I'm adding my part to Kaarel's message:

Hi all,

We are very happy about the wide range of diverse Wikimedians that are running for the election and selection processes for the drafting committee of the Movement Charter!

As the number of candidates is quite large and thus informing yourself about them might be a bit more complicated, we want to try something different this time: In many countries of the world during election campaigns so-called “Voting Advice Applications'' (or “Election Compasses'') are quite common. Thanks to an open source project called “Open Election Compass'', we’d like to adapt the same for this election. We  have built a prototype of it, which you can access on Toolforge:


It works like this: 

  • You will see statements that we have asked the candidates to position themselves to (support, neutral, oppose; and some lines of reasoning).

  • The tool asks you to position yourself to these statements.

  • At the end, you will see who of the candidates is closest to you. 

The Election Compass is by far not a voting recommendation, but it should help to navigate and orient yourself, and, ideally, spark conversations about the Movement Charter!

To be able to run such an election compass, we need clear, sharp, concise statements that the candidates can position themselves to. We would like to ask you to propose these statements (until Sunday, 26th) and then have a quick poll on them (from Monday, 27th, to Friday, 1st), to select 15 to 20 of these statements. Candidates would then have roughly 10 days to position themselves, before the election starts and the tool goes online.

Please propose your statements here until Sunday 26th. On the page itself, we have some more guidance and fictional examples on how they should look like:


As said, this is an experiment to help all of us to make it easier to vote. Please let us know what you think.

Best regards,


On Mon, Sep 20, 2021 at 4:54 PM Kaarel Vaidla <kvaidla@wikimedia.org> wrote:
For those who prefer more visual approach, here is also the timeline infographic:

On Mon, Sep 20, 2021 at 10:53 PM Kaarel Vaidla <kvaidla@wikimedia.org> wrote:

Dear fellow Wikimedians,

This is an update from the Movement Charter process. We have closed the call for candidates on September 14 (AoE) for the Drafting Committee and now have a pool of candidates with diverse backgrounds to choose from.

The 15 member committee will be selected with a 3-step process:

  • Election process for project communities to elect 7 members of the committee.

  • Selection process for affiliates to select 6 members of the committee.

  • Wikimedia Foundation process to appoint 2 members of the committee.

Communities elect 7 members

This announcement is related to the community elections, which will take place in a time period of 2 weeks from October 11 to October 24. We look forward to a wide participation across the communities to create the committee to curate the writing of the Movement Charter. The Election Results will be published on November 1.

Affiliates select 6 members

Parallel to the election process, all affiliates asked to contribute as well: All affiliates were divided into eight geographic and one ‘thematic’ region (check the list), and each region chooses one person who will act as a selector for that region. These 9 selectors will come together to select 6 of the committee (from the same pool of candidates). The selection results will be published on November 1.

Wikimedia Foundation appoints 2 members

Finally, the Wikimedia Foundation will appoint two members to the committee by November 1.

All three processes will be concluded by November 1, 2021, so that the Movement Charter Drafting Committee can start working by then. 

For the full context of the Movement Charter, its role, as well the process for its creation, please have a look at Meta. You can also contact us at any time on Telegram or via email (wikimedia2030@wikimedia.org). 

Best regards,



Kaarel Vaidla (he/him)

Movement Strategy

Wikimedia Foundation

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