You know OSM, you can't keep saying one thing and either doing something else or doing nothing for long. People will learn not to believe what you say!
Still waiting for:
1Publication of the 2012 budget now technically overdue by 130 days or four months and nine days from January 1st, 2012. From the promise time frame it is overdue by 44 days or one month and thirteen days from a "week or so" as stated in the March 20th, 2012 board minutes.
2Publication of an end-of-year financial report now technically overdue by 130 days or four months and nine days from January 1st, 2012.
3Publication of any financial report now overdue by 192 days or six months and ten days since the last publication of October 31, 2011.
I join you in that hope!
Sometime yesterday or today, the minutes for the January 24, 2012 OSM board meeting were posted. I noted several areas of concern with these minutes. In the past, it was clearly noted who had transcribed the minutes. While not required, it is a good idea particularly if some legality issue should arise that the minutes failed to document. Authorities could seek out the minute taker for clarification. Certainly a minor issue but one the Secretary of the board should consider for the future.
The bigger area of concern is one I have mentioned before. How do the board members of OSM ensure that decisions made are decisions of the board and not decisions of individuals on the board? Well, it is really quite simple and all boards practice it. It is even embedded within OSM's bylaws (emphasis mine):
Let's see, where are we? Oh, yes, it's the end of the first week of January 2012.
So according to some speculators, the Mayan calendar foretells an apocalyptic event. It even gives us a potential date for the theoretical downfall: Dec. 21, 2012. Around 11 months and two weeks away. It is now my fervent belief that if OSM actually holds to their previous promises to publish the financial reports on time as well as the board minutes, it is likely to be on December 20, 2012 and we will only have one day to enjoy it!
End of the first week in January, 2012. Financial reports for the end of November, 2011 and the end of December, 2011 have not been published. Nor has there been any communication concerning the holdup. So, Paul Orwig's dismal record in posting OSM's financial reports for the Joomla! Community to review is at 16.6% for the year (2 out of twelve months).
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?
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.
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.