[Foundation-l] Putting the Foundation back in WMF

Nikola Smolenski smolensk at EUnet.yu
Mon Nov 19 07:34:23 UTC 2007

Florence Devouard wrote:
> Office of the ED. the office of the executive director covers salary of 
> the ED, salary of the assistant, relocation to San Francisco (eg, travel 
> to SF to select offices etc...) and consulting (eg, fundraising 
> consulting, communication consulting, branding consulting etc...)

Perhaps it was a bad PR idea to combine all this. Relocation, as a
one-time expense could be presented separately and wouldn't give an
impression of overexpensive office.

> And to be fair, I do not think that "we are saving languages" is the 
> right pitch either. It is more sexy, but what those guys want to see are 
> rationale, timeline, figures, proof of concept, partnerships etc...
> So, what we need to really work on in the near future are a "collection 
> of grant propositions", which we can show around to philantropists. 
> "What you will invest in" and what do you get in exchange.

One thing I was thinking about for a while: how much does Wikipedia 
contribute to the economy? Who could estimate it, and how could it be 
done? If this would be known, we could argue that Wikipedias in various 
languages would contribute that much to their economies.

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