[Global_chapter_committee] Local Chapters - Global Chapter Committee - Board relationship in the Chapter Handbook and On The Move

Andrew van der Stock vanderaj at owasp.org
Thu Jun 16 19:47:40 EDT 2011


I've been commenting on the Global Chapter Handbook, and I'd like to talk about it at our next meeting:

There are numerous references to the Board making decisions about chapters. I'd like to devolve this to:

Local Chapters - makes decisions that comply with the Chapter Handbook, but generally have a fair bit of autonomy. 
Global Chapter Committee - makes all decisions relating to chapters, globally. Sets the guidelines for chapters as per the handbook. Manages on the move funds. Helps create new chapters, and main goal - help chapters thrive. 
Board - Allocates GCC funding and on the move funding. Approves the Chapter Guidelines when they change substantially. Is the place for appeals to go if the local chapter disagrees with a GCC determination. 

If the Board is making all the decisions that the GCC should be making, there's very little point in having sub-committees. 

Thoughts?

Next, on the move. 

I'm personally against this program. Some speakers seem to use it far, far more than others, which benefits them more than it benefits OWASP. Most chapters do not know that OTM exists when I've mentioned it to them, but I think we if mentioned it more, it'd just be a huge drain on our funding. As a conslutant, I fly for my work, and I make it clear when I'm available for local chapter talks. 

I'd like to enable speakers to register with us, so chapter leaders can find local-ish speakers more easily, and find out when all registered speaker's trips coincide with a meeting date at a particular location. 

I'd prefer to provide money to chapters to buy cheap digital video cameras, a stand, and lapel mikes so they can video meetings with high quality audio and upload talks to wherever we've agreed is the place we upload videos to. That way, more folks can see talks, and potentially, if chapters are having difficulty in findings speakers, they can stream a talk from another chapter. 

thanks,
Andrew
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