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Fedora Council Charter
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The Fedora Council is our top-level community leadership and governance body. It is responsible for stewardship of the Fedora Project as a whole, and supports the health and growth of the Fedora Community.
The Council is composed of a mix of representatives from different areas of the project, named roles appointed by Red Hat, and a variable number of seats connected to medium-term project goals. Decisions are made by a *consensus process*, in which we work together as a common team to find shared solutions and address concerns, with a focus on giving voice rather than on balance of power.
The Council is ultimately accountable for the Fedora Project as a whole, and is responsible for providing advice to and oversight of other Fedora governance bodies and teams as needed.
Responsibilities
The Council is responsible for issues of strategic importance for Fedora that require leadership and coordination across the various teams and subprojects to achieve.
*Its primary role is to identify the short, medium, and long term goals
of the Fedora community and to organize and enable the project to best
achieve them.* This is done in consultation with the entire Fedora
community through transparent, public discussion.
The Council *governs Fedora's financial resources*, working with our sponsor(s) to establish an annual budget allocated to support Fedora initiatives, including Fedora Ambassadors, Fedora-managed events, and other activities which advance the project's goals.
The Council also decides on issues regarding use of the Fedora *trademarks*, is responsible for final *arbitration of complaints* related to project policies and for *settling disputes* escalated from other committees or subgroups, and may handle *sensitive legal or personnel issues* which require research and discussion to protect the interests of the Fedora Project or its sponsor(s).
Making Decisions
Consensus decision-making aims to be:
*Agreement Seeking:* A consensus decision-making process attempts to help everyone get what they need.
*Collaborative:* Participants contribute to a shared proposal and shape it into a decision that meets the concerns of all group members as much as possible.
*Cooperative:* Participants in an effective consensus process should strive to reach the best possible decision for the group and all of its members, rather than competing for personal preferences.
*Egalitarian:* All members of a consensus decision-making body should be afforded, as much as possible, equal input into the process. All members have the opportunity to present, and amend proposals.
*Inclusive:* As many stakeholders as possible should be involved in the consensus decision-making process.
*Participatory:* The consensus process should actively solicit the input and participation of all decision-makers
— from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consensus_decision-making#Objectives[Wikipedia on Consensus decision-making]
Many basic decisions are made through a process known as “*lazy approval*”, in which general consent is assumed unless valid objections are raised within a period of time — generally three to seven days, although the timeframe should be stated each time and should be proportionate to the impact of the action. This process is used for decisions with short-term consequences and which can be easily reversed. Any project member can ask for the deadline to be extended or the decision escalated to require full consensus.