Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Leaving the Wikimedia Foundation

2015-02-26 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Dear all,

To everyone who has reached out on the maillists, and privately, thank you.
I feel overwhelmed by the support, and deeply grateful and moved by the
appreciation.

I would like to - and will - respond to each of you individually, but given
my health, my apologies that I'm not able to respond to each of your
incredible messages as immediately as I'd like to.

...so yes, more to come, and many more journeys to share together!

Warmly,
Anasuya



On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 2:31 PM, Anasuya Sengupta asengu...@wikimedia.org
wrote:

 Dear friends and colleagues, fellow adventurers on the Wikimedia journey -

 Goodbyes are overrated.[1] But since I’m sure this will be au revoir, I’ll
 continue: I am leaving the Foundation as head of the Grantmaking
 department, at the end of March. This was not an easy decision to make;
 this is not an easy email to write.

 As some of you know, I have been battling health issues over the past few
 months. I’ve learnt sharp and intimate truths about myself as I’ve worked
 to get better, and what I’ve kept coming back to is the compassionate but
 fierce feminist slogan around self-care and sustainability: ‘what’s the
 point of the revolution if we can’t dance?’[2] To reassure you all, I will
 be well,[3] but I need a little time and space to focus on getting my
 dancing legs strong again.

 That said, I am pleased that we have a really solid plan in place as I
 leave. As Lila’s email just announced, Luis Villa (our current Deputy
 General Counsel) will be taking over the team effective immediately, and
 leading the organisation further in our support of Wikimedia communities
 worldwide. Luis brings with him a range of skills and qualities that I know
 will stand him, the team, and the movement in wonderful stead through it
 all. As a friend and colleague, I am so delighted to be supporting Luis
 through the next few weeks of transition.

 I joined the Foundation in July 2012 to oversee and implement the FDC
 process. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of creating and leading a
 department of more than twenty remarkable and passionate people who care
 about our mission, our communities, and the resources needed to match the
 two.

 We went from Asaf managing a small grants portfolio on his own, ably
 supported on occasion by Winifred, to a fully fledged grantmaking
 department with a spectrum of monetary and non-monetary resources. We have
 been able to offer these in different ways to different parts of our
 movement: to individual volunteers with great ideas in need of project
 management, to small groups experimenting with new initiatives, and to
 established organisations who form critical content and policy partnerships
 in their local contexts. We built an infrastructure for understanding our
 collective impact. We learned together about what our different communities
 are doing globally, about the successes and challenges we have, and above
 all: about how we can, together, create a more powerful set of outcomes for
 free knowledge.

 In doing so, I’ve had the joy of discovery,[4] of learning from and with
 some of the most dedicated volunteers in the world, who believe that
 knowledge matters. Most importantly, that it’s not only free knowledge
 _for_ all that we seek, but even more critically, that we believe in
 knowledge _from_ and _with_ all.

 And I’ve discovered that the nerdy, geeky, obsessed-with-data part of me
 found a home in this extraordinary universe, where everybody’s “unimaginable,
 magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds” can find expression.[5] I
 look forward to the day when my worlds find more space on Wikipedia, when
 80% of the globe is represented by far more than 20% of the edits, when
 much more than 15% of our contributors can self-identify as women. Till
 then, I’ll keep fighting notability one article at a time...[6]

 So thank you for sharing your worlds with me, and no thanks for turning me
 into an obsessive Wikimedian. :-) As I have learnt with you, I know I have
 done so with trust, and as I have challenged you, I hope I have done so
 with respect. I look forward to continuing our friendships and obsessions
 on a wiki near you.

 With appreciation and gratitude,

 Anasuya

 p.s. You can find me in the future at my enWP user page (User:Anasuyas
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Anasuyas) or (dare I say it) on
 Facebook. Longer diatribes on liff, the universe and everything can be sent
 to anasuyaATsanmathi.org

 [1] Neil Gaiman, American Gods (Chapter 8)

 [2] Urgent Action Fund, a funder of women’s human rights defenders, has
 this book on sustainability:
 http://urgentactionfund.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/06/WTPR-Final-Book.pdf

 [3] And look forward to dancing together on the beaches of a future
 Wikimania…

 [4] Sometimes frustrating, sometimes unbelievable, sometimes somewhat
 insane; but yes mostly, generous beyond belief, and always, joyous. :-)

 [5] More Neil Gaiman, from The Sandman:
 https

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement: A new structure for WMF Community Engagement

2015-02-19 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
 responsibilities directly related to the communities will join a
 new Community Engagement department.

 I have asked Luis Villa to lead the Community Engagement organization as
 the Senior Director of Community Engagement, reporting to me. Promoting
 from within the WMF for this critical role will allow us to leverage the
 knowledge and experience with our communities and reinforce the strengths
 of our people.

 Luis’s experience with communities is lengthy and deep. He has been
 involved in open communities since the late 1990s, from communities as
 small as the Lego Mindstorms hackers to those as large as Mozilla. He
 worked in open communities as a lawyer, a programmer, a bugmaster, an
 engineering lead, a community leader, and a board member. Luis has
 performed exceptionally within the Foundation and supported some of our
 most fruitful community engagements. The Grantmaking, LE, Education,
 Community Advocacy and Community Liaisons teams will join the new Community
 Engagement department [2] under his leadership.

 Unfortunately, Anasuya Sengupta -- our beloved leader of grantmaking --
 will be leaving us due to personal health concerns at the end of March. We
 will invite you soon to celebrate her time with us, her work at the WMF and
 the deep insight she brought to the Foundation. We are saddened to see her
 go. The team she has nurtured will provide an important foundation for our
 upcoming work.

 Siko Bouterse will move up to lead  the day-to-day work of the Grantmaking
 team as Director of Community Resources, supervising all department Grant
 programs and the Global South strategy. Siko has been instrumental in
 innovating programs at the WMF, including initiatives like the Teahouse[1]
 and the IdeaLab[2] combining vision with strong support for volunteer
 community, tough decision making, and great project management skills.

 These changes are an opportunity to improve the coordination of our work
 supporting the communities. To accelerate this, I have asked Luis to lead
 an internal “tiger” team to better understand the needs, concerns and
 priorities of our volunteers, and to develop recommendations for future
 programs. This work will be shared with all of you as it becomes available.

 Please join me in congratulating Luis and Siko and in supporting our
 teams. The Wikimedia communities are what makes the projects strong,
 unique, and irreplaceable. This is the next step forward in our support to
 them, and in service of our mission.


 Lila



 [1] As Director of Community Resources, Siko will oversee the IdeaLab,
 Annual Plan Grants, Project and Event Grants, and Travel and Participation
 Support. Her team will include Katy Love, Winifred Olliff, Alex Wang,
 Janice Tud, Jonathan Morgan, and Asaf Bartov. Asaf will also take on a new
 title as Senior Program Officer, Emerging Wikimedia Communities.

 [2] Rachel DiCerbo, Philippe Beaudette, Siko, and Anasuya’s other direct
 reports, and their respective teams (CL, CA, and Grantmaking/GLEE) will
 report to Luis. The Engineering Community team will be part of the tiger
 team but will continue to report to Engineering.

 [3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Teahouse

 [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab



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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Leaving the Wikimedia Foundation

2015-02-19 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Dear friends and colleagues, fellow adventurers on the Wikimedia journey -

Goodbyes are overrated.[1] But since I’m sure this will be au revoir, I’ll
continue: I am leaving the Foundation as head of the Grantmaking
department, at the end of March. This was not an easy decision to make;
this is not an easy email to write.

As some of you know, I have been battling health issues over the past few
months. I’ve learnt sharp and intimate truths about myself as I’ve worked
to get better, and what I’ve kept coming back to is the compassionate but
fierce feminist slogan around self-care and sustainability: ‘what’s the
point of the revolution if we can’t dance?’[2] To reassure you all, I will
be well,[3] but I need a little time and space to focus on getting my
dancing legs strong again.

That said, I am pleased that we have a really solid plan in place as I
leave. As Lila’s email just announced, Luis Villa (our current Deputy
General Counsel) will be taking over the team effective immediately, and
leading the organisation further in our support of Wikimedia communities
worldwide. Luis brings with him a range of skills and qualities that I know
will stand him, the team, and the movement in wonderful stead through it
all. As a friend and colleague, I am so delighted to be supporting Luis
through the next few weeks of transition.

I joined the Foundation in July 2012 to oversee and implement the FDC
process. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of creating and leading a
department of more than twenty remarkable and passionate people who care
about our mission, our communities, and the resources needed to match the
two.

We went from Asaf managing a small grants portfolio on his own, ably
supported on occasion by Winifred, to a fully fledged grantmaking
department with a spectrum of monetary and non-monetary resources. We have
been able to offer these in different ways to different parts of our
movement: to individual volunteers with great ideas in need of project
management, to small groups experimenting with new initiatives, and to
established organisations who form critical content and policy partnerships
in their local contexts. We built an infrastructure for understanding our
collective impact. We learned together about what our different communities
are doing globally, about the successes and challenges we have, and above
all: about how we can, together, create a more powerful set of outcomes for
free knowledge.

In doing so, I’ve had the joy of discovery,[4] of learning from and with
some of the most dedicated volunteers in the world, who believe that
knowledge matters. Most importantly, that it’s not only free knowledge
_for_ all that we seek, but even more critically, that we believe in
knowledge _from_ and _with_ all.

And I’ve discovered that the nerdy, geeky, obsessed-with-data part of me
found a home in this extraordinary universe, where everybody’s “unimaginable,
magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds” can find expression.[5] I
look forward to the day when my worlds find more space on Wikipedia, when
80% of the globe is represented by far more than 20% of the edits, when
much more than 15% of our contributors can self-identify as women. Till
then, I’ll keep fighting notability one article at a time...[6]

So thank you for sharing your worlds with me, and no thanks for turning me
into an obsessive Wikimedian. :-) As I have learnt with you, I know I have
done so with trust, and as I have challenged you, I hope I have done so
with respect. I look forward to continuing our friendships and obsessions
on a wiki near you.

With appreciation and gratitude,

Anasuya

p.s. You can find me in the future at my enWP user page (User:Anasuyas
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Anasuyas) or (dare I say it) on
Facebook. Longer diatribes on liff, the universe and everything can be sent
to anasuyaATsanmathi.org

[1] Neil Gaiman, American Gods (Chapter 8)

[2] Urgent Action Fund, a funder of women’s human rights defenders, has
this book on sustainability:
http://urgentactionfund.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/06/WTPR-Final-Book.pdf

[3] And look forward to dancing together on the beaches of a future
Wikimania…

[4] Sometimes frustrating, sometimes unbelievable, sometimes somewhat
insane; but yes mostly, generous beyond belief, and always, joyous. :-)

[5] More Neil Gaiman, from The Sandman:
https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Sandman#A_Game_of_You

[6]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Key_theme_-_Global_South,_WMF_Metrics_Meeting_February_2015.pdfpage=20
Ask Florence (User:Anthere) for _that_ story!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Organizational effectiveness tool (for Wikimedia organizations)

2014-12-02 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Gerard, I'm not sure I understand this concern. Data of all kinds are
important, but in this case, the questionnaire is meant to help
organizations reflect on how they make the strategic choices they do, and
what more we can do, as individual organizations and collectively across
the movement, to be effective.

These questions are not answered by numbers alone, as by context and
resource mapping and analysis.

Perhaps if you gave me examples of the data you believe we should be
collecting/sharing, I would understand better?

Warmly,
Anasuya
On Dec 1, 2014 11:22 PM, Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijs...@gmail.com
wrote:

 Hoi,
 I would assume that statistics are an important tool. There are many
 statistics I can think of off the top of my head that make sense in this
 context.,

 WHERE ARE THEY...

 Given that this is a WMF initiative, why are the statistics not there.. You
 have the capability ! and the need is obvious when the ED says that metrics
 are how chapters are evaluated..
 Thanks,
   GerardM

 On 1 December 2014 at 22:56, Anasuya Sengupta asengu...@wikimedia.org
 wrote:

  tl;dr Request for Wikimedia organizations to take a survey on
  organizational effectiveness, that will help us understand and support
 each
  other better: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OEQuestionnaire
 
 
  Dear friends and colleagues of the Wikimedia movement:
 
  The Wikimedia Foundation's Grantmaking team has initiated a project with
  TCC Group - a consulting firm focused on social impact - and the larger
  Wikimedia communities, to help Wikimedia organizations of all shapes and
  sizes (including user groups, chapters, and thematic organizations), to
  improve their effectiveness and their ability to have impact for the
  movement. The project was initiated in response to growing interest and
  conversations by volunteers and organizations, to better understand how
  organizations in particular have impact in the Wikimedia movement, which
 is
  unique in that it is online, growing extraordinarily fast, and created
 and
  supported almost entirely by volunteers.
 
  The project seeks to help Wikimedia organizations better understand 1)
 how
  impact is defined from an organizational perspective in their contexts,
 2)
  what strategies Wikimedia organizations use to achieve that impact, and
 3)
  what resources and skills Wikimedia organizations may need to be more
  effective in the strategies they choose to pursue.
 
