[Wikimedia-l] Why are articles being deleted?

2016-06-24 Thread Mitar
Hi!

I am an occasional editor of Wikipedia, I read it a lot, I edit
sometimes, and I am at all not familiar with bureaucracies and rules
Wikipedia community has developed through years (call me lazy, but
they simply always look too scary and too many for me to even start
reading them, walls and walls of text). When I interact with Wikipedia
I thus try to assume what reasonable rules for creating a
collaborative source of all human knowledge would be.

As such I would like to share one positive feedback and one negative
feedback (frustration). The latter comes from my surprise between what
I would assume rules would be and what I have experienced. I am
sharing this to help prevent similar frustrations to other editors who
maybe be less persistent than me and just give up.

I am also guessing this has come up again and again in the past.

Anyway. First the positive feedback. I love the visual editor! I
finally switched to it and I am not going back! This is a life saver
for somebody who just occasionally edits Wikipedia. No need to anymore
guess if I should use single [ ] or double [[ ]]. No need to try to
remember the syntax for references every time when I am editing
Wikipedia after few months pause. Great job!

But the negative feedback comes from me getting too enthusiastic about
my new visual editor experience and I decided to create some my own
new articles instead of just editing existing ones. The result was
that one of such articles was speedily deleted without any due
process, because it was deemed insignificant, no discussion, in a day.

The whole notion of insignificant and not notable articles comes to me
as a surprise. It seems to me as a legacy of printed encyclopedias
which were limited in number of pages printed. But an online
encyclopedia? How is this possible?

Why I have problems with this:

I created an English article which is significant at least for people
in Slovenia, with references to local news articles. How can other
editors who might not know the subject, and are not from Slovenia,
decide that this is not significant and just delete a page, without
even starting a discussion? I commented on the talk page citing
reasons and it was simply ignored, and everything deleted? Why is not
enough to put a notice there to improve the article? Allow others to
add content, explain more, give their input?

So, a general question is: how can we build a global encyclopedia with
editors who does not understand significance of a particular article
in a local environment?

Why are articles simply deleted instead of guiding users on how to improve them?

Why there is no process involved where interested people could discuss
why is something significant? A voting process where people could say
"oh, I care about this"?

Furthermore, everything happened in a day. There are timezones
involved, some of us have to do other things in our lives. Are you
sure that such short deadlines really foster global community? If this
is something which is regularly done at Wikipedia, I think that this
is coming from a big position of privilege. Of editors who can be in
front of their computers the whole day and engage in editing the
Wikipedia all the time. Not everyone can afford that. Especially
looking at this globally. One day notice? This is crazy.

But my main issue is conceptual. Why is there such a rule in the first
place? Why are we deleting anything except for things which are not
true? Is Internet too small to have all human knowledge in one place?
Why it is a problem if some Wikipedia article is cared by "only" 100
people? 1000 people? Will it run out of disk space?

I think this comes from the reason that we are trying to copy what is
encyclopedia too much without adapting the idea to the 21st century.
It is like academic papers which had selection because it was costly
to print it, but in 21st century we can have then academic journals
which simply accept all submissions, only that they are technically
sound (in case of Wikipedia, that they have structure of an
encyclopedia article, with all other rules about the content of the
article, and references). See Plos One:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PLOS_ONE This revolutionized academia.
And I think Wikipedia should do a similar thing.

One reason I found is that the issue why deleting articles is that
there is a limited attention of editors. If there are too many
articles editors would not be able to maintain good quality for all of
them.

I cannot agree with this argument. This is the most short-sighted
argument ever. First, all articles start by being low quality and then
they improve. Second, by allowing new articles to exist, you are also
getting new editors who care about those new articles. The article I
created? Guess what, you would have at least one editor (me) who would
care about it. Now you have 0.5 editor less (me) who cares about
anything else less now.

This is a feedback loop. More content you allow, more editors you will
have. Invite 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Andrew Gray
On 24 June 2016 at 10:15, Patricio Lorente  wrote:
> Dear all,
>
>
> It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at Wikimania
> 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine Maher as
> Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is effective as of our
> resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.

Hi Patricio,

On a pretty miserable day here in the UK, this is really cheering
news. Congratulations to Katherine and well done to the Board for
making a clear decision.

Andrew.

-- 
- Andrew Gray
  andrew.g...@dunelm.org.uk

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Damon Sicore
Congratulations, Katherine!  Excellent work and great news.  :)

Yours faithfully,
Damon

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On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 2:15 AM, Patricio Lorente <
patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine
> Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is effective
> as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
>
> Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three months,
> during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the kind of
> leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia Foundation
> and the movement.
>
> We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by the
> ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback from
> staff and community, and our own experience working closely with Katherine.
>
> In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent different
> perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the
> executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected by her
> peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The committee was
> charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging important
> stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications. Their first
> tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position description.
> You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
>
> The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership
> needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked with
> the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department, the
> executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews with
> staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting
> feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched a
> community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the
> qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3]
> Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a profile
> and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values
> and our communities.
>
> Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received very
> clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community members
> that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits needed in
> our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation
> engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed trust
> in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering what the
> organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint
> Katherine now.
>
> In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the organization
> and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and
> transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic direction,
> and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction
> through this year’s annual plan.
>
> After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly
> identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period and
> execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under
> Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the
> Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community feedback
> and discussion.
>
> Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime advocate
> for global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the
> Foundation’s Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until she was
> appointed interim ED in March. Throughout her career she has focused on
> freedom of expression, access to information, and digital rights;
> supporting the efforts of people around the world to deepen participation,
> advance transparency, and strengthen their communities through her work
> with UNICEF, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and
> the World Bank.  If you don’t already know Katherine, you can learn more
> about her on Meta.[4]
>
> With this appointment, we feel strongly that the Foundation has the
> leadership and clarity to move forward. We wish Katherine the very best in
> this role, and the Board looks forward to continuing to work with her.
>
> We would also like to thank the many community members and Foundation
> staff who actively shared thoughtful, highly valuable feedback. Without
> that, 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Tanweer Morshed
Congratulations Katherine! Great to see you as the new ED. And thanks to
the search committee for the wonderful decision.


