> Date: Fri, 2 May 2014 07:57:15 -0300
> From: Everton Zanella Alvarenga <everton.alvarenga(a)okfn.org>
> To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you!
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> 2014-05-02 4:56 GMT-03:00 David Cuenca <dacuetu(a)gmail.com>:
>> On Fri, May 2, 2014 at 2:39 AM, Lila Tretikov <lila(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
>>> I've been warned that joining the Wikimedia movement
>>> is a bit like drinking from a firehose, and so I'd consider myself, right
>>> now, to be excited, curious, optimistic, and just a tiny little bit
>> Actually it is more like this :-)
> This video should be at WMF job positions page!
> Welcome, Lila!
> I wish you lots of patience. An old message I sent here I recommend:
> Warm regards from Brazil.
> Do vstrechi,
David, thank you. That video is right on target. I can't decide if I should laugh or sigh.
Tom, that's an intriguing idea, and it's good to hear from you.
out of the experiences of creating 50 chapters, and the recent
frustrated feedback from persons involved in the creation of new
chapters, e.g. belgium and ghana, could we please find a simple and
effective way to organize the chapters creation process? existing
chapters not meeting the requirements have 3 years to adjust their
target and purpose of chapters:
chapters match a country as defined by the league of nations defined
in 1939 and reaffirmed by the united nations in 1945 , to follow
local jurisdiction. they are membership organizations.
requirements to be a chapter in the bylaws:
* support the mission of the wmf
* be a membership organization, i.e. the highest body is
the assembly of members
* be a member must be possible for everybody who
contributes (i.e. edits, writes software used by wmf projects)
at zero cost (or low cost, e.g. price of one meal?)
* meet the tax exemption criteria. justification needed
if not possible, reviewed regularly.
* an audit committee, consisting of members, who are also
allowed to seek professional help
this means chapters can created within days, not years. the rules are
clear right from the beginning. measures are already in place if
something goes wrong.
* creating a chapter is possible immediately one
finds the legal minimum number of contributors in a
country, most of the time 2 or 3.
* the bylaw requirements guarantee contributors can
easily join any time and no lockout can happen.
negative example: german football federation,
allowing a red bull club (rb leipzig) with 7 members, exorbitant
membership fee, existing rb leipzig board decides who can
* proper names may be used immediately, current negative
example: "planning wikimedia ghana" registers facebook, and
other social accounts with a temporary name to gather
people. the risk is that it is "planning" forever. later change
of such accounts is nearly impossible without breaking history.
* bank accounts with limited liability are used immediately,
allowing to properly pursue misuse in local jurisdiction. negative
example: kenya, where money disappeared from a
* the bylaw requirements allow the inclusion or lockout of people
not contributing at the chapters discretion. example: germany,
switzerland allowing persons and even legal entities to become
* it allows to organize itself in some federal way within a country,
at the discretion of a chapter.
* it guarantees to have the highest level of local jurisdiction control
by meeting tax exemption criteria. examples: germany, uk.
there critieria are in place which can be fulfilled, austria. criteria
exist what cannot be matched, but discussions are ongoing to
change the law.
* initial signing of policies and contracts with the wmf is not required.
using trademarks without approval is easily controlled by established
procedures (legal, fdc, etc). the movement is used to deal with
people and organizations trying to do that every day, in many
* "contributing" is easily and globally defined by commits, and edits,
as currently used for elections 
* no block is there by enforcing auditing costs, as well preventing a
chapters board to "appoint a best friend auditing firm". negative
examples: enron, which was audited by arthur anderson, and
anyway exploded. positive examples: wmf, using volunteers and
kpmg, most chapters.
* there is no different treatment of newborn chapters, chapters with
experienced boards, and chapters who just changed the whole board.
A gentle note from one of your moderators .....
Please when writing to the list: only quote (or repeat) what is
necessary. There is no need to repeat the entire conversation - We have
all seen it before!
The etc. part:
There are some useful guidelines at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines Please read
I want to thank you all for the best wishes you've expressed since the
announcement. I am very excited to be joining you as the new Executive
Director of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Let me tell you why I'm joining.
