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Thanks all for the input for this issues. 

I think the gender issue is realy serious but I agree also with Franklin that there are additional 
issues of diversity we face. That was my intention with my mail three days ahead of the end of 

Having said that it is my strong believe that now - as the set of candidates is fix - it is not so 
much an issue of theoretical discussion but more an issue of practical doing and initiatives of the 
then elected members of the upcoming board. 

We all then should reach out, hearing and understanding these parts of the community (or the 
missing/rare ones e.g. members from a missing continent like Africa) and then acting in their 
benefit. If it then turns out that we need a special role in sense of gender spokesperson in which 
seat so ever, then thats it, or if we should reach open source events in Africa to meet and 
encourage them, or have an international scholarship programm for getting young contributers, we 
could decide even with this new board. This is our responsibility then, if elected. 

To stopp the process of election here I think that is a very complicated idea. To hear and discuss 
a new way of nomination and seats with the community for the next one In 2 years to avoid this 
current situation, hearing and discussing these in the sense of having more transparency between 
the bodies board, mb and members, I think this is a realy crucial task for the new board, which I 
hope to help with.

All the best

Von meinem iPhone gesendet

Am 02.12.2019 um 23:48 schrieb Franklin Weng <>:

2019年12月3日 06:21:43 Sam Tuke :

Thanks Thorsten; that's very helpful context. The 48% chance you referenced does indicate that 
the issue is still larger than this particular election. It's also worth noting that Gabriele, 
Italo, and others did a great job of reminding us of the opportunity to stand, and the 
As the election has a strict timetable, it seems that a procedural change would now be 
necessary in order to avoid a board devoid of women. 
Were procedural changes possible, they could include extending the nomination phase, or keeping 
one or more seats open explicitly for a female board member in future. If such changes are 
impossible, then those ideas could be explored by the next board. 
Thoughts from other Board members or Trustees? This might be the most direct stimulus to this 
subject for another two years. 

IIRC in the current term the board has only few decisions regarding genders.  Currently I care 
more about the diversity of the community itself, i.e. to motivate communities in different 
countries, to include different fields of people like designing, marketing, politics, …etc.  We 
may need more spaces to make these people shining in the FOSS world.

Also, ages may be a more serious problem than genders especially in some local communities.  
That's why I proposed the students program, to try attracting more young people into the 

As for the board, I'm sure that it will eventually be diverse enough as long as 1) the 
composition of our community members are broad enough, and 2) we don't block the interactions 
between the board of trustees and the BoD and the MC.

Franklin Weng, Member, Board of Director & Certification Committee
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