Regards,
Tanweer Morshed
Wikimedia Bangladesh

On Friday, June 24, 2016, Gregory Varnum  wrote:

> 
>
> Nope - even with my wild imagination - it is simply not possible for me to
> be more pleased and excited by this news!!!
>
> Congratulations, Katherine! I think this is fantastic news for the
> Foundation and movement!
>
> -greg (User:Varnent)
>
>
> > On Jun 24, 2016, at 4:56 PM, Peter Southwood <
> peter.southw...@telkomsa.net > wrote:
> >
> > Looks like a good choice.
> >
> > Good luck, Katherine
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Peter
> >
> >
> >
> > From: WikimediaAnnounce-l [mailto:
> wikimediaannounce-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org ] On Behalf
> Of Patricio Lorente
> > Sent: Friday, 24 June 2016 11:16 AM
> > To: wikimediaannounc...@lists.wikimedia.org 
> > Subject: [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive
> Director
> >
> >
> >
> > Dear all,
> >
> >
> >
> > It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine
> Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is effective
> as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
> >
> >
> >
> > Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three
> months, during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the
> kind of leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia Foundation
> and the movement.
> >
> >
> >
> > We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by
> the ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback
> from staff and community, and our own experience working closely with
> Katherine.
> >
> >
> >
> > In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent different
> perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the
> executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected by her
> peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The committee was
> charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging important
> stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications. Their first
> tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position description.
> You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
> >
> >
> >
> > The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership
> needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked with
> the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department, the
> executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews with
> staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting
> feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched a
> community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the
> qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3]
> Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a profile
> and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values
> and our communities.
> >
> >
> >
> > Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received very
> clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community members
> that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits needed in
> our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation
> engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed trust
> in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering what the
> organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint
> Katherine now.
> >
> >
> >
> > In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the
> organization and community to make huge strides in management, execution,
> and transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic
> direction, and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that
> direction through this year’s annual plan.
> >
> >
> >
> > After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly
> identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period and
> execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under
> Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the
> Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community feedback
> and discussion.
> >
> >
> >
> > Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime advocate
> for global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the
> Foundation’s Chief 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Gregory Varnum


Nope - even with my wild imagination - it is simply not possible for me to be 
more pleased and excited by this news!!!

Congratulations, Katherine! I think this is fantastic news for the Foundation 
and movement!

-greg (User:Varnent)


> On Jun 24, 2016, at 4:56 PM, Peter Southwood  
> wrote:
> 
> Looks like a good choice. 
> 
> Good luck, Katherine
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Peter
> 
> 
> 
> From: WikimediaAnnounce-l 
> [mailto:wikimediaannounce-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of 
> Patricio Lorente
> Sent: Friday, 24 June 2016 11:16 AM
> To: wikimediaannounc...@lists.wikimedia.org
> Subject: [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director
> 
> 
> 
> Dear all, 
> 
> 
> 
> It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at Wikimania 
> 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine Maher as 
> Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is effective as of our 
> resolution dated Thursday, 23 June. 
> 
> 
> 
> Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three months, 
> during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the kind of 
> leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our movement’s 
> values, and brings expertise in civic technology and international 
> development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia Foundation and the 
> movement.
> 
> 
> 
> We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by the ED 
> search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback from 
> staff and community, and our own experience working closely with Katherine. 
> 
> 
> 
> In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1] consisting 
> of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent different perspectives 
> and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the Foundation’s Chief 
> Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the executive team, and 
> Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected by her peers as someone who 
> could represent staff perspectives. The committee was charged with keeping 
> the process on track and on time, engaging important stakeholders, and 
> facilitating transparency in communications. Their first tasks were to 
> identify a search firm, and define the position description. You can review 
> the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
> 
> 
> 
> The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership needs 
> and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked with the 
> committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department, the 
> executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews with 
> staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting 
> feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched a 
> community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the 
> qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3] 
> Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a profile and 
> requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values and our 
> communities.
> 
> 
> 
> Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received very 
> clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community members 
> that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits needed in 
> our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation 
> engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed trust 
> in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering what the 
> organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint 
> Katherine now. 
> 
> 
> 
> In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the organization 
> and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and 
> transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic direction, and 
> mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction through this 
> year’s annual plan. 
> 
> 
> 
> After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly 
> identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period and 
> execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under 
> Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the Funds 
> Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community feedback and 
> discussion.
> 
> 
> 
> Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime advocate for 
> global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the Foundation’s 
> Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until she was appointed interim 
> ED in March. Throughout her career she has focused on freedom of expression, 
> access to information, and digital rights; supporting the efforts of people 
> around the world to deepen participation, advance transparency, and 
> strengthen their communities through 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Tito Dutta
Congrats, good luck and all the best.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Peter Southwood
Looks like a good choice. 

Good luck, Katherine

Cheers,

Peter

 

From: WikimediaAnnounce-l 
[mailto:wikimediaannounce-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Patricio 
Lorente
Sent: Friday, 24 June 2016 11:16 AM
To: wikimediaannounc...@lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

 

Dear all, 

 

It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at Wikimania 
2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine Maher as 
Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is effective as of our 
resolution dated Thursday, 23 June. 

 

Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three months, 
during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the kind of 
leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our movement’s 
values, and brings expertise in civic technology and international development 
that will be an asset to the Wikimedia Foundation and the movement.

 

We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by the ED 
search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback from staff 
and community, and our own experience working closely with Katherine. 

 

In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1] consisting of 
four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent different perspectives and 
capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the Foundation’s Chief Advancement 
Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the executive team, and Foundation staff 
member Katie Horn was selected by her peers as someone who could represent 
staff perspectives. The committee was charged with keeping the process on track 
and on time, engaging important stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in 
communications. Their first tasks were to identify a search firm, and define 
the position description. You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]

 

The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership needs 
and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked with the 
committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department, the 
executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews with 
staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting 
feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched a 
community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the 
qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3] 
Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a profile and 
requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values and our 
communities.

 

Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received very clear 
and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community members that 
Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits needed in our next 
ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation engagement 
survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed trust in leadership. 
After taking this all into account, and considering what the organization needs 
at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint Katherine now. 

 

In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the organization and 
community to make huge strides in management, execution, and transparency. She 
brought much-needed clarity to our strategic direction, and mobilized the 
organization to clearly communicate that direction through this year’s annual 
plan. 

 

After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly identify 
the organization’s priorities during the transition period and execute against 
them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under Katherine’s leadership, 
the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the Funds Dissemination Committee, 
leaving ample time for community feedback and discussion.

 

Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime advocate for 
global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the Foundation’s 
Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until she was appointed interim ED 
in March. Throughout her career she has focused on freedom of expression, 
access to information, and digital rights; supporting the efforts of people 
around the world to deepen participation, advance transparency, and strengthen 
their communities through her work with UNICEF, National Democratic Institute 
for International Affairs, and the World Bank.  If you don’t already know 
Katherine, you can learn more about her on Meta.[4]

 

With this appointment, we feel strongly that the Foundation has the leadership 
and clarity to move forward. We wish Katherine the very best in this role, and 
the Board looks forward to continuing to work with her. 

 

We would also like to thank the many community members and Foundation staff who 
actively shared thoughtful, highly valuable feedback. 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Vitor Mazuco
Congratulations!

