[Foundation-l] chapter board seats (was: Greg Kohs and Peter Damian)
Federico Leva (Nemo)
nemowiki at gmail.com
Thu Oct 21 12:20:57 UTC 2010
John Vandenberg, 21/10/2010 12:30:
> If history is anything to go by, a single issue candidate is the best
> chance that WMF will adjust its strategy to devote more energy towards
> supporting the sister projects.
Have we ever had a single-issue trustee who achieved something?
> I'd hoped that the strategy project would result in board adoption of
> proposals that focus on the sister projects. Despite the five year
> plan not speaking directly about growing the sister projects and small
> language projects, I'm hoping the board recognises that their
> ambitious targets will only be realised if they embrace the untapped
> opportunity for growth in the sister projects. If this doesn't
> eventuate, I think we'll need to consider giving sister projects some
> form of direct representation on the board. Maybe I was dreaming, but
> I vaguely recall someone suggesting this on foundation-l.
It may be something to consider, but I think that it's easier so support
and participate in chapters.
Chapters are currently the only Wikimedia organizations who care about
sisterprojects and do something for them (especially biggest/oldest
ones; I would mention WM-DE, WMFr, WMI), and most likely the only chance
for the Wikimedia movement to do something for sisterproject within
a/the strategic plan.
Chapters members (and trustees) are often cross-project- and
meta-contributors, and viceversa; and people involved in chapters
usually have a broader view of the Wikimedia movement, i.e. they don't
think only about Wikipedia, so they're more interested in sisteprojects.
I think that Arne and Phoebe are good examples of this, and therefore
good WMF trustees for sisterprojects (as well as at least one community
elected WMF trustee, by the way).
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