Thank you so much for sharing this update, and many thanks to the Board,
staff, and association members, as well as the broader French
speaking community, for the hard work and accomplishments of the
organization over the past 8 months.
I'm sure I speak for many when I say that I look forward to the continued
development and strength of Wikimédia France as a strong and healthy member
of our global movement.
On Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 10:30 AM, <charlotte.matoussowsky(a)wikimedia.fr>
As we reflected on our Wikimedia Conference experience and as we just got
an answer from the FDC, which we thank warmly, the Wikimédia France Board
thought we should give you an update on our current situation.
Since September 2017, the newly elected Board and the staff have dedicated
their energy to the improvement of the governance and an organizational
restructuring. We would like to share with the community all the efforts
that have been made during the last 8 months in order to restore confidence
and to rebuild Wikimédia France.
The first steps we took were:
* Reopening communication channels with our members;
* Having two general assemblies and widely renewing the Board;
* Successfully completing the Grant expectations process which had been
set by WMF during the 2017 crisis at Wikimédia France;
* Governance review by external auditors (report will be published soon);
* Constant discussions with WMF.
Major staff restructuring
Since then, a major staff reorganization and a transition to a flatter
organization have taken place.
The two employees at the head of the organization(Executive Director and
Deputy Executive Director) of the Association in 2017 left Wikimédia France
(WMFr) in the last quarter of the year.
In order to work on the reorganizing, during the second half of 2017, the
Board conducted individual interviews with all employees to establish a
general state of the organization and to collect ideas for WMFr's and its
staff's future. With those elements in hand, and after several months
reflecting and observing how the Association functioned in the absence of
salaried management, the Board came to the conclusion that the team's
maturity and relative autonomy made possible a less hierarchical
organization than the classical one (i.e. “Board / Executive Director /
staff”). It has been decided to carry out an internal reorganization of the
team, without further recruitment to replace the Directors.
The new organization unfolds as follows. The Board stays in charge of
managing the Association, whilst proceeding to two delegations of power: a
delegation to Resources and an operational delegation, each receiving part
of the Employer's liability and part of strategic functions. The Board
occupies its role in strategy and budget matters, and also reserves the
right of final decision for all sensitive Employer competencies (like
decisions of dismissal, sanction or recruitment). Our goal here is twofold:
to no longer concentrate all responsibilities in the hands of only one
person and to minimize the risk of having the Board disempowered by
depriving it of its right (and duty) to take fundamental decisions.
In addition to these HR and Operational delegations of power, he Board is
also considering implementing a Financial delegation of power, able to
bring together the skills of an accountant and a chartered accountant
within the internal staff. This would lead, in the medium term, to an
organization presenting as a four-headed structure: Human Resources,
Operations , Finances and Board — all of these under the control of the
To fill the two new positions created, the Board has decided to choose two
staff members whom it trusts and whose qualities it has had the opportunity
to observe in the past few months: Cindy David for the HR part and Rémy
Gerbet for the Operational part. Being aware that an organization without
salaried direction is not without difficulties, the Board has decided to
begin with a three-month probationary period, during which the work of the
two appointees will be evaluated, as well as the ability of the Board
itself to properly fulfil its role. At the end of these three months, a
first assessment will be made and the new organization will be either
validated, abandoned, or tested for three more months before final
decision. In order to implement this new organization, our staff will be
provided, if need be, with professional training.
The new structure now counts 8 FTEs, including a newly hired Junior
Fundraiser position, instead of 11 in 2017. We are confident that this new
structure is well suited to bring Wikimédia France forward effectively.
The reorganizing of the team also comes with a complete overhaul of the
Relying on the global Movement
Our Chair, Vice-Chair and Operational Coordinator took part in the
Wikimedia Conference. This was an amazing opportunity to learn, to work on
the strategy, to develop partnerships and, perhaps more importantly, to
strengthen our relationships with the numerous organizations and
individuals that constitute the Wikimedia movement.
We were especially glad to have the opportunity to attend the first
meeting of affiliates without Executive Director (France, Italy, New York
City, Poland, Serbia, Ukraine), which was a first promising step towards a
fruitful collaboration. We benefitted from their feedback regarding their
organizational experience and we hope we will soon be able to offer a
sustainable alternative model to an ED-based organization.
Looking to the future
On top of all this efforts, we are looking to the future:
* We have submitted our proposal to the FDC, with a positive
feedback. We took into account the criticisms of the last two years,
notably by drastically reducing the amount requested from the FDC (-236,000
€). We are really glad that the FDC gave such consideration to our efforts
and we sincerely thank them.
* Although very busy with our internal projects, we do not forget that we
are part of the Wikimedia movement. We intend to allocate time to attend
Wikimania, Wikimedia Conference, Executive Directors and Chairpersons
meetings, Big Fat Meeting and to be involved in the elaboration of
Wikimedia 2030 strategy.
* The chapter's governance has been fully reviewed by two teams of
external auditors. A governance review report will be published and
discussed with our community. First major changes are due for the next
general assembly at the end of 2018.
The last few months were not easy. However, moral support and help from
the Wikimedia movement and its wish that Wikimédia France would become a
successful chapter again helped us find the energy to overcome the many
challenges we had to face.
We are looking forward to the year ahead, as we strengthen our
organization and develop efficient and impactful programs and would like to
thank our members, the Wikimedia Foundation, the affiliates, and all the
individual people who supported us during these difficult times.
Vice-chair of Wikimédia France
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