[Foundation-l] [Announcement] update in board of trustees membership
saintonge at telus.net
Tue Dec 18 19:53:43 UTC 2007
Thomas Dalton wrote:
> Am I missing something here? Why can't we have a board made up of half
> experts on business, etc. and half experts of Wikimedia projects?
> (Hopefully with substantial overlap.) That said, I'd prefer a majority
> to be from the community. As long as they are willing to take advice
> from the pros, we should get (almost) all the benefits of a
> professional board with the decision making still in the hands of
> people that share our values.
There is probably already substantial agreement about having the
majority of the Board from the community. Indeed, it would be difficult
for a pure outsider to wrap his head around some of the philosophy
The difficulty with professional advice is not in being willing to take
professional advice, but in knowing how to take that advice. Most of us
can honestly say that if somehow we became members of the Board we would
be willing to take that advice, but faced with the real situation it is
too easy to believe that we are following advice when we are really
fashioning that advice to our own agendas.
Given that we want a community based Board, choosing members from that
community is the difficult problem since neither pure appointment nor
pure election is wholly acceptable. Remember too that even though Erik
topped the last ballot he was still only supported by 40% of those who
cast ballots. This suggests some very deep divisions in the community.
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