[Foundation-l] This week's board meeting

Newyorkbrad newyorkbrad at gmail.com
Thu Feb 4 00:38:00 UTC 2010

When asked by anyone, I always recommend New York as a meeting location, but
I may be biased.


On Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 7:22 PM, Michael Snow <wikipedia at verizon.net> wrote:

> I don't recall if I'd updated this publicly before, but we ended up
> changing the location of the February board meeting. At Wikimania last
> year, our preliminary plan was to have the meeting in New York, but for
> logistical reasons it proved to be more practical to use the office in
> San Francisco. There was some mild disappointment from our European
> board members who thus have farther to travel, but since the April
> meeting will be in Berlin (combined with the chapters meeting), they get
> a break next time. We do hope to hold a future meeting in a suitable
> midway point like New York eventually, as we cycle around different
> locations, although the office will always be a useful fallback.
> Coincidentally, there happens to be a San Francisco meetup using the
> office Saturday afternoon, so I hope the board members will stop in to
> say hello when our day's work is done. One of the reasons I'd like to
> meet in New York sometime is for something similar, as there are quite a
> few people who could make a New York meetup that I would be eager to
> finally meet in person.
> Anyway, our agenda for this weekend is pretty simple, aside from minor
> housekeeping items. We're devoting one day to board development and one
> day to strategic planning discussion. The first part means defining and
> understanding our role as a board, both what it is and what it isn't,
> which we've needed as the organization matures. The board is trying to
> mature along with the organization, which means both integrating our
> newer members and having the longer-serving ones adapt to the direction
> we are going. This will be important as we get closer to our full
> capacity (things are progressing, slowly but surely, on the remaining
> vacancy, we expect to interview some candidates in the coming weeks).
> The strategic planning portion of the agenda is not approval of a final
> plan yet, but the process has advanced significantly enough to be
> looking at priorities and considering some recommendations. The task
> forces and the planning team have generated a lot of information that's
> being synthesized here, and I appreciate all the effort people have put
> in. My nose has basically been buried in this for the past week
> preparing for our meeting, but it wouldn't be possible to move this
> forward if it was just the board and staff, many other people have done
> a lot of hard work too. Thank you, all of you.
> --Michael Snow
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