  In the first “impact” stage of the project, TCC interviewed several
  organizations, administered an impact survey to all organizations, and
  attended Wikimania 2014 in London where the project was discussed with
  AffCom, an informal organizational effectiveness working group, the FDC
 and
  other grantmaking committees, as well as many other individuals in the
  movement. TCC also conducted in-depth research on three organizations,
  resulting in case studies illustrating different organizational models
  leading to impact. Many thanks to those of you who took your valuable
 time
  to participate in one or more of these exchanges; Wikimedians around the
  globe created the foundation for this work.
 
  The second and third stages of the project involve development of an
 online
  organizational effectiveness questionnaire, a user guide to help
  organizations interpret their results, and an organizational
 effectiveness
  learning center, which may help organizations think about the different
  strategies they are using and how they could build specific capacities to
  be more successful with those strategies.
 
  *Learning center:
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Organizational_effectiveness/Learning_center
  .
 
 
  *User guide:
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Organizational_effectiveness/Tool/User_guide
 
  *Questionnaire text:
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Organizational_effectiveness/Tool/Questionnaire
 
  *Link to take questionnaire (can be used once per IP address, but more
  links can be requested): https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OEQuestionnaire
 
  The learning center is intended to be a base from which Wikimedia
  organizations can grow their knowledge and share their own experiences
 and
  best practices. TCC worked closely with a handful of Wikimedia volunteers
  from different organizations to design the Questionnaire you are about to
  take.
 
  Wikimedia Foundation has provided funding for this project and has
  consulted closely with TCC over the course of the engagement. Please note
  that the questionnaire is not intended to be a test of individual
  organizations in any way; the Foundation will not be provided with
  individual organization results. As part of this consultation, TCC will
  aggregate findings from the movement-wide Organizational Effectiveness
  Questionnaire and provide them to the Foundation’s grantmaking team,
 along
  with a “capacity building roadmap” to help the team - and the wider
  movement - think about how organizations can build capacity

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Organizational effectiveness tool (for Wikimedia organizations)

2014-12-02 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Hi Nemo and John,

The questionnaire is not meant to exclude WMF at all, instead the wording
was meant to _include_ all forms of  Wikimedia 'organization'. So yes, the
phrase can be easily modified. And as SJ points out, WMF is on the list
too. :-)

Anasuya
On Dec 2, 2014 12:34 AM, Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com wrote:

 Why does the questionnaire seemingly exclude the WMF?
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Organizational_
 effectiveness/Tool/User_guide#Preparing_to_Take_the_
 Organizational_Effectiveness_Questionnaire
 If the WMF is one other organized group in the sentence A Wikimedia
 chapter, user group, thematic organization or other organized group, that
 would be nice to spell out.

 Nemo

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Organizational effectiveness tool (for Wikimedia organizations)

2014-12-02 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Hi John,

I think it's really up to you and the organizational team(s) you represent.
If you are critically involved in the program and org leadership of more
than one, you're welcome to respond more than once. In this case, we'd ask
you to make sure you have more than just your responses from each
organization. This might affect a few folks across the movement, so I'm
glad you asked.

Warmly,
Anasuya
On Dec 2, 2014 12:46 AM, John Mark Vandenberg jay...@gmail.com wrote:

 On Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 3:32 PM, Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com
 wrote:
  Why does the questionnaire seemingly exclude the WMF?
  
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Organizational_effectiveness/Tool/User_guide#Preparing_to_Take_the_Organizational_Effectiveness_Questionnaire
 
  If the WMF is one other organized group in the sentence A Wikimedia
  chapter, user group, thematic organization or other organized group,
 that
  would be nice to spell out.

 No, .. from the survey itself:

 Throughout, we use the phrase “Wikimedia Organization” to refer to
 chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups.

 And on the first page of questions there is a drop down What is the
 name of your organization? , which excludes the WMF.

 On that field, what if I am a member of multiple listed organisations?
  Should I fill in the survey multiple times?

 --
 John Vandenberg

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Organizational effectiveness tool (for Wikimedia organizations)

2014-12-02 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Thanks, Sam. Will work on making the drop down easier to access.

Anasuya
On Dec 2, 2014 2:38 AM, Samuel Klein meta...@gmail.com wrote:

 Thanks Anasuya!  That's quite a comprehensive survey but instructive to
 fill out.


 On Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 3:46 AM, John Mark Vandenberg jay...@gmail.com
  wrote:
 
  No, .. from the survey itself:
 
  Throughout, we use the phrase “Wikimedia Organization” to refer to
  chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups.
 
  And on the first page of questions there is a drop down What is the
  name of your organization? , which excludes the WMF.
 

 I think the intro sentence just needs to be updated to include the WMF.

 The WMF is in that dropdown.   I did have to hunt to find it when I filled
 the survey out; it would be much easier if that list were alphabetized.


 Sam
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Organizational effectiveness tool (for Wikimedia organizations)

2014-12-02 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
 Would it be possible for interested organizations to get in touch with
the Foundation in order to get help in this regard?

 Best
 Claudia

Hi Claudia,

Thank you for the appreciation and your help - as so many others on this
list - in thinking through this questionnaire and next steps. Thanks too
for raising the question of languages; a critical one. In the introduction
to the questionnaire, we do say that if language is an issue (as we well
understand it could be), folks should contact Winifred (
orgeffectiven...@wikimedia.org for convenience) for any support around
this. If the deadlines need to be pushed back for that reason, we can
certainly work that out together.

Warmly,

Anasuya
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Organizational effectiveness tool (for Wikimedia organizations)

2014-12-02 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
On Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 5:28 AM, Leigh Thelmadatter osama...@hotmail.com
wrote:

 OK I see now the box for other not as an option for a name (which is how
 these things are usually set up) but underneath the original question.


Thanks, Leigh - we're working on changing the way the box is configured, so
it's more intuitive. We do encourage informal groups to take the
questionnaire, as you notice, since it's useful to see what of these
questions (and possible responses) might apply to groups like yours.

Anasuya


 From: osama...@hotmail.com
 To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: RE: [Wikimedia-l] Organizational effectiveness tool (for
 Wikimedia organizations)
 Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 06:27:14 -0700




 I assume this survey is only for organizations that have been recognized
 by AffCom? We are still struggling to get ours (despite the fact that we
 are one of the most productive educational groups), so I thought Id at
 least answer the questionnairre, but under name of organization the only
 option is to select from a group of pre-determined names. This even though
 the instructions say that they welcome responses from informal groups.


  Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 13:31:00 +0100
  From: claudia.ga...@wikimedia.at
  To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
  Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Organizational effectiveness tool (for
 Wikimedia organizations)
 
  Thank you for this initiative and all the hard work that went into
  creating these tools and resources! I'm really looking forward to the
  results and learnings of the next steps.
 
  At the moment, from our perspective the biggest challenge of the planned
  process is to overcome the language barrier: If we want to include our
  volunteers, especially the non-Board members, we'll have to translate
  the questionnaire and some general information first.
  While this is probably doable for German or French quickly enough to
  meet the deadline on December 21, it might be a major challenge for
  smaller langugage communities.
 
  Would it be possible for interested organizations to get in touch with
  the Foundation in order to get help in this regard?
 
  Best
  Claudia
  --
  Executive Director
 
  Wikimedia Österreich - Verein zur Förderung Freien Wissens
  Siebensterngasse 25/15
  1070 Wien
  Austria
  +43 699 141 28615
  www.wikimedia.at http://www.wikimedia.at/
 
 
  Am 01.12.2014 um 22:56 schrieb Anasuya Sengupta:
   tl;dr Request for Wikimedia organizations to take a survey on
   organizational effectiveness, that will help us understand and support
 each
   other better: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OEQuestionnaire
  
  
   Dear friends and colleagues of the Wikimedia movement:
  
   The Wikimedia Foundation's Grantmaking team has initiated a project
 with
   TCC Group - a consulting firm focused on social impact - and the larger
   Wikimedia communities, to help Wikimedia organizations of all shapes
 and
   sizes (including user groups, chapters, and thematic organizations), to
   improve their effectiveness and their ability to have impact for the
   movement. The project was initiated in response to growing interest and
   conversations by volunteers and organizations, to better understand how
   organizations in particular have impact in the Wikimedia movement,
 which is
   unique in that it is online, growing extraordinarily fast, and created
 and
   supported almost entirely by volunteers.
  
   The project seeks to help Wikimedia organizations better understand 1)
 how
   impact is defined from an organizational perspective in their
 contexts, 2)
   what strategies Wikimedia organizations use to achieve that impact,
 and 3)
   what resources and skills Wikimedia organizations may need to be more
   effective in the strategies they choose to pursue.
  
   In the first “impact” stage of the project, TCC interviewed several
   organizations, administered an impact survey to all organizations, and
   attended Wikimania 2014 in London where the project was discussed with
   AffCom, an informal organizational effectiveness working group, the
 FDC and
   other grantmaking committees, as well as many other individuals in the
   movement. TCC also conducted in-depth research on three organizations,
   resulting in case studies illustrating different organizational models
   leading to impact. Many thanks to those of you who took your valuable
 time
   to participate in one or more of these exchanges; Wikimedians around
 the
   globe created the foundation for this work.
  
   The second and third stages of the project involve development of an
 online
   organizational effectiveness questionnaire, a user guide to help
   organizations interpret their results, and an organizational
 effectiveness
   learning center, which may help organizations think about the different
   strategies they are using and how they could build specific capacities
 to
   be more successful with those strategies.
  
   *Learning center:
  
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Organizational effectiveness tool (for Wikimedia organizations)

2014-12-02 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
As an update to John's enquiry around multiple responses - i.e. one person
filling out the questionnaire for more than one organisation - could anyone
in this position please write to Winifred, so we can send you another
unique url for the survey? Right now, the survey is designed to accept only
one response per IP address.

thanks,
a-

On Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM, Anasuya Sengupta asengu...@wikimedia.org
wrote:

 Hi John,

 I think it's really up to you and the organizational team(s) you
 represent. If you are critically involved in the program and org leadership
 of more than one, you're welcome to respond more than once. In this case,
 we'd ask you to make sure you have more than just your responses from each
 organization. This might affect a few folks across the movement, so I'm
 glad you asked.

 Warmly,
 Anasuya
 On Dec 2, 2014 12:46 AM, John Mark Vandenberg jay...@gmail.com wrote:

 On Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 3:32 PM, Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com
 wrote:
  Why does the questionnaire seemingly exclude the WMF?
  
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Organizational_effectiveness/Tool/User_guide#Preparing_to_Take_the_Organizational_Effectiveness_Questionnaire
 
  If the WMF is one other organized group in the sentence A Wikimedia
  chapter, user group, thematic organization or other organized group,
 that
  would be nice to spell out.

 No, .. from the survey itself:

 Throughout, we use the phrase “Wikimedia Organization” to refer to
 chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups.

 And on the first page of questions there is a drop down What is the
 name of your organization? , which excludes the WMF.

 On that field, what if I am a member of multiple listed organisations?
  Should I fill in the survey multiple times?

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[Wikimedia-l] Organizational effectiveness tool (for Wikimedia organizations)

2014-12-01 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
tl;dr Request for Wikimedia organizations to take a survey on
organizational effectiveness, that will help us understand and support each
other better: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OEQuestionnaire


Dear friends and colleagues of the Wikimedia movement:

The Wikimedia Foundation's Grantmaking team has initiated a project with
TCC Group - a consulting firm focused on social impact - and the larger
Wikimedia communities, to help Wikimedia organizations of all shapes and
sizes (including user groups, chapters, and thematic organizations), to
improve their effectiveness and their ability to have impact for the
movement. The project was initiated in response to growing interest and
conversations by volunteers and organizations, to better understand how
organizations in particular have impact in the Wikimedia movement, which is
unique in that it is online, growing extraordinarily fast, and created and
supported almost entirely by volunteers.

The project seeks to help Wikimedia organizations better understand 1) how
impact is defined from an organizational perspective in their contexts, 2)
what strategies Wikimedia organizations use to achieve that impact, and 3)
what resources and skills Wikimedia organizations may need to be more
effective in the strategies they choose to pursue.

In the first “impact” stage of the project, TCC interviewed several
organizations, administered an impact survey to all organizations, and
attended Wikimania 2014 in London where the project was discussed with
AffCom, an informal organizational effectiveness working group, the FDC and
other grantmaking committees, as well as many other individuals in the
movement. TCC also conducted in-depth research on three organizations,
resulting in case studies illustrating different organizational models
leading to impact. Many thanks to those of you who took your valuable time
to participate in one or more of these exchanges; Wikimedians around the
globe created the foundation for this work.

The second and third stages of the project involve development of an online
organizational effectiveness questionnaire, a user guide to help
organizations interpret their results, and an organizational effectiveness
learning center, which may help organizations think about the different
strategies they are using and how they could build specific capacities to
be more successful with those strategies.

*Learning center:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Organizational_effectiveness/Learning_center.


*User guide:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Organizational_effectiveness/Tool/User_guide

*Questionnaire text:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Organizational_effectiveness/Tool/Questionnaire

*Link to take questionnaire (can be used once per IP address, but more
links can be requested): https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OEQuestionnaire

The learning center is intended to be a base from which Wikimedia
organizations can grow their knowledge and share their own experiences and
best practices. TCC worked closely with a handful of Wikimedia volunteers
from different organizations to design the Questionnaire you are about to
take.

Wikimedia Foundation has provided funding for this project and has
consulted closely with TCC over the course of the engagement. Please note
that the questionnaire is not intended to be a test of individual
organizations in any way; the Foundation will not be provided with
individual organization results. As part of this consultation, TCC will
aggregate findings from the movement-wide Organizational Effectiveness
Questionnaire and provide them to the Foundation’s grantmaking team, along
with a “capacity building roadmap” to help the team - and the wider
movement - think about how organizations can build capacity for specific
program strategies.


