[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement *please read*

Dariusz Jemielniak darekj at alk.edu.pl
Thu Mar 28 11:38:29 UTC 2013

huh. I understand and respect the reasoning perfectly well, and yet I can't
help a feeling that WIkimedia movement is going to suffer a major loss. Sue
has been pivotal in making WMF and the movement successfully grow to where
we are now. It will be really hard to find anyone nearly as competent and
able to make change and development happen.

One piece of thought (without looking much into the technicalities):
Perhaps the movement could really benefit from an ex-exec of this caliber
getting a new seat on the Board.



On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:00 PM, Sue Gardner <sgardner at wikimedia.org>wrote:

> Hello Wikimedia community members,
> This is not an easy e-mail to write, and it's been a very hard
> decision to make. But I'm writing to tell you that I'm planning to
> leave my position as the Executive Director of the Wikimedia
> Foundation.
> My departure isn't imminent -- the Board and I anticipate it'll take
> at least six months to recruit my successor, and I'll be fully engaged
> as Executive Director all through the recruitment process and until we
> have a new person in place. We're expecting that'll take about six
> months or so, and so this note is not goodbye -- not yet.
> Making the decision to leave hasn't been easy, but it comes down to two
> things.
> First, the movement and the Wikimedia Foundation are in a strong place
> now. When I joined, the Foundation was tiny and not yet able to
> reliably support the projects. Today it's healthy, thriving, and a
> competent partner to the global network of Wikimedia volunteers. If
> that wasn't the case, I wouldn't feel okay to leave. In that sense, my
> leaving is a vote of confidence in our Board and executive team and
> staff --- I know they will ably steer the Foundation through the years
> ahead, and I'm confident the Board will appoint a strong successor to
> me.
> And I feel that although we're in good shape, with a promising future,
> the same isn't true for the internet itself. (This is thing number
> two.) Increasingly, I'm finding myself uncomfortable about how the
> internet's developing, who's influencing its development, and who is
> not. Last year we at Wikimedia raised an alarm about SOPA/PIPA, and
> now CISPA is back. Wikipedia has experienced censorship at the hands
> of industry groups and governments, and we're --increasingly, I
> think-- seeing important decisions made by unaccountable
> non-transparent corporate players, a shift from the open web to mobile
> walled gardens, and a shift from the production-based internet to one
> that's consumption-based. There are many organizations and individuals
> advocating for the public interest online -- what's good for ordinary
> people -- but other interests are more numerous and powerful than they
> are. I want that to change. And that's what I want to do next.
> I've always aimed to make the biggest contribution I can to the
> general public good. Today, this is pulling me towards a new and
> different role, one very much aligned with Wikimedia values and
> informed by my experiences here, and with the purpose of amplifying
> the voices of people advocating for the free and open internet. I
> don't know exactly what this will look like -- I might write a book,
> or start a non-profit, or work in partnership with something that
> already exists. Either way, I feel strongly that this is what I need
> to do.
> I feel an increasing sense of urgency around this. That said, I also
> feel a strong sense of responsibility (and love!) for the Wikimedia
> movement, and so I've agreed with the Board that I'll stay on as
> Executive Director until we have my successor in place. That'll take
> some time -- likely, at least six months.
> Until then, nothing changes. The Wikimedia Foundation has lots of work
> to do, and you can expect me to focus fully on it until we have a new
> Executive Director in place.
> I have many people to thank, but I'm not going to do it now --
> there'll be time for that later. For now, I'll just say I love working
> with you all, I'm proud of everything the Wikimedia movement is
> accomplishing, and I'm looking forward to our next six months
> together.
> Jan-Bart's going to write a note in a couple of minutes with
> information about the transition process. We'll be hosting office
> hours this weekend as well, so anybody with questions can ask them
> here or turn up to talk with us on IRC.
> Thanks,
> Sue
> --
> Sue Gardner
> Executive Director
> Wikimedia Foundation
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> 415 816 9967 cell
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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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