sorry for crossposting, but I think this job add is worth spreading
throughout the whole movement – and beyond. So please feel free to
forward it to any friend, village pump, mailing list or social media
site of your choice.
For reference, you can find the ad here:
Thanks a lot and best regards,
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Markus Glaser <markus.glaser(a)wikimedia.de>
Date: 26 January 2013 16:49
Subject: [Chapters] Job offer: Secretary-General for Chapters Association
To: Wikimedia Chapters general discussions <chapters(a)wikimedia.ch>
after a long period of discussions and clarifications, we are now
finally starting our search for a Secretary-General to serve the
Please distribute to following text to as many of your contacts,
mailing-lists and networks as possible.
Thank you very much,
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
The Chapters Association (CA) will be an umbrella organization for
Wikimedia chapters established in various regions around the world.
The association represents the common interests of those chapters
within the Wikimedia movement.
One of its goals is to set, review and enforce standards of
accountability and participation among its members. The association
will facilitate the exchange of experiences, ideas, and knowledge
between chapters and assist them in their organizational development
and to develop common programs and projects.
To enhance external communication, coordinate the Wikimedia movement
and represent its chapters on official occasions, CA is looking for an
experienced and motivated person to become the full-time
of the Chapters Association.
CA is incorporated in Geneva, however depending on your place of
residence a relocation might not be necessary.
The Secretary-General is to be head of the CA´s Secretariat as defined
by the CA´s charter. The Secretariat performs the executive powers of
the Association. The Secretary-General will be elected by the Council.
The other Members of the Secretariat are appointed by the
Secretary-General, with the consent of the Council. The Secretariat
reports to the Council on the Association's activities and has the
right to submit proposals for Council resolutions.
She/He will be responsible for:
Defining the organizational structure, publishing job offers and
hiring the officers of the secretariat;
Building the strategic plan for the association;
Assuring the financial stability of the organization;
Coordinating between all association members;
Building annual program plans to achieve the CA mission;
Handling all formal administrative tasks including finance,
communications, legal and technical;
and preparing the assemblies of the CA council.
Desired personal traits
Leader – the selected Secretary-General will have to build the
organization from its earliest stages according to the outlines set by
the CA council.
Administrator – some of the tasks of the Secretary-General would be of
administrative nature. She/He would have to write detailed program
plans, review by-laws, financial reports, program plans and program
reports of other organizations.
Excellent communication skills – one of the the Secretary-General's
primary tasks would be to communicate with member chapters. Those
chapters are dispersed in different regions of the worlds representing
various cultural habits. The selected Secretary-General would have to
be multi-culturally-minded to work effectively with these partners.
Willing and able to travel world-wide.
Proven experience with building and managing a large diverse organization.
Comfortable working with people at all levels of the organization,
including community members and volunteers.
Experience in other like-minded/ international/ volunteer-driven/
non-profit/ peer-review-driven organizations would be considered as an
The ideal candidate will be hard-working, creative, highly-motivated,
and able to operate and effectively manage multiple cultural contexts,
time-zones and expectations
Incredible diplomatic problem-solving skills in an international
environment as well as the ability to deal comfortably and efficiently
with ambiguity and an ever changing environment
Must be fluent in English; skill in other languages would be
considered as an advantage.
Great to have
Experience within the Wikimedia movement. However, according to CA´s
charter a Member of the Secretariat cannot be a Council Member or hold
a position in a Chapter or in the Wikimedia Foundation.
Love working with a highly collaborative, consensus oriented environment
Competitive salary package. Please send your cover letter, full CV,
salary expectations and at least two references in one .pdf file to:
In case of any questions, please also use email and the address given above.
Publication date: 26.01.2013 - Application deadline: 15.02.2013
Seat and postal address: Wikimedia Switzerland, 8008 Zurich
Office: Wikimedia CH, Escaliers du Marché 2, CH-1003 Lausanne
Chapters mailing list
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Obentrautstr. 72 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. +49 30 219158 26-0
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg
unter der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das
Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/681/51985.