2016-06-24 9:08 GMT-03:00, Michael Maggs :
> Welcome Katherine, from all of us at Wikimedia UK.  That's fantastic news!
>
> Michael
>
> 
> Michael Maggs
> Chair, WMUK
>
> Patricio Lorente wrote:
>>
>> Dear all,
>>
>>
>> It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
>> Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint
>> Katherine Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation.
>> This is effective as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
>>
>>
>> Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three
>> months, during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated
>> the kind of leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed
>> to our movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
>> international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia
>> Foundation and the movement.
>>
>>
>> We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by
>> the ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct
>> feedback from staff and community, and our own experience working
>> closely with Katherine.
>>
>>
>> In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
>> consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent
>> different perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked
>> the Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent
>> the executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was
>> selected by her peers as someone who could represent staff
>> perspectives. The committee was charged with keeping the process on
>> track and on time, engaging important stakeholders, and facilitating
>> transparency in communications. Their first tasks were to identify a
>> search firm, and define the position description. You can review the
>> committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
>>
>>
>> The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our
>> leadership needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of
>> Viewcrest worked with the committee to conduct interviews with every
>> Foundation department, the executive, the Board, and nearly 20
>> additional one-on-one interviews with staff. Kathleen attended the
>> Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting feedback from community
>> members and affiliates. The committee launched a community survey in
>> June, receivingmore than 1,600 responses about the qualities needed in
>> the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3] Taking all of
>> this into account, the transition team developed a profile and
>> requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values
>> and our communities.
>>
>>
>> Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received
>> very clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and
>> community members that Katherine embodies the values of our movement
>> and the traits needed in our next ED. This feedback was only
>> reinforced by the latest Foundation engagement survey results, which
>> showed a strong shift toward renewed trust in leadership. After taking
>> this all into account, and considering what the organization needs at
>> this moment of transition, we moved to appoint Katherine now.
>>
>>
>> In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the
>> organization and community to make huge strides in management,
>> execution, and transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our
>> strategic direction, and mobilized the organization to clearly
>> communicate that direction through this year’s annual plan.
>>
>>
>> After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly
>> identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period
>> and execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets.
>> Under Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan
>> to the Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community
>> feedback and discussion.
>>
>>
>> Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime
>> advocate for global open communities, culture, and technology. She was
>> the Foundation’s Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until
>> she was appointed interim ED in March. Throughout her career she has
>> focused on freedom of expression, access to information, and digital
>> rights; supporting the efforts of people around the world to deepen
>> participation, advance transparency, and strengthen their communities
>> through her work with UNICEF, National Democratic Institute for
>> International Affairs, and the World Bank.  If you don’t already know
>> Katherine, you can learn more about her on Meta.[4]
>>
>>
>> With this appointment, we feel strongly that the Foundation has the
>> leadership and clarity to move forward. We wish Katherine the very
>> best in this role, and the Board looks forward to continuing to work
>> with her.
>>
>>
>> We would also like to thank the many community 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Michael Maggs

Welcome Katherine, from all of us at Wikimedia UK.  That's fantastic news!

Michael


Michael Maggs
Chair, WMUK

Patricio Lorente wrote:


Dear all,


It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at 
Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint 
Katherine Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. 
This is effective as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.



Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three 
months, during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated 
the kind of leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed 
to our movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and 
international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia 
Foundation and the movement.



We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by 
the ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct 
feedback from staff and community, and our own experience working 
closely with Katherine.



In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1] 
consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent 
different perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked 
the Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent 
the executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was 
selected by her peers as someone who could represent staff 
perspectives. The committee was charged with keeping the process on 
track and on time, engaging important stakeholders, and facilitating 
transparency in communications. Their first tasks were to identify a 
search firm, and define the position description. You can review the 
committee’s updates on Meta.[2]



The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our 
leadership needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of 
Viewcrest worked with the committee to conduct interviews with every 
Foundation department, the executive, the Board, and nearly 20 
additional one-on-one interviews with staff. Kathleen attended the 
Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting feedback from community 
members and affiliates. The committee launched a community survey in 
June, receivingmore than 1,600 responses about the qualities needed in 
the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3] Taking all of 
this into account, the transition team developed a profile and 
requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values 
and our communities.



Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received 
very clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and 
community members that Katherine embodies the values of our movement 
and the traits needed in our next ED. This feedback was only 
reinforced by the latest Foundation engagement survey results, which 
showed a strong shift toward renewed trust in leadership. After taking 
this all into account, and considering what the organization needs at 
this moment of transition, we moved to appoint Katherine now.



In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the 
organization and community to make huge strides in management, 
execution, and transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our 
strategic direction, and mobilized the organization to clearly 
communicate that direction through this year’s annual plan.



After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly 
identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period 
and execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. 
Under Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan 
to the Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community 
feedback and discussion.



Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime 
advocate for global open communities, culture, and technology. She was 
the Foundation’s Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until 
she was appointed interim ED in March. Throughout her career she has 
focused on freedom of expression, access to information, and digital 
rights; supporting the efforts of people around the world to deepen 
participation, advance transparency, and strengthen their communities 
through her work with UNICEF, National Democratic Institute for 
International Affairs, and the World Bank.  If you don’t already know 
Katherine, you can learn more about her on Meta.[4]



With this appointment, we feel strongly that the Foundation has the 
leadership and clarity to move forward. We wish Katherine the very 
best in this role, and the Board looks forward to continuing to work 
with her.



We would also like to thank the many community members and Foundation 
staff who actively shared thoughtful, highly valuable feedback. 
Without that, we would not have been able to come to this decision.



Please join us in congratulating Katherine!


Patricio Lorente, outgoing Board Chair

Christophe Henner, incoming Board Chair



Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Kentucky Wikimedians

2016-06-24 Thread Olatunde Isaac
Congratulations to Kentucky Wikimedians.

All the best,

Isaac
Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless handheld from Glo Mobile.

-Original Message-
From: Sydney Poore 
Sender: "Wikimedia-l" Date: Fri, 24 
Jun 2016 04:42:33 
To: Wikimedia Mailing List
Reply-To: Wikimedia Mailing List 
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Kentucky Wikimedians

Thank you, Carlos.

Sydney
User: FloNight
On Jun 20, 2016 9:02 AM, "Carlos M. Colina"  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> It is my pleasure to announce the recognition of a new Wikimedia User
> Group in the United States: Kentucky Wikimedians [1]
>
> Their efforts are focused on providing support to those in Kentucky who
> are interested in creating and expanding content in the different Wikimedia
> projects. They have already organized some meetups and plan to expand their
> activities in the state.
>
> Welcome!
>
> 1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Kentucky_Wikimedians_User_Group
>
>
> --
> "*Jülüjain wane mmakat* ein kapülain tü alijunakalirua jee wayuukanairua
> junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain."
> Carlos M. Colina
> Socio, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 | www.wikimedia.org.ve
> 
> Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee
> Phone: +972-52-4869915
> Twitter: @maor_x
>
> El logotipo y el nombre de Wikimedia, Wikimedia Venezuela, Wikipedia,
> Wikimedia Commons, Wikimedia Incubator, Wiktionary y otros proyectos
> relacionados son marcas registradas usadas bajo permiso expreso de su
> titular, la Fundación Wikimedia, Inc., una organización sin fines de lucro.
> Otros nombres y marcas pertenecen a sus respectivos propietarios.
>
> Asociación Civil Wikimedia Venezuela (Wikimedia Venezuela) | RIF.:
> J-40129321-2 | Los Teques, Estado Miranda. Venezuela
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Olatunde Isaac
Great news. Congratulations to Katherine.

All the best,

Isaac
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Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of
Executive Director

Wonderful news. Katherine is an amazing selection. Congrats and thanks to
all those involved.

