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[board-discuss] Candidacy for a BoD seat: Thorsten Behrens

Dear Community, Members of the TDF, and Membership Committee,

I currently serve as a director on the board of The Document
Foundation, and I would like to run again.

My full name is Thorsten Behrens, as of today I'm 43 years old, and a
father of three boys. Together with my wonderful wife & fellow
LibreOffice hacker Bubli, we live in Hamburg, Germany.

My work with the project and codebase started in 2001 as a developer
(with the former community), which we then jointly took
and founded TDF & LibreOffice with in 2010. Since then, I was serving
in various roles, including my current one in the board of
directors. Since 2008 (with a brief hiatus in 2014), I'm also a member
of the OASIS ODF technical committee. As a day job, I lead a great
team of LibreOffice developers at CIB software, helping numerous
customers to run LibreOffice reliably and securely.

Why am I running?

* TDF is now a mature organization - with a certain risk of plateauing
  in its initiative and impact. I'd like to help professionalize the
  core operations further: towards more impact, a broader fundraising
  base, and more intense partnering with other, similarly-motivated
  NGOs. What I want is to have TDF stay for the long run; which also
  includes adapting to changes in the software landscape like cloud
  and app stores.

* Product versus project - while the world outside looks at us and
  mostly sees the product 'LibreOffice' - the reason most of us are
  here is because of the project. Because we like to work on our
  specific areas, be that translation, marketing, QA, UX, development
  or all the other sub-projects TDF is running. We should get the word
  out that using software produced by a community provides unique
  values, and make sure we provide effortless entries into the
  community experience for every user out there.

* Diversity - while our user base is amazingly diverse, and so is our
  community around translation, marketing, and native language
  projects - our QA and development community is rather uniform, in a
  number of metrics (gender, ethnicity, geography). That's a bit sad,
  and I'd like to try if we cannot gain many more contributions by
  encouraging under-represented people in those areas.

* I want to keep TDF a friendly & welcoming place - by improving on
  e.g. the Code of Conduct, encouraging friendly debate, and bridging
  the occasional cultural gap or language barrier. After all, for most
  of us here while writing in English, this is only our 2nd or 3rd
  language. TDF also has a strong culture of operating by consensus,
  that I helped to shape, and would like to keep continue encouraging.

* Integrity - another topic I'm rather passionate about is preventing
  unfair advantages: the board has a conflict of interest policy that
  excludes directors from decision-making on items they might benefit
  from; TDF now also has an established process to award contracts via
  an open tendering, allowing everyone to apply.

I'd like to offer my continued help, going after the above. If you
have any questions, about my person or the ideas above, please do
reach out in public or in private!

Full name: Thorsten Behrens
Corporate affiliation: CIB software GmbH (German software & consulting
                       company, member of the advisory board since

75 words candidacy statement:

I'm leading a team of LibreOffice developers at CIB, and am a
long-time TDF contributor to both code and organisation. Serving in
the current board as a director, I would like to offer my continued
help for the next two years. Things I promise to do: improve &
professionalize organisation; grow & diversify contribution; keep
things fun, fair & sustainable; and help with the largely-German
administrative grunt work.

Kind regards,

-- Thorsten

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