[Wikimedia-l] Become a member of the Affiliations Committee!

Bence Damokos bdamokos at gmail.com
Sun Dec 1 19:51:49 UTC 2013

Hi all,

This is a reminder that we are accepting membership applications to the
Affiliations Committee until the 5th of December (midnight UTC).
We are looking for multiple people, so please do go ahead and apply if you
think you fit the profile.

Also, a big thank you for everyone who has already applied. (You should
have received a confirmation of your application - if you have not, please
do get in touch with Carlos at the address below.)

The call is copied below. A translated version is available at

Best regards,

On Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM, Bence Damokos <bdamokos at gmail.com> wrote:

> // For translated versions, please consult
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Call_for_Candidates_2014
>  //
> Dear all,
> The Affiliations Committee [1], the committee that is responsible for
> guiding volunteers in establishing Chapters, User Groups and Thematic
> Organizations  and approving them when they are ready is looking for new
> members.
> The main focus of AffCom is to guide groups of volunteers in forming
> affiliates. We make sure that the groups are large enough to be viable (and
> advise them on how to get bigger), review bylaws for compliance with the
> requirements and best practices, and advise the Board of the Wikimedia
> Foundation on issues connected to Chapters, Thematic Organizations and User
> Groups.
> This requires communication with volunteers all over the World,
> negotiating skills and cultural sensitivity and the ability to understand
> legal texts.  We try to get a healthy mix of different skill sets in our
> membership.
> Key skills/experience that we are looking for in candidate members, are
> typically:
> is
> * Excitement by the challenge of helping to empower groups of volunteers
> worldwide
> * Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps bureaucratic
> process
> * Readiness to participate in (movement roles) political discussions on
> the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliations, and similar
> questions
> * 5 hours per week availability[2], and the time to participate in a
> monthly ~2 hour phone meeting
> * International orientation
> * Very good communication skills in English
> * Ability to work and communicate with other cultures, languages
> andcultures
> * Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the WMF
> * Knowledge of different  legal systems, experience in community building
> and organising is a plus
> * Communication skills in other languages are a major plus
> * Experience with or in an active affiliate is a major plus
> In 2012 new types of affiliations were introduced and the role of the
> Committee has increased in guiding through volunteers towards affiliation
> models that empower them to further our mission, and making sure these
> models meet the needs of the volunteers and the movement. We are looking
> for new people to help, who are not afraid of the workload and are
> motivated by helping other volunteers come together forming communities
> that further our mission around the world.
> Members are usually selected every twelve months for staggered two year
> terms. The applications will be voted on by the current members not seeking
> re-election, taking into account comments put forward by the committee's
> members, advisers, WMF staff and board liaisons based on the above
> membership criteria. A final decision will be made by the end of the year,
> with new members expected to join on or around 1 January 2014.
> If you are interested, You can send your applications with your full name,
> contact data (e-mail address, wiki username), relevant experience and
> motivation letter to our vice-chair Carlos Colina at jewbask AT
> wikimedia.org.ve by December 5, 2013. You will get a confirmation that
> your application came through.
> If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me or Carlos. We
> are happy to chat or have a phone/VoIP call with anyone about our work, if
> this helps them decide to apply.
> Please distribute this call among your networks, and do apply if you are
> interested.[3]
> Best regards,
> Bence Damokos
> Chair,
> Affiliations Committee
>  [1]: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee (please
> follow the links and familiarize yourself with our work)
>  [2]: Our member standards of participation are at:
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Standard_of_participation_%E2%80%93_September_2012
> [3] A translatable version of this call is avaliable at
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Call_for_Candidates_2014,
> please help translate and distribute it among your networks!

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