If you are an ally and want to help with this, it would be great for you
to reach out to more WOC and QPOC in free software and free culture to
join the group! Please forward widely
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From: Students for Free Culture <webleader+rss-bot(a)freeculture.org>
Date: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Subject: [FC-discuss] Announcing the Empowermentors Collective: a group
for women of color and queer people of color
_This has been cross-posted at the Free Software Foundation blog
The [Empowermentors Collective] is a new space by and for women of
color and queer people of color within free software and free culture.
We recognize the need to address deep-seated cultural norms within the
free software and free culture communities which, under the guise of
openness, have excused and perpetuated alienating behavior. It is
imperative that we acknowledge that there are systemic structures of
control embedded in our society which permeate our movement. Refusing to
do so in an effort to compartmentalize and focus on our own goals is
detrimental to our success. We cannot afford to be an inward-facing
To expose and undo this culture of exclusion, we would like to support
the recently established Empowermentors Collective, a community for
intersectionally marginalized identities. This type of intentional space
also opens up the potential for much needed coalition building and
advances our own understanding of how technology and media are
inseparable from our experiences and ourselves, our bodies.
As [the description] reads:
> The Empowermentors Collective is a skillshare, activism, and
discussion network by and for women of color and queer people of color.
We are a group of community members with a strong commitment to
furthering free software and free culture through an intersectionally
marginalized lens and making a more welcoming space out of these
communities. We therefore necessarily also work against and do not
tolerate oppression in all its forms: ableism, racism, cissexism,
heterosexism, sexism, classism, etc.
> The Empowermentors Collective strives to be an affirming and safer
space for people with disabilities, people of color, women, and people
self-identified as queer or LGBT.
> We are called Empowermentors because we focus on education and
encourage participants to host workshops and skillshares geared towards
intersectionally marginalized identities.
> * We maintain a safer space for marginalized identity groups.
> * We address issues of oppression within the free software and free
> * We equip each other with skills and knowledge of free software and
> * We file, catalog, and help solve bugs related to race, gender, and
accessibility in free software projects.
> * We take on mentorship positions and run targeted workshops,
classes, and skillshares.
Students for Free Culture and the Free Software Foundation are proud to
support this effort to identify, expose, and confront crucial issues
within our communities; to bridge our movement with our contemporaries
in the critical intersectional analysis of oppression, hierarchy, and
domination; and to develop our own philosophy at the cutting-edge of
feminist, queer, critical race, and cyborg theory.
If you are a woman of color or queer person of color in the free
software or free culture community and are interested in being a part of
the Empowermentors Collective, please [join the mailing list] and the
#empowermentors IRC channel on freenode. If you are an ally to these
issues, please help spread the word!
Discuss mailing list
Campaigns Organizer, Free Software Foundation: www.fsf.org
Board of Directors, Students for Free Culture: www.freeculture.org
Blog: http://thesilentnumber.me - StatusNet Microblog:
Email: kxra(a)fsf.org - SMS: +1.617.340.3661
Jabber/XMPP: kxra(a)fsf.org - IRC: kxra @freenode @oftc @indymedia
I wanted to share my report about the WikiWomen's Collaborative with
you. It's a project I developed as a way to engage and build community
around experienced and potential women editors and contributors to
Wikimedia projects. My fellowship ends this week, and I'll be writing a
blog about my experience. But, please do know: I am so grateful to
everyone who has been involved in the past year. Just knowing I had a
community of people to come to really means a lot - it's been an
emotional and remarkable experience. I'll be writing a more formal blog
about the past year, soon.
Here are my report:
The highlight for me is seeing that women involved in the Collaborative
started editing more than ever in September - the same time when the
You can also find the main page for my fellowship here:
I hope you'll join us in the project and get involved:
I am moving back to volunteer status in regards to my gender gap work. I
am still doing public speaking, presentations and all the stuff that
goes with spreading word about the importance of women's involvement.
But, please do remember: I'm a volunteer again and have three jobs :)
If you're curious as to what I'm up to right now:
-I'm serving as US OpenGLAM Coordinator for the Open Knowledge Foundation
-I'm doing a Wikipedian in Residency at the World Digital Library
-I also run my own consulting firm where I work with public and private
clients around the world doing museum curatorial work, marketing,
I'm also hoping I can do some more projects with Wikimedia, so we'll see!!
