Call for nominations 2014-2016 IxDA Board of Directors

4 Jun 2013 - 10:55pm
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Steve Baty

The Interaction Design Association (IxDA) is accepting nominations to the 2014-2016 IxDA Board of Directors. As a volunteer-led and supported organization with no paid membership and largely virtual operations, IxDA relies on leadership emerging directly from the global community. We are seeking highly motivated and passionate individuals, ready to shape and guide the organization in furthering IxDA's goals and mission. Nominations will be accepted until Sunday, June 30, 2013, at 11:59 pm EST.

About IxDA
Chartered as a not-for-profit entity in the United States, the Interaction Design Association is a global community focused on discussing and advancing the discipline of interaction design. The community of interest is growing at an amazing pace. This growth reflects the increasing importance of and attention given to interaction design worldwide. In its ten year history, IxDA has grown to 50,000+ members on, 50,000+ LinkedIn group members, and 145 IxDA local groups worldwide. 

The organizational mission the IxDA Board supports:
We believe that the human condition is increasingly challenged by poor experiences.  IxDA intends to improve the human condition by advancing the discipline of Interaction Design. To do this, we foster a community of people that choose to come together to support this intention. IxDA relies on individual initiative, contribution, sharing and self-organization as the primary means for us to achieve our goals.

About the IxDA Board of Directors
The IxDA Board of Directors is a six-person volunteer board comprising IxDA members who serve as leaders for IxDA globally. There is an amazing community of interest to tap into, and so much more we could be doing. We need your leadership and vision to keep the spirit of the organization alive and and support its ability to provide platforms for the community to gather on and advance the discipline of interaction design together.
Current members of the IxDA Board include Steve Baty (President and Secretary), Nick Gould (Vice President), MJ Broadbent (Treasurer), Matt Nish-Lapidus (Technology), Seamus Byrne (Events) and Kim Lenox (Local Groups).

The positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary have defined responsibilities according to IxDA's official incorporation as a not-for-profit entity. Officers are elected by vote of the Board -– incoming and outgoing – during the annual retreat.
Directors not holding officer roles are responsible for one or more major IxDA initiatives, such as platforms and technical infrastructure, events and programming initiatives, and global coordination of regional and local leaders. 

Open positions

There are two eligible Board positions open for the upcoming term.

  • Steve Baty will complete his term as President and Secretary and will retire from the board effective February 8, 2014.
  • MJ Broadbent will complete her term as Treasurer and will retire from the board effective February 8, 2014.

Nick Gould, Seamus Byrne, Kim Lenox and Matt Nish Lapidus have each expressed their intent to be considered for a second term.

Beginning this year, each new director's term is two and a half years with the opportunity to take on a second consecutive term. Current Board members who are willing to serve a second term must also complete the nomination process.

New directors selected to join the IxDA Board will serve a term from August 2013 through February 2016, including a six-month orientation with retiring officers, for 30-month commitment to IxDA. 

Roles and responsibilities
The director role requires the following commitment:

  • Average of 5 hours/week attending to IxDA business
  • Participation in a monthly Board meeting by teleconference
  • Active participation in supporting and achieving IxDA's strategic objectives
  • Accountable for leading at least one major initiative
  • Attend the Board of Director's annual mid-year retreat (travel & accommodation covered)
  • Attend the Board of Director's annual retreat at the Interaction conference (registration, travel & accommodation covered)

Key Dates

June 4: Call for nominations open
June 30: Nominations close
July 15: Current IxDA Board vote complete; new directors notified
Aug 10-12: Mid-year Board retreat in Amsterdam; new directors announced publicly

Feb 3-4: Annual Board retreat prior to Interaction14
Feb 8: New Board presented during Interaction14
Decision Process

At the close of the nomination period, the current Board will review all nominations and vote to fill the open positions. New Board members will be notified by Monday, July 15 and invited to attend the mid-year Board retreat August 10-12. A public announcement will be made at that time and the new Board in its entirety will be presented to the IxDA community during Interaction14.
Nominations will be accepted until Sunday, June 30, 2013, at 11:59 pm EST.
You may nominate yourself or someone else:

Do you have questions or feedback about the the nomination process or current Board?  
Please contact us here:

Kind regards,
Steve Baty

IxDA President

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