[OpenID board] From the call today ...

Bill Washburn billhwashburn at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 5 23:45:05 UTC 2007

Hi everyone--

I apologize in advance if this feels intrusive coming from the "facilitator."  I've been attempting to be agnostic on the question of sustainability models in large measure.  I must admit, however, that given I may end up being the one who lives most directly with the day-to-day consequences of this decision, I have one thought from this afternoon that I'd mention as a possible addition to the proposal that Dick, Scott, and I are scrubbing up for the community to see and respond to.

The thought is this: why not give organizations a choice in terms of how they wish to support and participate in the OIDF going forward.  That is, organizations could be choose to either:

a.   pay/buy a seat on the OIDF Board at a predetermined annual fee (TBD) with the voting privileges that are entailed with Board membership but with no formal promise of visibility just because of being on the board.

b.   become a sponsor of the OpenID community at one of four levels (along the lines of Apache Software Foundation levels) and receive the rights of community and marketplace visibility that specifically come with sponsorship levels but no membership on the board; or

c.   both a. and b. above

I'm thinking that this might be a reasonable thing to allow because there may well be various organizations that for various reason want very much to support the OpenID effort but do not to have any direct involvement in the management, control, or perceived choices of direction of the OIDF.


----- Original Message ----
From: Scott Kveton <scott at janrain.com>
To: "board at openid.net" <board at openid.net>
Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2007 1:55:32 PM
Subject: [OpenID board] From the call today ...

Hey Everybody,

We had Dick, Bill, Johannes, Mart and myself on the call today and we all
came to the agreement that we need to start moving forward.  Dick has a
proposal that, although we may not all completely agree with, is the closest
to a proposal that is sustainable and while giving maximum community voice.

In light of that, Dick and I (mostly Dick) are going to work up a proposal
that we'll float here on how we fashion the by-laws.  This will be along the
lines of what Dick has already proposed.  The goals will be to outline
exactly what we're thinking of doing, why we're thinking of doing it that
way and then sending that out to the OpenID general mailing list for input.

The goal is not to dictate how this organization will be fashioned but more
to talk about this one possibility and how we have to look at several key
factors in our decision making process.  Hopefully we can convince the
community of our reasoning for the way to move forward.

Dick is hoping to have something out by Monday or Tuesday on this list so
that we can start discussing the exact wording, etc.

Drummond/David/Artur: would love to catch up via voice with you all to
discuss this if possible ... David mentioned something about a call at 5pm
on the same number ... Would love to try to make that happen.

Let me know,

- Scott

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