James

On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:15 AM, Patricio Lorente <
patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine
> Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is effective
> as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
>
> Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three months,
> during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the kind of
> leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia Foundation
> and the movement.
>
> We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by the
> ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback from
> staff and community, and our own experience working closely with Katherine.
>
> In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent different
> perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the
> executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected by her
> peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The committee was
> charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging important
> stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications. Their first
> tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position description.
> You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
>
> The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership
> needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked with
> the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department, the
> executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews with
> staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting
> feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched a
> community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the
> qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3]
> Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a profile
> and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values
> and our communities.
>
> Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received very
> clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community members
> that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits needed in
> our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation
> engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed trust
> in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering what the
> organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint
> Katherine now.
>
> In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the organization
> and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and
> transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic direction,
> and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction
> through this year’s annual plan.
>
> After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly
> identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period and
> execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under
> Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the
> Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community feedback
> and discussion.
>
> Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime advocate
> for global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the
> Foundation’s Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until she was
> appointed interim ED in March. Throughout her career she has focused on
> freedom of expression, access to information, and digital rights;
> supporting the efforts of people around the world to deepen participation,
> advance transparency, and strengthen their communities through her work
> with UNICEF, National 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Galileo Vidoni
I'm sure this is great news not only for the Foundation but also for the
movement as a whole.

Congratulations to Katherine and thanks to the Board for taking this
decision.


*Galileo Vidoni*
Presidente
A. C. Wikimedia Argentina

On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 12:37 PM, Sydney Poore 
wrote:

> Congratulations. I couldn't be more thrilled
> Warm regards.
> Sydney
> On Jun 24, 2016 11:30 AM, "Oona Castro"  wrote:
>
> > Congratulations! Very good news indeed!
> > Em 24/06/2016 06:29, "Samuel Klein"  escreveu:
> >
> > > Brilliant news for the foundation!  Thank you for resolving this so
> > > swiftly.   ~SJ
> > > On Jun 24, 2016 11:26, "James Heilman"  wrote:
> > >
> > > > Wonderful news. Katherine is an amazing selection. Congrats and
> thanks
> > to
> > > > all those involved.
> > > >
> > > > James
> > > >
> > > > On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:15 AM, Patricio Lorente <
> > > > patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Dear all,
> > > > >
> > > > > It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> > > > > Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint
> > > Katherine
> > > > > Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is
> > > > effective
> > > > > as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
> > > > >
> > > > > Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three
> > > months,
> > > > > during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the
> > kind
> > > > of
> > > > > leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> > > > > movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> > > > > international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia
> > > > Foundation
> > > > > and the movement.
> > > > >
> > > > > We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led
> > by
> > > > the
> > > > > ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct
> > feedback
> > > > from
> > > > > staff and community, and our own experience working closely with
> > > > Katherine.
> > > > >
> > > > > In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> > > > > consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent
> > > different
> > > > > perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> > > > > Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent
> the
> > > > > executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected
> > by
> > > > her
> > > > > peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The
> > committee
> > > > was
> > > > > charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging
> > > important
> > > > > stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications.
> Their
> > > > first
> > > > > tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position
> > > > description.
> > > > > You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
> > > > >
> > > > > The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our
> > leadership
> > > > > needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest
> > worked
> > > > with
> > > > > the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation
> department,
> > > the
> > > > > executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one
> interviews
> > > with
> > > > > staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin,
> > collecting
> > > > > feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee
> > launched
> > > a
> > > > > community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about
> > the
> > > > > qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on
> > > Meta.[3]
> > > > > Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a
> > > profile
> > > > > and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our
> > > values
> > > > > and our communities.
> > > > >
> > > > > Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received
> > > very
> > > > > clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community
> > > > members
> > > > > that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits
> > > needed
> > > > in
> > > > > our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest
> > Foundation
> > > > > engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward
> renewed
> > > > trust
> > > > > in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering
> > what
> > > > the
> > > > > organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to
> appoint
> > > > > Katherine now.
> > > > >
> > > > > In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the
> > > > organization
> > > > > and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and
> > > > > transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic
> > > direction,
> > > > > and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that
> direction
> > > > > through this year’s annual plan.
> > > 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations. I couldn't be more thrilled
Warm regards.
Sydney
On Jun 24, 2016 11:30 AM, "Oona Castro"  wrote:

> Congratulations! Very good news indeed!
> Em 24/06/2016 06:29, "Samuel Klein"  escreveu:
>
> > Brilliant news for the foundation!  Thank you for resolving this so
> > swiftly.   ~SJ
> > On Jun 24, 2016 11:26, "James Heilman"  wrote:
> >
> > > Wonderful news. Katherine is an amazing selection. Congrats and thanks
> to
> > > all those involved.
> > >
> > > James
> > >
> > > On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:15 AM, Patricio Lorente <
> > > patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Dear all,
> > > >
> > > > It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> > > > Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint
> > Katherine
> > > > Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is
> > > effective
> > > > as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
> > > >
> > > > Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three
> > months,
> > > > during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the
> kind
> > > of
> > > > leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> > > > movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> > > > international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia
> > > Foundation
> > > > and the movement.
> > > >
> > > > We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led
> by
> > > the
> > > > ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct
> feedback
> > > from
> > > > staff and community, and our own experience working closely with
> > > Katherine.
> > > >
> > > > In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> > > > consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent
> > different
> > > > perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> > > > Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the
> > > > executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected
> by
> > > her
> > > > peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The
> committee
> > > was
> > > > charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging
> > important
> > > > stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications. Their
> > > first
> > > > tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position
> > > description.
> > > > You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
> > > >
> > > > The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our
> leadership
> > > > needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest
> worked
> > > with
> > > > the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department,
> > the
> > > > executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews
> > with
> > > > staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin,
> collecting
> > > > feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee
> launched
> > a
> > > > community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about
> the
> > > > qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on
> > Meta.[3]
> > > > Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a
> > profile
> > > > and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our
> > values
> > > > and our communities.
> > > >
> > > > Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received
> > very
> > > > clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community
> > > members
> > > > that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits
> > needed
> > > in
> > > > our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest
> Foundation
> > > > engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed
> > > trust
> > > > in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering
> what
> > > the
> > > > organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint
> > > > Katherine now.
> > > >
> > > > In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the
> > > organization
> > > > and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and
> > > > transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic
> > direction,
> > > > and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction
> > > > through this year’s annual plan.
> > > >
> > > > After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly
> > > > identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period
> and
> > > > execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under
> > > > Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to
> the
> > > > Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community
> > feedback
> > > > and discussion.
> > > >
> > > > Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime
> > advocate
> > > > for global open communities, 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Greg Varnum
This message is also available on Meta-Wiki for translation:  
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/24_June_2016_-_Board_appointment_of_Wikimedia_Foundation_Executive_Director

