[OSM-talk] Microgrants call for committee

Joost Schouppe joost at osmfoundation.org
Tue Feb 25 12:46:32 UTC 2020


We have a few candidates already, but we could use some more!

Note that we've been getting some reactions of the sort: "I can't be on the
Committee, because I want to apply myself", or my friend wants to apply. It
is awesome that you would want to avoid conflict of interest at all costs.
But we're a small community, and we do need you for this project. So if you
feel like a conflict of interest might arise, just say so up front and
we'll keep it in mind. You'd be expected not to participate in discussions
regarding any projects you are closely related to, and would not be allowed
to vote on them.
If your ethics prevent you from running - maybe someone less ethical will
take your place instead :)

All the best,

On Sun, Feb 16, 2020 at 12:05 PM Joost Schouppe <joost at osmfoundation.org>

> Hi,
> The Microgrants project is ready for launch! When we first received the
> Pineapple fund donation, the money was quickly earmarked as to be given
> back to the community. Now that's finally happening, after a recent Board
> decision [1] (plenty of background behind that link!). Any volunteer who
> thinks they can make an impact with a small grant will soon be able to
> apply.
> But first we need the help of a few volunteers to manage the project. What
> do we expect of you?
> 1) Running the call for projects
> 2) Making a selection of about ten projects
> 3) Following up with the selected projects
> Anyone can apply to be on the selection committee, and the Board will then
> make a selection. We are looking for people who know how the OSM community
> works, who have experience with making an impact for OSM - but also people
> with practical experience running these kinds of projects.
> The policy document [2] offers a guideline to what the Board wants to see
> happen with this project, but it leaves a lot of leeway for the committee
> to implement as they see fit. For example, the committee is expected to
> work out their own rules of order. During the entire process, you will be
> able to rely on Dorothea for administrative assistance.
> The most impactful job of the Microgrants Committee will be the selection
> itself. The decision is expected to be based on deep community
> consultation. The Board did keep a veto right over the selected
> applications.
> The committee is also expected to guide the projects to fruition. However,
> it is encouraged for the committee to extend the group with more
> volunteers, so as to lighten the workload and diversify points of view. For
> example, it would be really helpful to have volunteers who speak the
> language or are culturally close to the selected projects.
> When the projects are finished and have reported on their experience, the
> Committee is almost done. A final task will be to make recommendations to
> the Board for the next phase of the Microgrants project - we've only just
> begun!
> Send your application to join the Microgrants Committee to
> microgrants at osmfoundation.org by March 8th.
> All relevant information will be accessible through the OSMF wiki at
> https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Microgrants
> 1.
> https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Board/Minutes/2020-01#Microgrants_policy_-_proposal_to_vote
> 2:
> https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/w/images/1/1a/Microgrants_working_document_snapshot_2020-01-13.odt
> All the best,
> Joost
> for the OSMF Board
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