#Power In BoST?
Who is part of BoST & How are decisions made?
there is still not clear and well documented idea about – What & Who is BoST – which is necessary for decision making for example. I write down what I have understood so far. So we can discuss it already in the next BoST Call and make a decision about it in the next one after this one on October 31.
#BoST Is Permanently Open
Joining OSCEdays BoST calls and discussions and doing jobs from the To-Do-List is permanently open for everyone. Everyone can join at any given moment. And we work under the general agreement that everyone who cares enough to join the discussions and participates in the calls and contribute to the work has a voice, also in votings.
However there might be cases – at least in theory – where more critical decisions need to be made and where a vote in this should be justified by more than just having joined 2 or 3 calls. (Like for example when we decided whom to hire for the DIF-Labs Collaboration )
I think the idea is to have ‘Stewards With Responsibility’ (we need a better name). They are set every year. Like we had it somehow this year: Till September 30 everyone can sign up to be such a steward – for example if she or he as at least participated in at least 2 calls and did a little bit more as well.
In the unlikely case that someone is a troll or something worse the current ‘Stewards With Responsibility’ can reject this person.
#Control Through Openness
How to prevent that the ‘BoST With Responsibility’ becomes a strange in-group excluding fresh ideas and impulses using their right to reject new people and doing stuff with OSCEdays most people don’t like.
Openness could be the protecting mechanism. Everything about OSCEdays should be as open as possible and easy to fork. For example there should be a public backup of the forum everyone can download and set up with all content. So if BoST goes crazy OSCEdays is not lost because everyone can fork it.
It should be the responsibility of the Stewards to make sure this is possible at all time.