[Owasp-leaders] Governance - OWASP 15.0 (years)

Dinis Cruz dinis.cruz at owasp.org
Thu Dec 3 22:00:15 UTC 2015

Thx for the invite (I will try to participate it's at 11pm in London)

And btw, I still remember when I made that call to invite you (and Seba) to
join the Board.

I was at the gardens of EBay's office during the
https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_%26_WASC_AppSec_2007_Conference  :)

A quick search on our wiki showed the the presentation
delivered at that time :)

... here is the slide where we announced Tom and Seba as part of the OWASP

... ​I think that this (below) was one of the first appearances of the
concepts: *'making security visible' and '...develop, maintain and acquire
software they can trust'*


... simpler times :)

... I love the fact that we still don't have any 'closed doors' at OWASP,
and that OWASP individuals/corporate members have access to the same
materials as everybody else

I used to joke how that was a great 'sales pitch':* "Hey would you like to
pay for something you already get for free!!!" *(the idea is that members
pay to support OWASP and NOT to get access to 'stuff')

But, wow, that was 8 years ago!!!!

How time flies


On 3 December 2015 at 20:38, Tom Brennan - OWASP <tomb at owasp.org> wrote:

> *History*
> It was in 2007 when Jeff, Dinis, Dave and Andrew recruited me from
> little local chapter at the time and asked if I would be interested in
> serving on the global board of directors for OWASP. At that time there were
> no elections and this group OWASP was simply managed very differently.
> Back then, in addition to other activities my initial focus was to put
> governance into place driving democratic elections and help the
> organization grow globally and put in committees that was supported. By
> receiving this email you are on the leaders list ring zero 700+ strong I
> understand from the last check of subscribed members.
> *Future*
> By rough consensus a good spirited debate and professionalism we can allow
> this organization to do great things for the mission. *We also have the
> power to light it on fire, dissolve it and shut off the light switch
> forever.*
> Pertaining to governance I encourage each of you to consider joining the
> 9-Dec important upcoming public meeting that actual governs the
> organization (email flames do not btw) you invest your personal time for
> your passion listen in or join a monthly management meeting its YOUR
> association.  This next board meeting will be the last one in the current
> structure for 2015 there are many items on the agenda topics in the
> community to be addressed in this session and you should really be apart of
> it.
> The foundation is very UNIQUE and adhere to Roberts Rules during monthly
> meetings when there is a quorum. At that time correction of courses,
> clarification of process, dispute gets full attention of the elected,
> volunteer officers. We (community) LEAN HEAVILY on the full time Executive
> Director who is empowered as the El' Captain of the ship on the heath and
> welfare driving goals assigned and reporting back monthly board progress
> that fuels desks ion making process and facilitates core value discussions.
> I trust that your existing investment and passion will take time to click
> on the link and listen to the last board meeting recording ( they are all
> public and also recorded btw).  But the one I want you to attend is
> 9-Devember.
> December 9th
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Board_Meetings
> *Simple things to remember when in session:*
> Chairman leads the meeting process
> Motion (formal proposal) must be made by member of the current board. If
> you want want on a topic talk to a board member as your representative on
> the motion.
> Motion must be seconded by member of the board
> Discussion is opened to the board members
> Discussion is then open to the membership/public
> The Chairman calls for a vote.  Chairman votes last in the event of a tie.
> Then we must move all move forward TOGETHER with respect and
> professionalism to the next order of business.
> *NOTE* As part of our governance process, annually there is a
> shuffle roles and responsibilities of elected board members this happens
> every year responsibilities are defined in the bylaws (
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Foundation_ByLaws)  This allows
> us then work on annual tactical and also strategic tasks.
> In closing and as a newly elected board member for 2016 (after some taking
> time off) as I see it WE have a lot of work to do and not all of it is
> glamorous easy or fun but it will get done, that's the wonderful part of
> the open-source community.  If you choose to leave the SANDBOX provided by
> the organization for experimentation that choice is yours alone. OWASP
> Foundation only has 2500+/- members globally and it only takes 51%
> or 1275 people to share your views and have representation who represents
> the membership without conflict to make OWASP 15.0 a sprint for the better
> and there are many things budgeted in-motion and planned already let's do
> this!
> Attend the December 9th meeting be part of the solution
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Board#tab=Agenda_for_2015_Meetings
> Semper Fi,
> Tom Brennan
> --
> *Semper Fi,*
> *Tom Brennan *
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/User:Brennan
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