-greg

---
Gregory Varnum
Communications Strategist (Contractor)
Wikimedia Foundation 
gvar...@wikimedia.org 
> On Jun 24, 2016, at 11:15 AM, Patricio Lorente  
> wrote:
> 
> Dear all, 
> 
> It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at Wikimania 
> 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine Maher as 
> Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is effective as of our 
> resolution dated Thursday, 23 June. 
> 
> Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three months, 
> during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the kind of 
> leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our movement’s 
> values, and brings expertise in civic technology and international 
> development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia Foundation and the 
> movement.
> 
> We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by the ED 
> search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback from 
> staff and community, and our own experience working closely with Katherine. 
> 
> In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1] consisting 
> of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent different perspectives 
> and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the Foundation’s Chief 
> Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the executive team, and 
> Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected by her peers as someone who 
> could represent staff perspectives. The committee was charged with keeping 
> the process on track and on time, engaging important stakeholders, and 
> facilitating transparency in communications. Their first tasks were to 
> identify a search firm, and define the position description. You can review 
> the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
> 
> The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership needs 
> and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked with the 
> committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department, the 
> executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews with 
> staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting 
> feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched a 
> community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the 
> qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3] 
> Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a profile and 
> requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values and our 
> communities.
> 
> Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received very 
> clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community members 
> that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits needed in 
> our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation 
> engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed trust 
> in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering what the 
> organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint 
> Katherine now. 
> 
> In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the organization 
> and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and 
> transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic direction, and 
> mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction through this 
> year’s annual plan. 
> 
> After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly 
> identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period and 
> execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under 
> Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the Funds 
> Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community feedback and 
> discussion.
> 
> Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime advocate for 
> global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the Foundation’s 
> Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until she was appointed interim 
> ED in March. Throughout her career she has focused on freedom of expression, 
> access to information, and digital rights; supporting the efforts of people 
> around the world to deepen participation, advance transparency, and 
> strengthen their communities through her work with UNICEF, National 
> Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and the World Bank.  If you 
> don’t already know Katherine, you can learn more about her on Meta.[4]
> 
> With this appointment, we feel strongly that the Foundation has the 
> leadership and clarity to 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Kentucky Wikimedians

2016-06-24 Thread Marti Johnson
:-)  If only I lived in Kentucky!  Congrats!
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On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 10:43 AM, Shani  wrote:

> Congrats! :-)
> On 24 Jun 2016 10:42, "Sydney Poore"  wrote:
>
> > Thank you, Carlos.
> >
> > Sydney
> > User: FloNight
> > On Jun 20, 2016 9:02 AM, "Carlos M. Colina" 
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Dear all,
> > >
> > > It is my pleasure to announce the recognition of a new Wikimedia User
> > > Group in the United States: Kentucky Wikimedians [1]
> > >
> > > Their efforts are focused on providing support to those in Kentucky who
> > > are interested in creating and expanding content in the different
> > Wikimedia
> > > projects. They have already organized some meetups and plan to expand
> > their
> > > activities in the state.
> > >
> > > Welcome!
> > >
> > > 1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Kentucky_Wikimedians_User_Group
> > >
> > >
> > > --
> > > "*Jülüjain wane mmakat* ein kapülain tü alijunakalirua jee
> wayuukanairua
> > > junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya
> junain."
> > > Carlos M. Colina
> > > Socio, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 |
> > www.wikimedia.org.ve
> > > 
> > > Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee
> > > Phone: +972-52-4869915
> > > Twitter: @maor_x
> > >
> > > El logotipo y el nombre de Wikimedia, Wikimedia Venezuela, Wikipedia,
> > > Wikimedia Commons, Wikimedia Incubator, Wiktionary y otros proyectos
> > > relacionados son marcas registradas usadas bajo permiso expreso de su
> > > titular, la Fundación Wikimedia, Inc., una organización sin fines de
> > lucro.
> > > Otros nombres y marcas pertenecen a sus respectivos propietarios.
> > >
> > > Asociación Civil Wikimedia Venezuela (Wikimedia Venezuela) | RIF.:
> > > J-40129321-2 | Los Teques, Estado Miranda. Venezuela
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Shani
Wonderful news! Well deserved.
A big thank you to the board for this sensible decision and (continued)
good luck to Katherine. :-)

Shani.
On 24 Jun 2016 11:30, "Oona Castro"  wrote:

> Congratulations! Very good news indeed!
> Em 24/06/2016 06:29, "Samuel Klein"  escreveu:
>
> > Brilliant news for the foundation!  Thank you for resolving this so
> > swiftly.   ~SJ
> > On Jun 24, 2016 11:26, "James Heilman"  wrote:
> >
> > > Wonderful news. Katherine is an amazing selection. Congrats and thanks
> to
> > > all those involved.
> > >
> > > James
> > >
> > > On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:15 AM, Patricio Lorente <
> > > patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Dear all,
> > > >
> > > > It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> > > > Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint
> > Katherine
> > > > Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is
> > > effective
> > > > as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
> > > >
> > > > Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three
> > months,
> > > > during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the
> kind
> > > of
> > > > leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> > > > movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> > > > international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia
> > > Foundation
> > > > and the movement.
> > > >
> > > > We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led
> by
> > > the
> > > > ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct
> feedback
> > > from
> > > > staff and community, and our own experience working closely with
> > > Katherine.
> > > >
> > > > In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> > > > consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent
> > different
> > > > perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> > > > Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the
> > > > executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected
> by
> > > her
> > > > peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The
> committee
> > > was
> > > > charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging
> > important
> > > > stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications. Their
> > > first
> > > > tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position
> > > description.
> > > > You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
> > > >
> > > > The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our
> leadership
> > > > needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest
> worked
> > > with
> > > > the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department,
> > the
> > > > executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews
> > with
> > > > staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin,
> collecting
> > > > feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee
> launched
> > a
> > > > community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about
> the
> > > > qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on
> > Meta.[3]
> > > > Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a
> > profile
> > > > and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our
> > values
> > > > and our communities.
> > > >
> > > > Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received
> > very
> > > > clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community
> > > members
> > > > that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits
> > needed
> > > in
> > > > our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest
> Foundation
> > > > engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed
> > > trust
> > > > in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering
> what
> > > the
> > > > organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint
> > > > Katherine now.
> > > >
> > > > In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the
> > > organization
> > > > and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and
> > > > transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic
> > direction,
> > > > and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction
> > > > through this year’s annual plan.
> > > >
> > > > After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly
> > > > identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period
> and
> > > > execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under
> > > > Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to
> the
> > > > Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community
> > feedback
> > > > and discussion.
> > > >
> > > > Katherine is an excellent fit for our 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Oona Castro
Congratulations! Very good news indeed!
Em 24/06/2016 06:29, "Samuel Klein"  escreveu:

