Archive:Board10/Nominations

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Nominations to Run for the Board of Directors

According to the Bylaws, nominees for the Board of Directors must either be a current member of an FC chapter or currently serving on the Board.

Reminder, nominations close at Midnight PDT on April 30, 2010.

Timeline

Nominations are accepted through April 30. Between April 30 and May 10, candidates will answer questions from the community and participate in one live Q/A session.

Chapters will receive e-vote tokens by email on Monday, May 10th, and must cast their votes by Friday, May 14. The results will be announced on Monday, May 17th.


How to nominate someone

  1. Contact that person.
  2. Edit this page and copy-paste the template below.
  3. Complete the information to reflect your nominee.

What to do if you are nominated

  1. Wait for your sponsor to add you to this page.
  2. Update the Bio and Statement sections below your name.

List of Nominees

(in alphabetical order, by last name)

Last Name, First Name, Chapter

  • Nominated by ...

Bio

Statement

Donovan, Kevin

  • "Nominated by Parker Phinney"
  • Nomination declined

Bio

Statement

Driscoll, Kevin

  • "Nominated by Kevin Donovan"

Bio

Statement

Ducruet, Christina

  • "Nominated by Parker Phinney"

Bio

Statement

Fassina, Andrea

  • "Nominated by Ben Moskowitz"
  • Nomination accepted

Bio

Statement

Higgins, Parker

  • "Nominated by Parker Phinney"

Bio

Statement

Kamdar, Adi

  • "Nominated by Ben Moskowitz"
  • Nomination accepted

Bio

Statement

Moskowitz, Ben

  • "Nominated by Kevin Donovan"

Bio

Statement

Phinney, Parker

  • "Nominated by Ben Moskowitz"
  • Nomination accepted

Bio

I'm a sophomore at Dartmouth, majoring in Computer Science. I first became involved in Students for Free Culture a little less than four years ago (back then it was freeculture.org), when I was so inspired by Cory Doctorow's Toorcon Keynote speech that I emailed him to ask how a young student could get involved. Since then I've had the pleasure of founding two SFC chapters (one at my high school and one at Dartmouth), leading the web team, attending the two most recent (2008 and 2010) Free Culture conferences, and serving as vice-chair on the now-defunct "core team." I interned at Creative Commons in San Francisco last summer and worked in Philadelphia this past Winter with SFC alumni Asheesh Laroia and Raphael Krut-Landau on the Free/Open-Source community website OpenHatch.org. My activism at Dartmouth for the past year and half has been focused on working with students, faculty, and staff to create a Dartmouth OpenCourseWare initiative. Also, I enjoy long walks on the beach.

Statement

From conversations with the other candidates at the conference this past winter, as well as some more recent conversations with a few of the candidates, I can say that we don't disagree on much.

  • We need more support for small chapters, particularly the smaller ones.
    • The global organization (perhaps the Board, perhaps a re-instated Core team) needs to check in with chapters periodically to ask what successes they have had and what challenges they are facing and then to offer advice.
    • The global organization needs to provide "packaged" events to chapters, so that they can easily have programming with little preparation. Again, this is particularly true for smaller chapters. Last year's screenings of RiP: A Remix Manifesto are a great example--students only needed to sign up in order to receive a DVD copy of the film and posters to put up around campus.
  • We need a paid staffperson to hold the organization together. This staffperson would fill in the cracks on tasks such as answering emails and phone calls, checking in with chapters, and interfacing with other organizations to solicit funding or other support (advertising, space), especially in relation to organizing the annual conference.
  • We need more dynamic website content and mailing list conversations to tell the world that we are active, and to inspire each-other to do more awesome work.
    • The guest blogging series on the Google Book Search settlement did a great job of this.
    • As part of periodic check-ins, chapters should be encouraged to report back after successful events and campaigns, giving the community pointers and resources (posters, email templates) for holding similar events and running similar campaigns

One thing that sets me apart somewhat from the other candidates is my technical knowledge. That's not to say that I'm necessarily less equipped with the skills that are more specific to leading an organization of activists. How to Win Friends And Influence People and Rules for Radicals are the two most recent items on my reading list. Nonetheless, a great deal of good can be done for our organization by simply improving our software. For example, we lose a nontrivial number of potential chapters to our cumbersome chapter database system. I don't hope to solve all of our software problems my self--I plan to ask for help from the web team and perhaps to find funding to contract a freelance developer. Having a more tech-oriented and specifically web tech-oriented member on the board would greatly improve the process of translating our organizational goals in to the right software solutions.

Rajaram, Aditi

  • "Nominated by Ben Moskowitz"
  • Nomination accepted

Bio

Statement

Questions, Thoughts, Concerns

This is a space for any FC member to post thoughts to provoke and guide the statements of board nominees.

  • Where is SFC in May 2011? What are the discrete steps to get there?
  • What's your strategy (if any) to get funding for a full-time SFC director?

Past Nominations