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To: "William L. Thomson Jr." <wltjr@g.o>
From: "Alec Warner" <antarus@g.o>
Subject: Re: How to improve the trustees
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008 12:31:45 -0800
On 1/31/08, William L. Thomson Jr. <wltjr@g.o> wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-01-31 at 10:24 -0800, Chris Gianelloni wrote:
> > OK, I'm starting a new thread here to try to discuss some things the
> > trustees can do to improve both visibility and also attempt to
> > ensure/promote progress within the Foundation.  Please chime in with
> > your own ideas.
> >
> > - Regular meetings - The trustees should have a regular monthly meeting
> > to discuss progress, preferably the first week of the month (for GMN).
> >
> > - Regular GMN section - I think that both the Council and the trustees
> > should have a section each for summaries of their latest meetings.  This
> > should relay information about what is happening to the developer pool
> > and the community, in general.
> >
> > - Named positions - I also think that specifically putting certain
> > people into certain positions would possibly improve getting things
> > done.  For each position, there should be an alternate, so that we don't
> > end up relying on a single person.  This also breaks up the
> > responsibilities a bit so that the trustees and the community know what
> > responsibilities that each person should be working.  Positions that I
> > see that could/should be filled: President, Secretary, Treasurer
> >
> > Those are my initial ideas.  Comments?
> +1 to all
> Also I think that possibly the trustees should do more personnel and
> drama management. Which presently falls under the council, but doesn't
> seem technical in nature. But that could potentially be controversial,
> and not likely to be one of the first actions.

I would prefer you inquire about this at a council meeting.  Gentoo
the distribution has lots of siloing and leadership problems that need
work and I think with stronger leadership you will note a decrease in
drama.  I am not sure how many developers are interested in being a
'project lead'; currently people are more 'technical leads'.


> One of the first actions I would like to see. Which I will mention when
> I write a formal agenda for my plans in office if elected. Is to
> transfer financial and legal matters to the SPI, pending a vote on the
> matter. Verses doing it in house.
> If that happened, we would still need named positions. As in one person,
> with a backup to be the liaison between Gentoo and the SPI. Along with
> other defined/named roles for a re-focused board of trustees. With the
> main weight of financial and legal obligations and responsibilities
> removed.
> Focusing then on fund raising, relations, bolstering the community, etc.
> All of the things that don't fall under the realm of the council. Which
> as stated above, some things might need transfer of responsibility from
> council to foundation. For non technical things, and things the council
> would rather not deal with nor should have to.
> --
> William L. Thomson Jr.
> Gentoo/amd64/Java
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