> Brilliant news for the foundation!  Thank you for resolving this so
> swiftly.   ~SJ
> On Jun 24, 2016 11:26, "James Heilman"  wrote:
>
> > Wonderful news. Katherine is an amazing selection. Congrats and thanks to
> > all those involved.
> >
> > James
> >
> > On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:15 AM, Patricio Lorente <
> > patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Dear all,
> > >
> > > It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> > > Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint
> Katherine
> > > Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is
> > effective
> > > as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
> > >
> > > Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three
> months,
> > > during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the kind
> > of
> > > leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> > > movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> > > international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia
> > Foundation
> > > and the movement.
> > >
> > > We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by
> > the
> > > ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback
> > from
> > > staff and community, and our own experience working closely with
> > Katherine.
> > >
> > > In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> > > consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent
> different
> > > perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> > > Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the
> > > executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected by
> > her
> > > peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The committee
> > was
> > > charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging
> important
> > > stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications. Their
> > first
> > > tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position
> > description.
> > > You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
> > >
> > > The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership
> > > needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked
> > with
> > > the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department,
> the
> > > executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews
> with
> > > staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting
> > > feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched
> a
> > > community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the
> > > qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on
> Meta.[3]
> > > Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a
> profile
> > > and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our
> values
> > > and our communities.
> > >
> > > Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received
> very
> > > clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community
> > members
> > > that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits
> needed
> > in
> > > our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation
> > > engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed
> > trust
> > > in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering what
> > the
> > > organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint
> > > Katherine now.
> > >
> > > In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the
> > organization
> > > and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and
> > > transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic
> direction,
> > > and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction
> > > through this year’s annual plan.
> > >
> > > After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly
> > > identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period and
> > > execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under
> > > Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the
> > > Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community
> feedback
> > > and discussion.
> > >
> > > Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime
> advocate
> > > for global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the
> > > Foundation’s Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until she was
> > > appointed interim ED in March. Throughout her career she has focused on
> > > freedom of expression, access to information, and digital rights;
> > > supporting the efforts of people around the world to deepen
> > participation,
> > > advance transparency, and 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Samuel Klein
Brilliant news for the foundation!  Thank you for resolving this so
swiftly.   ~SJ
On Jun 24, 2016 11:26, "James Heilman"  wrote:

> Wonderful news. Katherine is an amazing selection. Congrats and thanks to
> all those involved.
>
> James
>
> On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:15 AM, Patricio Lorente <
> patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Dear all,
> >
> > It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> > Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine
> > Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is
> effective
> > as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
> >
> > Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three months,
> > during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the kind
> of
> > leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> > movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> > international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia
> Foundation
> > and the movement.
> >
> > We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by
> the
> > ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback
> from
> > staff and community, and our own experience working closely with
> Katherine.
> >
> > In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> > consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent different
> > perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> > Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the
> > executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected by
> her
> > peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The committee
> was
> > charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging important
> > stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications. Their
> first
> > tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position
> description.
> > You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
> >
> > The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership
> > needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked
> with
> > the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department, the
> > executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews with
> > staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting
> > feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched a
> > community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the
> > qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3]
> > Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a profile
> > and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values
> > and our communities.
> >
> > Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received very
> > clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community
> members
> > that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits needed
> in
> > our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation
> > engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed
> trust
> > in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering what
> the
> > organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint
> > Katherine now.
> >
> > In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the
> organization
> > and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and
> > transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic direction,
> > and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction
> > through this year’s annual plan.
> >
> > After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly
> > identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period and
> > execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under
> > Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the
> > Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community feedback
> > and discussion.
> >
> > Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime advocate
> > for global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the
> > Foundation’s Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until she was
> > appointed interim ED in March. Throughout her career she has focused on
> > freedom of expression, access to information, and digital rights;
> > supporting the efforts of people around the world to deepen
> participation,
> > advance transparency, and strengthen their communities through her work
> > with UNICEF, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and
> > the World Bank.  If you don’t already know Katherine, you can learn more
> > about her on Meta.[4]
> >
> > With this appointment, we feel strongly that the Foundation has the
> > leadership and clarity to move 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread James Heilman
Wonderful news. Katherine is an amazing selection. Congrats and thanks to
all those involved.

James

On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:15 AM, Patricio Lorente <
patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine
> Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is effective
> as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
>
> Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three months,
> during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the kind of
> leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia Foundation
> and the movement.
>
> We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by the
> ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback from
> staff and community, and our own experience working closely with Katherine.
>
> In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent different
> perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the
> executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected by her
> peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The committee was
> charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging important
> stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications. Their first
> tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position description.
> You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
>
> The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership
> needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked with
> the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department, the
> executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews with
> staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting
> feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched a
> community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the
> qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3]
> Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a profile
> and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values
> and our communities.
>
> Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received very
> clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community members
> that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits needed in
> our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation
> engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed trust
> in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering what the
> organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint
> Katherine now.
>
> In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the organization
> and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and
> transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic direction,
> and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction
> through this year’s annual plan.
>
> After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly
> identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period and
> execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under
> Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the
> Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community feedback
> and discussion.
>
> Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime advocate
> for global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the
> Foundation’s Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until she was
> appointed interim ED in March. Throughout her career she has focused on
> freedom of expression, access to information, and digital rights;
> supporting the efforts of people around the world to deepen participation,
> advance transparency, and strengthen their communities through her work
> with UNICEF, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and
> the World Bank.  If you don’t already know Katherine, you can learn more
> about her on Meta.[4]
>
> With this appointment, we feel strongly that the Foundation has the
> leadership and clarity to move forward. We wish Katherine the very best in
> this role, and the Board looks forward to continuing to work with her.
>
> We would also like to thank the many community members and Foundation
> staff who actively shared thoughtful, highly valuable feedback. Without
> that, we would not have been able to come to this decision.
>
> Please join us in 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF Board of Trustees appointments and officer positions

2016-06-24 Thread Delphine Ménard
Patricio, many many thanks to you for having kept your cool during the
hard times. Thanks to you and Frieda for services rendered, and on to
time off from Wikimedia mandates (it's kinda cool, you'll see).
Congratulations to Christophe and María.

And hugs all around.