*We request that you respond to the questionnaire by December 21st*, so
that TCC can collate the results and share it with all of us early in the
new year.  Please let us know if you have any difficulties or questions: the
WMF contact for this process is Winifred Olliff. Please contact us with
questions or suggestions at orgeffectiven...@wikimedia.org.


Many thanks to all who offered their time and expertise to the different
stages of this project. We hope this tool will be useful to you in your
work, and we welcome your continued feedback.

Warm regards and looking forward to our continued work together!
Anasuya

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Au Revoir from WMUK CEO

2014-11-12 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Thanks for all the work together, and the very best, Jon, for every
continuing adventure.

Looking forward to working with you as a volunteer,
Anasuya

On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 1:10 AM, Jon Davies jon.dav...@wikimedia.org.uk
wrote:

 With some sadness I have to tell you that I will be leaving Wikimedia UK,
 as an employee, if not as a volunteer, at the end of the year. I have
 achieved what I set out to do and leave WMUK in a good state. I now need to
 look for new challenges.

 I was the first chief executive and it has been an amazing three years
 watching the chapter grow and develop. It has not always been smooth
 sailing but we have come through it together in good shape. Wikimania
 proved how professional we had become and the positive feedback from the
 participants makes all the work we put in worthwhile.

 My heartfelt thanks to everyone in the community, particularly the
 volunteers who are at the heart of all we do, my great colleagues at the
 Foundation and the loyal and hardworking staff at WMUK who have supported
 me so ably and with such good humour over the years.

 My best wishes go to my successor in all they seek to achieve.

 Cyhoeddiad gan Jon

 Gyda pheth tristwch rwy'n eich hysbysu y byddaf yn gadael Wikimedia UK, fel
 cyflogai, os nad

 fel gwirfoddolwr, ar ddiwedd y flwyddyn. Dw i wedi cyflawni'r hyn roeddwn
 wedi'i obeithio a dw

 i'n gadael WMUK ar delerau da. Edrychaf ymlaen rwan am sialensau newydd. Fi
 oedd y Prif Weithredwr cyntaf ac mae'r dair blynedd diwethaf wedi bod yn
 hollol anhygoel,

 wrth i mi weld y siaptr yn tyfu a datblygu. Doedd y daith bob amser ddim yn
 llyfn, ond daethom drwyddi'n y diwedd yn ddianaf! Profodd Wikimania inni
 aeddfedu mewn modd proffesiynol a chafwyd adborth adeiladol gan y cyfranwyr
 ­oedd yn gwneud yr holl waith yn bleser.

 Carwn ddiolch o waelod fy ngalon i bawb o fewn ein cymuned, yn enwedig y
 gwirfoddolwyr sy'n sylfaen i'n gwaith, fy nghydweithwyr bendigedig yn
 Sylfaen Wikimedia a'r staff sydd wedi bod mor driw i mi, wedi fy nghefnogi
 mor effeithiol ac wedi gweithio mor arbennig o galed dros y blynyddoedd ­ a
 hynny gyda hiwmor iach. Dymunaf pob llwyddiant i f'olynydd ym mhopeth y
 ceisiant ei gyflawni.

 Jon.

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 tweet @jonatreesdavies

 Wikimedia UK is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England and
 Wales, Registered No. 6741827. Registered Charity No.1144513. Registered
 Office 4th Floor, Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT.
 United Kingdom. Wikimedia UK is the UK chapter of a global Wikimedia
 movement. The Wikimedia projects are run by the Wikimedia Foundation (who
 operate Wikipedia, amongst other projects).
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wiki Project Med

2014-11-12 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Thanks for this news, Kirill/AffCom! Congratulations Wiki Project Med. :-)

a-

On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 4:14 AM, Kirill Lokshin kirill.loks...@gmail.com
wrote:

 Hi everyone,

 I'm pleased to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized Wiki
 Project Med [1] as a Wikimedia User Group [2].  The group is working to
 promote the development of medical content on Wikimedia projects.
 Let's welcome them to the family of Wikimedia affiliates!
 Regards,Kirill LokshinAffiliations Committee
 [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Project_Med
 [2]

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Wiki_Project_Med_-_Liaison_approval,_November_2014
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedians of Bulgaria User Group

2014-11-12 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Thanks Tanvir/AffCom. Congratulations to the Bulgarian User Group, looking
forward to working with you all!

Warmly,
Anasuya

On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 8:47 AM, Tanvir Rahman wikitan...@gmail.com wrote:

 Dear all,

 It is our pleasure to announce of the recognition [1] of the Wikimedians of
 Bulgaria User Group. Bulgarian User Group will be an important part of the
 Wikimedia Central and Eastern Europe.

 I would like to thank the fellow Bulgarian Wikimedians for their hard work
 over the years. They have several projects running and a significant number
 of talented contributors to those projects. We hope that they will continue
 their hard work actively so we will get more contributors as well as
 initiatives to make knowledge free and easily accessible in Bulgaria.

 Please join us to give them a warm welcome!

 Tanvir

 [1]

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/ResolutionsWikimedians_of_Bulgaria_User_Group_-_Liaison_approval,_November_2014

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] Recognition of the MediaWiki Stakeholder's Group

2014-11-12 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Apostrophe or not (as another pedant, I appreciate its removal ;-)) -
congratulations!

a-

On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 7:34 AM, Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.com
wrote:

 No worries - it happens.  :)  I apologize that we did not bring it up
 sooner. To be fair, someone on AffCom (Josh) did ask earlier and I'll
 admit, I thought at the time it was intentional so did not bring it up in
 our desire to get things approved for the group.

 I will make sure the updates are completed later today.

 -greg

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 wrote:

  Gregory Varnum writes:
 
   We have updated everything to reflect the correct spelling. Although it
   sounds like now you'd like no apostrophe?
 
  Yes.
 
  I apologize for the confusion and extra work.
 
  Mark.
 
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Jake Orlowitz/Ocaasi comes onto the Grantmaking team at WMF with The Wikipedia Library

2014-10-06 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Dear friends and colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that Jake Orlowitz (User:Ocaasi, User:Ocaasi (WMF))
is joining the Grantmaking department at WMF to lead The Wikipedia Library
(TWL)[1], an online resource for Wikipedians to get free access to
journal subscriptions.
In the last year, TWL has helped nearly 2000 unique users access 3000
accounts of sources like JSTOR, Elsevier, De Gruyter, and Oxford University
Press,[2] and is now experimenting with community-run branches in Arabic,
German and other languages.

Jake will be a full-time contractor with part-time support from Alex Stinson
(User:Sadads, User:Astinson (WMF)) for an initial period of six months.
They are both working with an amazing volunteer team of Wikipedians guided
by Head of Volunteer Coordination (User:Nikkimaria). We're particularly
looking forward to seeing how TWL can expand its global (non-English) work,
and what it can teach us about the best ways to support some of our top
contributors, and improve content on our projects.

Many of you know Jake well, but for those who don't: Jake (Ocaasi) is a
long time Wikipedian, with two Individual Engagement Grants from us, and he
has been on the IEG grants committee for the past two years. Jake works
remotely from Philadelphia but is frequently in the Bay Area, especially
during long and dark East Coast winters.  Alex has been involved for many
years with both Education and GLAM outreach. He resides in Kansas where he
works on Digital Humanities at Kansas State.

You can catch up on all of TWL's new happenings in the latest edition of
the Books and Bytes newsletter.[7] We're excited to bring The Wikipedia
Library on board and look forward to its growth and evolution!

Warmly,
Anasuya

Jake Orlowitz (User:Ocaasi) started editing in 2007 as an ip. Early on he
worked on articles about religious groups, political movements,
and alternative health. Around 2010 he shifted focus from editing
to helping new users, working in the irc-help channel and developing the Plain
and Simple guide for New Editors [3] and its COI counterpart [4]. In 2012
Jake began developing projects through the Individual Engagement Grants
department at WMF. He built The Wikipedia Adventure,[5] a playful
interactive game to onboard new editors. He also began establishing and
expanding donation partnerships in The Wikipedia Library to provide free
research access to top article contributors. He helps out as a board member
of Wiki Project Med Foundation [6] and gives talks about Wikipedia's role
in education. Jake grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and studied
political theory at Wesleyan, before starting a tutoring company in
Colorado. He currently splits his time between coasts, working
full-time on Wikipedia
projects. His contract with WMF will focus on expanding the number and
global reach of Wikipedia Library partnerships.

Alex Stinson (User:Sadads) is a 9-year editor with over 80,000 contributions,
actively involved in different forms of outreach.  He
is currently a project manager with the The Wikipedia Library, a long time
volunteer with The Wikipedia Education Program, and supporter of GLAM-Wiki
outreach. Alex has a Masters degree in English Literature from Kansas State
University with research focused on cultural studies and the digital
humanities. He works as a digital humanist at K-State, where he helps
develop projects and create partnerships with educators and cultural
institutions.

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library
[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/The_Wikipedia_Library/Renewal/Final
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:PANDS
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:PSCOI
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Adventure
[6] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WPMED
[7]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library/Newsletter/August-September2014

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] First Wikipedia Article has been Formally Peer Reviewed and Published

2014-10-02 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Congratulations, James - and everyone else who worked on this. This is a
significant achievement, not only because of the publishing of the article
itself, but for what it heralds more broadly, as Coren said.

Warmly,
Anasuya

On Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 4:24 PM, James Heilman jmh...@gmail.com wrote:

 Article published by the journal Open Medicine
 http://www.openmedicine.ca/article/viewFile/562/564

 Will soon be pubmed indexed. Editorial regarding the efforts are here
 http://www.openmedicine.ca/article/view/652/565

 Hope these sorts of efforts will improve the reputation of Wikipedia and
 the number of contributors. I guess we will see.

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Be part of the most epic data collection and analysis of Wikimedia programs!

2014-09-24 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Dear Wikimedian friends and colleagues,


tl;dr We have just launched our second round of voluntary reporting.
This is the
most epic data collection and analysis of Wikimedia programs we've done so
far as a movement, and all program leaders are invited to take part. :-)
You can do so here:
https://wikimedia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0B3azKpdZ7ggCtD (or get in touch
with the LE team for support).

As we did in the Fall of 2013, we invite community members leading and
evaluating Wikimedia programs to share their data with the rest of the
movement (i.e., Edit-a-thons, Editing Workshops, On-wiki Writing Contests,
Photo Events, etc.). Last year’s data was collected and analysed in a
series of reports that was the beginning of telling the Wikimedia story of
impact: the incredible work of over 60 program leaders implementing 119
programs or projects in 30 countries across the world. This helped us start
building a set of good and best practices for effective programs across our
movement.[1] This year’s data drive will be critical to help us continue to
do and learn better from each other.

To best prepare, program leaders can review the reporting items [1] and
start gathering that data you have filed away about your programs since the
last reporting round. We are looking for data on programs completed any
time from September 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. You can ask
questions directly on the reporting form preview [2] or on our portal talk
page [3]. If you are planning to report and may need support from us, do
let us know so that we can help in any way needed.

When ready, you will find the reporting collector at:

https://wikimedia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0B3azKpdZ7ggCtD

We also welcome your data in different formats. For example, if you have
already reported data elsewhere, we are happy to work with you to make the
process as easy as possible. Message e...@wikimedia.org and we can work out
the easiest way to include your data.

We are expanding the number of programs covered in the reporting this year,
and extend the reporting window longer for some new programs, GLAM, and
Wiki Loves Monuments. See the schedule below for timelines for reporting for
each program type.

Data submission deadlines by program:

Due by October 20th

   -

   Edit-a-thons/editing parties
   -

   Editing Workshops


Due by November 3rd

   -

   On-wiki Writing Contests


   -

   Photo Events (Wiki Loves Earth, WikiExpeditions, WikiTakes, etc.)
   -

   Wikipedia Education Program


Due by November 17th

   -

   Conferences
   -

   GLAM Content Donation
   -

   Hackathons
   -

   Wiki Loves Monuments (2013 and 2014)
   -

   Wikimedian in Residence


Remember, reporting is voluntary but the more people do it, the better
representation of programs we can make. This voluntary reporting allows us
to come together and generate a bird’s eye view of programs [4]. We want to
understand the impact of programs across different contexts, to examine
both more broadly, and more deeply, what works best to meet our shared
goals for Wikimedia and to, together, grow the awesome [5] in Wikimedia
programs!

On behalf of the Program Evaluation and Design team, thank you for your
time and support in this initiative.

Warmly,

Anasuya

Resource links:

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Evaluation/Evaluation_reports/2013

[2]
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CG-K8I1d9JPqyRRyHTIQ5x7fASQXcHZsEMKutdAGuEY/edit?usp=sharing

[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:Evaluation

[4]
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Evaluation_Report_(beta)_Poster_Wikimania_2014.pdf
[5] http://www.nbp.org/nbp/images/book_photos/MAG-AWESOME.jpg

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[Wikimedia-l] Jessie's IDEO adventure

2014-09-18 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Dear friends and colleagues,

Many of who have already heard from Jessie in multiple ways, but for those
who haven't: Jessie Wild, who currently heads the Learning and Evaluation
team in the Grantmaking department at WMF, is leaving for a year's
fellowship with Ideo.[1] Her last day at the Foundation is tomorrow.


