[Wikimedia-l] Community consultation + Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director selection process

Jan-Bart de Vreede jdevreede at wikimedia.org
Tue Jan 21 17:28:18 UTC 2014


I am sure it is technically feasible, its just not realistic from a hiring perspective. I cannot tell a potential candidate that process includes a public vetting process, this is something that is just not going to happen. We are hiring an ED for the Wikimedia Foundation, and the Board of Trustees of that Foundation is simply the body that is responsible for the final decision on this.  

I am not going to debate the different kinds of movement representation in the board, but I would argue that the community directly and indirectly influences 100% of the board, as appointed members are appointed by (s)elected members and the founder of the Wikimedia Foundation.


On 21 Jan 2014, at 15:57, MZMcBride <z at mzmcbride.com> wrote:

> Thanks for getting back to me.
> Jan-Bart de Vreede wrote:
>> There is no "community consultation" period in the selection proces. It's
>> simply not feasible or desirable to have someone have a public "vetting"
>> phase.
> I'm not sure I understand how it would be infeasible. It's 2014, not 1814.
> I think we've figured out how to solicit feedback in a timely manner.
> It seems less desirable to me to reduce the Wikimedia community to waiting
> for the white smoke.
> The new Executive Director will be publicly vetted, to be sure, it just
> sounds as though it'll happen after or he or she has been firmly appointed
> by the Board. It would be dishonest to suggest that there's no merit to
> this approach, but I do wonder if it's in line with Wikimedia's values.
>> The good news is that you elected representatives on the board who
>> have a strong voice in the selection process and final approval.
> I'm not quite sure who "you" is, but only three of ten Board seats are
> directly elected. I suppose that's a strong voice?
> MZMcBride
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