EOS Alliance Board Election
EOS Alliance Election FAQ
What is the EOS Alliance?
The EOS Alliance is a nonprofit education association for users of the EOS software. Its mission is to do the work needed so that the EOS Community will have robust focal points for communication, coordination and information in order to effectively self organize, towards creating a decentralized, secure internet.
Why should I want the Alliance to be well run?
Decentralized entities like EOS Mainnet and other EOS public networks are poised to create enormous value for humanity. That value is only going to be realized if those public networks’ stakeholders (the EOS community) are able to coordinate and communicate internally. The Alliance was created in order to ensure that the community has the tools and processes it needs to do that. If you care about the promise of EOS, you’re going to want the Alliance’s mission to be successful.
How is the Board organized and elected?
The Board was originally populated in July 2018 with seven (7) appointed members. Each appointed member is expected to be replaced with an elected member before September 2019. Additional seats may also be created over time.
As of January 2019 our plan is to hold three elections during 2019:
- Q1: One seat elected by EOS Mainnet token holders, from a slate of candidates recruited by the Board, for a term ending Sept 2020.
- April: Three seats elected by means to be decided, for terms ending Sept 2020 (1 seat) or Sept 2021 (2 seats).
- June: Three seats elected by means to be decided, for terms ending Sept 2022 (3 seats).
After September 2019, each elected Board member will serve a three year term, and approximately one third of the Board will be replaced each year.
The current seven member board may be increased to a larger number as circumstances dictate.
Who else serves on the board?
You should expect to be serving with some of the best and brightest minds in the EOS and Blockchain industries. One of the greatest benefits of service on any Board is to get exposure to top people. We are doing our best to ensure that Board service is rewarding for you from the perspective of connections and relationship building.
There is a risk: if you serve badly, your reputation with key influencers could suffer. If you feel you cannot fulfill the duties of a Board member, it would be better to decline.
What is the time commitment?
Board members will be expected to commit to 5-10 hours a month, 8 months of the year, plus 2-3 days each quarter for in-person meetings, currently scheduled for December, March, June and September. We are anticipating a large global EOS event in October that you’ll probably want to attend whether you’re a Board member or not.
What decisions will the Board be making?
Our Board uses Carver Policy Governance as its modus operandi. Under the Carver model, the Board sets policy (“ends”), and staff carries it out (“means”). The Board is responsible for deciding on the organization’s ends (what is to be achieved), and limitations (what actions are forbidden or out-of-bounds for staff). Staff under the Executive Director are responsible for “means” (how the ends are achieved) and for staying in-bounds.
Therefore you will be deciding on two things: what ends the Alliance will seek to achieve, and what ethical and policy limitations to impose on staff. The first is to be described in the Alliance’s Agreed Strategy document. The second is described in the Executive Limitations document. (Board members will receive training on the Carver model at our first board retreat.)
What decisions will the Board NOT be making?
The Board will NOT be deciding on means as explained above. Staff has sole discretion to carry out the how of tasks, the means that achieve the ends established by the Board, using any reasonable interpretation of both the ends and the limits.
Is the board compensated? Do they incur costs?
Interim members of the Board are not currently expected to be compensated. Elected members might be, however, it is best to assume you will not receive personal compensation for service.
If you have sufficient private means, you’ll be expected to pay your own travel costs to quarterly in-person Board meetings. If you cannot afford this, we have budget to help defray at least some travel costs for some Board members.
What benefits are there to board service?
We expect to engage in either quarterly or annual Board development training. You’ll also have the chance to provide a unique service to the EOS community and help it achieve its potential to dramatically improve lives around the globe. And, your personal and professional visibility and reputation could grow, assuming your service is effective and well received.
What risks come with Board service?
Board service carries risks. These include:
- Spikes of time consumption. If an emergency occurs, the Board may need to respond, and that response might be lengthy and urgent.
- Reputational risk. If the Board becomes embroiled in scandal of any kind, deserved or not, it could harm your reputation.
- Relationship risk. If the Board has to make a difficult decision, it could put you at odds with community members you like and care about. (If you were a non-member you would not have to take such a position.)
- Financial risk. The Board will be covered by insurance, but that may not cover all eventualities. Sometimes a Board member gets sued as a byproduct of their service.
If any of these risks concern you unduly, you may wish to consider NOT serving.