We are going to miss her. Jessie has been an extraordinary and integral
part of WMF for the last four years, and demonstrated her initiative,
insight and leadership in each of the positions she’s ably held here. For
many of you, you may remember Jessie's first role was part of the
consultant team working on the 5 year strategy. Most recently and
importantly, she’s led the Learning and Evaluation team in the past year to
do some significant baseline research and impact analyses of our grants and
programs across the movement. This is work that lays the foundation for a
great deal of our strategic vision and direction going forward. Thank you
so much, Jessie, for all your strategic leadership, but even more: thank
you for who you are, and the heart you’ve always brought to your team, WMF
and the communities we support.

We are hoping that Jessie will rejoin us when she’s completed this
brilliant opportunity at IDEO (she’s one of four chosen from over 450
applicants!). However, the work we are doing with all of you on impact and
strategic outcomes for the movement is urgent and will need to be ramped up
even further over this year. We will be opening up this position to lead
the LE team soon, and keep you posted on it.

Jessie, thank you again for all your manifold contributions.

Warmly,

Anasuya

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board decision on FDC member appointments

2014-07-14 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Adding my voice of appreciation to the outgoing members - Anders, Arjuna,
Mike and Yuri - for the extraordinary commitment and energy it took to get
this inaugural FDC off the ground, and functioning as well as it has been.
The Advisory Group's unanimous endorsement of the FDC is no little measure
due to the work all of you contributed. Thank you so much for everything
you put into it; I hope you gained immeasurably from the experience too
(beyond the jet lag and the complaints!). :-)

Thank you too, to Bishakha and Patricio and the rest of the Board for the
selection of the new appointees (and welcome, Anne, Dumisane, Matanya and
Osmar!). The movement was lucky to have such a strong pool of candidates
interested in the positions (and I hope this will continue to be true), but
it must have made the decision difficult indeed.

Looking forward to working with all the new appointees, and continuing to
work with Anders, Arjuna, Mike and Yuri in other ways.

Warmly,
Anasuya



On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 6:01 AM, Arjuna Rao Chavala arjunar...@gmail.com
wrote:

 Hi,




 On Sat, Jul 12, 2014 at 1:37 AM, Patricio Lorente 
 patricio.lore...@gmail.com wrote:

  Dear friends:
 
  We are pleased to inform you that the WMF Board of Trustees has come to a
  decision about which four candidates to appoint to the FDC. It wasn't
 easy;
  as is evident from the nominations, the caliber of the candidates was
 very
  high. The resolution is now published in
 
 
 https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Funds_Dissemination_Committee_Membership_2014
 
  We have selected four appointees as follows:
 
  1)Anne Clin (Risker)
 
  2)Matanya Moses (matanya)
 
  3)Dumisani Ndubane (Thuvack)
 
  4)Osmar Valdebenito (B1mbo)
 
 
 Thanks Paticio and Bishakha for  handling  the tough job of selecting the
 candidates for FDC well.

 Congratulations and best wishes to all the new appointees,  I am sure that
 FDC  will exceed its past performance in the years to come.

 Sincerely

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Education Program update: Rod Dunican is leaving the Foundation

2014-06-27 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Dear friends and colleagues,

Rod Dunican (currently the Director, Wikipedia Education Program at WMF)
has announced that he is leaving the Foundation at the end of this month.
We are truly sorry to see him go; he has been such a critical part of the
Wikipedia Education Program and strategy for many years including his
leadership of the team. We wish you the very best, Rod, and look forward to
hearing of your new adventures.

I am looking forward to working even more closely with the current
Education team: Anna Koval, Floor Koudijs and Tighe Flanagan. All three of
them have complementing skills and backgrounds, and have begun working
closely and effectively with each other and with the rest of the
Grantmaking team. With Rod, they have been working on an exciting shift in
strategy as they have moved from a more hands-on programmatic strategy to
becoming a facilitative hub in which the team supports different kinds of
local education programs. This has meant that the team has been working
with educational program leaders, volunteers and community organisers in
over 60 countries to map their education-related activities, successes and
challenges. The integration of the Wikipedia Education Program team into
the GLEE team also means valuable opportunities for the different grants
programs to work more closely to understand successful education programs
and to support them through grants and other resources. In particular, the
Education team’s focus on gender and geographic diversity as a strategy is
very much shared across the broader Grantmaking department.

As the team goes forward to develop a road map for the future with our
community members, Floor Koudijs will be the interim Senior Manager for the
Education Program. Initially the team has been assigned different parts of
the world in order to create a baseline of educational programs and
activities, with Floor responsible for Latin America and Western Europe,
Tighe for the Arab region and Africa, and Anna for Asia and Eastern Europe.
Please look at the Education portal for more details.[1]

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or to Floor, Tighe and Anna, for
any comments or clarifications.[2] We look forward to working in
partnership with our communities worldwide as we support education programs
in service to the Wikimedia mission.

Warmly,

Anasuya

[1] http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Education_Program
[2] Floor: fkoud...@wikimedia.org Tighe: tflana...@wikimedia.org Anna:
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Education Program update: Rod Dunican is leaving the Foundation

2014-06-27 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Of course, happy to hear from you as always,  Pine.
On Jun 27, 2014 12:39 PM, Pine W wiki.p...@gmail.com wrote:

 Thanks for the update, Anasuya.

 As you have probably heard, I'm currently working on an article for the
 Signpost about the education program, and I might have a few questions for
 you off-list sometime in the next several days or next week.

 Pine


 On Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM, Anasuya Sengupta 
 asengu...@wikimedia.org
 wrote:

  Dear friends and colleagues,
 
  Rod Dunican (currently the Director, Wikipedia Education Program at WMF)
  has announced that he is leaving the Foundation at the end of this month.
  We are truly sorry to see him go; he has been such a critical part of the
  Wikipedia Education Program and strategy for many years including his
  leadership of the team. We wish you the very best, Rod, and look forward
 to
  hearing of your new adventures.
 
  I am looking forward to working even more closely with the current
  Education team: Anna Koval, Floor Koudijs and Tighe Flanagan. All three
 of
  them have complementing skills and backgrounds, and have begun working
  closely and effectively with each other and with the rest of the
  Grantmaking team. With Rod, they have been working on an exciting shift
 in
  strategy as they have moved from a more hands-on programmatic strategy to
  becoming a facilitative hub in which the team supports different kinds of
  local education programs. This has meant that the team has been working
  with educational program leaders, volunteers and community organisers in
  over 60 countries to map their education-related activities, successes
 and
  challenges. The integration of the Wikipedia Education Program team into
  the GLEE team also means valuable opportunities for the different grants
  programs to work more closely to understand successful education programs
  and to support them through grants and other resources. In particular,
 the
  Education team’s focus on gender and geographic diversity as a strategy
 is
  very much shared across the broader Grantmaking department.
 
  As the team goes forward to develop a road map for the future with our
  community members, Floor Koudijs will be the interim Senior Manager for
 the
  Education Program. Initially the team has been assigned different parts
 of
  the world in order to create a baseline of educational programs and
  activities, with Floor responsible for Latin America and Western Europe,
  Tighe for the Arab region and Africa, and Anna for Asia and Eastern
 Europe.
  Please look at the Education portal for more details.[1]
 
  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or to Floor, Tighe and Anna,
 for
  any comments or clarifications.[2] We look forward to working in
  partnership with our communities worldwide as we support education
 programs
  in service to the Wikimedia mission.
 
  Warmly,
 
  Anasuya
 
  [1] http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Education_Program
  [2] Floor: fkoud...@wikimedia.org Tighe: tflana...@wikimedia.org Anna:
  ako...@wikimedia.org
 
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] FDC Advisory Group recommendations

2014-06-10 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Dear friends and colleagues,

As you know, the FDC Advisory Group met in Frankfurt at the end of May to
discuss the past two years of the FDC pilot process and to deliberate on
its future. You will be glad to know that they unanimously agreed to advise
the WMF Executive Director (ED) that the FDC process should continue, with
some suggested modifications and improvements.

Please find the main recommendations and thoughts from the Advisory Group
here.[1] The Advisory Group (AG) also decided to share an appendix with the
range of thoughts and opinions it had on some key modifications or changes
to the FDC; you will find that there was considerable diversity of opinion
with some of these ideas, but the AG felt it might be useful for Lila to
see the range!

As you know, the next steps will now be for Lila, as ED, to consult with
WMF staff and to decide with the Board on the future of the FDC. We hope
this decision will be shared with you by the end of July.

Once again, I'd like to thank all the FDC AG members for their
extraordinary work setting up the FDC and for their work on these
recommendations. As the Framework outlines, the FDC AG will formally
disband in September 2014.

The inaugural members of the AG were Richard Ames/Ariconte, Ting Chen
(former member of WMF Board), Jan-Bart de Vreede (WMF
Board), Thomas d'Souza Buckup/TSB, Peter Ekman/Smallbones, Sue Gardner (WMF
ED), Ali Haidar Khan/Tonmoy (WMBN), Crystal Hayling Philanthropy
Advisor), Christophe Henner (WMFR), Sydney Poore/FloNight, Kathy Reich
(Packard Foundation), Pavel Richter ( WMDE), Osmar Valdebenito/B1mbo (WMAR)
and Stu West (WMF Board). With Ali and Sydney on the current FDC, they were
no longer part of the AG meeting in Frankfurt, though their thoughts were
considered as part of the FDC feedback to the Advisory Group; Kathy Reich
and Thomas Buckup were also unable to attend. However, Bishakha Datta and
Patricio Lorente as the two Board representatives on the FDC, joined the AG
for its deliberations, as did I, replacing Barry Newstead.

Please don't hesitate to add your comments and suggestions on the
discussion page of the Recommendations.

Warmly,
Anasuya

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Advisory_Group/Recommendations/2014

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] FDC related announcements: Letter of Intent, Selection of New Members, FDC Advisory Group Review

2014-05-31 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Hi all,

It's been pointed out to us that the deadline for the Letter of Intent in
one place on the FDC portal (undergoing redesign) was June 8 rather than
June 1, and that caused some confusion. Our apologies. We're more than
happy to accommodate any organisations affected by this. Please let us know
if this is the case for you. We'll continue to keep the default option as
June 1, but leave time for organisations that have been working to a June 8
schedule.

Indeed, some of you have already reached out and asked for a little
flexibility; based on this, we'll confirm the final list on June 8.

Thanks,
Anasuya
On 13 May 2014 17:30, Anasuya Sengupta asengu...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Dear members of the Wikimedia community,

 I’d like to share a few upcoming milestones with you.

 The deadline for the Letter of Intent for the next round of proposals in
 2014-2015 Round 1 is June 1, 2014. The Letter of Intent[1] is the first
 step required for eligible Wikimedia organizations[2] to submit an annual
 plan grant proposal to the FDC. The Letter of Intent is a simple letter
 that indicates interest in applying for funds in the upcoming round. It is
 non-binding, but is a required first step. The one exception to this
 deadline will be for any current applicants in the current 2013-2014 Round
 2 cycle: if any current applicants choose to submit a proposal in Round 1
 as a result of the decision in the current round, they will have an
 extension through July 8 to declare this intent.

 In July 2014, four new members of the Wikimedia community will be
 appointed to the Funds Dissemination Committee by the WMF Board of
 Trustees. In 2013, two members were elected by the community to join the
 inaugural seven members, bringing the total to nine members. This year,
 four current members will be replaced by four new members who will be
 appointed by the WMF. These four newly appointed members will join current
 members Cristian Consonni (CristianCantoro), Dariusz Jemielniak (Pundit),
 Ali Haidar Khan (Tonmoy), Delphine Menard (notafish), and Sydney Poore
 (FloNight). We will be sending out more information shortly about how and
 where you can express interest in joining the committee. You can read more
 about the committee’s roles, requirements, and expectations on Meta[3] . In
 2015, five new members of the FDC will be elected by the community.

 Finally, the Funds Dissemination Advisory Group[4] will be meeting at the
 end of May to review the first two years of the FDC process. As per the FDC
 framework,[5] they will be advising WMF’s Executive Director on whether to
 proceed with this grantmaking program and what improvements to make to the
 process.

  As always, if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me
 and my colleagues at fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org.

 Warmly,

 Anasuya

 [1]
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/Sample_letter_of_intent


 [2]
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/Eligibility_criteria

 [3]
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee

 [4]
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/FDC_Advisory_Group

 [5]
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC


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[Wikimedia-l] Funds Dissemination Committee seeking nominations for new members

2014-05-29 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
tl;dr Self-nominations invited for four Board-appointed members of the FDC.
Nominate here.[3]


Dear members of the Wikimedia community,

The Funds Dissemination Committee Advisory Group (FDC AG) met recently in
Frankfurt to recommend to the Executive Director (ED) of the Wikimedia
Foundation whether the FDC - the nine member volunteer committee reviewing
annual plan grants or allocations for Wikimedia and allied organisations -
should continue or not, after the first two years of its existence.[1] The
detailed recommendations of the FDC AG will be shared with the Executive
Director and the community shortly, but we are happy to announce that the
AG recommends that the FDC continues to exist with some suggested
improvements to the process.

The final decision on the FDC will be taken by the ED and the Board of WMF
over the next few months (the FDC Framework’s timeline suggests August),
but the AG’s overall recommendation is a testimony to the deep commitment
and energy of the current FDC and the community members who have
participated in this unique peer-review grantmaking process. Thank you.

