[Discuss] discuss Digest, Vol 10, Issue 13

Leonardo Marcos Saccomanno leomsaccomanno at gmail.com
Tue Mar 5 17:20:39 UTC 2013

Hello everyone!

First of all I wanted to thank you all, because I feel this is one of the
most important discussion I´ve ever been involved into.

I think OSHW community isn´t just the people in this list or
companies/hobbyist developing OSHW products. We should be considering those
12 years old kids and the way OSHWA could explain them why is important to
share knowledge. After all they are the future and so I think education
should be the priority here.

I share Nathan´s idea that OSHWA should be as decentralized as possible,
although in the last meeting we voted to give more power to the board with
the idea that this would make things simpler and faster. So here I see that
we need to establish a compromise between decentralization vs. ease of

We all understand that having a mark that assures that the product is
really open source is great, but I also agree with those who said that open
sourcing stuff should be easy and direct, because we also want to empower
innovation and adding more processes to the line seems to slow things down.
So here is another compromise between good design vs. ease of

I feel than some ideas were repeated here and I´m not being the exception,
so I think is of vital importance to compile email threads as Nathan
proposed. Not just to see and rethink what we´ve been discussing about, but
also to give an easier access to information for those who want to join the
discussion in the future. For this, I have the idea of compiling
information in the form of questions, to clearly state that things are not
resolved yet and need to be re-thinked and re-analized to clarify what we
need and what should we be doing to get there.

I hope you all have an excellent day and week,


2013/3/4 Alicia Gibb <pip at nycresistor.com>

> We're currently looking for volunteers for these positions:
> http://www.oshwa.org/2013/02/26/open-volunteer-positions/
> And in case you missed the link on other threads, assist in filling out
> the google doc for best practices:
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CiL9nd0xPOGRkHcNnOTZdHG-niAHteOm74f9PmAHdLg/edit
> Docs like this give us the best idea of what people want in the community
> and what we'll base our actions around.
> If you'd like to help us on writing our 1023 form to the IRS that would be
> helpful too, we're not yet a non-profit organization without that.
> Thanks!
> Alicia
> On Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 4:14 PM, Cameron Adamez <cameron at suspectdevices.com
> > wrote:
>> Hey Nathan and other board members,
>> Can you give us a laundry list? I would help out but I have no idea where
>> to start.
>> -Cameron
>> On Mar 4, 2013, at 3:01 PM, Nathan Seidle <nathan at sparkfun.com> wrote:
>> > From my experience on the OSHWA board:
>> >
>> > * I can't or don't commit enough time to it. It's only a few hours per
>> week, but we have a lot of work and not enough board/community members to
>> help out. !Please! help. We need more do-ocracy, we need more people
>> creating pages, helping with paperwork, compiling email threads ;)
>> > * OSHWA may want, from time to time, people to serve as board members
>> that have job that they are not able to leave. Beside, OSHWA has no money,
>> nor sustainable revenue source to pay them.
>> > * Boards and organizations are slow. Getting five people together for a
>> monthly phone call is nearly impossible.
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