For those who don't know: I served on the DA Board in 2010-2011, and was on the Governance Committee that developed the new structures. Before that I was in the General Assembly. I'm currently on the Advisory Board.
But I share my opinions here as a long-time member of the Drupal community who cares about the future of Drupal.
Criteria: more than good intentions
Last year, the Nominating Committee (on which I served) considered many aspects when evaluating potential candidates for the Drupal Association Board, including (in no particular order):
Yesterday, we had a Drupal Association Board Meeting to discuss upcoming DrupalCons. The meeting ran very long as we discussed and debated what criteria we should consider in selecting cities for DrupalCons in 2012, 2013 and beyond. Passions ran hot at times as we hashed out our thoughts on our evolving process for making these decisions.
What is the purpose of DrupalCon?
What components make for a great DrupalCon?
What factors play into selecting a city for throwing a majorly successful DrupalCon?
In the end, I feel that we made a lot of progress in this meeting. This post is not a debrief of this meeting, though, but rather is a collection of some of my own thoughts about DrupalCon, shared as a member of the Drupal community.
Growing presents challenges
As Drupal continues to grow so quickly, the Drupal Association has been working hard to adapt. The community is many times larger than when I joined it over 6 years ago, even since when the Drupal Association launched in 2006.
Yesterday were the elections for the Drupal Association, and much to my surprise and excitement, I was one of eleven new permanent members elected to the General Assembly. I say "excitement" because I'm now more involved in the day-to-day activities of the Drupal Association -- not that I wasn't or couldn't be involved before. And I say "surprise" because there were 57 applicants, many of whom are community members I much admire and respect.
We all sat in an IRC chatroom while the existing Permanent Members discussed and voted on our applications. We were chatting nervously -- you had to almost speed-read to keep up with the chatter. What was happening in deliberations? We had no idea.