Humanitarian OSM Team/Board Election January 2021
Humanitarian OSM Team Special Board Election January 2021
Current Board of Directors
The current HOT Board of Directors are: Miriam Gonzalez (President), Felix Delattre (Vice President), Ben Abelshausen (Secretary), Gertrude "Trudy" Hope Namitala (Treasurer), Rob Baker (Member at Large), and Maning Sambale (Member at Large). See 'Board' page on the HOT site for descriptions. Board Meeting Minutes can be reviewed here
|Nominations||15th January 2021 at 00:00 UTC - 20th January 2021 at 15:00UTC|
|Special Meeting for Discussion and Election||21st January 2021 at 15:00UTC|
|Announcement of results||Within 24 hours of Special Meeting|
Board Election Results
|Candidate||Votes||Percentage of Vote|
Bold indicates newly elected board members
Nominations for Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Board of Directors
In this election, one seat is up for election, to complete the term of Tasauf A Baki Billah, which end at the 2021 AGM.
The nomination period for candidates has closed. The nomination period opened at 21:00 UTC 15th January 2021 and closed at 15:00 UTC 20th January 2021.
|Candidate Name||Nominator /
|Why are they an excellent choice?||Candidate statement|
|Kate Chapman||Arnalie Vicario
|United States/United States||"Who leads matter." I am supporting Kate because she's an excellent leader, and HOT Board membership needs diversified voice / perspectives.||I am well versed in HOT and OpenStreetMap, having served as HOT's first Executive Director and as the Chairperson of the OSMF. Since my time as Executive Director at HOT I have become a seasoned non-profit board member. I have mentored Executive Directors, helped with organizational strategy and organizational governance. I believe I could get up to speed relatively quickly on the HOT board and fill the gap left until the next election.|
|Nicolas Chavent||Claire Halleux
Rafael Avila Coya
|France||My OpenStreetMap journey is two fold. First, I co-founded the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) concept in 2008, I co-founded of HOT US inc in 2010, I served the org as a Board member (2010-2014) and as its de facto Operations Manager for Haiti and Sub-Saharan Africa (2010-2013). Second, I co-founded the French associations Projet Espace OSM Francophone (ProjetEOF) and Les Libres Géographes (LLG) which supported technically and organizationally at grassroot level the growth of autonomous OSM collectives in Haiti and French-speaking Africa from 2014 to date. I developed a span of skills and experiences fit to serve 6 months at the HOT US Inc Board and help the organization in its willingness to reflect, change, localize, decentralize and implement its activities in a way more respectful of the OSM way and especially OSMF policies, jurisprudence and practices. Through the inner human, technical and organizational knowledge I had built over time in these Francophone countries whose language is, by the way, not currently represented at the Board, I think I can help the organization through its willingness to change described by Tyler. Candidate Statement|
Member questions for board nominees
|Arnalie Vicario||Given the limited time you will serve in the Board, how will you help re-build or re-connect relationships between staff, Voting members, and volunteers in the humanitarian OSM team organization?
|Pete Masters||Question for Nicolas:
Forwarded message ---------
From: nicolas chavent <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 12:19 PM Subject: Re: [hotosm-membership] Re: Announcement of Special Meeting - January 21, 2021 To: Pete Masters <email@example.com> Cc: Matthew Gibb <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Membership <email@example.com>, boris <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Michael Collinson <email@example.com>
I wish this question was put up earlier: I'd have had more time to reply since it deserves indeed a reply and may be on a couple of people's minds within our membership. I had to hit the road, drive close to 4 hours and hopefully make it to our Meeting. Hence the brevity of the reply in writing, the rest will be oral and paired with Arnalie's thorough question.
I had been critical of the majority perspective of our organization and the way under which HOT US Inc had been working: most of my criticisms are featured in Tyler's diary note  as things that require changes and where we need to move forward differently. This is because of this new openness to change that I sensed in our communication, public as well as internal, that I also noticed while talking to Board members as well as Staffs and voting members that I decided to help the organization by contributing my perspective. I started describing in my candidate statement  what I believe I can bring to the organization so that it can reflect, change, and operate differently along the new lines described by Tyler. Prior the election, I had already decided to act in that direction within the HOT US Inc membership but as well as an OSMF Member via the OSMF Local Chapter Community Working Group (OSMF LCCWG) as well as the Diversity Inclusion Committee (DISC) shall the OSMF Board decides to resume this activity of this Foundation Body.
I think we can look maturely at things from the Past, identify the issues, work so that they will not develop again. I think that with the OSM ethos/policies/practices, through inclusivity, respect of minorities of all sorts (including organizational perspective in HOT US Inc), Openness, democratic deliberation/participation during elections times and through hard work, we can succeed re-inventing partly ourselves for the benefit of the OSM project globally and in the territories of the Global South with the people active and living there. In one word, ensure that OSM stays OSM in ways which are relevant globally and locally and fulfill its promises within an overarching emancipation scheme.
Talk to you later, Be well, stay safe Best, Nicolas
|Pete Masters||Hi Nico, thanks for the statement. Could you provide information on the nature of your engagement with LLG and ProjectEOF? Specifically, are you an employee? A contractor? Are you renumerated? Do you work on funding proposals or in a paid capacity on funded projects in the same areas as HOT works?
I am interested because MSF actually advised Jorieke and I that it was a conflict of interest to be on the HOT board whilst working in a paid capacity for MSF on openstreetmap-related activities in the same regions as HOT (including partners and community collaborators). This is why Jorieke stepped down from the board when she started working for MSF and why I didn’t run for the board until I was working in an unrelated position (medical innovation).
Lastly, could you provide links to what LLG is / what it does? I am struggling to find any information on it as an organisation… (I have found info on ProjectEOF at https://projeteof.org/blog/projet-eof/)
|Mikel Maron||What is the best way to build welcoming communication spaces within HOT and within OSM as a whole? Do you support Code of Conduct and moderation on key mailing lists?|
See the main page of HOT Board Elections for information on past elections.