[maemo-community] [HFB] Some thoughts concerning "rules of engagement" that fall outside of the Bylaws document...

From: Tim Samoff tim at samoff.com
Date: Mon Oct 22 19:44:49 EEST 2012
Hi everyone,

After recently being elected to the Hildon Foundation Board (HFB), I've
been doing a lot of thinking concerning how the Board should interact
with the Maemo Community... I have listed some of my thoughts below.

Feel free to debate, critique, or add to what I have listed.

* While individual Board members are free to interact with the Maemo
Community on a personal/contributor level, the Board itself should
attempt to remain "removed" from community minutiae. Community minutiae
is what the Council exists for and, in this way, the Board should be
viewed more like how Nokia was viewed in years past.

* The Board needs a Wiki page on m.o. (If I get some time this week I
will start it.) All Board members may forward personal photos (good
quality/representational) to me.

* Does the Hildon Foundation itself (regardless of Board members) have
its own website? It looks like Niel Nielson owns
http://hildonfoundation.org... Can we use this? Can we some of the m.o
web server to host this? Niels Breet, can you answer this?
 - Further advancement of a specific Foundation website will need
funding, but we need to begin discussing this now.
 - Who will design the site? If we do it in Wordpress or Drupal, it'd be
pretty easy to setup a Theme and limited functionality (I can take care
of this if we have domain/hosting/PHP/MySql.

* The Board should probably have a Blog feed via m.o. (similar to the
Council). Niels Breet, could you set this up for us? Or, does that
responsibility fall to a Council member?

* I think that at least one Board member should always be present at
Council meetings. The bylaws set up the Board's schedule, but further
representation will most likely be needed.

* When should we have our first meeting? My schedule requires either
morning or afternoon times (PST), Tuesday through Thursday.

Again, feel free to add comments, etc. I may come up with more
thoughts/questions as well. I understand the current bylaws, but I'm no
lawyer. Am I overstepping any "rules"? Am I oversimplifying anything?


P.S. I don't know if anyone cares, but a few "Hildon Foundations"
already exist:
 - http://www.hildon.com/our-story/the-hildon-foundation/
 - http://opencharities.org/charities/1082252
 - http://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/ltd/the-hildon-foundation


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