Thank you again for all of the support this list has given me. I am
*/Museumist and open culture advocate/*
>>Visit sarahstierch.com <http://sarahstierch.com><<
Can you believe Wikipedia Community Fellow and first Smithsonian
Wikipedian-in-residence Sarah Stierch didn't have a Wikipedia
biography until today?
It's only my second article creation, and I could use some help
expanding it from a stub if you have some time to contribute!
Thanks for all your hard work, Sarah,
Increasing the participation of women in open technology and culture
A lady down under has started her own "Wikipedia about New Zealand".
Wiki web to satisfy Kiwi curiosity
If knowledge is power then Lillian Grace's new website - WikiNewZealand.org
- will put power in the hands of ordinary Kiwis.
The concept - which is supported by crowd funding - was seeded a year ago
when the former New Zealand Institute research associate and physical
education teacher sat down under a Hawke's Bay tree to think out her next
hobby. She came up with a Kiwi version of Wikipedia.
Grace hopes her not-for-profit hub of information - mostly data and
statistics represented as graphs and infographics - will, like the globally
recognised online encyclopedia, become a universal resource for students,
business people, politicians and ordinary citizens alike.
The data on Wiki New Zealand won't be coloured by ideological viewpoints,
or undergo endless revisions, as occurs on Wikipedia; its main aim is to be
an unfettered source of information for rational debate, whether it is used
to settle a bar bet or to inform a submission to a select committee.
Tonight I'm hosting a #wikiparty at my house, inspired by Siko's recent
blog post. A few of us decided to use the hashtag #wikiparty in
regards to the event, and similar events we do in the future.
So....whether you're partying with friends...or editing alone (with your
favorite beverage of choice!) come join us on Twitter tonight (around 6
And if you do have your own gatherings, let's try to make the fun of a
Wikipedia party go viral - #wikiparty!!! :)
(Or whatever you prefer in your own language!)
Talk to you on Twitter tonight :)
*/Wikimedia Foundation Community Fellow/*
>>Mind the gap! Support Wikipedia women's outreach: donate today
I have read this list with great care. I am a senior faculty member in what
used to be a library school but is now an iSchool. Most of our new hires
have been men who try very hard to pretend that the librarian legacy is
disappearing. In my classes (one is the History of Libraries) my students
are 60% female. All of my assignments are to edit and contribute
to Wikipedia from the scholarship students uncover in archives and local
histories. 35 years ago I chaired the American Library Association
Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship--baffled that a field of
women was dominated by men. It was a long effort to isolate factors that
resulted in status differential but the factors were 1)publishing;
2) professional involvement; 3) willingness to relocate.
So, the issue of women's opportunity for full participation continues. I
will do my best to encourage women to be involved in Wikipedia and thus
help to broaden the perspective. Reading this list has been very
inspirational. In the past ten years my efforts to edit in Wikipedia were
very discouraging in spite of a doctoral degree in my subject field. I know
there were many nameless boys delighting in destruction. I have completely
given up trying to post images as the image watchers delight in making this
near to impossible even if one is trying to upload one's own pictures. The
cover of a journal I edit, that is in the commons that I had full editorial
board approval to upload has never been allowed. But a boy in pajamas beat
me every time
This group has shown that that is so and must be fought--before I
encountered this group I was more and more discouraged. Don't back down.
Kathleen de la Peña McCook, Librarian
On Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 3:47 AM, Sarah Stierch <sarah.stierch(a)gmail.com>wrote:
> Don't we know by now not to read the comment sections? ;)
> I gave that up a while ago. If I read the comment sections I would have
> quit my fellowship months ago and given up the fight.
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Jan 25, 2013, at 12:32 AM, Ole Palnatoke Andersen <ole(a)palnatoke.org>
> I thought of sharing the article, but then I read the comment. :-(
> On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 6:36 PM, Sarah Stierch <sarah.stierch(a)gmail.com>wrote:
>> Myself and Joseph Reagle were interviewed by the Daily Dot about the
>> gender gap.
>> You can read it here:
>> Probably one of my favorite articles thus far about the gender gap.
>> Beware, dorky photograph of yours truly at the top, so if you haven't had
>> your coffee this morning it'll surely startle you. ;)
>> *Sarah Stierch*
>> *Museumist and open culture advocate*
>> >>Visit sarahstierch.com <http://sarahstierch.com><<
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