Who I am
I've been working with Plone since 2003, ending up leading the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh team deploying Plone for 300+ sites (incl. intranets and workflows), where we hosted the Plone Symposium Midwest in 2013 and 2014.
Since 2015 I have been working for Wildcard Corp., with 20% of my time allocated to Plone community work.
During my first board term (2014-15), I participated in these efforts:
- Plone.com development and launch, our new "high level decision maker" / "entirely new to Plone" marketing site
- PLOG Strategic Summit in Sorrento, where we successfully negotiated agreement on a number of strategically important issues, preceded by the development & delivery of community and Foundation Membership surveys that helped guide us at the summit
- Formation of Plone 5 Launch team, which formalized the coordination of all non-development aspects of Plone 5, including documentation, training, marketing
- Plone Foundation Membership committee chair - am very gratified that we have added several outstanding individuals to our ranks
- The successful, on time, coordinated release of Plone 5.0
During my second board term (2015-16), my work has included:
- continuing responsibility for Foundation sponsorships
- maintaining Plone.com content
- being part of the new Plone.org relaunch team (yay, we did it!)
- continued chairing of the Foundation membership committee
- organizing the 2016 Boston Plone Conference, and advising a proposal team for the 2017 Plone Conference
- confirming the importance of and bolstering the role of the Communications Team Leader with an annual travel stipend
- systematizing the hosting of Plone conference web sites and the archiving of past Plone conference web sites
Why I am interested
Being on the board is still the best way to have access to timely/immediate, unfiltered information about what is happening in the wider Plone community: who is doing what, and what needs to be done. There are several things I'd still like to continue working on, including:
- continue, strengthen, and make sustainable Plone marketing and communications
- continue improving Plone.com and Plone.org, and coordinating those with marketing and communications
- formalize the process for Plone Foundation sponsorship handling, recording, payment, and renewals
- try (where it makes sense) to systematize the planning and hosting of Plone events, including conferences and sprints
What I think I can add to the Plone Foundation
I understand the importance of historical context, but I don't believe in doing something simply because it's the way it's "always" been done.
I'm not afraid to ask questions, because I've often found that they lead to new ways of thinking about a vexing problem.
While I see myself as a change agent and I admire Darth Vader's management skills, I do strive to work with people to develop consensus.
My greatest pleasure is in finding ways to work with everyone's strengths and giving people the opportunity to contribute in rewarding ways.
Nathan Van Gheem