[Osmf-talk] Draft New Corporate Membership Tiers

Kate Chapman kate at maploser.com
Wed Apr 27 18:22:35 UTC 2016

Hi All,

Thanks for you feedback so far, a couple comments.

General Counsel: This is the number one thing that potential corporate
members have requested. The idea is not that we are providing advice, but
they have their own General Counsel that would like to speak to another
lawyer. This is typically how companies operate and the idea was that they
are willing to pay a significant amount of money for it. The specific
details would still need to be worked out with the LWG and board.  If you
look at the bottom of the wiki page I've put this contingent on having at
least 5 or higher business members. I think the main reason other
foundations don't offer this is that there is not as much discussion are

Calls with board members: This is intended to help people internally "sell"
the corporate membership within their organizations. Many people already
talk to board members informally all the time. If you send me an email for
example I don't demand you pay me to answer it, should I not answer it
because you might be trying to influence me? Though if organizations are
interested in this why not help fund the OSMF?


On Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 11:10 AM, Jonathan Witcoski <jwitcoski at gmail.com>

> I took a look at other opensource project corporate benefits...
> https://jquery.org/join/
> http://www.osgeo.org/sponsorship
> https://www.joomla.org/sponsor.html#packages
> https://assoc.drupal.org/supporting-partners
> http://www.linuxfoundation.org/about/join/corporate
> They all offer:
> Joint Press Releases
> Joint Blog posts
> Sponsor badge for your Web site
> Invitation to Special Events
> Discounts (several free tickets and early bird pricing on all others) on
> tickets to events
> Discounts with other corporate sponsors (training and services)
> Free standard listing on Drupal Jobs
> None are offering:
> Legal access to OSMF General Counsel
> or
> Yearly call with board members
> On Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 1:19 PM, Christoph Hormann <chris_hormann at gmx.de>
> wrote:
>> On Wednesday 27 April 2016, Paul Norman wrote:
>> > > - 'Attend OSMF general meetings' should be clarified as through a
>> > > single representative (or a specified higher number) and should
>> > > emphasize that this does not entail any formal rights in those
>> > > meetings (i.e. just attendance).
>> >
>> > Corporate members are associate members who are not natural persons,
>> > and have all the rights of associate members except voting at general
>> > meetings. This gives them the right to attend and speak at general
>> > meetings. As a practical matter, the last general meetings have been
>> > open to the public and we've taken questions without first checking
>> > for membership.
>> OK - but implicitly i assume this only applies to a single
>> representative - anything else would mean extended rights compared to a
>> normal associate member.
>> --
>> Christoph Hormann
>> http://www.imagico.de/
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