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Last Post 27 Sep 2013 01:46 PM by Allen Kinsel. 4 Replies.
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Kendal Van Dyke
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24 Sep 2013 12:00 PM  
Andy Warren penned 69 PASS updates on his blog during his 3 years as a board member. Some updates were "nothing new to report", some just a status update on his portfolio projects, and others pulled back the curtain to explain the inner workings of PASS. I thought ALL of them were extremely valuable as they helped make the day to day machinery of the board less mysterious and gave me the reassurance that things were happening - even if we didn't see the end result of the work until many months later. More importantly, it provided a measure of accountability to the PASS membership at large.

Given that the PASS board is comprised mostly of volunteers who are not financially compensated for their efforts, to what degree do you feel a Board member is accountable for their responsibilities? If elected, what activities do you see yourself engaging in in order to meet that expectation of accountability?
Ami Levin
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24 Sep 2013 03:20 PM  
Hi Kendal,

Thank you for taking an active interest in the elections.
Your question involves three different aspects: accountability, responsibility and transparency. I do not think that whether the board is compensated or not should make a difference for any of these aspects.
As I see it, responsibility and accountability go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one but keep the other at bay. I commit here and now to be fully accountable for whatever portfolio I’m given. I will step down if for any reason I’m unable to fulfill my duties to my highest standard. I will step down if PASS board thinks that I do not fulfill my duties according to their highest standards.
You mentioned Andy and his admirable transparency. I won’t try to compete with Andy but I do commit that if elected, I will post a detailed monthly update of my board activity.
I have extensive board experience so I know what is expected of me, and I will be as transparent as I possibly can regarding all my PASS actions.

Thanks again,

Ami Levin

My Campaign Page: http://www.amilevin.com
My LinkedIn Page: http://www.linkedin.com/in/levinami/
Neil Hambly
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24 Sep 2013 05:13 PM  
Hi Kendal

I do agree that Andy performed a great job of conveying information on the status of progress via those blogs entries, when our members know what is happening within PASS & it's projects, we can build the trust we need throughout the organization and the members

We should follow his example and expect regular feedback on progress of the portfolios and other projects.
I do believe we should have a measure of accountability for actions that our board members make, these should be similar to those we would expect for a similar paid role

It would not be unreasonable to expect regular blog updates and attendance @ virtual sessions (like the Town Hall sessions) on maybe a quarterly basis by board members, being available for discussions @ PASS events and being accessible to the members questions via emails would be another great way to have closer interactions

Neil Hambly
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Richard Douglas
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25 Sep 2013 03:21 AM  
Hi Kendal,

Thanks for your question and continued support of our community. Andy did an awesome job of keeping everybody informed of the progress being made by PASS, his passion and commitment to the cause is clear for all to see.

As Ami has said your question touches on three key areas:

* Accountability
* Responsibility
* Transparency

Transparency

Transparency has been a buzzword banded around PASS for a long time. Members are eager to know more about what is going on and that is only right. To this end during the first #PASSVotes Twitter chat on the 23rd September I pledged that I would blog about work carried out on a monthly basis should I be elected in reply to your question on the subject.

There are of course areas that we will not be able to disclose as they would contain confidential information. As well as the connector we should probably look at other types of channels to keep people informed. I am principally talking about the mainstream social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Not everyone has time to read every email that comes in to their work account, some even have special rules set up to "archive" them. By diversifying into different media outlets we are more likely to be able to engage with more members. Using a tool like Buffer to schedule updates across these channels will make things relatively painless to implement.

Responsibility

Whichever candidates are successful will have a moral obligation to do their duty and will not want to let the community down after being through such a rigorous application process. I do not foresee any problems here after reading all of their profiles.

Accountability

This is a tough one. Ultimately each director is accountable to the board and the community and if the individual concerned is not doing as they promised and cannot deliver what they set out to do then actions must be taken to resolve the problem. If in this position myself, I would like to think that I would be proactive enough to speak to chair before any kind of escalation could occur and try to find a resolution suitable for all parties.

Regards,
Richard Douglas
Allen Kinsel
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27 Sep 2013 01:46 PM  
Hi Kendal,

Board members should always be accountable for their responsibilities. Having a method for the membership to have that accountability is a bit more difficult but, its not an impossible task, particularly if the individual board member encourages it. While I wasnt as prolific a writer as Andy was in his time on the board, I believe I averaged over a blog post a month in my two years of previous service on the board and I would expect to return to something near that level of detail if reelected. I actually touched on this a bit in a blog post I published today http://www.allenkinsel.com/archive/...reelected/

More information about me and my platform can be found on my site
http://www.allenkinsel.com/pass-election



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