[Osmf-talk] 2018 a third episode of entryism by HOT US Inc at OSMF Board after 2015 and 2017: call 4 action (candidates/members) for a balanced OSMF Board

nicolas chavent nicolas.chavent at gmail.com
Tue Dec 11 23:53:07 UTC 2018

Hey all,

We're witnessing in this 2018 election a third and continued attempt
of entryism by the US NGO HOT US Inc at the OSMF Board through
Geoffrey Kateregga and Miriam Gonzalez candidatures after the election
of Heather Leson (2017) and Mikel Maron (2015) who joined Kate Chapman

Election after election, one single organization is being granted a
continued and growing influence at the Board of the Foundation at the
detriment of the diversity of the rich OSM ecosystem of actors and the
resilience/long-term sustainability of the OMSF.

Tobias Knerr proposed in his manifesto to "Limit board members from
the same org to 1 seat", since this manifesto item has not yet been
picked up in the Questions/Answers section of the Board Elections wiki
nor in the discussions, it would be great to hear about it from the
other candidates and members.

HOT US Inc presence at the OSMF Board (3 positions out of 7 Officers)
being already heavily unbalanced, here's a call to OSMF members caring
for the representation of organizational diversity in this body of the
OSMF to vote accordingly and support after the election a continued
discussion about Tobias manifesto item with the view of its future

The recent discussions about Crimea or India mass enrollment at OSMF
(to name a few) made us all aware of the importance of a fully-trusted
OSMF Board, ensured organizational diversity is surely an asset to
this end.

The above is a principled position in favor of diversity at the OSMF
Board and not an anti position against HOT US Inc as an organization
or against Miriam and Geoffrey as persons.


Nicolas Chavent
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