March 9, 2023 Meeting

March 9, 2023 Meeting

Meeting conducted at 08:30 Eastern / 13:30 UTC / 14:30 CET


  • Allison Matlack
  • Heather Leson
  • Jimmy Sjölund
  • Ron McFarland
  • Sam Knuth
  • Shabnoor Shah


Time for monthly meeting

Going forward, to accommodate for our different schedules, we will alternate between the second Monday or Thursday of the month at 08:30 Eastern / 13:30 UTC / 14:30 CET.

Video conferencing tool

Red Hat will decommission Bluejeans from 1st of April as we have moved entirely to Google Meet. Could/should we continue on Gmeet or what is an alternative we should use? Jitsi is a free, open source alternative not requiring an account or download an app.

It will also mean that most of our archived meeting recordings will be deleted.

Go for Google Meet and evaluate later. Could also set up an OpenOrg Gmail to hold all the recordings.

Social Media

Retire @OpenOrgProject on Twitter? Move to Mastodon? Or have Mastodon in parallell?
Any interest in Social Media Maintainer role?
How do we want to position ourselves?
What do we want to accomplish as a community?
Do/should we have a baseline of minimum expectation for activity?

On governance:

We will keep Twitter for reach and that we do have over 7K followers.

Project Updates

The Open Leadership Assessment

(Notes from the meeting 15 February):
How to evolve and maintain? In the next session brainstorm how we go forward.
Could we do a pilot to test online with a few communities. Reasons - test use, socialize that organizations can use this for their open networks (Heather and Shabnoor - maybe to explore)

Postponing this discussion to next meeting.

Publication Updates

March 2, 2023
Open Organization Ambassador Emeritus Jen Kelchner is back with:
How Web3 and a mesh organizational design can turn challenges into opportunities will soon publish a blog post about the Turkiye Syria Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) response. Heather Leson cowrote it with the HOT activation leads. They have spent a decade evolving their ‘open org’ and this helped them have more impact and trust for the response. (Thanks Jimmy And AmyJune for the support)

Open Org TV

No updates.

Ambassador Updates

Heather Leson

Presenting at WSIS next week and will be talking “Discussion on making open source technology work for digital public infrastructure” - will be citing the article that Laura and I did.

Jimmy Sjölund

Sent an pitch, “The BDFL is dead, long live the Open Leader”, to FOSS North 2023 which is on the 23-25th of April. Topic is an overview of the Open Organization and definition, similar to the presentation we did on All Things Open 2020.