[OpenID board] 2011-01-19 OIDF EC Call Minute

David Recordon recordond at gmail.com
Tue Feb 15 22:14:23 UTC 2011

Nat, completely understand how quorum has become a challenge and glad
to see us dig into how we make the Foundation more nimble overall.

I'm worried that we're treating the surface wound and not the
underlying cause by raising the fee to $100. It seems like the larger
issue here is that we have members – both individual and corporate –
who aren't engaged in what the Foundation is doing. Member engagement
at other than the sustaining level has been an issue for multiple
years. I'd rather see us put effort into increasing the value of
membership across all levels to create more engagement and thus have
that solve our quorum problem.

Foundation events are a great way to engage more people, but have to
only be the start.


On Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 9:55 PM, Nat Sakimura <sakimura at gmail.com> wrote:
> Actually, the fee raise is not aimed at producing more income.
> It is to make it easier to achieve the quorum for voting.
> Also, although on surface the fee seems to be raised, if the person is
> participating in at least one of the OpenID Foundation events, it actually
> is cheaper for the person because he will get free tickets worth more than
> $80.
> Since the aim of this proposed motion is to limiting the voting eligibility
> to active participants only, so other methods that gives only the active
> participants the voting right would do the job. E.g., you would have to be
> present at at least one OpenID Foundation Events or have to be an active
> member of the WGs or Committees. This, however, has certain administrative
> overhead. If the overhead can be somehow overcome, I actually prefer this
> method.
> I am open to either way of doing it, but we have to make the organization a
> little more nimble by making it easier to achieve quorum for voting.
> =nat
> On Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 2:23 PM, Allen Tom <allentomdude at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Are the proposers certain that raising the individual membership fee to
>> $100/year will result in a net increase in revenue? I suspect that raising
>> the fee from $25 to $100 will result in substantial dropoff in individual
>> membership, resulting in less revenue and more dangerously, far fewer
>> members.
>> I remember that a couple years ago, former Google board member Dewitt
>> Clinton proposed reducing the fees to $5 to help drive membership. I
>> personally think that the foundation would be better off lowering, rather
>> than raising membership fees.
>> Allen
>> On Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 4:44 AM, sakimura <sakimura at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 3.      Resolution: As of March 30, 2011, individual membership fee will
>>> be $100/year.  The Board directs the Executive Director to waive this fee in
>>> cases of hardship, professional courtesy or other reasons on a case by case
>>> basis.
>>> Rationale:  Establishes a community membership cost-to-value, offsets
>>> costs at current levels and discourages ‘join only to vote.’
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