:D

Delphine

On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 10:39 AM, Risker  wrote:
> Thank you to Christophe and Nataliia for taking on these new and important
> responsibilities.  And thanks to Christophe and Maria for taking on the
> Chair and Vice Chair roles.
>
> I also extend my thanks to Patricio and Frieda for your service on the
> board including the time that Patricio has served as Chair. Thank you as
> well to Alice for her service as Vice Chair.
>
> Risker/Anne
>
> On 24 June 2016 at 09:49, Jan-Bart de Vreede 
> wrote:
>
>> Congratulations go to Christophe, and also thank you for making yourself a
>> candidate. Your years of experience in the movement and personality are are
>> great asset and we are lucky to have you. The good news is that you have a
>> great organisation to support you in helping you do a good job!
>>
>> Like many others have said: thank you Patricio! I know from experience that
>> this is 'at best' a tough job, and the past year has demanded a lot from
>> you (and many others) Time to take a well deserved rest, and of course we
>> will hopefully see you back contributing somewhere/somehow :)
>>
>> Many thanks to you both!
>>
>> Jan-Bart de Vreede
>>
>> On 23 June 2016 at 23:43:41, Johan Jönsson (jjons...@wikimedia.org) wrote:
>>
>> > Thank you both, Patricio and Alice.
>> >
>> > //Johan Jönsson
>> > --
>> > Den 23 juni 2016 6:02 em skrev "Patricio Lorente" <
>> > patricio.lore...@gmail.com>:
>> >
>> > Hello everyone,
>> >
>> > I am happy to share that as of today, Christophe Henner and Nataliia
>> Tymkiv
>> > have formally joined the Board of Trustees as affiliate Board-selected
>> > members. They both bring deep expertise in the Wikimedia community, and
>> in
>> > their respective fields. I’m confident they will serve as excellent
>> > contributors, rooted in the values of our movement. You can learn more
>> > about them in an announcement we made in May:
>> >
>> >
>> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/05/24/affiliate-selected-board-trustees-election/
>> >
>> >
>> > Today the Board also voted to appoint Christophe Henner as Chair, and
>> María
>> > Sefidari as Vice Chair. Both Christophe and María have a long history of
>> > involvement in the Wikimedia community, and have held leadership roles at
>> > Wikimedia France and Wikimedia Spain, respectively.
>> >
>> > More about Christophe, María, and Natallia is below. I hope you will join
>> > me in congratulating them on their new positions and wish them success in
>> > their terms ahead.
>> >
>> >
>> > I would like to thank my friend Alice for working with me in her role as
>> > Vice Chair, and many thanks to you all for your support during my time as
>> > Chair.
>> >
>> > Patricio Lorente
>> >
>> >
>> > About Christophe Henner
>> >
>> > Christophe Henner is the former Chair of Wikimedia France and current
>> > deputy CEO of Webedia 's gaming division, the
>> > international digital media group headquartered in France.
>> >
>> > He has deep and varied experience across the marketing sector, including
>> > leadership roles at at Webedia and L'Odyssée Interactive.
>> >
>> > Christophe has been an active member of the Wikimedia community for more
>> > than 12 years. In 2007, he joined the Board of Wikimedia France
>> >  and has remained an active Board member in
>> > various positions for the past ten years. He has served as both Chair and
>> > Vice Chair of the Board of Wikimedia France. During his time on the
>> Board,
>> > Christophe helped lead Wikimedia France through a significant period of
>> > growth. This included leading the development of the chapter’s brand, and
>> > supporting the development of a clear organizational strategy and vision
>> > for the chapter.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > About Maria Sefidari
>> >
>> > Maria is a professor in the Digital Communications, Culture and
>> Citizenship
>> > Master's degree program  of Rey Juan Carlos
>> University
>> >  at the
>> > MediaLab-Prado . María
>> > graduated with a Psychology degree from Universidad Complutense de Madrid
>> > , and
>> > later
>> > a Master's degree in Management and Tourism at the Business faculty of
>> the
>> > same university.
>> >
>> >
>> > María started contributing to the Wikimedia projects in 2006, and has
>> since
>> > served in many different roles across the Wikimedia movement. She was a
>> > founding member of Wikimedia España
>> >  and Wikimujeres
>> > Grupo de 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Kentucky Wikimedians

2016-06-24 Thread Shani
Congrats! :-)
On 24 Jun 2016 10:42, "Sydney Poore"  wrote:

> Thank you, Carlos.
>
> Sydney
> User: FloNight
> On Jun 20, 2016 9:02 AM, "Carlos M. Colina" 
> wrote:
>
> > Dear all,
> >
> > It is my pleasure to announce the recognition of a new Wikimedia User
> > Group in the United States: Kentucky Wikimedians [1]
> >
> > Their efforts are focused on providing support to those in Kentucky who
> > are interested in creating and expanding content in the different
> Wikimedia
> > projects. They have already organized some meetups and plan to expand
> their
> > activities in the state.
> >
> > Welcome!
> >
> > 1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Kentucky_Wikimedians_User_Group
> >
> >
> > --
> > "*Jülüjain wane mmakat* ein kapülain tü alijunakalirua jee wayuukanairua
> > junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain."
> > Carlos M. Colina
> > Socio, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 |
> www.wikimedia.org.ve
> > 
> > Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee
> > Phone: +972-52-4869915
> > Twitter: @maor_x
> >
> > El logotipo y el nombre de Wikimedia, Wikimedia Venezuela, Wikipedia,
> > Wikimedia Commons, Wikimedia Incubator, Wiktionary y otros proyectos
> > relacionados son marcas registradas usadas bajo permiso expreso de su
> > titular, la Fundación Wikimedia, Inc., una organización sin fines de
> lucro.
> > Otros nombres y marcas pertenecen a sus respectivos propietarios.
> >
> > Asociación Civil Wikimedia Venezuela (Wikimedia Venezuela) | RIF.:
> > J-40129321-2 | Los Teques, Estado Miranda. Venezuela
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Kentucky Wikimedians

2016-06-24 Thread Sydney Poore
Thank you, Carlos.

Sydney
User: FloNight
On Jun 20, 2016 9:02 AM, "Carlos M. Colina"  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> It is my pleasure to announce the recognition of a new Wikimedia User
> Group in the United States: Kentucky Wikimedians [1]
>
> Their efforts are focused on providing support to those in Kentucky who
> are interested in creating and expanding content in the different Wikimedia
> projects. They have already organized some meetups and plan to expand their
> activities in the state.
>
> Welcome!
>
> 1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Kentucky_Wikimedians_User_Group
>
>
> --
> "*Jülüjain wane mmakat* ein kapülain tü alijunakalirua jee wayuukanairua
> junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain."
> Carlos M. Colina
> Socio, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 | www.wikimedia.org.ve
> 
> Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee
> Phone: +972-52-4869915
> Twitter: @maor_x
>
> El logotipo y el nombre de Wikimedia, Wikimedia Venezuela, Wikipedia,
> Wikimedia Commons, Wikimedia Incubator, Wiktionary y otros proyectos
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF Board of Trustees appointments and officer positions

2016-06-24 Thread Risker
Thank you to Christophe and Nataliia for taking on these new and important
responsibilities.  And thanks to Christophe and Maria for taking on the
Chair and Vice Chair roles.

I also extend my thanks to Patricio and Frieda for your service on the
board including the time that Patricio has served as Chair. Thank you as
well to Alice for her service as Vice Chair.

