[OpenStack Foundation] Fwd: Re: [Foundation Board] propose 2015 board meeting dates

Doug Hellmann doug at doughellmann.com
Tue Feb 24 17:48:58 UTC 2015

> On Feb 24, 2015, at 12:04 PM, Mark McLoughlin <markmc at redhat.com> wrote:
> Hi Jesse,
> On Sun, 2015-02-22 at 21:09 -0800, Jesse Proudman wrote:
>> Having international exposure to the OpenStack foundation is important
>> to the long term viability of of this project, the reality is that the
>> board meetings themselves do not expose much value to the overall
>> community.
> Yes. Simply having a board meeting in a particular geography is IMO not
> going to have any real impact on increasing geographical diversity in
> the project and Foundation.
> If a board meeting could coincide with a large local event, that could
> be more effective. And similarly, simply having directors (and project
> leaders) routinely attend (and present at) local meetups in geographies
> that are not well represented would have a greater impact. I think
> that's happening to a degree already, but perhaps we could figure out
> some more deliberate and coordinated way to make this happen.

Having the board meetings coincide with some other public event also makes it more likely that foundation members who are not on the board would be able to attend, because they can coordinate the trip with the conference or other event to justify the budget expense. As with OSCON, those events don’t need to be limited just to OpenStack-specific conferences, so there should be plenty of flexibility in the schedule.


> On transparency and openness, as always I'm hugely in favor of improving
> this. I don't think this decision needed to be made privately. However,
> turning a relatively mundane decision into an unnecessarily heated and
> charged debate does little to encourage people to be more open.
> Mark.
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