Members of the Board of Trustees and staff of the Wikimedia Foundation,

Please WMF Board of Trustees grant control of the WMF Board elections to the Wikimedia community, especially to the two existing committees. The Wikimedia community can manage its own values and ethics and has no need of non-volunteer, non-community members to assist with the fundamentals of designing the election.

On behalf of the ASBS committee I request you 
* remove the "problems to solve" section from that page, 
* remove the "ideas discussed with the board" section from that page,
* remove the 8 subpages with "ideas"
* include a section with words like:
"The Board asks the Election committee and ASBS election facilitators to work together to set up a process, define rules, and hold a (s)election process for six community- and affiliate sourced board seats. The board asks the joined committee to pay respect to the strategic direction of the Wikimedia Movement and the strategy recommendations. The board would like to welcome a diversity of candidates. The board oversees an organization with an annual budget over one hundred million dollaras and a staff of over 500 people. The board would like to welcome candidates with governance experience in non-profit organizations of the same magnitude."

The ASBS election facilitators published their debrief of lessons learned in 2019.[1] We as a committee are committed to act upon them. The ASBS committee is prepared to collaborate with the standing election committee for this process.[2]


Ad Huikeshoven
On behalf of the ASBS election facilitators.


On Mon, Feb 1, 2021 at 9:01 PM Jackie Koerner <> wrote:
Hello all,

I am reaching out because the Call for Feedback for the community-and-affiliate board seats officially began today and runs through March 14. [1] 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. [2]

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.


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