[theforum] evolt.org Steering Elections

Martin Burns martin at easyweb.co.uk
Thu Nov 6 07:34:25 CST 2003

Dear All

The members of evolt's Steering Group are delighted to announce that 
their positions are all available for election.

Steering is made up of 2 representatives from each of evolt.org's 
working groups:
* Content: http://lists.evolt.org/mailman/listinfo/content
* Design/Development: http://lists.evolt.org/mailman/listinfo/desdev
* Sysadmin: http://lists.evolt.org/mailman/listinfo/sysadmin
* Marketing: http://lists.evolt.org/mailman/listinfo/marketing
* Finance: http://lists.evolt.org/mailman/listinfo/finance

Steering's job is to take decisions on day-to-day matters that cross 
multiple groups (for example choosing a hosting provider would concern 
desdev, sysadmin and finance).

Steering is (in theory) different from theforum in that theforum's role 
is setting policy, priorities and direction, not executing it. In the 
above example, this would mean defining whether being on an OSS 
platform is important, and what other things are less important than 
hosting and could be dropped if necessary.

(Admittedly, it hasn't always worked out like this over the past year 
and a bit - a fair number of executive decisions have been brought to 
theforum which may not have needed to. It will be up to the new 
Steering members to change this, or not.)

Steering members don't need to be 'the' key person in their group, but 
they do need to accurately represent their group to other groups' reps. 
Being good at seeing other peoples' points of view and reaching 
agreements that other people can live with is a useful skill.

Steering membership is for one year only, but members should make best 
efforts to be committed for that time. RealLife(tm) can always 
intervene, but if you're going to stand, you'll probably not have any 
major life upheavals actually *planned* for the year.

It doesn't take that much time - much, much less than membership of the 
working groups (particularly content and desdev) so you could do the 
job while being busy - but it would be difficult to be effective if you 
know you're going to be uncontactable for long periods.

Each working group elects its own reps. Therefore, you'll need to be a 
member of a working group to stand to represent it. How each group 
wants to pick its members is entirely up to it, provided it's free and 
fair, and there's a mailing list archive that records the fact.

You should also be a member of theforum:

The new Steering will take over on 1st December - in time for the 
evolt.org anniversary on the 14th. All groups need to have selected 
their reps not later than 23rd November.

The current Steering members have been in post for over 12 months 
(nostrum culpamus), but this shouldn't happen in future, so the next 
elections will be in November 2004 (/me marks iCal).

Any questions? Talk about it on theforum.

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