>
wrote:

> 2014-10-26 23:27 GMT+01:00 Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org>:
>
>> It's nice if we have directors whose employers or companies
>> pay for the trip but we can't assume that to be the case.
>>
>
>
> This creates a real conflict of interest problem...
>
> Why a company would pay a trip for one of its employee to attend a non
> profit organization meeting if nothing is expected on return ?
>
> If that company wants to help the organization, let it fund/donate to the
> organization and let the organization use it freely and directly.
>
>
> About F2F meetings...
>
> In my past life taking care of international sport competition
> organization, we had the same F2F cost/benefit problem.
> We were having a F2F autumn meeting which was useful but costing large
> amount of money for our budget.
> As we were organizing a final competition, I proposed to move the F2F
> meeting on the next 2 days of this final competition event. As most board
> members were already on site because of the competition, the additional
> cost to bring a couple of additional people was much less.
>
> Why not take advantage of SOTM to stay 2 more days to work together ? This
> is also the good timing as new board members have just been elected. This
> allows them to immediately get involved in the board, know the other board
> members in person without delay and share work.
>
> It is hard for me to imagine a board member or candidate not attending
> SOTM which is a best place to get in touch with an active portion of the
> OSM community and have so many F2F informal meetings !
>
> --
> Christian Quest - OpenStreetMap France
>
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