I am never surprised when one or more of you offers insights so much better than mine. The following is one of those,
"This is not complicated.
There is no shared purpose, therefore no alignment of human and financial resources to accomplish anything. And it is this way because those with capacity to influence the direction of JFNA choose not to use it -- they want it this way.
Plain and simple.
If they wanted a powerhouse entity that brought the federated world together to identify what to do together and how to do it, it would be so.
It is time to do one or both of the following:
1. Enforce the rules of membership in JFNA, and be prepared to lose federations who fail/refuse. Make it the coalition of the willing, and start to get stuff done.
2. Determine once and for all the JFNA is a trade association; not a strategic leader for the federations, not an organization with an interest of its own. But an organization that does those things where the economies of scale work to the benefit of the communities. Human resources, information technology, communications/marketing, certain purchasing (like software rights) for example. Maybe the DC office. This isn't meant to be exhaustive, just a sample.
Oh, and still enforce the rules or you're out." The chances of this leadership making this happen are sadly...nil. Rwexler