[Talk-GB] UK Capter Community Interest Statement Form CIC36

Brian Prangle bprangle at gmail.com
Tue Apr 26 20:01:27 UTC 2016

Hi Rob

Want an open constitution of the kind you want? Go for unincorporated
society - you can fashion it any way you want.

Want an incorporated limited company? There's a mountain of legislation
demanding structure  you are mandated to have in your constitution - your
room for manouevre in the AoA is limited.

That's our dilemma and we will end up with a compromise between the two
that satisfies no-one completely but will be workable.



On 25 April 2016 at 22:34, Rob Nickerson <rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks Brian,
> The CIC form makes the vision much clearer (unlike the AoA which is always
> going to be a legalise-esque dull document). It's a good reminder of why we
> are doing this :-)
> The first activity listed touches on "provid[ing] a mechanism for
> developing as a community rather than as disparate, scattered individual".
> This follows on from my recent comments on the AoA and the contrast I drew
> between the template AoA and the Constitution of the (Unincorporated
> Association) WM-ODUG. That constitution set out how decision making works
> amongst the members which is one element of the activities aim to develop a
> community. It's very different from the current proposed AoA for
> OpenStreetMap United Kingdom.
> Today we have the opportunity to make the AoA more about our desired way
> of working, and not just the legal text we refer to when something goes
> wrong. In fact one could argue that if the AoA don't match our desired way
> of working (the AoA is the Constitution after all) then something has "gone
> wrong" before we even start.
> As always I look forward to hearing the views of others on this matter.
> *Rob*
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