[Osmf-talk] Membership fee waiver

Rebecca Firth rebecca.firth at hotosm.org
Thu Nov 15 20:16:47 UTC 2018


Violaine, I just sent a very similar note to you but for some reason it
seemed to be too big for the list.. copying in again and deleting some
historical mails.

I've not been part of the MWG so far, so apologies if this has been
suggested or discussed previously. I wanted to throw out the idea that
rather than OSMF/other members choosing what an appropriate fee level is in
countries they aren't living/working in, perhaps the local communities
could decide what they think is an appropriate fee for their context? I
realise this might lead to discrepancy - one middle income country might
not choose the same level as another middle income country - but I'm not
sure how much that matters? If the objective is to broaden access, it might
be nice to have country communities decide what works for their context.



On Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 3:11 PM Violaine_Do <violaine_osm at avoscartes.fr>

> Hello,
> I was wondering if you thought about registration fees as open donation
> : a minimum amount would be asked while suggesting a standard donation
> depending on different context (we would keep 15L for european context,
> but as Nicolas mentionned it would be great to think about low income
> people). Speaking of what would be my experience in case I was in
> situation such africans live, I would feel more confident if I had a
> seenable option to give less, else I would feel not legitimous or equal
> to others asking for a waiver. From my point of view, options should 1
> be seenable, and 2 do not look like a favor made to people.
> Hope this discussion will move forward, happy to continue working on it,
> Thanks,
> Violaine
> On 15/11/2018 09:54, Rihards wrote:
> > On 15.11.18 18:45, nicolas chavent wrote:
> >> Hi,
> >>
> >> Thanks Mikel for the clarification.
> >>
> >> Thanks Christoph also for your email: I agree with you but feel that I
> >> the short run, this fee waiver system, is yet a progress for a good deal
> >> of mappers I know in Haiti and Africa. Further discussion and work is
> >> surely needed to better address geographical of the overall OSM
> >> community at the OSMF and a talk item for this Board meeting as well as
> >> one of the election talk/action topic
> >>
> >> For Board consideration,
> >> with the fee waiver mechanism as laid out by Mikel, extra
> >> registration/application days would be likely to allow for more active
> >> Haitian/African members to join the membership
> > Postponing an election so that a sizable number of individuals could
> > join last minute only to vote on that election sounds about as
> > suspicious as large number of employees from some company joining just
> > before the election.
> > What's going on?
> >
> >> Best,
> >> Nicola
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