[OpenStack Foundation] Proposals for individual board election

Stefano Maffulli stefano at openstack.org
Mon Nov 5 11:32:25 UTC 2012

On Mon 05 Nov 2012 10:12:52 AM CET, Soren Hansen wrote:
> I hope you're not proposing we wait until someone actually succesfully
> coups the board before discussing how we can prevent this from happening?

What I'm advocating is letting the board work in serenity without this 
constant chorus of delegitimisation, which I believe is exagerated. I 
remember that people on this list  were aware of the risks of having a 
fully open membership while drafting the bylaws; measures were put in 
place to avoid one organisation to become too powerful at the board 
level. Can this openness become messy? It sure can but it's a founding 
principle of OpenStack and I think we should defend it.

I think that the role of Individual Director needs to be clarified 
because I believe there is some confusion on what it represents. I 
believe it's a role that is not there to represent small corporations 
that can't afford Gold or Platinum sponsorship levels. I believe the 
Individual Director should defend the project's principles as a whole, 
the mission of the Foundation, as people that care about an 'open 
cloud', independently from the origin of their paycheck.

FWIW, I think the FSF and OSI should promote their members to join 
OpenStack Foundation too and pay attention to this project because IMHO 
it's as important as the GNU project itself.

One relevant improvement I advocate is to get rid of cumulative voting 
and switch to condorcet, so we can vote *down* people, too.

I hope I have clarified my views.

this is my opinion and not that of my current, former and even future

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