[OpenID board] URGENT: New Board members motion

Dick Hardt dick.hardt at gmail.com
Fri Oct 24 05:29:49 UTC 2008


I made the motion at the last meeting telecon.

Members of the membership committee objected as they had not completed  
their report.
I stated that we had procrastinated long enough on making a decision  
-- six months now -- and that we should make a decision -- and that  
waiting another 6 weeks was unnecessary. The suggestion was that we  
could vote on the motion by email once the membership committee has  
provided their report.

Once the report was out and we had some dialog, I started the motion  
on the private mailing list, and then realized we could have the vote  
on the public list -- so here we are.

There seems to be an inordinate amount of discussion about a topic we  
have touched on numerous times in the past six months.

-- Dick

On 23-Oct-08, at 8:07 PM, Drummond Reed wrote:

> Having been offline all day at an offsite, I'm going to lodge a  
> stronger
> objection to this particular email vote. It took me 15 minutes just  
> to read
> through the various messages to understand the thread. And the  
> confusion is
> I think reflective of the lack of consensus of the board on this  
> issue.
>
> Lack of consensus itself is not a reason not to vote; sometimes it's  
> the
> very reason to have one. But not an email vote - they are best used to
> formalize a board action on a decision that is unanimous or nearly  
> unanimous
> without requiring a meeting.
>
> I'm not sure of the specifics of our bylaws, but on other boards on  
> which I
> serve a email vote can only be held if no board member objects. In  
> that case
> I object and request the Chair to call for a meeting. This is an  
> important
> decision at this juncture for the OIDF and one we should hash out in  
> person
> or on the phone.
>
> =Drummond
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: board-bounces at openid.net [mailto:board-bounces at openid.net] On  
>> Behalf
>> Of Raj Mata
>> Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2008 1:03 PM
>> To: board at openid.net
>> Subject: Re: [OpenID board] URGENT: New Board members motion
>>
>> -1.
>>
>> Agree with Gary.
>>
>> Raj
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: board-bounces at openid.net [mailto:board-bounces at openid.net] On
>> Behalf Of Krall, Gary
>> Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2008 12:42 PM
>> To: board at openid.net
>> Subject: Re: [OpenID board] URGENT: New Board members motion
>>
>> -1.
>>
>> As we are actively in the process of recruiting for a Executive  
>> Director
>> which my understanding is should complete shortly coupled; with the
>> manner in which this vote has been requested/handled is a clear
>> indication to me that adding any additional members at this time  
>> would
>> not be prudent.
>>
>> Gary.
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: board-bounces at openid.net [mailto:board-bounces at openid.net]On
>> Behalf Of Dick Hardt
>> Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2008 9:48 AM
>> To: board at openid.net
>> Subject: [OpenID board] URGENT: New Board members motion
>> Importance: High
>>
>>
>> (this motion was originally posted on the board-private list to
>> protect the confidentiality of the potential corporate board members
>> -- reposting to public list to provide transparency to community)
>>
>> Background:
>>
>> There are two corporations that have expressed interest in joining  
>> the
>> OpenID Foundation for the last six months. The board approved  
>> adding 5
>> new corporate board seats, to be balanced with community seats so  
>> that
>> the community seats have a majority.
>> Brian Kissel has been active on the marketing committee and the
>> customer research committee. He organized a gathering of content
>> providers in NY that led to the OpoenID UX summit last Monday.
>> The primary source of funding for the Foundation is corporate board
>> seats. In order to fund a new Executive Director and OpenID adoption
>> initiatives, we need more funding. The patience of the two
>> corporations is running thin as they have been waiting for far to  
>> long
>> for a decision from the board.
>>
>> The motion: Add the two corporate board seats and add Brian Kissel as
>> the community seat. Brian's seat (like all other community board
>> seats) would be up for re-election when we hold an election.
>>
>> All board members need to vote or abstain for the motion to be
>> considered.
>>
>> Votes to date:
>>
>> +1 Dick Hardt (made motion)
>> +1 Martin Atkins (seconded motion)
>> -1 David Recordon
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