On 28 May 2016, at 7:15, Carl Karsten wrote:
All of the people nominated for the PSF board are good people who will
good things. If things were running smooth, I wouldn't really care
But once again, we see people asking questions due to lack of
So once again, I ask: What will you do about it?
I think others raise good points and Diana has very accurately reflected
the current PSF board operations and communications.
Personally, I would advocate for actions that continue to increase the
level of transparency:
- publishing an annual calendar of board meetings at the beginning of
- releasing board meeting agendas to the community prior to the board
meetings by posting the meeting agenda on the website ideally 72 hours
before a scheduled meeting
- drafting a meeting agenda that defaults to information being public
but also allows for an executive session portion of the agenda for items
where confidentiality is important i.e. anonymity requested by a donor,
personnel discussions, etc.
- listening and responding to community questions in a timely,
thoughtful, and respectful manner
We could consider new ways to gain feedback from the community about
specific areas that the community would like to see greater
transparency. Perhaps offering a mid-term survey of community
satisfaction on a number of topics including transparency to get a
representative sense of “How are we doing as a board?”. A link could
be posted at the bottom of agendas where community members can easily
email the entire board thoughts about agenda items.
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