[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia (Foundation) endowment

Dariusz Jemielniak darekj at alk.edu.pl
Mon Mar 18 13:24:44 UTC 2013

Fine, let's call it strategy. Off-the-record, can you name some other
organizations, preferably more or less in our industry, which have
strategies longer than 20 years?

Other than that I think that your idea of discussing a dispersed archive is
great and definitely worth covering, and beyond any doubt it is also a good
reason to have an endowment for.



On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 2:18 PM, Fae <faewik at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 18 March 2013 12:14, Dariusz Jemielniak <darekj at alk.edu.pl> wrote:
> ...
> > As long as it is not really a strategy creation exercise, but rather an
> > imagination stimulation and concept brainstorming, I think it is a great
> > idea. But we should not mistake trying to look way too far beyond what we
> > can see as great vision. It is guesswork.
> I'm happy to continue calling this part of strategy creation, while
> you call it speculation or guesswork.
> However I believe it is perfectly clear that if the movement has no
> 100 year plan, even in concept, and cannot set some top level goals to
> show our commitment to a century long view, then a public call to
> create a billion dollar endowment will quickly be shot down as banking
> money for the sake of job security.
> An easy-peasy goal is to ensure all project knowledge content is
> actively archived in a way that the commitment to preservation is
> meaningfully demonstrated. Pointing to a reasonably future-proofed but
> cost effective 100-year (multi-location) archive is one obvious way of
> explaining what an endowment is for.
> PS I have heard the archive question answered recently by a
> representative of the WMF on a radio interview as "Oh, it's all over
> the internet, if we disappear it could always be re-created" (or words
> to that effect) - I thought this a particularly naff answer for an
> organization with many millions in the bank to spend on operational
> risks.
> Thanks,
> Fae
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dr hab. Dariusz Jemielniak
profesor zarządzania
kierownik katedry Zarządzania Międzynarodowego
i centrum badawczego CROW
Akademia Leona Koźmińskiego

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