Calling team players to join our board – let’s make Open Knowledge great!

The new board for Open Knowledge Finland is to be elected in the Autumn General Meeting on Dec 13. Will you be a changemaker and on our board!?

There’s no need to make open knowledge or open data great again, because it already IS. However, Open Knowledge Finland is calling out to its members and to-be-members, and asking: Are you willing to help take this association one step further?!

Where are we now – where are we going?

Open Knowledge Finland is turning 5 years old before the end of the year! We’ve grown fast and become an influential player in the Finnish civil society, especially in the domains of digitalization, information society, data economy and open participatory co-creation.

Right now our budget is over 500 000 eur annually, we have nearly 500 members, we foster the community of over 5000 open data enthusiasts. We’ve implemented dozens of projects and our events have had visitors from over 30 countries! Most importantly, we have helped make changes in the Finnish society.  For further details, have a look at the 2016 annual report.

In our current vision for 2020:

We are a well-known significant player in the Finnish societal discussion on digitalisation and data economy, bringing forward especially the views of data users, data subjects and advocates of openness – from the grassroots.

OKFI brings together and foster the community of open data and open knowledge enthusiasts and stakeholders. We are a laboratory of openness, continuously experimenting with new ideas and ways of working.

We implement open data and open knowledge projects that have a significant societal impact. In addition to innovation, we serve the society by providing trainings and services. We work across borders and are an active participant in international discussion.

Looking ahead. 

We are in the process of planning 2018 and onwards. We hope you can participate:

OKFI board for 2018 – senior expertise and young blood?

Many of the board members have served for 2 or even more terms. Thus many are wanting to step down and give room to others. It will be great to have a great combination of fresh blood and old experience! The board is on its way to becoming a bit less operative, and a bit more strategic – as it should be.

Why apply for the board?

Being on the board gives you a great position to influence the association and the impact that it makes. You get to meet and work with some of the sharpest minds in Finland and internationally – both at OKFI as well as its partenrs and others stakeholders. Building on YOUR strengths and passions, you will help OKFI grow. While being a board members requires some work and has some responsibilities, it is also a blast!

Do it!

If you are willing to be candidate for chairman, board member or other position of trust (e.g., regional, working group lead), please let us know!

http://okf.fi/candidate-for-2018

Big thanks and hugs to everyone who has served on our board in our first 5 years!!!