First of all I would like to thank the Structural Team for their impressive work made on bringing this proposal to the table.
I have read it multiple times and taken my time to digest the proposal as a whole.
Read it this evening again, and I do find it well defined in its purpose and its solutions.
As a community we are not here to just question the work made by others, when it doesn´t suit our personal "best choise" image we may have in our heads.
We also are obligated to support our fellow team members in their efforts, and to listen to what is actually in the Words, more than to modify the words to allow us to disagree with the solution proposed.
Admitted, I did that initially, to myself. The exact thought was "oh no, they are bringing back the old core team"
I was part of that, and also part of those proposing and putting the current structure in action. We did our best then, it wasn´t perfect, but it was needed. We were in a critical state of everyone burning out in 2009. The current structure with some fresh blood did give new life to more things.
It has never been perfect, because we didn´t solve the central problem then. We can solve it now, but it is not in the lines of text of the proposal. And then again, it may actually be hidden in between the lines - that solution that solves the issues that occur in any structure.
What is this problem he is talking about? Leadership culture.
Or the lack of a leadership culture that values; differences (of all kinds), initiative, innovation, friendlyness, openness and trust.
That was what we didnt solve in 2009. I hope the proposal today infact do lead the way to solve this.
Culture is key to a healthy organisation and community.
Our history of leadership and organisational has always been with a core of control. If we can replace control with a healthy culture, we are on our way to a more sustainable org. and community.
I truly believe the Structural Team did find some of the bricks to make this happen.
They suggest a joint leadership with a focus on leading and being visionary. Bravo.
People are concerned about OSM taking over - I am not. Whatever the new board is named it is an actual leadership of the project as a whole. Not just busy volunteers getting another badge. Actual leaders, put there by the community.
That last sentence is important - by the community - listen people, they are opening up for a direct say. We as a community ask for that, demanded it, shouted for it, for years. It is there in the proposal. Good stuff.
And they do take accountability serious, at the same time as they remember the social side of things and consider to look after those taking a lead position. That is rather important too. Backup on any position.
I see some are concerned on the important 7th area 'Local communities'. I would be concerned if the global non British part of the community didn´t have a focus area.
Naming probably can be adjusted, it could be Globalisation or anything that fits the bill. I see it as an important hub for the World to step inside the official joomla.org sites. Good to see the Structural Team understood that joomla is about all together, and opens a door to everyone. Kudos.
All in all, it is not perfect, but is a gigantic step ahead and opening some closed doors that are ready to be opened after 10 years of trying.
Well done team - I give you a strong Yes