Risker/Anne

On 24 June 2016 at 09:49, Jan-Bart de Vreede 
wrote:

> Congratulations go to Christophe, and also thank you for making yourself a
> candidate. Your years of experience in the movement and personality are are
> great asset and we are lucky to have you. The good news is that you have a
> great organisation to support you in helping you do a good job!
>
> Like many others have said: thank you Patricio! I know from experience that
> this is 'at best' a tough job, and the past year has demanded a lot from
> you (and many others) Time to take a well deserved rest, and of course we
> will hopefully see you back contributing somewhere/somehow :)
>
> Many thanks to you both!
>
> Jan-Bart de Vreede
>
> On 23 June 2016 at 23:43:41, Johan Jönsson (jjons...@wikimedia.org) wrote:
>
> > Thank you both, Patricio and Alice.
> >
> > //Johan Jönsson
> > --
> > Den 23 juni 2016 6:02 em skrev "Patricio Lorente" <
> > patricio.lore...@gmail.com>:
> >
> > Hello everyone,
> >
> > I am happy to share that as of today, Christophe Henner and Nataliia
> Tymkiv
> > have formally joined the Board of Trustees as affiliate Board-selected
> > members. They both bring deep expertise in the Wikimedia community, and
> in
> > their respective fields. I’m confident they will serve as excellent
> > contributors, rooted in the values of our movement. You can learn more
> > about them in an announcement we made in May:
> >
> >
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/05/24/affiliate-selected-board-trustees-election/
> >
> >
> > Today the Board also voted to appoint Christophe Henner as Chair, and
> María
> > Sefidari as Vice Chair. Both Christophe and María have a long history of
> > involvement in the Wikimedia community, and have held leadership roles at
> > Wikimedia France and Wikimedia Spain, respectively.
> >
> > More about Christophe, María, and Natallia is below. I hope you will join
> > me in congratulating them on their new positions and wish them success in
> > their terms ahead.
> >
> >
> > I would like to thank my friend Alice for working with me in her role as
> > Vice Chair, and many thanks to you all for your support during my time as
> > Chair.
> >
> > Patricio Lorente
> >
> >
> > About Christophe Henner
> >
> > Christophe Henner is the former Chair of Wikimedia France and current
> > deputy CEO of Webedia 's gaming division, the
> > international digital media group headquartered in France.
> >
> > He has deep and varied experience across the marketing sector, including
> > leadership roles at at Webedia and L'Odyssée Interactive.
> >
> > Christophe has been an active member of the Wikimedia community for more
> > than 12 years. In 2007, he joined the Board of Wikimedia France
> >  and has remained an active Board member in
> > various positions for the past ten years. He has served as both Chair and
> > Vice Chair of the Board of Wikimedia France. During his time on the
> Board,
> > Christophe helped lead Wikimedia France through a significant period of
> > growth. This included leading the development of the chapter’s brand, and
> > supporting the development of a clear organizational strategy and vision
> > for the chapter.
> >
> >
> >
> > About Maria Sefidari
> >
> > Maria is a professor in the Digital Communications, Culture and
> Citizenship
> > Master's degree program  of Rey Juan Carlos
> University
> >  at the
> > MediaLab-Prado . María
> > graduated with a Psychology degree from Universidad Complutense de Madrid
> > , and
> > later
> > a Master's degree in Management and Tourism at the Business faculty of
> the
> > same university.
> >
> >
> > María started contributing to the Wikimedia projects in 2006, and has
> since
> > served in many different roles across the Wikimedia movement. She was a
> > founding member of Wikimedia España
> >  and Wikimujeres
> > Grupo de Usuarias , and
> also
> > created Spanish Wikipedia's LGBT Wikiproject
> > . She has served on
> > several Wikimedia governance committees, including the Affiliations
> >  and Individual
> > Engagement Grants 
> committees.
> > In her time on the Affiliations committee, María 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF Board of Trustees appointments and officer positions

2016-06-24 Thread Jan-Bart de Vreede
Congratulations go to Christophe, and also thank you for making yourself a
candidate. Your years of experience in the movement and personality are are
great asset and we are lucky to have you. The good news is that you have a
great organisation to support you in helping you do a good job!

Like many others have said: thank you Patricio! I know from experience that
this is 'at best' a tough job, and the past year has demanded a lot from
you (and many others) Time to take a well deserved rest, and of course we
will hopefully see you back contributing somewhere/somehow :)

Many thanks to you both!

Jan-Bart de Vreede

On 23 June 2016 at 23:43:41, Johan Jönsson (jjons...@wikimedia.org) wrote:

> Thank you both, Patricio and Alice.
>
> //Johan Jönsson
> --
> Den 23 juni 2016 6:02 em skrev "Patricio Lorente" <
> patricio.lore...@gmail.com>:
>
> Hello everyone,
>
> I am happy to share that as of today, Christophe Henner and Nataliia Tymkiv
> have formally joined the Board of Trustees as affiliate Board-selected
> members. They both bring deep expertise in the Wikimedia community, and in
> their respective fields. I’m confident they will serve as excellent
> contributors, rooted in the values of our movement. You can learn more
> about them in an announcement we made in May:
>
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/05/24/affiliate-selected-board-trustees-election/
>
>
> Today the Board also voted to appoint Christophe Henner as Chair, and María
> Sefidari as Vice Chair. Both Christophe and María have a long history of
> involvement in the Wikimedia community, and have held leadership roles at
> Wikimedia France and Wikimedia Spain, respectively.
>
> More about Christophe, María, and Natallia is below. I hope you will join
> me in congratulating them on their new positions and wish them success in
> their terms ahead.
>
>
> I would like to thank my friend Alice for working with me in her role as
> Vice Chair, and many thanks to you all for your support during my time as
> Chair.
>
> Patricio Lorente
>
>
> About Christophe Henner
>
> Christophe Henner is the former Chair of Wikimedia France and current
> deputy CEO of Webedia 's gaming division, the
> international digital media group headquartered in France.
>
> He has deep and varied experience across the marketing sector, including
> leadership roles at at Webedia and L'Odyssée Interactive.
>
> Christophe has been an active member of the Wikimedia community for more
> than 12 years. In 2007, he joined the Board of Wikimedia France
>  and has remained an active Board member in
> various positions for the past ten years. He has served as both Chair and
> Vice Chair of the Board of Wikimedia France. During his time on the Board,
> Christophe helped lead Wikimedia France through a significant period of
> growth. This included leading the development of the chapter’s brand, and
> supporting the development of a clear organizational strategy and vision
> for the chapter.
>
>
>
> About Maria Sefidari
>
> Maria is a professor in the Digital Communications, Culture and Citizenship
> Master's degree program  of Rey Juan Carlos University
>  at the
> MediaLab-Prado . María
> graduated with a Psychology degree from Universidad Complutense de Madrid
> , and
> later
> a Master's degree in Management and Tourism at the Business faculty of the
> same university.
>
>
> María started contributing to the Wikimedia projects in 2006, and has since
> served in many different roles across the Wikimedia movement. She was a
> founding member of Wikimedia España
>  and Wikimujeres
> Grupo de Usuarias , and also
> created Spanish Wikipedia's LGBT Wikiproject
> . She has served on
> several Wikimedia governance committees, including the Affiliations
>  and Individual
> Engagement Grants  committees.
> In her time on the Affiliations committee, María served as the first
> Treasurer of the committee, effectively overseeing and monitoring
> disbursement of the committee's budget. Maria served a prior term on the
> Wikimedia Foundation board from 2013 to 2015.
>
>
>
> About Nataliia Tymkiv
>
> Nataliia currently serves as Financial Director of the Centre for Democracy
> and Rule of Law, a Ukrainian media policy and human rights nonprofit.
> Nataliia has a Masters degree in Public Administration and a Specialist
> degree in Records Management and Information Activities.
>
> She has in-depth experience in executive leadership and financial
> management. Prior to her current role as Financial Director, Nataliia
>