[Owasp-leaders] 2011 OWASP Membership

dinis cruz dinis.cruz at owasp.org
Mon Dec 13 05:40:39 EST 2010

OWASP leaders, just to clear something on Tom's email below.

The 50 USD paid by OWASP leaders to become an OWASP Member is an optional

Starting from last year (Nov 2008), we gave our OWASP Leaders the title of
'Honorary OWASP Members'  (i.e. their leadership role gave them the
automatic right to be an OWASP Member).

Note that there is a debate going on at the moment if  'Honorary OWASP
Member' is the best name for this (since our leaders now also have a number
of other perks). BUT since 'OWASP Membership' is one of our currently
established models/brands, our leaders automatically are entitled to such
membership status (since they are the ones that create OWASP)

The key concept is that you (OWASP Leader) deserve this as a principle
(regardless if the individual membership cost is 1 USD, 25 USD, 50 USD, 100
USD or 1000 USD).

Now some of us are lucky enough to live in economies where 50 USD is not a
significant amount of money (when compared to what a coffee/lunch cost) and
are happy to pay the 50 USD to become members.

I just want to make sure that you all understand that this is OPTIONAL. The
most valuable gift that you give OWASP is your time, energy,
focus, commitment and values.

If you do chose to pay the 50 USD, you can be sure that we are going to
spend it on you (for example our membership's income is what allows OWASP to
invest at least 50k in the next Summit)

While I'm here, let me say something we don't do enough:

*Thanks for being an OWASP Leader and making this organization an amazing
place to work on Web Application Security solutions*

Dinis Cruz
OWASP Board Member

On 13 December 2010 02:51, Tom Brennan <tomb at owasp.org> wrote:

> Can you believe the OWASP concept is approaching 10 years old?!!
> It's those little things like volunteering your time, insight expertise and
> membership to a professional organization that make the bigger things
> possible and effect the mission.   In growing a community, being taken
> seriously as a body, having citations from around the world, employees,
> administrative costs and even having the ability to allocate 50k in funds to
> put towards a global summit in 2011 is progress.
> But no matter how many hours volunteered to it (OWASP), to be recognized as
> a "member" in 2011 starts with agreement to the principals and donation of
> $50usd as a member.  While everything is free at OWASP this "designation"
> comes with a privilege that others don't get, that is the ability to support
> or effect change with a collective consensus of his/her peers and a vote.
> Since 2002 I have personally experienced a variety of perspectives:
> -Outsider looking for resources
> -Individual Member
> -Chapter Leader
> -Board Member
> -Project Leader
> -Project Contributor
> -Project Reviewer
> -Trainer
> -Evangelist
> -Active Committee Member
> -Member of a Supporting Sponsor(s)
> In each role the perception of the of OWASP is different at the 2011 summit
> I hope to unify this important membership topic and I hope you will join us
> for the discussion. It's worth my $50 bucks per year.
> Example
> *For persons going to the summit as a example if they have not paid there
> $50 individual membership fee... Please complete this transaction as a
> prerequisite. This includes everyone from the board members to the newest
> member of this mailing list.
> Not going to the summit but running a local chapter, do you lead by example
> with membership?
> The current memberlist:
> http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=p6IFyntQTi7sxa2Xjx191BA
> How/where do you join?
> http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Membership
> FAQ: If my company(5k) or university($0) is a supporter does this make me a
> member?  Answer: No - however some have called it  "associated member/lite
> member" as in associated with the supporting company however note, this has
> no voting right in the association.
> Support the mission, change the world.
> Sent from my BlackBerry
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