I am co-facilitating a part of that conversation, on how we define governance. My special focus is what all of this means in the field, to people who actually are serving on nonprofit boards. As someone whose feet dangle in both worlds, I pretty much know that a "real world" perspective on what boards are doing and facing would be an immensely valuable thing and an important contribution to the conversation.
I have a lot of good feedback from several wonderful consultant friends who responded to earlier queries. But I really need more data from board members (current or former) and executive directors who work with and support boards. Here's the two-part question:
- How do/did you learn to be a board member (what kinds information about the job were shared, how were you oriented, who provided the information/experience, etc.) and
- How was the job defined for you (what were the essential tasks described, what were the qualifications, etc.)?
Please share your thoughts in a comment to this post. I'll take them to Canada with me, to help provide a "real world" understanding of how we learn to govern.