Announcement from the Chairman: Where We Are and Where We’re Going
Hello, US Open Source Party supporters!
First of all, thank you all for supporting the party.
And no, we haven’t disappeared, but we are kind of chilling during this holiday season – gathering strength for the coming year, which will be a busy one.
Goals for the upcoming year include:
- Formalizing our existence as a political party/organization
- Clarifying our principles and goals
- Defining and adopting platforms
- Endorsing legislation, candidates and political activist positions that align with the principles of US OSP
- Incubating some of our own candidates and campaigns by the 2016 election cycle
- Gaining mass membership that will make our advocacy, endorsements and so forth potent.
- Raising the funds necessary to run a dynamic political organization.
- Forming a research and educational arm that can help us elucidate our advocacy.
Our elected leadership for the coming year
Chairman: Ken Goffman (aka R.U. Sirius) @rusirius
Vice Chairman: Jon Lebkowsky @jonl
Secretary: Krist Novoselic @kristnov
Member: Ryan Asburt @ryan
Member: Kelly Bell @yarnspotting
If you have not participated in our party, here is a brief account of how we are currently operating. We use Slack as a way for a forum of communication. We can propose and vote on platform planks, resolutions, bylaws and other policy positions on Loomio. Our by-laws, that have passed, are on GitHub. Please consider joining our endeavor and engaging these resources.
We look forward to the coming year.
OSP Update #2, Krist Novoselic Advocating 4 FairVote, OSP Members are Voting
OSP cofounder Krist Novoselic spoke in Minneapolis Minnesota on behalf of FairVote. Here is an interview with him in the local Minneapolis/St. Paul paper, The Daily Planet
Krist will also be on on “Kennedy” Wednesday night at 8pET/5PT on Fox Business Network. He will be discussing FairVote’s Ranked Choice Voting plan for the United States House of Representatives. Lawrence Lessig, who is running for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, has adopted this as part of his reform proposal.
OSP cofounder Ken Goffman aka R.U. Sirius will be speaking at “The Future of Politics” conference on October 18, at Humanist Hall, in Oakland.
There are lots of speakers so the talk will be brief. Learn more here.
Meanwhile, with new membership, OSP has opened up for debate and voting on platforms, policies and endorsements. While it may seem a bit premature, it could be helpful to add some flesh to the bare bones of the OSP principles. And it’s proved to be an excellent way of getting people engaged.
We have already had votes on proposals.We need to have a vote itself on what the rules are for passing a proposal. Some of the votes end without at least 50% of our members voting. We need to decide what a quorum is for passing a vote.
If you support our principles, join us to learn more and become engaged.
US Open Source Party Update/Voluntary Collaborationism
by Ken Goffman aka R.U. Sirius
US Open Source Party has started welcoming new members since posting an article titled Introducing the United States Open Source Party on Medium. You can sign on here
Hank Pellessier has quit the Transhumanist Party (TP) and joined OSP. Hank was Secretary for TP. Their presidential candidate, Zoltan Istvan, is riding across America in an “immortality bus” made to look like a coffin. Hank discusses his decision here.
My update of a 2011 article titled Voluntary Collaborationism (VC) also appeared on the same website. In the piece, I discuss OSP as an example of VC.