Good NewsYou may have not noticed but OSM published their March 20, 2012 board minutes only three days after their April 20th board meeting. That's like a record and is well appreciated by those of us who strongly believe in the public oversight clause of OSM's bylaws!
Also notable is that Altansukh Tumenjargal has attended the first three months of board meetings of 2012. Either the board made special accommodation as to the time of the board meetings or Sukh has made a special effort. Either way, it's good to see.
Bad News Discussions from Javier Gomez's group on leadership changes were supposed to be available in the public group Joomla Project Structure Working Group. You can find part of the information there but the rest that is mentioned such as the responsibility descriptions of the directors is not public even though it was asked for and promised to the public several years ago. You will also note that there is no attempt, as we move closer and closer to the summit in Germany, to make any pretense of evaluating whether such changes are even necessary or appropriate. Instead, the discussions are entirely focused on the final structure assuming that it will be approved.
What else would you call it?
OSM has repeatedly lied to the Joomla! Community. No, those lies were not mistakes. They intended to deceive. Let's take a look.
In the March, 2012 Joomla Community Magazine interview with Paul Orwig, former Treasurer of OSM and now President of OSM, said the following:
Emphasis shown is mine. Note that this is the same person who has stonewalled the Joomla! community for the last two years by failing to consistently provide "transparent" financial reports for community review as promised by the board, recommitted to on their J!People page, and required in their own bylaws.
Back from the 75-85° weather in Costa Rica, Panama, Antilles, Bahamas, Aruba, and Cura?ao to face the 6 to 12" of snow that fell just a few days ago. Yccch! Nice and relaxing cruise though. And, what do I find? Why, absolutely nothing at all. Nothing has changed at the OSM camp.
So, OSM's method of avoidance is silence. See the comment from Peter on the previous blog. Come on OSM, don't you think we recognize what you have been doing or to put it another way - not doing?
Most boards are driven by mission and the will to serve, but there are boards that have gone very awry, who act with impunity, and ignore accountability standards and best practices. These are often controlled by a small group supported by an apathetic majority.
Let's once again examine how the board members of OSM fail to ensure that decisions made are decisions of the board and not decisions of individuals on the board. For instance, the goals supposedly set by the board for the 2011 fiscal year were never discussed by the board in a board meeting and no motion was ever made to approve those goals. So what was the outcome - zero, zip, nada. As far as we can tell by the board minutes, the goals were not accomplished. No surprise there.
New York State law vests the power to manage Nonprofit Corporations in the Board of Directors. The Board retains overall responsibility to ensure that the organization operates within the confines of its Certificate of Incorporation, the corporate by-laws, and all applicable State and Federal laws. An individual Board member cannot act on behalf of the corporation, unless so deemed by a vote of the majority of the board members present at the meeting. Directors are not entitled to rely on reports if they know that those reports are false, if they know the person making the report is unreliable, or if they fail to make minimal efforts to understand the report and judge its reliability.
So, Shame On You - OSM Board of Directors. You have had a number of board failures pointed out to you and you have made no effort to see that those failures are corrected much less ensured that they won't happen again. Let's try to summarize those failures here. Perhaps if someone makes it easy for you, at least one board member might fulfill his or her responsibilities.
Some time ago in JPeople in the Open Source Matters, Inc. group I requested a copy of the responsibility descriptions for the officers and board members be made available to the public. At the time they were posted in a private Google document. While the request no longer appears in the group, it is still a valid request. These documents were developed and were available to the board members. Why the long stall? Now about a year?