[Foundation-l] Transparency (was: What are the assets of the Foundation, anyway?)

Erik Moeller erik at wikimedia.org
Fri Apr 20 14:16:19 UTC 2007

On 4/20/07, Birgitte SB <birgitte_sb at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Considering the question about transparency, have
> these things been annouced widely?

Not really. But consider that, in a perfect world, the Board would be
meeting 4-6 times a year, exchange maybe a hundred emails in that time
period, and write some strategy ("ends") documents on BoardWiki and
Meta. Board members would most frequently participate in their
function as regular community members. This current Board is actually
communicating at about the level that I would expect for official
Board communications, if not more so.  More of this responsibility
needs to be moved to operations -- the VolCo, the future ED, the Com.
Director, and so on.

As for who has done what, please note that the Board typically decides
internally who is going to coordinate a particular process or make
some announcement. So I was picked to lead the discussion about
mission & vision statement, Kat was asked to coordinate the licensing
policy debate, and so forth. The Chair can act more autonomously here,
as doing so is less likely to cause disruption on the Board level.

I think blogs for Board members could have value for larger scale
announcements & communications than these mailing lists permit. They
may also be less likely to cause hair loss, ulcers, rashes, and broken
furniture. ;-)
Peace & Love,

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