[Foundation-l] Nominating Committee

Jan-Bart de Vreede janbart at wikimedia.org
Sat Jun 25 20:41:12 UTC 2011


Having had the honor of being one of the first outside appointed board member to the Wikimedia Board I do want to add that one of the main reasons for having appointed members is to get an outsiders perspective. This is generally considered good practice. Basically the idea behind this is that by having as a diverse a board as possible with regards to knowledge, perspective and background that board will be able to perform its "governance" role better.


On Jun 25, 2011, at 8:33 PM, Thomas Dalton wrote:

> On 25 June 2011 19:18, Milos Rancic <millosh at gmail.com> wrote:
>> My general position is that Wikimedian community is diverse enough to
>> fill expert seats from itself.
> You are probably right, but who would make the better board member: an
> average lawyer (or whatever) that's a Wikimedian or a top lawyer that
> isn't?
> Obviously, the board needs a decent number of Wikimedians on it, but
> there is no particular need for the whole board to be Wikimedians.
> (Well, Wikimedians prior to their appointment - my definition of
> Wikimedian includes WMF board members, whether they came from the
> community or not.)
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