What we have here is a failure to communicate. Actually, I am communicating just fine. You, on the other hand, apparently have nothing to say. So what is it? Have my posts lately been too serious? Depressing? Boring? I just don't know how to please you people. I don't want to make you feel bad, but my stress is directly related to you never making changes even when it is pointed out to you. It's all your fault.
I'm afraid I'm going to have to take some time off from this blogging thing and let you decide if you miss me and want me back. I'm outta here unless I hear from at least 50 25 10 5 1 of you, begging me to stay just commenting.
... it might as well be!
Yesterday, Paul Orwig posted to the Google Joomla Leadership Group that the OSM board had suggested that he extend his solicitation to the leadership seeking their opinion on whether they go forward with the proposed structural changes to the Joomla! Project. The original post was made October 30 and there had only been one reply and that was from Brad Baker who didn't necessarily see the proposed changes as a solution to the issues raised but said "Still, I am happy to support the majority". Which is, of course, one of the problems I see with the Joomla Leadership as a whole. (See Groupthink blog.)
Unfortunately, Paul Orwig is not only a member of OSM, he is also its Treasurer - one of the now four officer positions of the board. He is also a member of the Community Leadership Team (CLT). That definitely puts him up there as one of the leaders within Joomla.
Leaders shouldn’t ignore the elephant in the room or the herds of elephants wandering the hallways.
There are so many to choose from I couldn't list them all. But I have blogged about many of them on this website. And, the result so far?
Silence from OSM.
But I would imagine the point here is the inability of the OSM leadership to effectively deal with the elephants within their organization. They are either oblivious, ignore them, or accept them. Any of the three are unacceptable.
This is the mission statement developed in Germany in 2008 by OSM and the core team and still published on the OSM website:
Our mission is to provide a flexible platform for digital publishing and collaboration.
Yet, this is the mission statement described by Paul Orwig in his November 9th blog about OSM's top 2012 goal ideas:
OSM's mission is to provide open, responsible, and effective leadership in support of the Joomla! project’s legal, trademark, events, financial, and external communications needs.
That's quite a switch in mission statements! And apparantly without input from Joomla Leadership (it wasn't mentioned in the summaries of the San Jose summit) and there wasn't any input solicited from the Joomla! community. Looks like OSM is heading down its own singular pathway yet once again. Might help the current OSM board members to review the mission, vision, and value statements that they are responsible for alongside the rest of the Joomla! leadership.
That’s definitely the tag line for every magician during his or her magic show. They somehow try to convince you that an object once seen by you has now somehow vanished into thin air. Of course we all know that is not true. With carefully crafted cues, skilled assistants and perfect timing they briefly redirect your focus for a mere millisecond and poof….Now you see it and now you don’t.
Back around March 11, 2011 in response to a question raised by Jennifer Marriott, Paul Orwig replied "It has been my decision as Treasurer to not publish our unaudited financial statements until I am satisfied that they are reasonably accurate, and I still have some unanswered questions along those lines. I have been in touch with our accountants to get their assistance on that, and they have said they hope to have time next week to help get those questions answered." So, a reasonable person would conclude with the publishing of these financial statements some 7 months later that they are now deemed sufficiently accurate to have passed the tough Paul Orwig test. Right? Not so, young Obi-Wan Kenobi. Now we find with some certainty that these reports contain significant inaccuracies in reporting revenue received and that Paul Orwig, the OSM Treasurer is well aware of it!
On October 30, 2011, Paul Orwig summarized the next steps for the proposed reorganization of the Joomla! Leadership:
- Let's discuss and decide if we still want to move forward with the changes that we agreed upon in San Jose as proposed in the blog, or
- do we want to adopt one of the alternate proposals that came out of the JPeople discussion, or
- do we want to not make any changes.
- Do we go forward and ignore the feedback from the community?
- Do we adopt one or more of the community's suggestions from J!People?
- Do we leave things as they stand now?
It's all about disenfranchisement isn't it? That, combined with a severe accountability deficit has resulted in the minority (the 1% - Joomla! Leadership) fixing the system so that the majority (the 99% - Joomla! Community) have lost trust. Once the community loses trust in the core fairness of the Joomla! system then the system itself is in deep trouble. Currently it seems that the Joomla! Leadership is thinking of its own interests as distinct from the interests of the Joomla! Community when instead it should be bending over backwards to ensure that the two groups are on the same track together.
The good will earned by an accountable and transparent OSM is one of, if not the most important, of its assets. Volunteers will invest their time in Joomla! when they trust that OSM is acting ethically. And developers and users of Joomla! will return for services, and recommend Joomla! to others, when OSM has shown to be accountable for its actions.
On October 18, 2011, Paul Orwig who had originally started a discussion group on September 29, 2011 about Proposed leadership structure changes & request for community feedback posted in the Google Joomla Leadership public group that he was thinking of closing discussion on the proposal even though he committed originally to leave discussion open until October 27, 2011. Immediately, more discussion ensued. At the time he was proposing to shut down discussion there were 157 posts. As of today, Friday, October 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm CDT, there are 186 posts. Interestingly enough those 186 posts were placed by only 23 individuals. And, of those 23 individuals, only 16 are not members of the OSM Board, the Community Leadership Team, or the Production Leadership Team. Besides the obvious observation that very few of the community have weighed in with their opinions, very few of the various leadership team members have weighed in with theirs either.
According to the May 29, 2011 published OSM budget, the sponsorship line item was budgeted to bring in $63,000 in 2011. In the P&L report for May 29, 2011, there was no reported income from sponsorships. It is unfotunate that we don't have more current reports to review. A review of the available OSM board minutes for 2011 (published through July, 2011) revealed the Treasurer would be invoicing a new major sponsor (name not provided) would be coming on board (April, 2011); two large sponsors were reported recruited in the April OSM board meeting minutes (possibly one of those is the one reported to be invoiced by the Treasurer). No names were mentioned. In the May, 2011 OSM minutes, it was reported that they were ready to invoice the sponsor. In the July, 2011 minutes it was reported that they were following through on invoicing sponsors.
So, in summary, at least through the May, 2011 financial reports, no income from sponsorships was reported. By July 2011, the OSM board was still working on invoicing two (maybe 3) new sponsors. So, how to explain the following?