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From: ex_wouldyoue846 Date: February 22nd, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I gotta say, between this and the distinct possibility of President Andrew Burt, I'm seriously reconsidering my SFWA membership....

You know, you could always run for SFWA President. I don't know whether Estate members can vote, but if I can, you'd have my vote.
kradical From: kradical Date: February 22nd, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've considered running for SFWA President in the past, on the platform that, if elected, I will abolish the offices of President and Vice-President, and just let the executive director run things. I have not done so for a variety of reasons, not least being the very real fear that such a platform would be sufficiently attractive that I'd win....
kevin_standlee From: kevin_standlee Date: February 22nd, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Corporate Governance

I'm not a SFWA member either (and am unlikely ever to be eligible, given that I have a lifetime output of one semi-professional story sale), but I'd suggest that this is a bad idea. It's like saying "Let's abolish the city council, since we have a City Manager." Executive Directors are employees of a corporation; they have to have some sort of corporate oversight.

Now, extending the analogy, SFWA has a "Strong Mayor" form of government; possibly a "Council-Manager" form (used mostly in smaller cities and towns) would work better here.

And yes, I'm biased, because I was once the Executive Director of a 501(c)(6) trade association, and I currently sit on the board of a 501(c)(3) non-profit (albeit one with no employees or ED). The 501(c)(6) -- I think that's SFWA's corporate type, isn't it? -- for which I worked had nothing to do with SF/F, being a trade association for software developers, but the same dynamics of the relationship between the ED and the governing body apply.

Edited at 2008-02-22 06:43 pm (UTC)
kradical From: kradical Date: February 22nd, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Corporate Governance

Just to be clear, that wouldn't be a remotely serious platform, which is the other reason why I'm not seriously considering running.
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