[Owasp-leaders] Proposal for OWASP Global Chapters Committee

John Patrick Lita john.patrick.lita at owasp.org
Sat Sep 8 05:39:11 UTC 2018

Hi all

I know all that we have problems with each chapters, and i hope that the
global committee will also have a program from ASEAN Region.

My Chapter in Philippines was idle for a while. I just notice that
everytime there is a Conference in STATE no one can answer my questions or
query because everyone is busy for Conference.

I hope the support is flexible for me as a chapter leader i have so many
question and need more guidance to make my chapter more productive and
active to the community.


On Fri, Sep 7, 2018, 11:51 PM Travis McPeak <travis.mcpeak at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> After discussing this with Josh, I'd like to say I misunderstood the
> intent of the committee. I was concerned that this would turn into a lot of
> endless debate with little action items. What Josh is proposing is the
> exact opposite of this.
> When I started as a new chapter leader, I found a surprising lack of
> resources or lots of outdated resources for me to draw on. With the volume
> of experience we all have as chapter leaders there's no reason why common
> problems like these shouldn't be addressed quickly with a
> divide-and-conquer approach. Those interested can be empowered and
> supported with the necessary resources to go make things better. I now
> believe this is the intent of the committee and I look forward to the
> awesome things that will come from a result of it.
> -Travis (Bay Area)
> On Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 1:26 PM Milton Smith <milton.smith at owasp.org>
> wrote:
>> This seems like a great proposal to me Josh.  The committees operational
>> model looks well written and considers OWASP committee
>> organization/operations from the OWASP member perspective.  It’s great to
>> have your knowledge and the knowledge of past leaders/staff.
>> Clearly OWASP is experiencing some growing pains.  We are looking at
>> committees for this area but perhaps committees should be considered more
>> broadly for other areas where diverse opinion exists?  Properly
>> representing everyone’s opinions is difficult in a global organization.
>> Josh and Martin your both amazing, you’ve both been improving the security
>> space for many years, and I appreciate your leadership and enthusiasm for
>> building a better OWASP.
>> —Milton
>> On Sep 1, 2018, at 2:28 PM, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:
>> Dear OWASP Leaders,
>> As per the OWASP Committees 2.0 Operational Model
>> <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Governance/OWASP_Committees>, approved
>> by a vote of the OWASP Board of Directors on July 16, 2014, I would like to
>> formally propose the creation of a new "OWASP Global Chapters Committee".
>> My rationale for the creation of this new committee is that our community
>> has made a number of observations about inadequacies in the ways our
>> Chapters interact with the OWASP Foundation, it's Staff, and the Board.
>> This committee would serve as a new form of governance within the OWASP
>> Foundation, cutting red tape and empowering our chapter leaders to better
>> serve the mission of OWASP while still adhering to the OWASP Core Values of
>> openness, innovation, being a global community, and integrity.  We will
>> focus on strengthening the OWASP Chapters through education, networking,
>> and driving value to our members.
>> Topics that are within scope for the OWASP Global Chapters Committee
>> include, but are not limited to:
>>    - *Leadership Requirements: *The committee will be responsible for
>>    defining requirements for new chapter leaders and create a community
>>    vetting process.
>>    - *Activity Requirements: *The committee will be responsible for
>>    defining the minimum activity requirements for chapters and will
>>    periodically review chapters for meeting those minimum requirements.
>>    - *Mentorship: *Programs will be created to pair new chapter leaders
>>    together with more experienced ones.  Budgets will be established in order
>>    to facilitate mentees attendance of mentor chapter meetings.
>>    - *Projects Partnership Tours: *To emphasize the importance of
>>    projects, a budget will be established for projects to hold regional tours
>>    of chapters where they will speak and show off their projects.
>>    - *Budgets: *The committee will be a resource for OWASP policies and
>>    procedures when it comes to the budget process and ensuring that it is
>>    being followed.  The committee will help identify opportunities for chapter
>>    leaders to spend their money.
>>    - *Policy: *The committee will review and revise the Chapter Leader
>>    Handbook on a periodic basis.  They will assess gaps in existing policies
>>    and help to create new policies or redefine existing policies to address
>>    gaps.
>>    - *Guidance: *The committee will serve to help guide other leaders
>>    with any questions that they have.  They will assist with finding
>>    speakers.  They will help to recommend topics for presentations.
>>    - *Feedback: *The committee will survey chapter leadership on
>>    pertinent topics and be a listening outlet for chapter needs.
>>    - *Conflict Resolution: *The committee will serve as a tribunal for
>>    conflicts among and between chapters.
>>    - *Local and Regional Events: *The committee will help to guide
>>    chapter leaders on how to start and run local and regional events.  A
>>    "startup" budget will be formed from existing event revenues in order to
>>    seed investment in more events, helping additional chapters to be able to
>>    raise enough money to cover their expenses and innovate.
>>    - *Board Guidance: *The committee will work with the Board on any
>>    initiatives they have as they relate to chapter policies, governance,
>>    budgets, or otherwise.
>> This scoping was developed by myself and Tiffany Long in an effort to
>> cover many of the issues our chapters face on a routine basis.  It is not a
>> comprehensive list and I'd certainly welcome suggestions from others in our
>> community.  Moreso, it is my hope that others will be interested in
>> participating in and contributing to this committee.
>> Per the Committee Creation section of the Committees 2.0 Operational
>> Model, this is now up for a community discussion with a Board vote to
>> follow.  I hereby formally request that this be added as a topic for vote
>> at the September 19th OWASP Board meeting.  Thank you.
>> Sincerely,
>> Josh Sokol
>> OWASP Board Member 2014-2017
>> OWASP Austin Chapter Leader
>> OWASP LASCON Conference Co-Founder
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> -Travis
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