A message to our Governing Circle of Active Members
Many changes are afoot in the world. The same is true for EDA.
In the fall, a grievance was filed against the EDA Board of Trustees. The Mediation Body deliberated and sent a report on the grievance to Board members in late December.
For two months, the Board has been carefully and methodically analyzing the Mediation Body report and its bearing on EDA. As a result, EDA will be reorganizing during March and April and these changes will be fully completed in May. This newsletter includes information about several of these developments as we undertake significant course correction with an eye to creating greater transparency.
Changes will involve a renewed focus on our Governing Circle, the Active Members of EDA who are the reason this organization exists. As members, you will see many new opportunities to become directly involved in our decision-making and to take part in our substantive programs. Our commitment to democracy is our commitment to you.
Call for Election Commissioners: three positions open
EDA’s top priority is to appoint a new Election Board in accordance with the guidelines set out in the EDA Charter. Our Election Board will be appointed by the Executive Committee and then operate independently of the Board in order to conduct free and fair elections.
We are required to have three election commissioners. Therefore, the EDA Executive Committee is putting out a call for three members who have high integrity, some basic computer skills and are deeply interested in the importance of democratic procedures.
The three-person Board will be in charge of developing and running our elections and referendums. Most of the work of the committee this year will be in the Spring and Summer. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact the Executive Committee on the Active Members site on Loomio. Or send an email to EDA Secretary, Eva Simonsen.
Chairs of Research, Education and Advocacy: our new evaluation process
The Board of Trustees was out of compliance with our Cooperative Charter when they held a ratification process this past summer for the Chairs of our Research, Education and Advocacy teams. This came to light through the grievance mentioned above.
The Chairs were self-appointed under the old organization and the Board neglected to evaluate their work and formally reappoint them after the Cooperative Charter was adopted and our new organization began. Putting their names up for ratification by our members last summer was a breach in judgment and the Board sincerely apologizes for this to our members.
In March, the performance of the current chairpersons will be formally evaluated and the results of this evaluation will be posted on the Active Members site. If the evaluations are favorable, the Board may appoint the current Chairs. If any of the evaluations prove unsatisfactory, the Board will not appoint the Chair and instead open the position to EDA members through the Active Members site on Loomio. In either case, the appointment of these Chairs will need to be ratified by our members later this Spring.