Without anticipating the ED and Board’s decision, we would like to move
forward with the process of renewing the current FDC with four
Board-appointed members of the FDC so that a full FDC is in place by August
2014. As per the Framework,[2] four of the current committee members will
be ending their two year terms in July, and four new members will be
appointed by the WMF Board to fill these vacancies.

I write to ask those of you interested in joining the FDC to signal your
interest on Meta by self-nominating by end of day UTC June 15.[3]  The
schedule for the nominations process is as follows:

* May 30 - June 15: Self nominations to join the FDC. Candidates indicate
their interest through a short paragraph about themselves, and respond to
an initial set of questions from the FDC staff

* June 1 - June 30:  Public question and answer [4] from community members
to candidates

* June 24 - July 3: FDC staff in consultation with the FDC Board
representatives (Bishakha Datta and Patricio Lorente) interview a sub-set
of nominated candidates

* July 3: Shortlist of candidates announced

* July 4 - 10: Decision on final four FDC candidates by the Board reps in
consultation with the full Board

* July 11: Public announcement to community of the four new members

* August: Based on the ED and Board’s decision on the FDC’s existence,
orientation of the new FDC at Wikimania

To be eligible to join the FDC, members need to meet the requirements
below, as outlined by the Framework.[5] They must:

* have sufficient time and dedication to commit to this time-heavy process,
including attending two 4-6 day face-to-face meetings (likely in mid-May
and mid-November) and be able to meet the expectations outlined in more
detail on the nominations page

* have a track record of constructive engagement in community discussions
and an orientation toward collaborative problem solving

* be able to set aside any conflicts of interest and work towards the
mission goals of the Wikimedia movement without considering individual or
organizational interests

* be over 21 years in age and over the age of majority in their home country

* be able to work effectively in English (note that full fluency is not
required)

* present to WMF appropriate personal identification

* Staff / board members of entities requesting funds from the FDC may serve
on the FDC;

however, they must recuse themselves from deliberations pertaining to their
entity's application.

The *skills and attributes* being sought for in FDC members include:

* Experience directing or evaluating programs;

* Grant-making expertise (either as a grantee or grantor of funds);

* Exposure to, understanding of, and personal credibility in the Wikimedia
movement (experience across different Wikimedia projects as well as
experience in programs, chapters, or administrative roles within the
Wikimedia movement);

* Gender, geographic and linguistic diversity.

There are no term limits for FDC members, and current members may choose to
re-apply for the FDC. The members whose terms end this July are Anders
Wennersten, Arjuna Rao Chavala, Mike Peel (current Secretary), and Yuri
Perohanych. The members who continue on the FDC for another year are Ali
Haidar Khan (current Vice-Chair), Dariusz Jemielniak (current Chair),
Cristian Consonni, Delphine Ménard and Sydney Poore.  More information
about the Committee’s roles is available on Meta.[6]

We’ll hold IRC office hours to answer questions, particularly for those of
you interested in joining the committee. Current FDC members may join these
office hours, based on their availability. Office hours will be held on the
#wikimedia-office channel on Wednesday, June 4 at 0:00 UTC and again later
that day at 16:00 UTC.[7]

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and my FDC staff colleagues at
fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org. We’d be happy to answer any questions 

[Wikimedia-l] FDC related announcements: Letter of Intent, Selection of New Members, FDC Advisory Group Review

2014-05-13 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Dear members of the Wikimedia community,

I’d like to share a few upcoming milestones with you.

The deadline for the Letter of Intent for the next round of proposals in
2014-2015 Round 1 is June 1, 2014. The Letter of Intent[1] is the first
step required for eligible Wikimedia organizations[2] to submit an annual
plan grant proposal to the FDC. The Letter of Intent is a simple letter
that indicates interest in applying for funds in the upcoming round. It is
non-binding, but is a required first step. The one exception to this
deadline will be for any current applicants in the current 2013-2014 Round
2 cycle: if any current applicants choose to submit a proposal in Round 1
as a result of the decision in the current round, they will have an
extension through July 8 to declare this intent.

In July 2014, four new members of the Wikimedia community will be appointed
to the Funds Dissemination Committee by the WMF Board of Trustees. In 2013,
two members were elected by the community to join the inaugural seven
members, bringing the total to nine members. This year, four current
members will be replaced by four new members who will be appointed by the
WMF. These four newly appointed members will join current members Cristian
Consonni (CristianCantoro), Dariusz Jemielniak (Pundit), Ali Haidar Khan
(Tonmoy), Delphine Menard (notafish), and Sydney Poore (FloNight). We will
be sending out more information shortly about how and where you can express
interest in joining the committee. You can read more about the committee’s
roles, requirements, and expectations on Meta[3] . In 2015, five new
members of the FDC will be elected by the community.

Finally, the Funds Dissemination Advisory Group[4] will be meeting at the
end of May to review the first two years of the FDC process. As per the FDC
framework,[5] they will be advising WMF’s Executive Director on whether to
proceed with this grantmaking program and what improvements to make to the
process.

As always, if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and
my colleagues at fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org.

Warmly,

Anasuya

[1]
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/Sample_letter_of_intent

[2]
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/Eligibility_criteria

[3] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee

[4]
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/FDC_Advisory_Group

[5]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Timothy Sandole and (apparently) $53, 690 of WMF funding

2014-03-20 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Hi all,

Just to be clear and follow up on Lisa's mail: this project and process did
not involve grants from WMF, and WMF's role (as Lisa explained) was as a
fiscal sponsor, and thereby to provide initial advice as they began
recruiting and to inform the community as they did so.

thanks,
Anasuya


On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 12:05 PM, Lisa Gruwell lgruw...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 I am happy to chime in here.  WMF served as a fiscal sponsor for the
 Stanton Foundation and the Belfer Center at Harvard University in this
 project, which started in 2012 and lasted one year. Stanton, a trusted
 supporter of ours for many years, had asked us to do so. This was reported
 to the community here. [1]  The Stanton Foundation covered all of the costs
 associated with it (approximately $50,000).  While WMF provided advice and
 posted the position on the Wikimedia Blog, Belfer made the final hiring
 decision, which is customary in fiscal sponsorship arrangements.   Harvard
 University is now considering similar positions for other centers.[2] WMF
 was not asked to fiscally sponsor for this new project at Harvard.

 Best,

 Lisa Gruwell


 *[1] **
 https://blog.wikimedia.org/2012/04/26/can-you-help-wikipedians-collaborate-with-harvard-university/
 
 https://blog.wikimedia.org/2012/04/26/can-you-help-wikipedians-collaborate-with-harvard-university/
 
 *
 *[2] **
 http://www.latimes.com/nation/shareitnow/la-sh-harvard-job-wikipedian-in-residence-20140313,0,5003509.story#axzz2wWQo2cXX
 
 http://www.latimes.com/nation/shareitnow/la-sh-harvard-job-wikipedian-in-residence-20140313,0,5003509.story#axzz2wWQo2cXX
 *


 On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 11:16 AM, Fæ fae...@gmail.com wrote:

  On 20 March 2014 17:49, Jan-Bart de Vreede jdevre...@wikimedia.org
  wrote:
   Anasuya, Garfield and indeed the entire legal department work for the
  Wikimedia Foundation. Your email (and Fae's) seems to imply that they
 work
  directly for you, which is of course not the case (because they really
 only
  need one person to be their manager :)
 
  Hi Jan-Bart,
 
  Unless you are joking, you have put me in a position of feeling
  obliged to defend myself for raising basic questions. My email was
  directed to this list as an open request about where I could find
  information. For all I knew the information was published but hard for
  me to find. It was directed at the Wikimedia Community, not employees
  of the WMF. There was no implication otherwise.
 
  Thanks for replying so quickly with your personal commitment on behalf
  of the Wikimedia Foundation, that there will be official responses to
  the detailed questions in raised here and in the original blog post. I
  have no doubt that as further information is published, the community
  will have more questions, I hope you will continue to fulfil your
  track record for insisting on reasonable transparency and full
  accountability.
 
  PS If the board of trustees believes that I should be directing
  employees, then this is flattering, though please do consider paying
  me for it. I'm always good value. ;-)
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Round 1 of Picture of the Year 2013 is open!

2014-01-27 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
+1 to both the disbelief that this is Asaf writing in (he's really not  -
ahem - a visual sort of guy), and the appreciation for a great experience.

Thank you for all you do,
Anasuya


On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 8:08 PM, Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 for convenience, the correct link is of course without the thanks bit:

 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Picture_of_the_Year/2013/Introduction

 I've started voting, and I've had to stop to express my thanks and
 admiration for the _fantastic_ experience provided this year.  I'm sure it
 was a tremendous amount of work -- it's really appreciated!  Everything is
 neat and responsive, the announcement comes when the information is already
 localized to quite a few languages, and the whole thing is just
 tremendously appealing.

 So thank you, everyone involved with all aspects of making this the
 awesomest POTY experience ever, right from the start.

 Even if you've never participated in POTY before, or didn't like the
 process previously, I encourage you to give it a shot this year!

 (those who know my wiki ways will know I am very much a verbal rather than
 visual kind of Wikimedian; I assure you some of my colleagues at WMF are
 double-checking the From: line in disbelief.  I'm really that impressed!)

Asaf




 On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 5:11 PM, User Mono userm...@outlook.com wrote:

  Dear Wikimedians,
  Wikimedia Commons is happy to announce that the 2013 Picture of the Year
  competition is now open. This year will be the eighth edition of the
 annual
  Wikimedia Commons photo competition, which recognizes exceptional
  contributions by users on Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia users are invited
 to
  vote for their favorite images featured on Commons during the last year
  (2013) to produce a single Picture of the Year.
  Hundreds of images that have been rated Featured Pictures by the
  international Wikimedia Commons community in the past year are all
 entered
  in this competition. These images include professional animal and plant
  shots, breathtaking panoramas and skylines, restorations of historical
  images, photographs portraying the world's best architecture, impressive
  human portraits, and so much more.
  For your convenience, we have sorted the images into topical categories.
  Two rounds of voting will be held: In the first round, you may vote for
 as
  many images as you like. The top 30 overall and the most popular image in
  each category will continue to the final. In the final round, you may
 vote
  for just one image to become the Picture of the Year
  Round 1 will end on 7 February 2014. To vote, visit
 
 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Picture_of_the_Year/2013/Introduction
  Thanks,User:Mono
  Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year committee
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Extensive feedback from WMDE to the FDC process

2014-01-21 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Hi Pavel,

Thanks very much for clarifying the way you're thinking about the process.
It sounds like we're heading in the right direction together. :-) We'll get
feedback from everyone at the WM Conference, and use it as inputs into the
FDC Advisory Group meeting.

I'm not sure that the FDC process itself needs a 'start from scratch'
approach, when the entire mechanism was debated vigorously by the community
two years ago, and we've been steadily implementing suggestions from
everyone involved as we've been working on it since. After all, at the end
of the day, it's a community-based *operational* mechanism for allocating
funds to Wikimedia organisations, and the FDC and staff have always been
open to improvement. And of course, there's always more we can do as we
balance accountability with simplicity and ease. The more important and
broader issue is not operational, it's strategic - and there I agree with
you: there's a larger conversation to be had around the goals of the
movement and how we achieve them. Like Dariusz said, though, that's a
conversation that should include a wide cross-section of our community.

I'm happy to work with you on planning an effective session at both WM
Conference and during the FDC Advisory Group. And I look forward to having
a strategy track at Wikimania this year that can incorporate these broader
questions that matter to all of us.

Warmly,
Anasuya


On Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 9:41 AM, Pavel Richter
pavel.rich...@wikimedia.dewrote:

 Dear Anasuya,

 thank you for your mail and the very good points you are raising in it. I
 would like to address one point in particular, my idea of reworking the FDC
 process at the Wikimedia Conference in April.

 My intention is not to hijack the timetable of the FDC, or to circumvent
 established channels. I simply believe that, if you face a rather
 complicated process such as the FDC, it can be very helpful to rethink the
 whole idea from scratch. So instead of asking: How can we improve the
 current process, we would start from: What goals do we want to reach,
 which strengths of our movement can we use for this, and which values and
 principles should guide us.
 At the end, we would not have a new or improved FDC process, but a way
 forward to reach our goals. This way may or may not look like the current
 FDC, but in any case it can be used as an inspiration when it comes to
 review (and maybe change) the FDC process.

 So please do not see our suggestion to discuss this at the Wikimedia
 Conference as a counter-proposal to the original timeframe. As ED and as a
 member of the FDC AG, I fully support the process that you outlined in your
 mail, and I am very confident that it will lead to fruitfull discussions
 and  ultimatly to a good recommendation.




 Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

 Pavel Richter
 Vorstand

 Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
 Tel.: +49 - 30 - 219 158 260
 Twitter: @pavel


 2014/1/16 Anasuya Sengupta asengu...@wikimedia.org

  Hi Pavel,
 
  Thanks very much for the thoughtful feedback from WMDE on the FDC. We
  certainly want to be (and hope we are) wiki in nature: a work in
 progress,
  with continued room for improvement. So I think the FDC, the FDC Advisory
  Group (of which you are a member, of course), the Board and the staff
 will
  all be considering these comments as we move forward.
 
