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OSM's New Year's Resolutions: In One Year And Out The Other.

30 Dec 2011
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I have blogged quite a bit about OSM's failure not only to keep it's promises of transparency (essentially resolutions of transparency) but also its failure to follow its own bylaws and the not for profit laws of the state of New York under which OSM is incorporated. If we think of OSM's failures to keep resolutions as similar to the failures of those of us who make New Year's resolutions to lose weight maybe we can put OSM's continued failures in perspective. You know what I mean - the elliptical machines and free weights will be occupied from dusk to dawn in January with people who made the New Year's Resolution to "get in shape." But by February, the gym will be nearly empty again.

So, OSM, a new year is about to start. Should you make a resolution to keep your previous resolutions? Here's a New Year's resolution OSM can keep: Resolve not to make any more New Year's resolutions (goals) or any resolutions.

Now, wasn't that easy? And, doesn't it fit the actual performance of OSM this past two years?

After all, OSM has made resolutions in the past. And, what can be helpful for keeping New Year's resolutions? Why it is public accountability. Make a resolution and share it with others. OSM has failed miserably in that aspect of keeping resolutions.

Perhaps it is because January 1st is the day the OSM board wakes up, hung over and or/still sleepy, and have to drag themselves to the coffee machine or the Bloody Mary IV drip. Freshly hydrated, they blink into the cold, uncaring eye of a January morning and try to convince themselves that this year...this year is the year we actually keep our resolutions! Here's the thing about making a significant change — either the OSM board is ready to do it right now, or they aren't. January 1st isn't going to roll around and make it any easier to start being as transparent as promised. If OSM can't make smart choices before January 1st, then the chances of beginning a sustainable change on or after January 1st is slim.

New Year's resolutions are an incredibly good idea. No. 1 - New Years is the only holiday that celebrates the passage of time, and No. 2 - it's the first opportunity OSM has in the new year to remake itself, to make one of their many needed commitments to change.

The challenge is not in making New Year's resolutions, but in keeping them by honoring the commitments to change already made. Because while January 1st signifies the start of a new calendar year, actual change started the clock when the original promises were made, and that clock has been ticking for a long time now.

Love them or loathe them, New Year's resolutions are nothing if not a time-honored tradition, and if after reading all this you still think OSM may have good intentions of keeping any of their resolutions past or future, you may wish to consider the following lines a brash young writer by the name of Samuel Clemens penned for the Virginia City Enterprise on Jan. 1, 1863:

"Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions," wrote Clemens, under the pen name Mark Twain. "Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual."

Happy New Year!

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David Huelsmann

Dave Huelsmann was Treasurer of Open Source Matters, Inc. from 2008 to July, 2010 and Joomla Forum Global Moderator from 2005 to November, 2010. Now retired, he was a senior healthcare executive who managed large and diverse clinical laboratory, radiology, electroencephalography, and centralized patient transport operations/departments in both not-for-profit and for-profit companies throughout the United States.

Dave was a Navy Corpsman who served in Vietnam while attached to Seabee battalionmcb71

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