Anasuya, it was a pleasure to take profit from your wisdom and joy. I hope
to see you recovered as soon as possible. I'm very grateful for your
kindness with Brazil!
Congratulations for Luis and the team. I wish you do a good job!
On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 9:22 PM, Katie Chan <katie.chan(a)wikimedia.org.uk>
Anasuya, thank you for the time and wisdom you have
shared with us. We will
miss you dearly.
Luis & Siko, congratulations. Looking forward to working with you in your
On 19 February 2015 at 23:02, Gregory Varnum <gregory.varnum(a)gmail.com>
Anasuya - I think you know that I adore you - and
I am truly sad to see
I look forward to seeing you around online - and hope to see you at
Wikimanias - but your impact has been immense and you will be missed. :(
-greg aka varnent
On 19 Feb, 2015, at 5:20 PM, Anasuya Sengupta
> Dear friends and colleagues, fellow adventurers on the Wikimedia
Goodbyes are overrated. But since I’m sure this will be au revoir,
> continue: I am leaving the Foundation as head of the Grantmaking
> department, at the end of March. This was not an easy decision to make;
> this is not an easy email to write.
> As some of you know, I have been battling health issues over the past
> months. I’ve learnt sharp and intimate
truths about myself as I’ve
> to get better, and what I’ve kept coming
back to is the compassionate
feminist slogan around self-care and sustainability: ‘what’s the
point of the revolution if we can’t dance?’ To reassure you all, I
> be well, but I need a little time and space to focus on getting my
> dancing legs strong again.
> That said, I am pleased that we have a really solid plan in place as I
> leave. As Lila’s email announced, Luis Villa (our current Deputy
> Counsel) will be taking over the team
effective immediately, and
organisation further in our support of Wikimedia communities
Luis brings with him a range of skills and
qualities that I know will
> him, the team, and the movement in wonderful stead through it all. As a
> friend and colleague, I am so delighted to be supporting Luis through
> next few weeks of transition.
> I joined the Foundation in July 2012 to oversee and implement the FDC
> process. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of creating and leading a
> department of more than twenty remarkable and passionate people who
> about our mission, our communities, and the
resources needed to match
We went from Asaf managing a small grants portfolio on his own, ably
supported on occasion by Winifred, to a fully fledged grantmaking
department with a spectrum of monetary and non-monetary resources. We
been able to offer these in different ways to
different parts of our
movement: to individual volunteers with great ideas in need of project
management, to small groups experimenting with new initiatives, and to
established organisations who form critical content and policy
> in their local contexts. We built an infrastructure for understanding
collective impact. We learned together about what our different
> are doing globally, about the successes and challenges we have, and
about how we can, together, create a more powerful set of outcomes
> free knowledge.
> In doing so, I’ve had the joy of discovery, of learning from and
> some of the most dedicated volunteers in the
world, who believe that
> knowledge matters. Most importantly, that it’s not only free knowledge
> _for_ all that we seek, but even more critically, that we believe in
> knowledge _from_ and _with_ all.
> And I’ve discovered that the nerdy, geeky, obsessed-with-data part of
home in this extraordinary universe, where everybody’s
> magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds” can find
> look forward to the day when my worlds find
more space on Wikipedia,
the globe is represented by far more than 20% of the edits, when
much more than 15% of our contributors can self-identify as women. Till
then, I’ll keep fighting notability one article at a time...
So thank you for sharing your worlds with me, and no thanks for turning
into an obsessive Wikimedian. :-) As I have
learnt with you, I know I
> done so with trust, and as I have challenged you, I hope I have done so
> with respect. I look forward to continuing our friendships and
on a wiki
With appreciation and gratitude,
p.s. You can find me in the future at my enWP user page (User:Anasuyas
) or (dare I say it) on
Facebook. Longer diatribes on liff, the universe and everything can be
 Neil Gaiman, American Gods (Chapter 8)
 Urgent Action Fund, a funder of women’s human rights defenders, has
this book on sustainability:
 And look forward to dancing together on the beaches of a future
 Sometimes frustrating, sometimes unbelievable, sometimes somewhat
insane; but yes mostly, generous beyond belief, and always, joyous. :-)
 More Neil Gaiman, from The Sandman:
Florence (User:Anthere) for _that_ story!
On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 2:15 PM, Lila Tretikov <lila(a)wikimedia.org>
>> Dear Wikimedians,
>> Among the WMF’s top priorities for 2015 is strengthening our
Wikimedia editors and volunteers. Today we are taking the first
>> by bringing together the people who know our communities best and
>> them to break barriers and improve
engagement. Everyone at the WMF who
>> carries responsibilities directly related to the communities will
>> new Community Engagement department.
>> I have asked Luis Villa to lead the Community Engagement organization
>> the Senior Director of Community
Engagement, reporting to me.
>> from within the WMF for this critical
role will allow us to leverage
knowledge and experience with our communities and reinforce the
>> of our people.
>> Luis’s experience with communities is lengthy and deep. He has been
>> involved in open communities since the late 1990s, from communities as
>> small as the Lego Mindstorms hackers to those as large as Mozilla. He
>> worked in open communities as a lawyer, a programmer, a bugmaster, an
>> engineering lead, a community leader, and a board member. Luis has
>> performed exceptionally within the Foundation and supported some of
fruitful community engagements. The Grantmaking, L&E, Education,
> Community Advocacy and Community Liaisons teams will join the new
>> Engagement department  under his leadership.
>> Unfortunately, Anasuya Sengupta -- our beloved leader of grantmaking
>> will be leaving us due to personal
health concerns at the end of
>> will invite you soon to celebrate her time with us, her work at the
> the deep insight she brought to the
Foundation. We are saddened to see
> go. The team she has nurtured will provide an
important foundation for
> upcoming work.
> Siko Bouterse will move up to lead the day-to-day work of the
> team as Director of Community Resources,
supervising all department
> programs and the Global South strategy. Siko
has been instrumental in
> innovating programs at the WMF, including initiatives like the
>> and the IdeaLab combining vision with strong support for volunteer
>> community, tough decision making, and great project management skills.
>> These changes are an opportunity to improve the coordination of our
supporting the communities. To accelerate this, I have asked Luis to
>> an internal “tiger” team to better understand the needs, concerns and
>> priorities of our volunteers, and to develop recommendations for
programs. This work will be shared with all of you as it becomes
>> Please join me in congratulating Luis and Siko and in supporting our
>> teams. The Wikimedia communities are what makes the projects strong,
>> unique, and irreplaceable. This is the next step forward in our
> them, and in service of our mission.
>  As Director of Community Resources, Siko will oversee the IdeaLab,
> Annual Plan Grants, Project and Event Grants, and Travel and
> Support. Her team will include Katy Love,
Winifred Olliff, Alex Wang,
> Janice Tud, Jonathan Morgan, and Asaf Bartov. Asaf will also take on a
>> title as Senior Program Officer, Emerging Wikimedia Communities.
>>  Rachel DiCerbo, Philippe Beaudette, Siko, and Anasuya’s other
>> reports, and their respective teams (CL,
CA, and Grantmaking/GLEE)
>> report to Luis. The Engineering
Community team will be part of the
team but will continue to report to Engineering.
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