[Osmf-talk] Balancing the presence of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team at the OSM Foundation in 2017

Heather Leson heatherleson at gmail.com
Wed Nov 29 15:31:28 UTC 2017


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On Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 3:49 PM, nicolas chavent <nicolas.chavent at gmail.com>

> Dear all,
> In 2017, despite the current level of influence that the US NGO
> "Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team US Inc" (aka HOT US Inc) has over the
> OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) thanks to Kate Chapman and Mikel Maron
> (both OSMF Board directors), Heather Lesson, another former HOT US Inc
> Board Officer and one of its former President is running for the OSMF
> Board.
> Since 2015, HOT US Inc, is the only organization of the OpenStreetMap
> ecosystem represented at the OSMF Board with two Directors: Kate Chapman
> (co-founder / former Board member / former Executive Director; elected at
> the OSMF Board in 2013) and Mikel Maron (co-founder / former President /
> actual Chairman of the members; elected at the OSMF Board in 2015).
> This state of things provides HOT US Inc with more power of influence over
> the Foundation than any other organizations which is without precedent in
> the history of this institution. Consequently, this diminishes the
> representation of the OSM diversity at the Board of the Foundation.
> Extending furthermore this HOT US Inc presence and influence at the OSMF
> Board and shrinking accordingly the room for the diversity of other
> perspectives around OSM to be represented in this Body of the
> organization would be a matter of concerns in terms of : - balance of
> powers between organizations - diversity of visions, thoughts and practises
> (including internal democracy and conflict of interests) around OSM -
> board dynamics: a collective of HOT US Inc Boardees would interact with
> single individuals
> With these above risks in minds, given HOT US Inc current influence, its
> members (aka “hotties”) would be best advised to support the OSM project
> at the Foundation outside of the Board through its Working Groups to start
> with allowing “hotties” to get acquainted with another organization. This
> would mitigate risks of power games, lower tensions and strengthen OSM
> diversity by saving room for other perspectives and experiences around OSM
> to be represented at the OSMF Board.
> In 2017, like in 2015, OSMF voting members shall pay attention to
> representing at best OSM diversity as well as check and balances in terms
> of organizational powers at the Foundation prior casting their ballot this
> 2-Dec onwards.
> For those of you who don't know me and to clarify my affiliations, I am
> Nicolas Chavent, co-founder of HOT US Inc in 2010 that I served as its
> Acting Project Manager focusing on its Operations in Haiti and Western
> Africa until 2013 and still member of this organization, I am also the
> co-founder of two French associations Projet Espace OpenStreetMap
> Francophone (Projet EOF) and Les Libres Géographes (LLG).
> Best,
> Nicolas
> PS: this email is also shared as an OSM diary entry [1] which echo a
> similar one posted during the 2015 OSMF Board election [2]
> [1]: https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Nicolas%20Chavent/diary/42842
> [2]: https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Nicolas%20Chavent/diary/36750
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