Working Group Minutes
Present: Ryan Trinkle, Simon Peyton Jones, Moritz Angermann, Stephanie Weirich, Emily Pillmore, Ian Connolly, Rebecca Skinner, Jasper Van der Jeugt, Gabriele Keller, Richard Eisenberg
- Minutes taken in a Google doc, accessible only to members of the WG
- Post to Discourse to remind members who did not attend to check the minutes if they want.
- Minutes automatically ratified 24 hours after a meeting, unless there are objections.
- Then copied to some public place, and to Discourse
Haskell Adoption Track (Wendy/Chris):
Wendy/Chris not here, but we are keen to hear how this is going.
Website Track (Emily):
- Static changes are up (e.g. vision)
- Design agreed.
- Expecting to have at least a prototype live within 2-3 weeks from now.
Fundraising Track (Emily):
- Ryan posted an update, now part of the minutes of the last meeting
- In the bank: $232k - see: fundraising update
- New sponsor in China, at Applicative level.
- Total now approaching $500k.
- Question: is the expectation that this is a one-off or annual? Generally, sponsors are expecting to contribute annually.
- If you have a Haskell Foundation account, we’re tracking “leads” to sponsors on HubSpot. Foundation members interested should message Emily/Tim/Ryan for the details.
- Lead generation is always appreciated. If you know someone who has not donated, please feel free to reach out to us and do some intros!
- Would be good to have some buffer year on year, perhaps $100k. So let’s not spend it all.
- Would be good to contribute to an endowment.
Board Track (Simon Peyton Jones):
- Nominations have ended
- There were 28 board nominations and 8 ED applications!
- Process for selection outlined in Interim Board minutes
- Board nominees want to contribute. Is there a way to capture their enthusiasm even if they’re not selected? Join the working group? Join a track. Start a track
- If there are skills missing, don’t hesitate to leave spaces to be filled, and/or reach out to people to fill those gaps.
- About “how to contribute” could we have a “volunteer group”, of people who would in principle be willing to do specific tasks for the Foundation, and would like to be asked? Should we even have a volunteer-coordination track? Or is the ED in charge of keeping volunteers busy and happy?
- See this document for a proposal about “Trustees”, a new group that would have power to appoint or remove board members, in the case the board starts misbehaving.
- Concern: being a Member could be a way for someone to freeload on the Foundation.
- Opportunity: get Members who are NOT part of the Haskell community, but are leaders in other communities (Erlang, Rust etc; Odersky, Steele…)
- Idea: Members = heads of task forces/tracks.
- Idea: Elect the Members?
- Community representation among the Members? Some way for the community to nudge the direction of the foundation
- Terminology going forward:
- Trustees are what the doc calls “Members”
- Board Members are what the doc calls “Trustees”
Generally the meeting supported the proposal, as did the Interim Board, and would like to invite wider comment from the community. Actually agreeing the details will be a job for the newly-appointed Foundation Board, but it will help them to have a well-articulated and broadly-supported plan to execute on.
Still awaiting incorporation from NY. The government is understandably slow right now.