Hi everyone. As you might be aware, there has been some concerns raised on this forum over the last week about the current status of OpenMRS, including the current and future direction of leadership and more importantly, the community’s organizational culture.
In response to these concerns, I wanted to share some updates on our proposed operational model around leadership that has developed over the past few weeks. This model entails identifying an operational lead to support the day to day actions of the OpenMRS community, what I believe to be a critical role in our community’s future. While we are actively searching for someone to fill this role over the long run, Terry Cullen has agreed to serve as the interim Community Operational Lead. I will work in a supportive capacity to her.
For those of you who haven’t met @terry, she is an absolute gem of an individual who has had over 30 years experience as a clinician with a focus on underserved populations… and has had multiple significant real world experiences in developing large scale health informatics organizations. We are lucky to have her as an integral leader of our community, and I hope you’ll join me in doing whatever you can to help support her success in that role.
I also wanted to talk about “organizational culture”. In particular, recent concerns have been highlighted in posts like these. These thoughtful posts are not being taken lightly by anyone within the community leadership, and we want to further open the dialogue here if there’s interest. As such, we would like to invite all OpenMRS community members to participate in one of our upcoming one hour Town Hall meetings on Monday @ 9am ET (1pm UTC) and 1pm ET (5pm UTC). This forum will consist of a 10-15 min update to the community and 45-50 min of open space to talk about topics on the minds of community members. We plan to host this Town Hall on the Uberconfernence voice conferencing system but will also be monitoring IRC for those unable to communicate through the phone line. We know that there have been concerns about transparency and lack of access to information. We hope that these town halls will help address some of those concerns. We look forward to connecting with you next week and thereafter on a quarterly basis.
Please feel free to respond here if you have additional thoughts… and we hope to see you soon at the town hall. More logistics information will be hosted here shortly.