[Osmf-talk] OSMF Admin Position

Oleksiy Muzalyev oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch
Sat Apr 23 10:09:39 UTC 2016

Greetings, OpenStreetMap Foundation,

I would suggest to define the position as the Administrative Assistant & 
Non Profit Fundraising Specialist.

I participated recently at a meeting of a large non profit organization. 
I understood that fund-raising involves a lot of skills, professional 
knowledge, and administrate work of its paid staff. There are numerous 
channels, some of them could be automated, some require a lot of manual 

There are training courses, webinars, conferences, etc. in this domain [1].

[1] http://www.afpnet.org/ Association of Fundraising Professionals - AFP

Best regards,

On 22/04/16 22:00, Mikel Maron wrote:
> Yes, the broader topics of transparency are important but off topic here.
> The admin assistant will improve frequency and depth of 
> communications, and that will result in more transparency, though 
> definitely not address everything you have brought up. Let's pick that 
> up on another thread.
> At the moment, the point of this thread is to share where we are with 
> the admin assistant, and get any guidance from members as we look ahead.
> -Mikel
> * Mikel Maron * +14152835207 @mikel s:mikelmaron
> On Friday, April 22, 2016 3:27 PM, Christoph Hormann 
> <chris_hormann at gmx.de> wrote:
>     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
>     recently.
>     - 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
>     credible.
>     -- 
>     Christoph Hormann
>     http://www.imagico.de/
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