[Members] Changes to XSF Board tenure?

Kevin Smith kevin.smith at isode.com
Fri Aug 24 07:49:13 UTC 2018

On 23 Aug 2018, at 12:18, Guus der Kinderen <guus.der.kinderen at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> The XSF board has discussed the following, and seeks member input (that means *you*) on the following suggestion.
> Most XSF members will know that the XSF board currently consists of members that are appointed for one year. The entire board is replaced each year. 
> Board likely benefits from more continuity, particularly by reducing the ramp down and ramp up period in which the board gets replaced, which can take up a considerable amount of time.
> To improve the effectiveness of Board, I suggest we consider changing our process, to prevent the entire board from being replaced at the same time. The XSF could, for instance, appoint board members for two years instead of one, and replace half of the board members every year.
> What do you think? Is such a change worth considering?

This sounds like a good idea.
I also suspect it wouldn’t work for us.

How often have we been in a situation where half the members of the previous Board been happy to continue for another year and stood, but the Membership has voted to not have them do so? And in the case that that happened (which I’m not sure has), the Membership actively voted to replace them so … 

I think our biggest issue with continuity in the Board has been that people tend to burn out and drop out. Perhaps we could do something instead with a liaison to Board, or choosing a chair in 12 month stints that overlap half of a term, or something? (Not a million miles away from Dave’s suggestion, but lighter weight, because I don’t think we’ve got the momentum and energy for anything heavy).


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