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Sep 08, 2009: The curation candidates

They're all wonderful candidates, and naturally it's hard to chose.

So I voted for the candidates that are not going to try to change the way that information architects think, or are thought of by the outside world. That's not something a small board can do. Ever.

Instead, I voted for the people who seem most likely to build and maintain the community's infrastructure to enable more bottom-up work to succeed. I want the Information Architecture Institute to help information architects and fellow travelers to engage with each other, and provide them with supporting tools and resources so they can accomplish Big Ideas that serve the community.

Top-down efforts are so limited and limiting, and a board is only in place for a short while. So it's better for the board to invest its top-down energy in tuning and improving the infrastructure that is the IAI, and keeping it flexible and responsive to the community's needs, rather than attempting to make the IAI a platform to execute their own plans. At the end of the day (or a two-year term), it doesn't really matter how good or noble those plans are, if they won't scale.

So let's vote for people who can curate the community's Big Ideas, rather than espouse their own.

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Comment: John (Sep 8, 2009)

It was very difficult to vote this year due to the amount of blatant lobbying and biased persuasion that was especially on Twitter and the social web.
We had to put up with current board members telling their followers who to vote for which is not professional by any means.

Comment: Lou (Sep 8, 2009)

Hmmm... Haven't come across much lobbying, though I wouldn't fault anyone for asking their colleagues for their votes. And though I basically agree with you about board members endorsing individuals publicly, the democratic process is always a bit ugly.

Sausage, anyone?

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