We should be accountable to the community that we pupport to represent. This is key to getting more engagement from existing members of the community and being a credible organisation that can represent them if we need to.
I am not sure about the "representation" of people. Possibly this seems slightly like legal speak to me. Certainly that it would act in the best interest of the community, but more as a loosely bound collective rather than a legal entity?
I would think that the suggested organisation would in fact be a legal entity and that it would have a mandate from its members (the Drupal UK community) to act on their behalf within the framework of the mandate. And in doing so, the organisation would represent the community with respect to the agreed duties (and parameters) in the mandate and would also be accountable to the community.
Setting up the organisation would be a legal process and would need legal documentation that may need to specify the function of the organisation. We would need to clearly define its role and thereore probably can't avaoid legal speak.
Hope you agree,
Representation, or co-ordination of collective action? That's a big basic question for any organisation and I suspect that some of the community will be horizontalists that won't want a hierarchical organisation claiming to represent them even when they are opposed to the majority view.
Is representation even necessary? Representation to whom?
If the association is to in any way represent the community, and for it to have the support of the community, it needs to be accountable to the community.
I think that's a basic tenet of any association.
I agree with you. it needs to be accountable to the community.