Like everyone, I've been a Wikipedia reader for years. I use it to get
background on events in the news, to look up quick facts and satisfy my
curiosity, and to better understand the world around me, every day. My
nine year old son, like many children around him, has grown up with
Wikipedia as his native resource for knowledge. It is incredible.
But I also realize that as an educated person living in a rich part of the
world, I have access to a wide range of information resources. That's not
true for everyone. For people who are less economically fortunate, or who
live in parts of the world where access to information is heavily
constrained, Wikipedia is even more critical. It is an utterly unique
resource that opens possibilities for more equitable and open world.
That's why I want to work for the Wikimedia Foundation: to help grow the
availability of free, unbiased information for everyone around the world,
in their own language, unimpeded by censorship or other forms of
interference. It's a colossal mission and I am glad and humbled to be
playing a leadership role in helping to achieve it.
I’m excited to bring my passion for building products that people love and
growing innovative, high-performing organizations to the Foundation. In
getting oriented I’ve done lots and lots of reading, and had some wonderful
conversations with Board members, Sue, and the C-level team. I met a lot of
staff today at the Metrics Meeting, and I'm hoping to meet them all before
the end of this month. I've been warned that joining the Wikimedia movement
is a bit like drinking from a firehose, and so I'd consider myself, right
now, to be excited, curious, optimistic, and just a tiny little bit daunted.
Thank you again for personally welcoming me to your incredible world. I
have been lucky to have had great opportunities to join with amazing people
on big quests. This is the largest quest and I am thrilled to be on it with
all of you. I want to extend my gratitude to Sue for the incredible work
she has done and all the time she has committed to help bring me on-board.
To all of you for your warm welcome. And my deepest thanks to the Wikimedia
Foundation Board of Trustees for giving me this extraordinary opportunity.
The next WMF metrics and activities meeting will take place on Thursday,
May 1, 2014 at 6 PM UTC (11 AM PDT). The IRC channel is #wikimedia-office
on irc.freenode.net and the meeting will be broadcast as a live YouTube
The current structure of the meeting is:
* Review of key metrics including the monthly report card, but also
specialized reports and analytic
* Review of financials
* Welcoming recent hires
* Brief presentations on recent projects, with a focus on highest priority
* Update and Q&A with the Executive Director, if available
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings for further
information about how to participate.
We'll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.
Executive Assistant to the VP of Engineering & Product Development
Dear fellow community members,
On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees I am delighted to announce that the new Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation will be Lila Tretikov. Lila is a widely respected Bay Area technology leader, most recently with SugarCRM.
As many of you know, about a year ago Sue Gardner announced she planned to step down as our ED. As we launched the search for her successor, we spent some time working through the most critical requirements for the role. We decided the new ED should be someone with a product/engineering background, ideally in an open-source or other online community context. We wanted someone experienced with organisations that were growing, who'd managed staff and budgets comparable to ours, and who had experience creating continuous delivery of technology improvements in an agile context. We wanted a person who is oriented towards collaboration, transparency and openness, with some experience with complex stakeholder environments, and with an international orientation. We knew we needed someone with courage and strong personal integrity, who wouldn't be intimidated by attempts to censor the projects.
Lila is precisely what we set out to find.
Lila was born in the Soviet Union and moved to the United States alone, as a teenager. She's been working for technology companies, primarily in open source, in the Bay Area for the past 15 years. In 1999 she started her career at Sun Microsystems. Shortly afterwards she founded GrokDigital, a technology and design company. She spent three years as senior director of development at Telespree, a company that provides cloud-based wireless data services for mobile carriers. For the past eight years, she was at SugarCRM, where she held positions of increasing responsibility as the organization grew, including being in charge of internal IT, marketing, customer support and professional services, engineering, and product development. She has a stellar reputation as a leader who is highly skilled, collaborative, open, passionate and curious.
We think Lila will be a terrific fit for the ED role. The Transition Team (Phoebe, Alice, Kat, Sue, Erik, Geoff, Gayle and I) voted unanimously to recommend her to the Board, and the Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation. She strikes all of us as smart, brave and unpretentious, and we believe she has the skills the WMF needs.