  I want to be equally thoughtful of the fact that we already have a number
  of processes in place that are part of the FDC Framework - and that the
 FDC
  and staff have expanded upon in the past year and a half - and that are
  designed to incorporate feedback of this kind. I'm also conscious that
 the
  FDC will be in the middle of reviewing Round 2 applications in April, and
  it would be difficult on them - and the applicants - if we were to do an
  intensive process of consultation with all 9 members and 2 Board
  representatives at the time. Most significantly, we have a meeting with
 the
  FDC Advisory Group (FDC AG) planned, as you know, for end May, in which
 we
  are scheduling a time to overlap with the FDC members, so that feedback
 in
  both directions can then be incorporated into the FDC Advisory Group's
  recommendations to the WMF ED and Board as per the FDC Framework.[1]
 
  As a reminder, the FDC AG was meant to have had a meeting in March this
  year, to recommend the continuance of the FDC or not. On consultation
 with
  the AG late last year, we decided to move this meeting to May, so that it
  would be at the end of two years and four rounds of the FDC, and could
 have
  useful input from both FDC members and all participants. According to the
  Framework, this counsel from the AG will then feed into the WMF ED's
  recommendation to the Board, on the FDC's continued existence and its
 form
  (due, according to the Framework, roughly in mid-August this year).
 
  The current members of the AG are Richard Ames/Ariconte, Ting Chen
 (former
  member of WMF Board), Jan-Bart de Vreede (WMF Board), Thomas d'Souza

[Wikimedia-l] The transition of the WMF Brazil catalyst project to a partnership grant with Ação Educativa

2014-01-16 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Hello, everyone.

==TL;DR==

I am pleased to announce that we have completed the transition of the
Foundation's contractor-based efforts in Brazil to a 10-month ~$500k
partnership grant to a Brazilian non-profit named Ação Educativa.

==Details==

As announced in the Narrowing Focus plan approved by the Wikimedia
Foundation Board of Trustees in October 2012,[1] the Foundation has been
moving away from the model of catalyzing growth in the developing world via
teams of contractors working for the Foundation, toward a model of
partnering with local non-profit organizations interested in carrying out
mission-aligned work, with funding from WMF via a partnership grant.

This was done in India, where the partner chosen was the Centre for
Internet and Society (CIS). While this was, and continues to be, the best
possible choice we could have made, the process did not have the extensive
community consultation we would have otherwise preferred.

With the WMF Brazil team led by Oona Castro, we took care to be much more
thoughtful and measured, with a full community consultation process.  After
several months of initial mapping of potential and likely local partners,
we identified two organizations in February 2013[2], one of which was Ação
Educativa[3] (literally: educational action), an established and respected
Brazilian non-profit dedicated to promoting education -- including the right
to education -- and youth in Brazil.

After a series of discussions over March and April between the WMF team,
and Ação, some of which were also attended by Brazilian editing community
representatives,[4][5] Ação was determined to be the most promising local
partner, and work began on designing a vision and a work plan to be
presented to the WMF as a basis for a partnership grant.

The plan was developed, alongside the Brazil team's ongoing work (primarily
on the Education Program and data analytics and research), over the next
few months, and in late August was ready for community review (in
English[6] and later in Portuguese[7]).

Starting September 20th 2013, community feedback was officially solicited
on-wiki at the Portuguese Wikipedia, on mailing lists, and on Meta.[8]
 Much feedback had been given in the preceding months, in face-to-face or
verbal conversations via teleconferences, and has not been captured
on-wiki, but has been worked into successive revisions of the proposal.[9]

In mid-October 2013, taking into account community feedback and WMF's own
review of the proposal (itself carried out on several successive drafts of
the proposal), WMF decided to award the grant to Ação, which agreed to hire
the Brazil contractors.[10]  The grant period is 10 months, from November
1st 2013 to August 31st 2014.  The team at Ação will be reporting publicly
every three months for a total of three quarterly reports, and at the end
of the grant period, will provide a final impact report.  The grant does
not carry a promise of future funding, although under the partnership grant
model, Ação could apply for another year’s grant before entering into the
FDC process for annual plans.  From the Wikimedia Foundation's side, the
grant and the relationship with Ação will be managed by Asaf Bartov, who is
also managing the partnership with CIS in India.

The Brazil team -- Oona Castro, Henrique Andrade, Celio Filho, and Rodrigo
Padula de Oliveira -- are no longer WMF contractors, and have been working
for Ação Educativa since the beginning of November. Oona has shared a draft
of a retrospective report about the team's activities in the past year.[11]
 As of this writing, some of it is still only in Portuguese.


I’d like to thank the team (including Everton Zanella Alvarenga, the former
Education Coordinator) for their continued commitment to the Brazil
community and to the Wikimedia movement. I’d particularly like to
appreciate Oona, for her skilful and transparent leadership throughout the
transition, and her dedication to Wikimedia principles and goals.

We are very excited about the prospects of this partnership with Ação
Educativa, a truly like-minded organization dedicated to spreading
knowledge, and look forward to a fruitful relationship with excellent
impact on our strategic goals.

Please join me in congratulating the team on their successful transition,
and wishing them, Ação Educativa, and the Brazil Wikimedia community the
very best.

   Anasuya

[1] http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Vote:Narrowing_Focus

[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Report,_February_2013#Brazil

[3] http://www.acaoeducativa.org.br/

[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Report,_March_2013#Brazil

[5]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Report,_April_2013#Brazil

[6]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Programa_Catalisador_do_Brasil/Planejamento_2012-2013/Parcerias/A%C3%A7%C3%A3o_Educativa/Proposal

[7]

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Extensive feedback from WMDE to the FDC process

2014-01-15 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Hi Pavel,

Thanks very much for the thoughtful feedback from WMDE on the FDC. We
certainly want to be (and hope we are) wiki in nature: a work in progress,
with continued room for improvement. So I think the FDC, the FDC Advisory
Group (of which you are a member, of course), the Board and the staff will
all be considering these comments as we move forward.

I want to be equally thoughtful of the fact that we already have a number
of processes in place that are part of the FDC Framework - and that the FDC
and staff have expanded upon in the past year and a half - and that are
designed to incorporate feedback of this kind. I'm also conscious that the
FDC will be in the middle of reviewing Round 2 applications in April, and
it would be difficult on them - and the applicants - if we were to do an
intensive process of consultation with all 9 members and 2 Board
representatives at the time. Most significantly, we have a meeting with the
FDC Advisory Group (FDC AG) planned, as you know, for end May, in which we
are scheduling a time to overlap with the FDC members, so that feedback in
both directions can then be incorporated into the FDC Advisory Group's
recommendations to the WMF ED and Board as per the FDC Framework.[1]

As a reminder, the FDC AG was meant to have had a meeting in March this
year, to recommend the continuance of the FDC or not. On consultation with
the AG late last year, we decided to move this meeting to May, so that it
would be at the end of two years and four rounds of the FDC, and could have
useful input from both FDC members and all participants. According to the
Framework, this counsel from the AG will then feed into the WMF ED's
recommendation to the Board, on the FDC's continued existence and its form
(due, according to the Framework, roughly in mid-August this year).

The current members of the AG are Richard Ames/Ariconte, Ting Chen (former
member of WMF Board), Jan-Bart de Vreede (WMF Board), Thomas d'Souza
Buckup/TSB, Peter Ekman/Smallbones, Sue Gardner (WMF ED), Crystal Hayling
(Philanthropy Advisor), Christophe Henner (WMFR), Kathy Reich (Packard
Foundation), Pavel Richter (WMDE), Osmar Valdebenito (WMAR) and Stu West
(WMF Board).[2] Since I replaced Barry Newstead, I will host and facilitate
this meeting as he did the original FDC Advisory Group, with support from a
small sub-committee of the AG.

I had originally planned to ask this sub-committee of the FDC AG if they
would be willing to lead an on-wiki conversation post the WM Conference
that would feed into the meeting in May, but this conversation pre-empts
that, somewhat, so here would be my suggestion for a practical and
constructive way to move forward:

* We have a full and frank conversation at the Wikimedia Conference - as we
did last year - with everyone interested, on the FDC process and
constructive suggestions for improvements. We do this with two FDC members
and staff present, and take detailed notes.
* This feedback will then be shared with the FDC Advisory Group when it
meets in May. We are planning to have the FDC members overlap with the FDC
AG for half a day so that there is collective sharing, after which the AG
will consider all the different inputs that we have collected so far:
feedback from the many F2F meetings, including site visits; the anonymised
surveys we have conducted after every round of the FDC recommendations; the
ongoing progress reports and program evaluations; and the many
on-wiki/email/phone/skype/IRC conversations we have had with each
organisation throughout the FDC process.

All of these suggestions could then usefully feed into the FDC Advisory
Group's recommendation to the WMF ED and Board, and in time for shaping the
next year of the FDC process. I'm hoping that the AG will be able to share
its recommendations publicly, soon after its meeting, which can then
continue this conversation much more constructively on-wiki.

It's worth all of us remembering that the FDC process - supporting the
annual plans of Wikimedia organisations - is ultimately meant to have
impact on our online Wikimedia projects. We are all shared stewards of
movement resources, and having the contributions and thinking of different
community members is therefore critical. I would rather not turn to
Wikimania as the only place to have this conversation however, instead
seeing it as the space at which we can perhaps present the recommendations
of the Advisory Group, and include a broader conversation about the
movement's goals and how all Wikimedia organisations can support achieving
those goals better.

I'd be glad to hear your thoughts on this, both as WMDE ED and as a member
of the FDC Advisory Group.

Warmly,
Anasuya

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC#Assessment_and_continuous_improvement_of_the_funds_dissemination_process

[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/FDC_Advisory_Group



On Wed, Jan 

[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] 2013-14 Round 2 FDC/annual plan grants timeline moved out by a month: proposals due April 1, 2014

2013-12-17 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Dear friends and colleagues,

The 2013-2014 Round 2 FDC timeline and all associated dates are being
pushed back by one month. Here are the key date changes:

* Deadline for entities to meet eligibility requirements: 15 March 2014

* Proposal submission deadline: 1 April 2014

* Community review period: 1 April 2014 - 30 April 2014

* Staff assessment deadline: 8 May 2014

* FDC recommendations due: 1 June 2014

* Board decision due: 1 July 2014

This change in dates has been made for a few reasons. First, it allows for
the FDC and community to review the annual plan and budget of the WMF. As
you know, WMF participated in the first year of the FDC process in Round 1
(October 2012). While this was important, the process ended up being
complicated for both the FDC and WMF. WMF used a (no longer in use)
distinction of ‘core’ and ‘non-core’ activities, and shared only the
‘non-core’ portion of its plan in the FDC proposal, rather than its entire
annual plan (as did all other entities). The timing of the WMF proposal was
also difficult; the allocation was made retroactively at a time when the
annual plan was already six months into implementation. While the FDC and
WMF agree that WMF should continue to participate in the process, they also
agree that participation in Round 1 is not a viable solution.

The FDC and WMF have been discussing how the WMF can be part of the FDC
process in a way that is meaningful and allows for a robust community
review. While the exact details are still to be confirmed, both agree that
the best way forward is for the WMF to participate in Round 2 of the FDC
process. This approach also allows for community review of the WMF plan
through the FDC process, before the FDC recommendations and Board approval
of the WMF annual plan.

However, given WMF’s size, the first version of the WMF plan and budget is
only ready by April (the planning process begins after a six month
retrospective is analysed by the WMF Board in January/February, and
strategies for the next year are approved). Therefore, pushing back the FDC
timeline by one month would allow for version 1 of the WMF annual budget
and plan to be submitted for FDC and community review.

In addition, we consulted with entities that were likely to apply in Round
2, in order to check their preference: they informed us that pushing the
dates back by one month was, in fact, more convenient to them as well.
Overall, this timing will create an equal 6 month spacing between the two
annual plan/FDC cycles as opposed to the current 7 month / 5 month
timeframe.

We will be updating all the FDC documentation with these new dates,[1] but
this is a heads up particularly for those intending to apply for Round 2.

Do let us know if you have any questions or concerns about this shift in
dates.

Best wishes and warm holiday greetings to all of you. Here’s to a
fulfilling 2014 for the entire movement!
Anasuya and the FDC staff

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal
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[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: FDC deliberations being hosted at WMF from October 17 - 21

2013-11-15 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
tl;dr The FDC is meeting in San Francisco at the WMF office from November
17-21 for its deliberations on the current round of proposals. To ensure
that confidentiality is maintained throughout the process, I sent out a
letter to WMF staff with the ground rules established by the FDC.

-- Forwarded message --
From: Anasuya Sengupta asengu...@wikimedia.org
Date: Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM
Subject: FDC deliberations being hosted at WMF from October 17 - 21
To: Staff All wmf...@lists.wikimedia.org
Cc: Funds Dissemination Committee List f...@lists.wikimedia.org

Dear all (mainly: WMF staff in SF and visiting remote staff),

This is a heads up that the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) will be in
the Wikimedia office for five days starting Sunday: November 17 - 21st, to
deliberate on the current round of proposals for Annual Plan Grants from 11
Wikimedia organizations.[1] They will be working in Yongle for most of
these five days, and using the Inversion Table/Ford Prefect room on
occasion.

