[Foundation-l] Putting the Foundation back in WMF

Florence Devouard Anthere9 at yahoo.com
Mon Nov 19 10:07:14 UTC 2007

Nikola Smolenski wrote:
> 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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