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The Plone Foundation needs board nominations

The new Plone Foundation board election will take place soon at the Plone Conference 2006 from Oct 25-27 in Seattle and there’s still need for some nominations. The more, the better!

So here are the requirements and the process (quoting from an email by Paul Everitt):

  1) Log in on and go here:

  2) Add a page there with your name in the title.

  3) For the body, discuss:

    - Who you are

    - Why you're interested

    - What you think you can add to the Plone Foundation

    - Most importantly, the name(s) of one or more PF members that "second" your nomination

  4) Once ready, click "submit" in the workflow drop-down menu to get a reviewer to look at your nomination.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 20th.

If you are not sure you are eligable to nominate yourself, here’s some hints by Joel Burton from another email:

  Several people have written to me, asking "do I have time to do this?" or
  "what does a board member have to do?"

  The Foundation's mission is to "promote and protect Plone". Realistically,
  that has meant:

  - protecting the trademark, and having a process to apply to use it

  - protecting the IP, and "dealing with the lawyers"  :)

  - hiring the release manager and guiding the expectations about Plone releases

  - writing and releases press releases on new versions of Plone

  - handling "other stuff in the community" as needed. For example, helping
  craft policy on about commercial listings, etc.

  The board hasn't had a very set meeting schedule; sometimes, it seems like
  there's a lot of the agenda, other times, things have been quiet. We probably
  meet about 15 times a year, on the phone, about 1-2h per call. In addition,
  there is a relatively low-traffic board mailing list (private), where we
  discuss things in addition to the meetings.

  Board members are expected to play a role in the leadership of the project
  (help work with developers, documenters, marketers, etc.), to attend as many
  phone meetings as possible (realistically, most of us, myself included, we
  manage to make about 2/3rds of the meetings).

  The qualifications are to have a useful, thoughtful viewpoint on Plone and
  it's audience, a desire to help lead the project, and the ability to make the
  above time committments.

  Often, people tell me "I'd love to help more, but I'm not a developer." We, of
  course, always can use more programmers in the Plone world, but we also
  really need other talents, too, especially on the Board. If you're the kind
  of person who sells Plone, builds Plone sites, skins Plone, or just has a
  business that uses or revolves around Plone, you'll have real talents we can

  I encourage everyone to consider whether you have interest in Board
  leadership. You DO NOT need to be a foundation member to serve on the board
  (in fact, board leadership is an excellent way to _become_ a foundation
  member). All you need is to get an existing foundation member to second your

  We're especially interested in broadening the diversity of our leadership,
  with regards to gender, ethnicity, and geography.

  If you are interested, please see Paul's message about how to nominate
  yourself.  If you have questions, please feel free to ask me, or any of the
  other existing board members: Munwar Sharif, Alex Limi, Ben Saller, Jodok
  Batlogg, Jackie Arasi, or Geoff Davis.

Of course in order to nominate yourself you need to be a member of the Plone Foundation. If you want to become a member, then visit the membership page and add yourself as a member. Your application will then be reviewed and you will get notice of the outcome.

And then think about nominating yourself again! :)

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