[Ubuntu-US-CA] Team Leadership Election Announcement!

Elizabeth Krumbach lyz at ubuntu.com
Mon Oct 4 16:14:23 UTC 2010

On Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 8:14 AM, Jack Deslippe <jdeslip at gmail.com> wrote:
> Some time ago (January 2009 apparently), I crafted the following proposal
> for the Cali-team structure
>https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AVvuU9dbI-YnZGhtOWh6cHZfMjYzcXpxdDhoZA&hl=en -
> It was met with some interest at the time but never enacted.

This is an excellent document and I think will help form the basis for
our leadership document (to be hosted on the wiki) moving forward, you
rock! If you don't mind, I'll try to take some time tonight to put the
key points into wiki format.

> While, I am in
> no way really attached to any particular detail of that proposal, I will
> mention that it contains a three-person leadership council - where
> specifically each of the three leaders represented a different region of
> California. Additionally, each was elected once a year.
> Sorry I missed the IRC meeting yesterday, but I'd like to mention now that I
> think it is important that before this election takes place, we also have in
> place a plan to carry out future elections on a regular basis - so, we have
> a continuous feedback cycle.  I.e. - I think we should have a very brief but
> well-defined leadership structure for the group laid out somewhere.
>  (Forgive me if this is already up on the Wiki somewhere).
> Anyway, given the above, I obviously vote for the 3-person council - and
> hope the short list of bylaws etc are coded up somewhere.

While I certainly *like* the proposal of regional leaders, I fear that
the proposal will need to be worked out some detail-wise and I think
that is going to take some time. Plus we need to avoid the trap of
over-engineering a leadership solution that ends up being unwieldy or
ultimately unnecessary.

How do you feel about an initial 3 person leadership where their
region is clearly indicated on their wiki page (so people can vote for
their local person if they want, or at least as some idea who is
where), see how that works, and then by election time next year we
plan to have the kinks worked out of the regional idea if it's still
something we feel is needed?

Also worth noting: Voting within the Ubuntu community frequently
follows the Condorcet[0] model which means you don't vote for a single
person, you rank all the options on a scale of preference. This is the
model the LoCo Council will be employing for this election.

[0] http://www.cs.cornell.edu/andru/civs.html

Elizabeth Krumbach // Lyz // pleia2

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