I saved the governance post to the last because it is likely to be the
To be blunt I think the current governance model is unworkable.
There is no incentive for the voting institutional members to seek any
expansion of that voting category. As evidence for that proposition,
witness the lack of growth in that category for a decade.
I have heard the arguments about how recruitment takes time, effort,
etc., all of which those in a position to do so, haven't. Or haven't
done successfully. What matters are results, not intentions.
I suppose in the defense of those who have tried to recruit others, the
overly complex governance structure would be a deterrent to all but the
most dedicated applicant.
An individual membership drive will have to await the TEI having some
tangible benefits to members.
For example, I mentioned encoding a Twain book (or pick your favorite)
online, where only TEI members can debate encodings. Public can watch
but not comment. I don't know of a quicker way to get people to join. ;-)
There are web interfaces that would support such an effort, which would
be a better use of TEI funds than sponsoring travel.
For the 18 months of transition under John's leadership, I think we need
to pick 2 or 3 - the TEI because - sort of marketing themes and flog
them for all they are worth. At the end of that period I hope that we
have direct elections of the Board and Council by individual members of
The greater visibility of the TEI should be more than enough reason for
institutional members to become sponsors, with their logos on the TEI
website as sponsors. But sponsors need individual members to vote in
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
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