[Wikimedia-l] Democratizing the Wikimedia Foundation

Anders Wennersten mail at anderswennersten.se
Sat Nov 3 13:18:28 UTC 2012

After just being in our first FDC committee session, I do want to 
promote this way of handling issue to be spread to other issue areas too.

The FDC is a committee consisting of community members looking into on 
specific issue area and preparing recommendation to the Board. This 
enables broader involvement but also greater transparency, as all 
preparation material and assessments are public.

We also have a GAC with a similar approach and the group that took over 
after ChapCom. Why not extend this to other areas having thing like a 
GLAM Advisory committee, preparing material for the Board and any global 
framework needed in the are. A software/operation advisory committee 
overlooking everything related to our server operation and products. A 
community advisory committee, handling issues like legal support, 
wikimania, global arbcom etc.

Ie democratize the preparation of issues for the board, rather then 
discussing the internal operations of the Board


Patricio Lorente skrev 2012-11-03 13:47:
> Hi Ilario!
> "Improving transparency" is far better that "Democratizing WMF",
> though governance is not about "controlling": is about decision making
> procceses, guidance, communications... in fact, is also about
> transparency :)
> Anyway, despite the title we choose, I really think that this
> discussion is necessary, and that we need to improve (or even to set
> up) some basic rules and procedures of interaction and decision
> making.
>                                                          Patricio

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