[Foundation-l] Welcome to our three new board members

Birgitte SB birgitte_sb at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 8 12:57:35 UTC 2006

Congratulations Kat, Oscar, and Jan-Bart!

I found Jan-Bart's talk at Wikimania to be one of my
favorites.  Anyone involved in Incubator should
solicit his advice on "fledging" new wiki's if they
have not already done so.  He has a very good idea of
how to set-up a successfull new community and several
examples of mistakes that can lead to failure.  

Birgitte SB

--- florencedevouard <anthere at anthere.org> wrote:

> Dear Community,
> A few days ago, I wrote you a "short" email to give
> you feedback on the last board meeting, which
> occured in Florida. Reference:
> As I promised, we welcome today 2 new board members,
> whom most of you already know, Mindspillage and
> Oscar (also known irl as Kat Walsh (us citizen,
> lady), Oscar van Dillen (dutch citizen, gentleman).
> Welcome to you both.
> Tim Shell has chosen to resign from the board,
> effective 15th of december. At this date, he will be
> replaced by Jan-Bart de Vreede.
> I would like first to give a special thank you to
> Tim Shell, whom I did not know at all 2 years ago,
> and whom I learned to appreciate. Tim has seen the
> birth of Wikipedia, be part of the first 4 years of
> life of the Foundation, and I hope he will keep an
> oldbie eye on it. Thank you Tim, and prosit (tchin,
> santé etc...).
> Let me introduce you Jan-Bart. We wanted to choose a
> more external guy, who could have another view on 
> our whole organisation. You may consider him
> external, since he hardly has any edits  :-) , was
> not member of any of the internal cabal mailing
> lists... so, it is our first attempt to introduce
> the "outside" in here. 
> At the same time, he is not a stranger. Many of us
> already met him, he was at the two wikimania. And
> several of us have been talking with him quite a bit
> in the past. Most recently, he got involved in the
> ED search committee (so, was unofficially already
> acting as an advisory board member). His name came
> as an evidence to us.
> He is a young man of 36 (which is still younger than
> I). Married, two kids. Dutch (which means we have
> two dutch guys on the board...). He studied Business
> Administration at the Rotterdam School of Management
> (which may definitly be an asset in our
> organisation). He works for Kennisnet Foundation,
> THE dutch organisation for ICT use in Education.
> Jan-Bart put a short bio about him on meta:
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jan-Bart
> So... I hope it is all good news for everyone. I am
> really glad we make that step. Welcome Kat, Oscar
> and Jan-Bart. And thank you Tim.
> Ref:
> Ant
> aka Florence Devouard
> ChairChick of Wikimedia Foundation
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