For those who came in late: the FDC is an advisory committee to the WMF
Board, comprising 9 community members (elected and selected from across the
Wikimedia movement) who meet twice a year to make recommendations on the
allocation of movement-resources; specifically annual plan grants/FDC
allocations for Wikimedia organizations.[2] They are joined by two Board
representatives, who participate as observers during these
deliberations.[3] The current FDC members are Arjuna Rao Chavala
(Arjunaraoc), Cristian Consonni (CristianCantoro), Dariusz Jemielniak
(Pundit), Ali Haidar Khan (Tonmoy), Delphine Ménard (Notafish), Mike Peel,
Yuri Perohanych (Perohanych), Sydney Poore (FloNight) and Anders Wennersten
(Yger). The two Board reps are Bishakha Datta and Patricio Lorente.

Please welcome them to WMF when you see them! At the same time, I ask for
your understanding in appreciating the serious nature of their task. This
is really tough work, that takes significant energy and focus to get to a
high quality set of recommendations by the end of the meeting. In order to
also maintain confidentiality while they do so, the FDC has set in place a
few ground rules that they’ve asked me to share with you. They’ve requested
that:

1. WMF staff not ask FDC members or any other meeting participants about
any of the applications under consideration, or related FDC processes.

2. The outcomes of the deliberations are not shared with WMF staff or
others before they’re publicly announced (by e.o.d on December 1).

3. Only those WMF staff members who’ve been asked to support the FDC with
inputs attend the meetings.

4. Others supporting the process (logistics etc) can only come in after
individual sessions or discussions are over.

FYI: these ground rules apply to any Wikimedia organization that might host
an FDC meeting. Like with WMF in this round (which doesn’t have a proposal
under consideration), no organization will be applying for funds in the
same round of deliberations it hosts.

The draft schedule for the meeting is here.[4] For the meeting, here’s the
list of WMF staff with direct inputs:

Katy, Winifred, Jessie, Garfield and Anasuya (will be supporting the FDC
throughout the meeting and present for all the deliberations)

Sue, Stephen, Frank and Asaf (have scheduled presentations)

Adele (logistics) and any other staff (on request from the FDC)

To be clear, WMF staff who are present throughout the deliberations do not
take part in the discussions around proposals. We offer our analysis, help
facilitate and take notes and respond to any additional queries by the FDC.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

And finally, I do hope you have the opportunity to say hello to some of the
FDC members when possible. They’re inspiring members of our community from
all over the world, contributing to multiple Wikimedia projects, doing
really thoughtful work in the interests of our movement. They’re awesome.
:-)

thanks,

Anasuya

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposals/2013-2014_round1

[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal

[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/FDC_members/Current_round
[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/FDC_members/2013-2014_round1/Deliberations

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: FDC deliberations being hosted at WMF from October 17 - 21

2013-11-15 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Thanks, Itzik, for your wishes. Much appreciated!

About Sue, Stephen, Frank and Asaf's sessions, the staff assessments are
the only inputs to the FDC process that are designed to be public at this
time. And of course, the key output that is public is the FDC
recommendations text (to be published by e.o.d December 1).

Just as FYI, the term 'presentations' may be a bit grandiose: many of these
will be conversations around specific queries the FDC may have. Frank and
Asaf's inputs on programmatic work and grants compliance are specifically
designed to help the FDC with proposal review. However, Sue and Stephen are
not offering any inputs into the proposal review: Sue will probably share
her thoughts on the ED transition, the FDC annual report and any other
questions the FDC may have, while Stephen is supporting the FDC in
understanding good practices around CoI issues.

I hope this helps,
Anasuya


On Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 3:17 PM, Itzik Edri it...@infra.co.il wrote:

 Thanks Anasuya for this update and I wish the FDC and the FDC's staff good
 luck in this demanding process.

 Will Sue, Stephen, Frank and Asaf presentations will be shared with the
 community also?



 On Sat, Nov 16, 2013 at 12:06 AM, Anasuya Sengupta
 asengu...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

  tl;dr The FDC is meeting in San Francisco at the WMF office from November
  17-21 for its deliberations on the current round of proposals. To ensure
  that confidentiality is maintained throughout the process, I sent out a
  letter to WMF staff with the ground rules established by the FDC.
 
  -- Forwarded message --
  From: Anasuya Sengupta asengu...@wikimedia.org
  Date: Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM
  Subject: FDC deliberations being hosted at WMF from October 17 - 21
  To: Staff All wmf...@lists.wikimedia.org
  Cc: Funds Dissemination Committee List f...@lists.wikimedia.org
 
  Dear all (mainly: WMF staff in SF and visiting remote staff),
 
  This is a heads up that the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) will be
 in
  the Wikimedia office for five days starting Sunday: November 17 - 21st,
 to
  deliberate on the current round of proposals for Annual Plan Grants from
 11
  Wikimedia organizations.[1] They will be working in Yongle for most of
  these five days, and using the Inversion Table/Ford Prefect room on
  occasion.
 
  For those who came in late: the FDC is an advisory committee to the WMF
  Board, comprising 9 community members (elected and selected from across
 the
  Wikimedia movement) who meet twice a year to make recommendations on the
  allocation of movement-resources; specifically annual plan grants/FDC
  allocations for Wikimedia organizations.[2] They are joined by two Board
  representatives, who participate as observers during these
  deliberations.[3] The current FDC members are Arjuna Rao Chavala
  (Arjunaraoc), Cristian Consonni (CristianCantoro), Dariusz Jemielniak
  (Pundit), Ali Haidar Khan (Tonmoy), Delphine Ménard (Notafish), Mike
 Peel,
  Yuri Perohanych (Perohanych), Sydney Poore (FloNight) and Anders
 Wennersten
  (Yger). The two Board reps are Bishakha Datta and Patricio Lorente.
 
  Please welcome them to WMF when you see them! At the same time, I ask for
  your understanding in appreciating the serious nature of their task. This
  is really tough work, that takes significant energy and focus to get to a
  high quality set of recommendations by the end of the meeting. In order
 to
  also maintain confidentiality while they do so, the FDC has set in place
 a
  few ground rules that they’ve asked me to share with you. They’ve
 requested
  that:
 
  1. WMF staff not ask FDC members or any other meeting participants about
  any of the applications under consideration, or related FDC processes.
 
  2. The outcomes of the deliberations are not shared with WMF staff or
  others before they’re publicly announced (by e.o.d on December 1).
 
  3. Only those WMF staff members who’ve been asked to support the FDC with
  inputs attend the meetings.
 
  4. Others supporting the process (logistics etc) can only come in after
  individual sessions or discussions are over.
 
  FYI: these ground rules apply to any Wikimedia organization that might
 host
  an FDC meeting. Like with WMF in this round (which doesn’t have a
 proposal
  under consideration), no organization will be applying for funds in the
  same round of deliberations it hosts.
 
  The draft schedule for the meeting is here.[4] For the meeting, here’s
 the
  list of WMF staff with direct inputs:
 
  Katy, Winifred, Jessie, Garfield and Anasuya (will be supporting the FDC
  throughout the meeting and present for all the deliberations)
 
  Sue, Stephen, Frank and Asaf (have scheduled presentations)
 
  Adele (logistics) and any other staff (on request from the FDC)
 
  To be clear, WMF staff who are present throughout the deliberations do
 not
  take part in the discussions around proposals. We offer our analysis,
 help
  facilitate and take notes and respond

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Letters of Intent for FDC Round 2 due Nov 8, and community review right now!

2013-10-15 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Hi Lodewijk,

Thanks for asking. The FDC and WMF are currently in conversation about
exactly what this looks like - so stay tuned for the details :-) - but yes,
in principle, WMF will be submitting its proposal to the FDC in Round 2 of
the process (for the annual plan 2014-15).

Anasuya


On Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 2:23 PM, Lodewijk lodew...@effeietsanders.orgwrote:

 Thanks for the update!

 Just to be clear - after ducking the FDC process for 2013/2014, this will
 be the round where the WMF will apply for funding of what it considers
 'non-core' programs, correct? (There was some confusion over that in the
 round earlier this year, so trying to make sure I'm still up to date on the
 latest state of affairs)

 Thanks,
 Lodewijk


 2013/10/15 Katy Love kl...@wikimedia.org

  Dear members of the Wikimedia community,
 
  I write to remind Wikimedia-affiliated entities interested in
  submitting an annual plan grant proposal to the Funds Dissemination
  Committee (FDC) in Round 2 2013-2014 that they must first submit a
  Letter of Intent (LOI). The Letter of Intent is the first step in
  applying for funds from the FDC, as outlined in the FDC Framework. [1]
  This step has been implemented as part of the improvements for
  2013-2014. In Round 1 of this year, it helped the FDC staff to work
  closely with interested applicants ahead of eligibility and proposal
  deadlines.
 
  Entities interested in applying for funding in Round 2 must submit an
  Letter of Intent before submitting a proposal. For Round 2 of
  2013-2014, the LOI is due on November 8. The LOI asks potential FDC
  applicants to state their intentions to apply and to include a
  notional dollar figure (or local currency figure). The LOI can be
  created on the FDC portal [2], and a sample is here for your
  reference. [3] The LOI is non-binding, but it is required.
 
  Milestones from Round 2 can be found on the portal [4] and below:
 
  * Letter of Intent deadline: 8 November 2013
  * Deadline for WMF Staff to post eligibility: 15 December 2013
  * Deadline for entities to meet eligibility requirements: 15 February
 2014
  * Proposal submission deadline: 1 March 2014
  * Community review period: 1 March 2014 - 31 March 2014
  * Staff assessment deadline: 8 April 2014
  * FDC recommendation due: 1 May 2014
  * Board decision due: 1 June 2014
 
  Also, I want to bring to your attention the current Round 1 community
  review process for the eleven Round 1 proposals just submitted to the
  FDC. We ask you, members of the community, to share your thoughts and
  questions on the Discussion pages of the submitted proposals!  [5]
 
  Have any questions or comments? Reach out to us at:
  fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org. The FDC staff is here to help you understand
  and navigate the process!
 
  Cheers,
  Katy Love and the FDC support team
 
  [1]
 
 
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC#Process_overview
  [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal#fdc-portal-start
  [3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Sample_letter_of_intent
  [4]
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Timeline#2013-2014_Round_2
  [5]
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposals/Community/Review
 
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[Wikimedia-l] WMF Grantmaking invites you to review the partnership grant proposal from Ação Educativa, Brazil

2013-09-20 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
[translation in Portuguese below]

Dear friends and colleagues,

tl;dr We are planning on partnering with the non-profit organization Ação
Educativa to carry out Wikimedia program work in Brazil, funded by a
partnership grant from the Wikimedia Foundation.  This letter explains the
context for the proposed partnership, and calls for community input on the
plan.

Context: After identifying Brazil as a high-potential development target
for the Wikimedia movement in 2010, and the hiring of a team of consultants
in early 2012 to form the Brazil Catalyst Program,[1], the Wikimedia
Foundation's Board of Trustees determined in 2012 that the Foundation
should narrow its focus,[2] to concentrate on supporting global Wikimedia
communities through two core competencies -- technology and grantmaking.
 In line with that narrowing of focus, the Foundation is looking to partner
with local organizations to execute programmatic activities in partnership
with the local Wikimedia communities, rather than to have consultant teams
in place. The catalyst program in India was transitioned to a grant with
the Centre for Internet and Society[3] in July 2012 [4] as part of its
Access to Knowledge (A2K) focus,[5] and the Brazil team has similarly been
exploring the possibility of a similar partner in Brazil.

On Ação: Ação Educativa [6] (literally: Educational Action) is a not for
profit civil organization that has been working over the past 18 years in
Brazil on rights to education. In order to achieve this, it builds capacity
among social movement groups, schools and communities for the production
and dissemination of knowledge and the mobilization and impact on public
policies. Its mission is to promote the rights for education, culture and
youth, aiming at social justice, participatory democracy and sustainable
development. Ação Educativa has extensive experience in building and
strengthening communities in the education and human rights fields,
including more globally.

On the partnership: The Brazil team of consultants, led by Oona Castro, has
been in conversation with the Brazilian Wikimedia community about a
transition to a partnership grant since October 2012 [7]. For several
months, Oona and her team researched potential partners, exploring over 15
local organisations who had an affinity to the Wikimedia movement in
values, mission and programmatic scope [8]. In February 2013, the team
shortlisted two organisations - Ação Educativa and Coletivo Digital - and
visited them, with community volunteers [9] [10]. I joined them on this
visit. After these meetings, Foundation staff, the Brazil team and
community members discussed the pros and cons of both organisations.  While
both are well aligned to the Wikimedia movement’s mission and work,
particularly in Brazil, the team felt that Ação Educativa has the stability
and sustainability to offer the Brazil team - and the Brazilian community -
a strong institutional home and partnership. In addition, Ação Educativa
offers critical value with its considerable experience and expertise in
growing communities and networks in the field of education, at the same
time as it sees value in the Wikimedia movement’s expertise in online
communities and free knowledge. The team continues to feel that it is
likely to partner with Coletivo Digital on specific projects.

Budget: The budget for 2013-14 is 557,863 USD (R$ 1.115.726)

Invitation to review: As I mentioned in my letter to the community a few
weeks ago,[11]  we intend to have partnership grants be reviewed by both
local Wikimedia communities as well as the global. We therefore welcome
community review of the proposed project plan and budget.  Please read the
materials on Meta,[12] and join the conversation on the talk page.  We will
be engaging in this conversation for three weeks from now - till October 10
- after which we hope to proceed with establishing the partnership (based
on changes or comments arising from the community review).

