Call for 2014 Data Commons Cooperative Board of Directors Nominations

April 2014

The nomination period has closed.

Call for board member nominations

The Data Commons Cooperative [1] is looking for people to serve on its Board of Directors. We particularly encourage nominations from marginalized and underrepresented communities.

The co-op was founded in July 2012 to improve information flow in the cooperative/solidarity/new economy. If you like to push the edge of what can be done with co-ops, and think the infrastructure of the ethical economy could do with some love - we want you! Serving on the co-op board is an excellent way to make sure the voice of your community is heard clearly, and to guide the co-op in productive directions.

Directors are nominated and elected by co-op members. Existing members of the co-op are generally umbrella organizations or projects that represent a region, sector, or movement (and are listed in this call). Each member may make two nominations. The current board encourages members to consider using one of their nominations to sponsor motivated individuals active in their community to step forward. The board stands ready to help with any match-making needed, and encourages passionate individuals to respond to this call without necessarily having a confirmed sponsoring member.

About the Data Commons Co-op

People everywhere have been organizing a more ethical economy, but they work in relative isolation, fragmented by geography, sector, and even organizational form.

Many communities gather information about a small piece of these efforts. In every situation, there is another community for which that information overlaps. In every case there is an opportunity to share that will strengthen all the communities participating. But that requires effort, it requires trust, and it requires infrastructure. It requires, in short, a co-op!

The Data Commons Co-op is a cooperative of organizations that are figuring out how their disparate communities can work together, both technically and culturally, to benefit from their overlap without blunting their difference.

Board member duties

Your basic duty is a 3-hour commitment per month. One hour of that is a regular board meeting (by phone). The remainder is reading and and responding to board business (by email).

There are various roles that go beyond that baseline. These are strictly voluntary, and will be selected at the first board meeting after the election). Those roles include:

  • Officer roles - treasurer, secretary, president
  • Operations team - work with the people coordinating the day-to-day activity of co-op
  • DCC Development Team- Phase 1: Draft a development plan and vision for the DCC using member and Board input. Phase 2: Generate the resources to implement it.
  • Tech team - work with the people who move the bits around
  • Membership committee - read member applications, make recommendations
  • Data trust - check out incoming data, make recommendations

Terms are for 3 years.

Qualifications

The key formal requirement is that you must be connected to at least one of our existing members. Directors are nominated and elected by the co-op members. Nominees need to be "employed by or connected with or representing" a member organization [2]. Check the list of member organizations included towards the end of this call. If your interests overlap with one or more members, they may well be interested in nominating you as part of their board representation (each member can nominate up to two board members). We'd be happy to help with any match-making needed. If you belong to a group that isn't yet a member but you think it should be, let us know so that we can reach out, or you can direct the group to our member information packet [3].

A general qualification is having an interest in the development of infrastructure for sharing data in and about the ethical economy. You just won't have any fun in the co-op otherwise.

How to nominate a candidate, or offer yourself as a candidate

We particularly encourage nominations from marginalized and underrepresented groups.

If you represent a member of the co-op and would like to nominate a candidate for the board, please send an email to info@find.coop with the subject line "board nomination" giving the candidate's name and contact information. Expect an acknowledgment within 3 working days.

If you are an individual who'd like to run for the board, please send an email to info@find.coop with the subject line "getting on board. Please provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Contact information
  • A biography (in any format you like)
  • A brief description of your relationship (by employment or interest) to one or more of the co-op members listed here: http://datacommons.find.coop/participants

Please do so by: Sunday May 18th 2014 Friday May 23th 2014

Expect an acknowledgment within 3 working days.

Voting will take place at the Annual General Meeting, scheduled for:

Friday June 20th 2014
3:00-5:00 PM Eastern DST
(2:00-4:00 Central;1:00-3:00 Mountain;12:00-2:00 Pacific).

The meeting will be held by phone, details to be announced.

Current Board of Directors

The first member-selected Board of Directors was elected at the 2013 Annual General Meeting in June 2013.  The current Board is made up of original Steering Committee members as well as new member liaisons. Bylaws state that the number of board members should be between 5 and 15. Board member terms will be staggered.  Jim Johnson will rotate off the Board at the end of his term in June.  We thank Jim for his service and look forward to collaborating with him in new capacities!

  • Jamie Campbell, President
  • Paul Fitzpatrick, Treasurer, Operations team
  • David Morgan, Clerk/Secretary
  • Lauren Hudson
  • Emily Lippold-Cheney
  • Ethan Miller
  • Jim Johnson

Former Board of Directors & Steering Committee Members

  • Melissa Hoover: prior Director, Membership committee
  • Joe Marraffino: prior Director and  President
  • Adam Schwartz: Steering committee member prior to incorporation
  • Neily Jennings: Steering committee prior to incorporation

DCC Member organizations

[1] http://datacommons.coop
[2] See section VI(1) of our bylaws http://member.datacommons.coop/bylaws
[3] http://datacommons.coop/content/member-packet