Re: [Wikimedia-l] Resolution about the upcoming Board elections

2021-04-23 Thread Luis Villa
This looks like a very thoughtful start on a very thorny problem, well done.

Given that we’re trying to diversify the board, and that Jimmy has recently
criticized FSF for having lifetime board appointments for founders,* I was
surprised not to see any mention in this document of sunsetting Jimmy’s
founder seat. Making him a peer of the rest of the board, subject to the
same terms, selection process, and requalification standards, rather than a
first-among-equals, would potentially free up an additional seat to improve
global board diversity and definitely be consistent with general best
practices for non-profit governance.

Has the board discussed that?


P.S. the links on the last page of
are broken.

* well, he criticized them for _secretive_ board appointments, but from a
governance perspective a lifetime founder seat is problematic regardless of
whether it is secret/defacto (FSF) or public/de jure (WMF).

On Wed, Apr 21, 2021 at 1:45 PM Jackie Koerner 

> Hi all,
> The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees met last week to decide on a
> plan for the 2021 Board elections. The Board Governance Committee created
> this proposal, based on the Call for Feedback about Community Board
> Seats.[1] Please check the related announcement for details.[2]
> The Board wants to thank the more than 800 volunteers that participated in
> the Call for Feedback in one way or another.[3] There were almost a hundred
> conversations in multiple languages and in multiple regions. There was
> additional discussion on Meta, Telegram, and other channels used by local
> communities. Three new ideas were presented by volunteers during the Call.
> It has been very difficult to decide on every open question considering the
> quantity and diversity of opinions received. We hope this resolution feels
> sensible to everybody.
> In the upcoming days, the Board elections facilitation team will share
> their ideas to support candidates and voters. Let's work together on
> elections with high and very diverse participation!
> [1] Call for Feedback Community Board Seats
> [2] Announcement of Board Governance Committee proposal
> [3] Call for Feedback Community Board seats metrics
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2021-04-23 Thread
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