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Subject: RE: [chairs] Individual members representation?

Title: Re: [chairs] Individual members representation?
Actually my thought is to initiate a forum for chairs so we can try to drive some consistency at the TC level - not sure we need the board for that?
-----Original Message-----
From: Rex Brooks [mailto:rexb@starbourne.com]
Sent: Saturday, November 29, 2003 4:01 PM
To: David RR Webber; Chairs OASIS
Subject: Re: [chairs] Individual members representation?

I'm going to reply to this original post rather than assess the various replies so far because I don't have a lot to say on thos particular topic.

I don't think indies, which I happen to be, need a separate BoD member though it should be encouraged that one be elected. We might consider asking for or organizing a group or a mailing list of our own, as public as all the rest of the TCs, members sections and Focus Areas. I haven't made up my own mind about that since adding yet another group to my own list is rather unworkable, though monitoring such a group and posting to a list would be doable.

However, I do think that the independents should vote on specifications either through an elected representative who casts the vote for the independents on the basis of a separate ballot. That one vote would count as much as any member company vote.

At least that's my thinking on it. However, to be honest I do not feel strongly enough about it to take time away from the work I am already doing.


At 11:17 AM -0500 11/29/03, David RR Webber wrote:
As we are approaching year end some retrospective thoughts and
looks ahead occur.
Would it make sense to add a Board member who represents all
the individual members?
Clearly there are large numbers now contributing to every OASIS
team.  But only corporate members get to vote and nominate
board members.
Do we need balance, and would input from individual members help?
Would this help toward working with groups such as ISO in the
Some ground rules would be needed - and also OASIS would need
to cover expenses for the person - as obviously they do not have
a corporate sponsor.  If the person subsequently joined a corporation
would this automatically trigger a new appointment - or could it
be discretionary? 
We could certainly also have a meeting room and feedback area
for individual members via Kavi as another resource.
Personally as an individual member I would definately value reports
back from the board from an independent member there.
OK - so I've taken the lid off a large can of worms here, but this
was an itch so I thought I'd better scratch it! 
What are the pro's and con's?  Is this workable?

Rex Brooks
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