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Legal Requirements, from the FKI Bylaws

1. Purpose

  • to promote, initiate and stimulate the understanding, usage and creation of free knowledge;
  • to collect, develop, and spread Free Knowledge, and make Free Knowledge public and accessible;
  • to research, facilitate trainings, to offer advice and information services around Free Knowledge.

2. Representation

The legal body is the FKI Board, containing of at least three board members with a maximum of seven. The FKI Board members are elected by the other FKI Board members with 3/4 of the votes cast. The FKI Board members are elected for a duration of three years. They may be re-elected in successive terms. The Board represents the Foundation. Authority is also held by two FKI Board members acting jointly. The Board may authorize by power of attorney one or more FKI Board members, as well as third parties, to represent the Foundation within the limits of that power of attorney.

3. Guidelines

The Board is authorized to adopt Guidelines regulating areas that in the opinion of the Board require (further) regulation. These Guidelines may not contradict these statutes or applicable law. The Board is authorized to change or discontinue Guidelines. The adoption, amendment and termination of Guidelines is subject a resolution which is unanimously approved in a meeting where all FKI Board members are present or represented.

Actually, here there's a cross reference in the bylaws which we haven't seen before. Article 11.3 points to article 11.1 while that should be article 12.1. Now it remains unclear how how Guidelines can be adopted, amended or terminated --Hinde 10:41, 8 May 2012 (UTC)

4. Legal changes

The Board is authorized to amend the FKI Bylaws. A resolution to amend must be unanimous in a meeting where all FKI Board members are present or represented. The amendment must be made by notarial act, and otherwise can be declared invalid. The FKI Board members are required to deposit an authentic copy of the amendment and the amended articles with the Chamber of Commerce.

Roles, from the Community Section

Our basic understanding is that any participation, any contribution is a good one. (If it wouldn't be good, people tend to neglect it, so that's generally not very motivating). As our vision is based on freedom, organisation is bottom-up. People can take different roles according to their capacity and interests. Here's an outline for different roles people can take.

  • Subscriber to the announce mailing list (FKI, FTA). Only receives important news updates every now and then.
  • Mailing List Participants in mailing lists. Can participate in online discussions.
  • Wiki User of the FKI Wiki and/or FTA Wiki. Contribute to the curation of information valuable for oneself and the community
  • Community Member of the FTA Community. Learn, share, produce knowledge and shared projects on Free Technology and Free Knowledge.
  • Working Group Participant. When people want to work on concrete ideas or particular projects, a working group is started. This is generally implemented through an online group or mailing list.
  • FTA Ambassador/promoter/advocate. Someone who cares about the FTA and contributes in spreading the word about it.
  • FTA Council member. Someone who has been elected by the FTA community or appointed by the FKI Board. The exact governance model of the FTA is under discussion. You're welcome to share your thoughts on the FTA discussion list.
  • FKI Board member. The Board is currently composed of the following Board members.

Furthermore there are the peers and partners. A Peer is simply anyone who shares the FKI values and has defined her/his profile in the FTA community. A Partner is any organisation who works together in any project, and - at least - shares the FKI values and founding principles for that project. Here is a preliminary list.

Organisational Structure

The FKI hosts projects proposed by Community Members or Working Groups. Administrative issues are facilitated by the FKI. The FKI Board is charged with the management of the Foundation and is legally responsible. Any decision requiring a legal entity needs to be approved by the FKI Board. The FKI aims to adopt a more community-based governance model. [...]