In September 2018, Malte Ubl—then AMP’s tech lead—announced a new open governance model for AMP built around a series of working groups and two committees: the Technical Steering Committee (TSC), responsible for the direction of the AMP project and day to day operations, and the Advisory Committee (AC), which provides perspective and advice to the TSC.
An important goal of this governance change was to ensure that the voices of those who do not contribute code to AMP, but are nonetheless impacted by it, get heard. This responsibility is shared across all contributors but falls particularly on the shoulders of the AC, which has a duty to ensure its membership is as representative and diverse as possible.
Despite spanning nine(!) time zones, representing a wide variety of constituencies, and being fairly diverse, the AC’s membership is still predominantly US-based, white, and male. This is one of the main reasons why the AC has decided to expand its membership by about four members and is running a midterm election (terms are a year and are renewable).
All candidates are welcomed and encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to those who bring an underrepresented perspective to the AC and help broaden its horizon.
For a better understanding of what the AC’s work consists of, you may have a look at its GitHub repository and in particular its working mode document, the minutes of past meetings, its issue tracker, and its project board. The AC is fully distributed. It works asynchronously over email and GitHub issues (although its work isn’t technical), meets every other week over video conference, and roughly every six months face to face.
Financial support for travel expenses is provided to members for whom the position isn’t relevant to their day job, who are self-employed or unemployed, or who are working for structures for which such expenses wouldn’t be possible.
If you have questions, feel free to reach out to Tobie Langel, the AC’s facilitator.
Else, if you’re interested in joining the AC, please apply by filling in this form.
We will be collecting new applications until Friday, August 23 at 23:59 UTC. The AC will elect its new members through the consensus based process and will announce the result on Monday, September 2.
Posted by Levi Durfee, AMP Advisory Committee member, and Tobie Langel, AMP Advisory Committee facilitator.