Lila is going to spend the next few weeks in learning-and-listening mode, and will take over the ED position from Sue at the end of the month. Her first priority will be to immerse herself in deepening her understanding of the Wikimedia projects.
I want to close this announcement by saying a heartfelt and deeply appreciative thanks to Sue, who has been the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation for the past seven years. When the Board and I hired Sue in 2007, we were just a chaotic little non-profit in small-town Florida, with a tiny staff and not much money. Over the past seven years, Sue's leadership has built the Foundation into an effective, well-funded and well-managed organisation, with integrity and a clear sense of purpose, and her steady and committed presence throughout the search process was integral in helping us come to this excellent result. We will be forever grateful for her leadership and vision, and I hope we can continue to rely on her support in the months and years ahead.
In June Sue will move into a new role as a special advisor to me and Lila. She'll also take a well-earned holiday, and maybe even a bit of a wiki-break, before beginning to think about what she's going to do next. Many of us will get a chance to see her in London, at Wikimania, in August.
The Wikimedia Foundation is delighted to have reached such a successful outcome to the search. My thanks to Lisa Grossman of m/Oppenheim for helping us with it, and I ask you to please join me in extending a warm welcome to Lila Tretikov, our new ED.
Jan-Bart de Vreede
Wikimedia Board of Trustees
Please note: all replies sent to this mailing list will be immediately directed to Wikimedia-l, the public mailing list of the Wikimedia community. For more information about Wikimedia-l:
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Thank you for joining us and for your message, Lila. Many of us have great hope for you and your work with us.
> Date: Thu, 1 May 2014 17:39:42 -0700
> From: Lila Tretikov <lila(a)wikimedia.org>
> To: wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org
> Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you!
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> Hi everyone,
> I want to thank you all for the best wishes you've expressed since the
> announcement. I am very excited to be joining you as the new Executive
> Director of the Wikimedia Foundation.
> Let me tell you why I'm joining.
> Like everyone, I've been a Wikipedia reader for years. I use it to get
> background on events in the news, to look up quick facts and satisfy my
> curiosity, and to better understand the world around me, every day. My
> nine year old son, like many children around him, has grown up with
> Wikipedia as his native resource for knowledge. It is incredible.
> But I also realize that as an educated person living in a rich part of the
> world, I have access to a wide range of information resources. That's not
> true for everyone. For people who are less economically fortunate, or who
> live in parts of the world where access to information is heavily
> constrained, Wikipedia is even more critical. It is an utterly unique
> resource that opens possibilities for more equitable and open world.
> That's why I want to work for the Wikimedia Foundation: to help grow the
> availability of free, unbiased information for everyone around the world,
> in their own language, unimpeded by censorship or other forms of
> interference. It's a colossal mission and I am glad and humbled to be
> playing a leadership role in helping to achieve it.
> I’m excited to bring my passion for building products that people love and
> growing innovative, high-performing organizations to the Foundation. In
> getting oriented I’ve done lots and lots of reading, and had some wonderful
> conversations with Board members, Sue, and the C-level team. I met a lot of
> staff today at the Metrics Meeting, and I'm hoping to meet them all before
> the end of this month. I've been warned that joining the Wikimedia movement
> is a bit like drinking from a firehose, and so I'd consider myself, right
> now, to be excited, curious, optimistic, and just a tiny little bit daunted.
> Thank you again for personally welcoming me to your incredible world. I
> have been lucky to have had great opportunities to join with amazing people
> on big quests. This is the largest quest and I am thrilled to be on it with
> all of you. I want to extend my gratitude to Sue for the incredible work
> she has done and all the time she has committed to help bring me on-board.
> To all of you for your warm welcome. And my deepest thanks to the Wikimedia
> Foundation Board of Trustees for giving me this extraordinary opportunity.
> Truly yours,
sorry for cross-posting but I just have sent all participants of the
Hackathon a PDF with travel information and a personalized public
Should you plan to attend the Hackathon but have not received the Travel
Information mail, then please contact me.
Thanks and regards,
Wikimedia CH - Verein zur Förderung Freien Wissens
Lausanne, +41 (21) 34066-22 - www.wikimedia.ch