WE have some
1)Central is not
communicating with us . We have no idea what is happening in the central and we
are not receiving regular updates and information
2)OK Central is
not, not only exclude us from their global activities but also excluse us when
they interact with local organisations in Sweden. For example, Central sends
invitation to Swedish organisatins without involving us, or sending people to
Sweden again without involving us. I can give you basic example: If any Swedish
organisation send request to central, central immediately can involve us and
even direct them to us. We, sometimes hear that there is a conference, seminar
and a person from central is there too!
Sometimes we hear a local organisation got
funding from local organisation and will deliver a service based on OK open
source projects and even had partnership with OK central to deliver the
We feel like, we
are not part of OK Central but we are only PR tool of OK central. If
Microsoft central ignores Microsoft
Sweden, can microsoft Swedne grow in Sweden?
We hear info
from other people regarding reorganisation and new contracts that is happening
in Central. We are not informed by central that there is a restructuring going
on. Why we should hear this from external people?
We are part of
OKF because we think it is different than commercial organisations. If OK
Central treats their employees like other commercial organisations, we loose
our ambition to be in this organisation. OK Central should be careful when they
ask their employees to be contractors. It is better to have an open discussion
and ask feedback/ suggestions from central. For example: ‘Dear Ok group, we
have revenue problems. Either we have to raise x millon usd until y date
otherwise we have to either reduce salaries 10% for everyone to be able to
continue to employ everybody or we wonder who is willing to leave and/or can
leave and find another job ’etc.
If Ok Central
dictates their rules on their employees, we as OKSweden, who received almost
zero support from central, and who is not receiving any money from central,
feel not good. We wonder, than, what is the differentce to work for a
commercial organisation that only cares about profit and cost reduction?
OK Central, for
example, asks questions regarding not important things and in the end our c
omments/ suggestions are ignored. Let me
give you one example:
explained many times that using a
generic name: ‘Open Knowledge’, is not good idea because when we say we are
from Open Knowlege, no one understands whether it isa movement, organisation,
foundation etc etc. But when we say we are from Open Knowledge Foundation, at
least they know it is a foundation.
We explained our
logo is strange, yes it is taken from Census but Census is not static.
Anyway, we do not
expect our all suggestions to be accepted but we do not think we are responed
or listened properly.
We have very good
plans and we are able to do all these, as long as central communicates with us,
involve us and work for applications, projects with us.