[Osmf-talk] OSMF Admin Position

Christoph Hormann chris_hormann at gmx.de
Fri Apr 22 19:27:29 UTC 2016

On Friday 22 April 2016, Mikel Maron wrote:
> We are hopeful
> this position will be a big help with organizing the day to day for
> OSMF, result in more transparency to members, [...]

Actually that is not going to work, unless of course you intend to hire 
someone with the purpose of routinely communicating internas via side 
channels - which you probably don't.

Transparency is a matter of organizational culture and as such has to 
come from the top.  Expecting an administrative assistent to take 
initiative w.r.t. transparency is not plausible.

On a general note from my point of view the time since the last board 
elections (which has been more than four month so the initial grace 
period is surely over) has not been very progressive regarding 
transparency.  For example:

- none of the board meetings since then have been public.
- compared to last year board meeting protocols have been slow to appear 
- the membership statistics have not been updated since December.
- the matter of recording individual board member votes has not been 
revisited since 2015-06-15.
- as far as i can see there has been next to no public communications on 
ongoing processes and discussions within the board, like the corporate 
membership program.

I am sorry if this appears somewhat off-topic here - i don't mean to 
bury other discussion on the matter of an administrative assistent with 
it but with this in mind i think selling the idea of an assistent 
position to the membership as a measure towards transparency is not 

Christoph Hormann

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