[OpenID board] November 18, 2009 OpenID Executive Committee Call Minutes

Mike Jones Michael.Jones at microsoft.com
Mon Nov 30 23:33:57 UTC 2009

November 18, 2009 OpenID Executive Committee Call Minutes

Don Thibeau, Executive Director
Mike Jones
Brian Kissel

David Recordon
Mike Ozburn
Nat Sakimura

John Ehrig, Global Inventures

1.       Potential New Board Members
There is a decent chance that two additional sustaining board members will apply to join soon.  This is great news.  For the record, there is a standing board decision that we will accept all sustaining board members who apply unless the board explicitly votes to reject a membership application.  If new sustaining members join before the election, additional community seats will be added to the slate.

We agreed that discussions about possible revenue restructuring for the foundation should occur once the new board is in place in January and once certification decisions have been made.

2.       Considering enabling people to give earmarked donations
There was a discussion on the possibility of enabling individuals and organizations to pledge money towards specific goals.  Apparently this happening within the Japanese chapter.  For instance, people could potentially pledge money towards continuing to develop the interop and security testing capabilities of test-id.org or towards producing Japanese-language versions of the pages.  There would still need to be some board or executive committee decision that the proposed project aligns with the foundation's goals and that undertaking it will not unduly compete for resources needed for higher-priority projects.

Mike raised the question of whether pledged money should also count towards membership dues.  It was agreed that we should consider this possibility in the context of revenue restructuring discussions that are likely to occur once the new board is in place.

3.       Joint steering committee update
Don will present a draft request for information document to the committee on the call tomorrow.  The audience of that document is potential certification program partners.  Some committee members are asking for clear timelines and a vision for what the program would look like, not just for the next six months, but potentially for years.  In response to this, Don and Drummond will be presenting a phased approach to the committee, with objectives and decision points at each phase.

4.       Elections
The board election announcement went out and the election dates have been set.  A revote for approving the IPR process changes will begin shortly.

[No decisions were taken during the meeting as it did not achieve quorum.]

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