[Foundation-l] foundation-l Digest, Vol 87, Issue 78

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Sat Jun 25 05:53:16 UTC 2011

Hear, hear !!

On 25 June 2011 07:29, Mike Godwin <mnemonic at gmail.com> wrote:

> Sue Gardner writes:
> > Would inviting Matt to join create perception problems?
> > Probably not among external stakeholders because donors serving on
> > boards is fairly normal in non-profit land, but yes among community
> > members, because the community is (appropriately) a fierce defender of
> > the independence of the projects. Should the board do what it thinks
> > is best for the organization and the movement, even if its
> > decisions/actions are unpopular? The board decided yes. Should the
> > board try to separate the grant announcement from the Matt
> > announcement to mitigate community anger? No, because that would be
> > disingenuous. And, it might actually increase anger rather than
> > mitigating it.
> >
> In my view, Sue has expressed the reasoning of the Board in a nutshell
> here.
> Remember that the
> Board recognized the risks of appointing Matt, and nevertheless appointed
> him anyway. The community plays a large role in selecting Board members,
> and
> it is appropriate to keep this in mind when voting on Board seats.
> Nevertheless, I think the Board made a hugely intelligent and attentive
> decision in appointing Matt, and I think it is best if the community
> acknowledges and honors that decision, which comes in part from Board
> members the community supports.
> --Mike Godwin
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