Short notice, but the Wikimedia Foundation's CPTO, Selena Deckelmann, will
be hosting a gathering for local staff and community this Thursday.
Location: Rose City Book Pub, 1329 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212
Day and time: September 29, 3-5:30pm
Please let me know if you're interested in attending. :)
Janna Layton (she/her)
Administrative Specialist - Product Department
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
Dear Cascadian Wikimedians,
I'm Ziski from the Global Advocacy & Public Policy team. I wanted to personally invite you to our first-ever monthly conversation hour since I saw that your group has a section dedicated to "activist organizations" on your Meta page! The call is on July 1 at 16h EST. All information you need to participate is on this Meta page .
The agenda is split between a dedicated theme for the month and whatever items you wish to cover. This month we will share some of our work on disinformation. There is no set agenda for the second half of the call - feel free to add your item to the list of topics in the etherpad . Come and talk to us! Ask us anything, or tell us anything, related to public policy and advocacy initiatives for free knowledge online. For example:
* You want to learn more about our team and our current initiatives
* You would like to share a policy development or advocacy campaign idea and would like to get feedback or support
* You have questions about a specific WMF policy priority or development
Hope to see you there... or at the next one!
Ziski, on behalf of the Global Advocacy team
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From: Andrew Lih <andrew(a)andrewlih.com>
Date: Fri, Oct 22, 2021 at 3:25 PM
Subject: [Wikimediaus-l] REMINDER: Voting for Movement Charter Drafting
Committee open until October 24, 2021
To: Wikimedians Active in Local Regions of the United States (WALRUS) <
Community voting to fill 7 of the 15 seats of the Movement Charter Drafting
Committee (MCDC) is open and runs until the end of Sunday, October 24,
2021. This is a very important group that will help draft a charter for the
Wikimedia Movement that will undergo community feedback and eventual
Basic information about the MCDC is here:
An "election compass" was created as a Q&A system to help voters evaluate
how well the candidate's views matched their own. That official site is
Voting happens with single transferable vote (SVT) using SecurePoll here
until October 24:
That is the base information. However, I am including more practical
knowledge and wisdom from various sources. Why? There are 70 candidates for
7 seats. If that sounds daunting, you are correct. There has been
widespread concern that the average voter cannot meaningfully evaluate the
Therefore, here are some of the best practices and resources so far. These
are all publicly available tools and content, but I am highlighting them
here for the benefit of the community.
A table of all the candidates, locales, languages, and basic
information. This was gleaned from the original candidate statements but is
more easily viewable (and sortable) in table form.
Browse the full election compass results with this tool (full
disclosure, it was created by one of the candidates, but it faithfully
reports the compass answers in a different format). I would recommend
browsing all the questions, but these specifically show the widest range of
responses: 1, 6, 11, 24, 34, 45, 92
A user perspective of how to navigate the election process from longtime
Wikimedian Lodewijk Gelauff, posted on Facebook and publicly readable even
without an account.
- Andrew (User:Fuzheado)
Wikimediaus-l mailing list -- wikimediaus-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org
To unsubscribe send an email to wikimediaus-l-leave(a)lists.wikimedia.org
Dear Cascadia Wikimedians,
The 2021 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees election is coming soon,
this is the time when four seats of the Board of Trustees are elected. In
September the Board is expected to appoint its new members.
The Board has asked us, the Board Election Facilitation Team, to take care
that all communities in the movement are aware of the elections. With the
help of more than 70 election volunteers from all over the world, we are
reaching out to many communities already.
A major step in this is having as many candidates as possible running for
the Board, especially from underrepresented groups. That is why we are
getting to you: we ask for your support and help about that very matter.
The Call for Candidates is up now and we would kindly ask you to provide
the announcement along your channels - newsletters, blogs, wikis, mailings
and community platforms as the final week of it is starting today.
The announcement is here:
Many translations are already available, if one suits your needs, please
feel free to pick it up. In case a translation is not available, incomplete
or not sufficient, we would appreciate you fixing it. If you are doing a
new translation, please feel free to do it on meta, so the landing page is
available in your language.
Though we do not expect this to take more than an hour, we know that we are
asking a lot. Be assured, that we would not do this if it weren’t for our
wish to make all communities a part of this as much as they deserve. We
hope that you can agree on its importance and would be glad to hear from
Facilitator, Movement Strategy and Governance
*English language communities and Meta-Wiki*
Would you like to get more people taking part in the Wikimedia Foundation’s
Board of Trustees election?
The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees announced the plan for the 2021
That plan includes outreach and communication support for the Board
elections. The Board election facilitators will:
- Inform communities of the trustee selection process
- Invite communities to engage in voting
- Encourage people representing emerging Wikimedia communities to run as
Voter turnout in prior elections was about 10% globally. It was better in
communities with volunteer election support. Some of those communities
reached over 20% voter turnout. We know we can get more voters to help
assess and promote the best candidates, but to do that, we need your help.
We are looking for volunteers to serve as Election Volunteers. Election
Volunteers should have a good understanding of their communities. The
facilitation team sees Election Volunteers as doing the following:
- Promote the election in their communities’ channels
- Organize discussions about the election in their communities
- Translate messages for their communities
*Who are the Election Volunteers to connect your community with this
movement effort? Is it you? Or someone you know?* *Check out more details
about Election Volunteers*
add your name next to the community you will support in this table
or get in contact with a facilitator
We aim to have at least one Election Volunteer for Wiki Projects in the top
30 for eligible voters. Even better if there are two or more sharing the
Board Election Facilitator
*English language and Meta-Wiki*
I am reaching out because the Call for Feedback for the
community-and-affiliate board seats officially began today and runs through
March 14.  We are offering multiple channels for questions and feedback.
With the help of a team of community facilitators, we are organizing
multiple conversations with multiple groups in multiple languages.
On February 2 we have three options for office hours. 
2021-02-02 at 12:00 UTC
2021-02-02 at 18:00 UTC
2021-02-02 at 23:00 UTC
Access links will be available 15 minutes before each session.
Please let me know if you would like to schedule another time for your
community or group to provide feedback.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Communication Facilitator, Board Governance
*English language communities and Meta*