[OpenStack Foundation] Board discussing how to improve the Individual Director election process, community input wanted

Tim Bell Tim.Bell at cern.ch
Tue Nov 13 19:41:18 UTC 2012


I have copied over the 4 proposals to the etherpad with some space in
between to group the discussion points.

If you've got comments on the specific proposals, you can make them there as
input or on this list if you'd like further discussion/clarification.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Matt Joyce [mailto:matt at nycresistor.com]
> Sent: 13 November 2012 20:16
> To: Alan Clark
> Cc: foundation at lists.openstack.org
> Subject: Re: [OpenStack Foundation] Board discussing how to improve the
> Individual Director election process, community input wanted
> Is it just me or is the second etherpad :
> https://etherpad.openstack.org/2013-Individual-Elections completely blank?
> -Matt
> On Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 5:17 AM, Alan Clark <aclark at suse.com> wrote:
> > Dear OpenStack Foundation Members,
> >
> > There has been much discussion in the Community recently, including
> during the breakfast with the Board sessions at the last Summit, regarding
> Individual Members are elected to the Board. As a result of this feedback,
> Board has begun discussing how to improve the Individual Director election
> process and wants to solicit additional community input on some steps for
> future elections. Informal conversations after the Summit led the Board,
as a
> first step, to establish a sub-committee composed of primarily Individual
> Members. That sub-committee distilled the ideas received to date into a
> critical issues in order that the Board can go back to the Community with
> proposals for review and comment, and work towards implementing reforms
> if necessary.
> >
> > In the course of these meetings and during the Board meeting of November
> 2, the sub-committee and the Board considered a broad range of options for
> improvements to the Individual Member Director election process and rules,
> including those that would require a change to the bylaws of the
> An etherpad detailing all of the potential options explored and discussed
is at
> https://etherpad.openstack.org/Board-2012-VotingProposals.
> >
> > Given the short time between the November 2 Board meeting and the
> commencement of the January 2013 Individual Member Director election
> process in late November (request for nominations), the sub-committee and
> Board concluded that it would not be feasible to make any changes to the
> process for this election cycle that would require a change to the bylaws
> approval by the Foundation membership. However, a number of well thought
> out options were developed that would not require a change to the bylaws
> be adopted for the January 2013 elections, and we would like to present
> these proposals to the Community and Membership for discussion and
> feedback, as set out below. The Board would like to emphasise to the
> Community that Individual Member Director election process proposals that
> do require bylaw changes will definitely be a priority for the Board and
> membership following the January 2013 election, with plenty of time for
> careful framing, discussion, debate and adoption prior to the January 2014
> election."
> >
> > There were four proposed actions for improvement of election processes
> that the Board identified as being able to be implemented in the short
> which would not require bylaw changes and the Board wishes to present
> these to the Community for wider discussion.
> >
> > Firstly, for the August 2012 election, four questions were produced from
> mailing list input and put to each election candidate, some of whom
> responded and some did not. It is the Board's recommendation that we
> develop this into a compulsory procedure where a nominated candidate is
> required to make a clear statement of the candidate's contribution to
> OpenStack. How this is proposed to be structured is open for the Community
> to discuss, be it reliant on the existing four questions or extended into
> qualitative or quantitative measures. The Board feels it is very important
> the nominees to present this information clearly for the Community's
> informed choice.
> >
> > Secondly, the Board would like to more clearly inform the electorate on
> reasons for individual members of the Board and explain their role, the
> importance of diversity on the Board, be that international, cultural,
> technological, gender or otherwise, the role of the Individual members for
> who and or what they represent, and provide guidance for members to use
> these criteria to assess their voting choice.
> >
> > Thirdly, the Board asks that all organisations act honourably, be
> and demonstrate responsibility and guide their staff to vote according to
> best interests of the Community, and not their organisation. OpenStack's
> blood is the Community. By implementing suitable measures in place from
> first and second proposals providing detailed explanations of candidate
> contribution and with Foundation guidance of the functions of the
> Members, the Board is hopeful this will inspire everyone to make an
> choice and vote for candidates who best represent the Community.
> >
> > Fourthly, the Board is exploring options not requiring by-law changes
> that fall within the current cumulative voting structure which will help
> create a balanced representation of candidates from affiliated
> independents and minorities.
> >
> > The Board are meeting on the 16th of November and seek to approve and
> publish the results of these Community proposals on the 19th of November,
> week before the Individual nominations open on November 26th.
> >
> > As a supplement to the discussion on this Foundation mailing list, We
> provided an etherpad for discussion of these four short term proposals at
> https://etherpad.openstack.org/2013-Individual-Elections, and Board
> members will be maintaining a presence in #openstack-community for
> general Q and A .
> >
> >
> > Regards,
> > OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors
> >
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