Board Positions

13 Dec 2007 - 1:56pm
8 years ago
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Greg Petroff

As a current board member and our treasurer I want to encourage everyone
to consider joining the board, especially colleagues from outside the
US. Board membership is a great experience.

With the help of this growing community we are trying to build a home
for the development of the discipline and a place for each of us to
grow, network and learn.

Critical aspects for the next phase of development for IxDA are maturing
to a level where we have successful transitions in leadership and that
we include ideas and voices from around the planet.

Please consider joining us!


-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces at
[mailto:discuss-bounces at] On Behalf Of
Elizabeth Bacon
Sent: Thursday, Dec 13, 2007 10:06 AM
To: Interaction_Designers
Subject: [IxDA Discuss] (no subject)

Dear IxDA constituency,

The IxDA Board is seeking energetic, motivated candidates for several
open Board positions starting in early 2008. The Board comprises nine
volunteers. There are presently four executive positions: President,
Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, each of whom are elected
from among the Board members. The remaining Board members are
Directors. Each Board member serves for a two-year term, and turnover
is staggered so that 4 or 5 members carry over every year. We
recently instituted a consecutive two-term limit (but after one term
off the Board, an individual is eligible to rejoin).

IxDA Board members have some common responsibilities, including:

* Contributing a minimum of 3 hours (but often 5) per week to
IxDA business
* Attending monthly conference calls
* Participating actively in Board discussions and votes (via
email and online forums)
* Contributing financially to IxDA during fund-raising events
* Attending the annual Board retreat (which may involve expenses
on the order of several hundred dollars but may alternately be paid
by the organization)

Additionally, Board members are expected to chair or join committees
for various initiatives, so they are positioned to become leaders in
the field. Today's initiatives range from support of local groups to
technology infrastructure development & brand stewardship to
conference planning to...your favorite cause that advances the
profession of interaction design!

We hope you will consider applying for a Board member position! Being
an IxDA Board member is a rewarding experience on many levels.
Extensive networking opportunities abound, and you garner increased
visibility within the community. If you have any questions about the
role, please don't hesitate to write us with your questions at board-

If you are interested in applying, please send your responses to all
of the questions below to: board-app(at)ixda(dot)org before December
28, 2007. In this application, we're looking for some background
information about yourself and your professional history, as well as
learning about your positions regarding IxDA. During the application
process, a committee of Board members will review all submissions.
Final candidates will be chosen by majority vote of the full Board.
(Please note that your application for Board membership is construed
as understanding and acceptance of the Board member responsibilities
listed above.) We intend to invite candidates to join the Board on or
around January 15, 2008, and announce the new Board at our
Interaction 08 conference in Savannah on February 8-10, 2008. If
you're chosen, your presence at this conference is strongly
encouraged (but not mandated) since it will be an invaluable time to
forge connections with the rest of the Board and the organization as
a whole.

Reply soon!!


Director, IxDA


Background Information

Your name:
Your email address:
Your telephone number:
Your location:

Years of professional experience:
Current employer:
Job title:
What does your title really mean:

Are you affiliated with any other design or HCI organizations?
If so, in what capacity?

Have you previously been affiliated with any other design or HCI
If so, in what capacity?

When and how did you first get involved with IxDA?

Have you previously volunteered for IxDA?
If so, in what capacity and whom did you work with?

Position Statements

Please let us know in detail why you want to be a Board member of IxDA:

How would you express the special value of IxDA, especially compared
to related groups?

What is your vision for IxDA?

As a Board member, how would you plan on making your vision a reality?

If you'd like to add anything else to support your application for
Board membership, please do so here:


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14 Dec 2007 - 9:17am
Dave Malouf

As probably the longest standing board member here, I thought I'd
join in Greg's testimonial thread here and place my own thoughts out

Being a leader of this nascent organization has been a ton of hard
work, but has always been a labor of joy and has returned its value

I put in hours (way more than the 3 required) a week into IxDA,
especially now with the conference looming. Here's what I have
gotten from this experience over the last 4 years.

Visibility in the design community, which has opened me up to
positions professionally that I could not have had occur without this
visibility. It's a very different world when people come to you
instead of you trying to track them down. My career has sky rocketed
over the last 4 years.

The education I've received from this community should be
accredited. Whether it is from the list, from face-to-face groups, or
the many mentors (more on this) I have learned so much about design,
design management, research, etc.

Access to all types of mentors has just been tremendous. It is the
primary reason I got into "this biz" and it is probably the most
successful outcome for me.

But there is more than the selfish; there is the altruistic. I am
deeply passionate about interaction design. Forget for a moment all
the politicking around titles, organizations and education systems
and what-not. I deeply believe that interaction design is THE design
discipline of this century that more than any other will space our
lives and worlds. This is why I have devoted so much of myself into
leading and growing this organization. I have always thought big
about what and where IxD can do and I have always thought big about
IxDA's role in how to make that happen.

The journey is just at its very early beginning, and there is so much
to do and we need dedicated impassioned individuals to take us there:
* Codifying our practice
* Creating an eco-system of career development from education through
management including viable continuing ed.
* creating a lexicon of semantics and syntax
* creating venues for more opportunity for sharing, networking, and
* bridging the divide that still today we have through language and
distance that keeps practitioners apart from one another

and a host more ...

There is so much to do and so much to be gained.

-- dave

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14 Dec 2007 - 10:23am
Bernie Monette

I am interested-what do I do?


Bernie Monette

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14 Dec 2007 - 1:04pm
Dave Malouf

For those that didn't see Liz' initial message Here is the cross
link back there:

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