[Global_chapter_committee] Moving to Global Initiatives Program & Retiring Committee Structure

Sarah Baso sarah.baso at owasp.org
Mon Apr 1 03:16:27 UTC 2013

Global Chapters Committee Members -

First and foremost, I wanted to thank you for your participation, input and
advice as members of the Global Chapters Committee.

As you all know, the committee structure is being retired but we hope that
you will still be involved in the OWASP Community, contributing to chapter
nurturing and guidance or other community initiatives that interest you.
 The goal of this transition is to motivate and encourage even MORE input
into initiatives that interest volunteers without those individuals having
to commit to monthly committee meetings or a structure that often required
more than individuals were able to keep up with.  In the 5 or so months
since we launched the Global Initiatives, almost 300 volunteers have signed
up to help with one of the many volunteer job postings related to
Conferences, Projects, Chapters, Industry, Membership, Education, and
Connections.  We hope that if you haven't already signed up to help with
one of these opportunities - you will consider getting onboard!

*Chapter Committee Legacy Initiatives:*
Please visit the Global Initiative Wiki
the most comprehensive listing of volunteer initiatives and information,
including forms to collect your new ideas for the community.

Currently there is a Chapter Handbook Review
 This is one of the tasks that previously was covered by the Global Chapter
Committee Members, and if you are interested in continuing with reviewing
and providing feedback for the next version of the handbook, I encourage
you to sign up for the initiative.

Additionally, the legacies of OWASP on the Move, Chapter Nurturing Fund,
and Chapter Leader Summits will continue to exist and be supported by the
OWASP Staff.  Funding is available and applicants can continue to request
funding and participation for these activities through the previously
establish channels.  Questions or requests can be submitted through the Contact
Us form <http://owasp4.owasp.org/contactus.html>.

Are there other initiatives that relate to conference activity that you
would like to be involved in?  Send me an email or fill out the "Start your
own initiative" form <http://www.tfaforms.com/262386>.

*Ongoing Communication:*
The OWASP Staff hosts* webinars on each the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each
month*.  This is an opportunity for you to learn more about what is going
on in the OWASP community and discuss any concerns or questions that you
may have about initiatives or other OWASP topics.  We hope that this will
be a forum similar to the monthly committee meetings, but opening up
participation to a wider range of participants.  Information on the
Webinars can be found on the Global Initiative Wiki
as well as the OWASP Connector (email newsletter).

The* OWASP Connector *is another opportunity for you to keep up with what
is going on with the OWASP community (as well as share your news).  The
Connector goes out to OWASP-All (all subscribers to all OWASP mailman
lists) every 2 weeks.  Previous OWASP Connectors can be viewed on the OWASP
Blog <http://owasp.blogspot.com/>.  If you have information you would like
included in the Connector, please submit it to one of the OWASP Staff
Members or through the Contact Us form<http://owasp4.owasp.org/contactus.html>

Again, I want to thank you for your contributions up to this point and
encourage you volunteer to help with one of our Global Initiatives, join a
Global Initiative call, and submit information for the Connector.

Sarah Baso

OWASP Foundation

sarah.baso at owasp.org

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Michael Coates <michael.coates at owasp.org>
Date: Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Subject: [Owasp-leaders] Moving to Global Initiatives Program & Retiring
Committee Structure
To: OWASP Leaders <owasp-leaders at lists.owasp.org>

OWASP has grown significantly over our 10+ years of existence. As we’ve
grown the community has adapted and changed in many ways. Nearly five years
ago at the first OWASP Summit we created the global committees. This
structure created new channels where interested OWASP’ers could help shape
and grow the OWASP organization. Over those five years we’ve seen many
great results from the committees and many people have contributed
countless hours to further OWASP.

As we’ve continued growing it is now time to make another pivot. The
committee structure provided many successes but now there is a better
structure that will accommodate a growing population of interested OWASP

At this time we are retiring the committee structure and completely moving
to the Global Initiatives Program (
The Global Initiatives program will be the new way for any interested
individual to find and volunteer to assist with OWASP activities.  The
Global Initiatives program is a single place where individuals can post new
ideas to rally a team or can look for other activities that are in need of

This transition will allow for further involvement within OWASP by:

* Creating smaller, task focused objectives for OWASP’ers to volunteer
* Minimize barriers and red tape for OWASP’ers
* Create projects with natural end dates so OWASP’ers aren’t required to
make multi-year commitments just to get involved
* Provides tasks that are short or long term commitments – OWASP’ers can
match their availability and desired commitment with the best initiative in
need of resources
* Enables easier recognition for all the great contributions from our

The efforts put forth in the committees was truly valued. While the
structure may be changing, we encourage and welcome all of the great
volunteers from the former committees to continue growing OWASP through the
Global Initiatives program.

We’re all excited about this new transition and hope to see many more
OWASP’ers contributing and spreading application security.

Want to talk more about the OWASP global initiatives program? Join the
monthly call. Next meeting is February 14th.


   - February 14, 2013 10am EST (GMT

   - February 14, 2013 9pm EST (GMT

Michael Coates | OWASP | @_mwc

OWASP-Leaders mailing list
OWASP-Leaders at lists.owasp.org
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