[Osmf-talk] Paying Board/WG was: Standing for board election

Martijn van Exel m at rtijn.org
Sat Nov 25 17:47:09 UTC 2017

Paying people in key positions in OSM could be a big step forward but is
not without its challenges. What positions are 'key'? How do you evaluate
new candidates against incumbents? Who gets to do this? And practically,
where does the money come from? If you ask me, the money is the easiest
hurdle to cross. Creating an organization and culture that has a
transparent process to hiring the best people for the job who work side by
side with volunteers, is more difficult. But if we want to go that way I
think the board could play a role to set the stage. The board positions
should remain unpaid.


On Sat, Nov 25, 2017 at 10:33 AM, Kate Chapman <kate at maploser.com> wrote:

> I thought this was worth having its own discussion.
> On Sat, Nov 25, 2017 at 7:46 AM, Simon Poole <simon at poole.ch> wrote
>> Simon
>> PS: there is the other problem that why on earth would you want to pay
>> the board first? Surely you would want to pay the people on the OWG, DWG
>> and LWG before the directors, given they are actually core to operations
>> not the board, unluckily that would probably amount to a couple of million
>> just for starters.
>  Yes, I'd pay quite a few people prior to paying the board. Some of the
> things the board does are much more operational items than what a truely
> strategic board would do. To me if we were to start paying people to do
> those things we would hire someone to do it rather than pay ourselves.
> Dorothea over the past year has helped immensely in this way, so there
> already is a precedent.
> -Kate
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