[Foundation-l] Strategic plan resolution

FloNight sydney.poore at gmail.com
Wed Apr 29 13:28:49 UTC 2009

On Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 1:28 AM, Michael Snow <wikipedia at verizon.net> wrote:
> As I've alluded to a few times, I've been working with Sue to start a
> long-term strategic planning process. This was a major topic of our last
> board meeting, and after the meeting the board formally passed a
> resolution directing Sue to develop this process. You will be hearing
> more about this shortly, but first I want to share the text of the
> resolution itself, which was passed unanimously as follows:
> Whereas the Wikimedia Foundation intends to develop a strategic plan
> laying out a course of action for the next three to five years, the
> Board of Trustees directs its Executive Director, Sue Gardner, to
> develop and execute a strategic planning process, in close consultation
> with the Board, and on its behalf.
> The work of the Wikimedia Foundation is founded in the premise that
> open, mass collaboration is the most effective method for achieving
> high-quality decisionmaking. Therefore, we ask that the strategic
> planning process be designed to include input from a wide range of
> sources, including Wikimedia volunteers and supporters representing a
> diversity of geographies and projects. We ask that the process also aim
> to solicit input from parties who are currently not part of the
> Wikimedia community, in an effort to broaden our knowledge base and
> benefit from new ideas and information.
> The principles guiding this process should include:
> * Transparency. As much as possible, work should be done in public, and
> be visible to all.
> * Participation. The mechanisms used to solicit input should be designed
> to be as open as reasonably possible, and to encourage broad participation.
> * Collaboration. We recognize that we will not develop a consensus
> strategy that pleases everyone. We will need to make difficult decisions
> that may prove unpopular. But we believe that people who want to have a
> voice in the process, should be heard.
> --Michael Snow

Good principles to follow for this volunteer focused organization.
Looking forward to hearing more details about how volunteers can


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