This "empowerment is the way you change the world" perspective is also one of the reasons I'm adamant about knocking down barriers to entry for the Python Software Foundation. Due to the origins of both it and the open source movement in general, the organisation has historically been very North America and Europe centric. Despite the close relationships between the AUSCANZUKUS quintet, just the time zone difference is enough to make that abundantly clear - under the old closed membership model, growing the PSF membership in Australia was incredibly difficult, let alone in countries where English wasn't the primary spoken language.
We're at least making progress on that front though. The board is up to four countries being represented (USA, Australia, Germany, India), albeit with the US still holding the majority of positions. We've also made the switch to an open membership model (although the associated liberalisation of the voting structure is a work in progress).
I honestly don't know what the end result of opening up the PSF organisational structure is going to be, but my hope is that it will allow it to grow into a truly global organisation. Regardless of what happens, though, I expect it's going to be an interesting journey