Feel free to respond with questions or clarifications on the talk page.

Thanks,

   Anasuya Sengupta

   Senior Director of Grantmaking

   Wikimedia Foundation


[1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Brazil_Program

[2] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Sue_Gardner/Narrowing_focus

[3] http://cis-india.org/

[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/India_Program_Announcement_and_FAQ_-_30_July_2012

[5]
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Work_plan_April_2013_-_June_2014

[6] www.acaoeducativa.org.br

[7]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Programa_Catalisador_do_Brasil/Planejamento_2012-2013#Estrutura_e_Modelo_de_Gest.C3.A3o_do_Programa_Catalisado_do_Brasil

[8]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Programa_Catalisador_do_Brasil/Planejamento_2012-2013/Parcerias

[9]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Programa_Catalisador_do_Brasil/Planejamento_2012-2013/Parcerias/A%C3%A7%C3%A3o_Educativa/Encontro_2013-02-22

[10]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF Grantmaking invites you to review the partnership grant proposal from Ação Educativa, Brazil

2013-09-20 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
With (quick) apologies: the correct place to review the proposal is
here.[1] Reference 12 in the mail above is an earlier version. :-)

thanks,
Anasuya
[1]
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Programa_Catalisador_do_Brasil/Planejamento_2012-2013/Parcerias/A%C3%A7%C3%A3o_Educativa/Proposal



2013/9/20 Anasuya Sengupta asengu...@wikimedia.org

 [translation in Portuguese below]

 Dear friends and colleagues,

 tl;dr We are planning on partnering with the non-profit organization Ação
 Educativa to carry out Wikimedia program work in Brazil, funded by a
 partnership grant from the Wikimedia Foundation.  This letter explains the
 context for the proposed partnership, and calls for community input on the
 plan.

 Context: After identifying Brazil as a high-potential development target
 for the Wikimedia movement in 2010, and the hiring of a team of consultants
 in early 2012 to form the Brazil Catalyst Program,[1], the Wikimedia
 Foundation's Board of Trustees determined in 2012 that the Foundation
 should narrow its focus,[2] to concentrate on supporting global Wikimedia
 communities through two core competencies -- technology and grantmaking.
  In line with that narrowing of focus, the Foundation is looking to partner
 with local organizations to execute programmatic activities in partnership
 with the local Wikimedia communities, rather than to have consultant teams
 in place. The catalyst program in India was transitioned to a grant with
 the Centre for Internet and Society[3] in July 2012 [4] as part of its
 Access to Knowledge (A2K) focus,[5] and the Brazil team has similarly been
 exploring the possibility of a similar partner in Brazil.

 On Ação: Ação Educativa [6] (literally: Educational Action) is a not for
 profit civil organization that has been working over the past 18 years in
 Brazil on rights to education. In order to achieve this, it builds capacity
 among social movement groups, schools and communities for the production
 and dissemination of knowledge and the mobilization and impact on public
 policies. Its mission is to promote the rights for education, culture and
 youth, aiming at social justice, participatory democracy and sustainable
 development. Ação Educativa has extensive experience in building and
 strengthening communities in the education and human rights fields,
 including more globally.

 On the partnership: The Brazil team of consultants, led by Oona Castro,
 has been in conversation with the Brazilian Wikimedia community about a
 transition to a partnership grant since October 2012 [7]. For several
 months, Oona and her team researched potential partners, exploring over 15
 local organisations who had an affinity to the Wikimedia movement in
 values, mission and programmatic scope [8]. In February 2013, the team
 shortlisted two organisations - Ação Educativa and Coletivo Digital - and
 visited them, with community volunteers [9] [10]. I joined them on this
 visit. After these meetings, Foundation staff, the Brazil team and
 community members discussed the pros and cons of both organisations.  While
 both are well aligned to the Wikimedia movement’s mission and work,
 particularly in Brazil, the team felt that Ação Educativa has the stability
 and sustainability to offer the Brazil team - and the Brazilian community -
 a strong institutional home and partnership. In addition, Ação Educativa
 offers critical value with its considerable experience and expertise in
 growing communities and networks in the field of education, at the same
 time as it sees value in the Wikimedia movement’s expertise in online
 communities and free knowledge. The team continues to feel that it is
 likely to partner with Coletivo Digital on specific projects.

 Budget: The budget for 2013-14 is 557,863 USD (R$ 1.115.726)

 Invitation to review: As I mentioned in my letter to the community a few
 weeks ago,[11]  we intend to have partnership grants be reviewed by both
 local Wikimedia communities as well as the global. We therefore welcome
 community review of the proposed project plan and budget.  Please read the
 materials on Meta,[12] and join the conversation on the talk page.  We will
 be engaging in this conversation for three weeks from now - till October 10
 - after which we hope to proceed with establishing the partnership (based
 on changes or comments arising from the community review).

 Feel free to respond with questions or clarifications on the talk page.

 Thanks,

Anasuya Sengupta

Senior Director of Grantmaking

Wikimedia Foundation


 [1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Brazil_Program

 [2] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Sue_Gardner/Narrowing_focus

 [3] http://cis-india.org/

 [4]
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/India_Program_Announcement_and_FAQ_-_30_July_2012

 [5]
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Work_plan_April_2013_-_June_2014

 [6] www.acaoeducativa.org.br

 [7]
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Updates from the WMF Grantmaking department

2013-08-07 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
  As for the FDC/annual plan grants, that would require for them to be
  recognised Wikimedia partner orgs in the new affiliation model, right?
 
  Nemo
 
 
 Unless I am mistaken, it would, yeah.  I'm assuming that Anasuya is hoping
 that they would be able to achieve affcom recognition in their partnership
 grant funded period of operation so that they could apply for FDC funding
 going forward.


Thanks for the question, Nemo (and for the response, Kevin). I think this
is one of the issues I hope to work out with AffCom and others in the
months to come - whether local organisations like CIS (in India) become
recognised as Wikimedia partner organisations. My understanding was that
the original premise in the affiliation model may have been to consider
global organisations as partner organisations in this fashion, but we need
to confirm how the model will work now that we have some real life
examples. In any case, we'll make sure to figure out the appropriate way to
establish the legitimacy and eligibility of orgaisations such as these so
that they can apply to the FDC for annual plan funding going forward. Stay
tuned. :-)

Anasuya
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[Wikimedia-l] Updates from the WMF Grantmaking department

2013-08-04 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Dear friends and colleagues,

This message is to announce that the names of the Wikimedia Foundation’s
grants programs are being changed to better reflect the purpose and
function they serve, while the names of the volunteer-driven committees
that serve these programs remain unchanged. We hope this will help any
current and future applicants to these programs understand their purpose
better at a glance, while keeping the continuity of names (a.k.a beloved
acronyms!) that our movement is already familiar with. :-)

Last year was a significant year for Grantmaking at the Wikimedia
Foundation, particularly through our narrowing focus exercise, in which we
emphasised that the Foundation will support the growth and development of
Wikimedia communities through the main platforms of technology and grants.
We moved from being a small team primarily led by Asaf and supported by
Winifred, to being a stand-alone department at the end of the year. The
Funds Dissemination Committee and the Individual Engagement Grants were
launched, with dedication and commitment from every community member
involved.

Now that we’ve moved into the new fiscal year of 2013-14, one of the
Grantmaking department’s efforts this year will be to improve the structure
and design of our grants programs so that they're effective in supporting
different constituencies and needs of our movement. This is the focus of
the first quarter of the year for our team, including developing much
clearer communication and guidelines for good proposals and reporting,
criteria for assessment of the proposals, and building out a back-end
grantsmanagement platform. We will be keeping you posted on this, and
welcome
your comments and suggestions for improvements.

In the meantime, part of our effort is to be clearer about what our
grantsprograms are *for*, so that their functions are pretty apparent
at first
glance.[1]

1. Annual Plan Grants/Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC): The grants or
funding that the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) allocates will be
called Annual Plan Grants, since they are essentially general support
grants for the annual plans of eligible entities.  The name of the FDC -
the committee itself - stays unchanged.

2. Project and Event Grants/Grants Advisory Committee (GAC): The name of
the Wikimedia Grants Program (which made sense when it was the only
grants program
we had) is being modified to Project and Event Grants, which reflects the
purpose for which they now exist. Again, the GAC - as the advisory
committee - remains unchanged in name.

To be clear: chapters and other groups that have projects and programs that
need support for up to a year - including project management support (for
e.g. part time staff or administrative costs like payments to an accounting
firm) - can continue to apply for project grants under this program. In
fact, they may be consolidated such that these grants essentially support
most of an organisation or group's programmatic work. While some Wikimedia
entities may choose to apply to the FDC because they want full time support
for substantial operating and programmatic costs, others may wish to opt
for the agility of project grants that are simpler to apply and report for,
and can be accessed any time of the year.

3. Individual Engagement Grants/Individual Engagement Grants committee
(IEGcommittee):
This name will stay unchanged, as does the name of the IEG committee. The
program is meant to support individual Wikimedia contributors or small
teams, to lead projects with online impact. Over this next year, the
Grantmaking team would like to see more resources going to the core of our
contributing community as effectively as possible.

4. Travel and Participation Support:  This program name changes to Travel
and Participation Support, from simply Participation Support, to make clear
that these grants are for travel related to active participation in
non-Wikimedia events. We are thinking about the purpose of this program
more closely, so that we can deepen its impact, and will be working on this
with our team (and our partners like WMDE and WMCH) over the next few
months.

In addition, we are moving our Brazil catalyst program into a ‘Partnership
Grant’ model as we did with India last year. I will be sharing more details
on this in the next few weeks, but essentially, Partnership Grants will be
with significant allied organisations - particularly in the Global South -
who support our communities in expanding reach and participation. These
grant proposals will go through substantial on wiki review by the local
community (for e.g. the Brazilian PT community), and then a short review by
the global Wikimedia community. After this, the proposal  will be approved
(or not) by the Grantmaking team, primarily Asaf Bartov and Anasuya
Sengupta. This model is likely to be used sparingly, and only when the
opportunities offered by an allied organisation are significant to the
growth of a community. We hope

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Internal-l] 2013-2014 Round 1 FDC eligibility status IRC office hours

2013-07-18 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Hi Nicole,

Happy to help! No, the $6M _doesn't_ include any potential FDC allocation
for WMF in Round 2.

Warmly,
Anasuya


On Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM, Nicole Ebber nicole.eb...@wikimedia.dewrote:

 Hi Anasuya and Garfield,

 please allow me a quick question:

 * In 2012-13, the FDC grants (round 1 and 2) were $4.7 M plus the WMF
 FDC grant of $4.5 M = a total of $9.2 M.
 * In 2013-14, the FDC grants are budgeted with a total of $6 M.

 What is unclear to me is if this $6 M are including the FDC grant the
 WMF might apply for in round 2 or not. Can you clarify this for me?

 Thanks a lot and best regards,
 Nicole

 On 18 July 2013 10:34, Lodewijk lodew...@effeietsanders.org wrote:
  Thanks Sam for the clarification. I'm sorry to hear this was not
 discussed
  in the board apparently. I hope you will be able to share the outcome of
  that discussion to remove any uncertainty that may have remained.
 
  I do agree that there was no major change in how the annual plan was
  handled this year - but I tried to put things in a perspective. The WMF
 did
  not try to 'compensate' the lack of FDC process this year by for example
  publishing the draft annual plan or financial plan earlier in the process
  for community review. I remain of the opinion (also towards chapters)
 that
  sharing early drafts to what they consider their memberships is often a
  good thing.
 
  While the FDC decision on the WMF request may not have been unanimous,
  since the fiscal year was fully started, people had been hired and even
  paid for, I don't think it would have been possible for them to make
  serious cuts. By the suboptimal process that was followed, it was
  definitely afterwards, and as the input for the process had already been
  board approved and also the output decision was a board decision, besides
  the fact that there is a whole discussion possible over core/non-core, I
  would have been very very surprised if anything else than 100% approval
  would have been the result. This is of course also why this process is
  changed. My point here was primarily that with all its flaws, not even
 this
  process was followed this year. Because imho it *was* indeed an
 improvement
  over the years before.
 
  Anasuya: My apologies for being confusing. I was of course referring to
 the
  approval of the WMF 2013/2014 non-core activities, not so much to the
  2013/2014 FDC process. I understand from your email that you're
 confirming
  the clear explanation by Anders Wennersten. Thank you for that.
 
  Kind regards,
  Lodewijk
 
 
  2013/7/18 Anasuya Sengupta asengu...@wikimedia.org
 
  Hi Lodewijk,
 
  Since you asked specifically about WMF not sending in a Letter of Intent
  (LoI) to the FDC process, WMF - like any other entity interested in
  applying for Round 2 - doesn't need to have sent it in by June 8th as
 did
  those interested in applying for Round 1. Essentially, entities that are
  interested in applying for Round 2 of any year have the option of either
  publishing an LoI by June 8th, clarifying they intend to apply for
 Round 2,
  or publishing it by November 8th in order to be eligible for Round 2. As
  Anders mentioned, the FDC and WMF are in a conversation to confirm the
  details, but WMF intends to apply for Round 2 of the 2013-14 FDC
 process.
 
  thanks,
  Anasuya
 
  
   2013/7/16 Lodewijk lodew...@effeietsanders.org
  
Maybe this has been asked elsewhere already, apologies in that case,
  but
could someone clarify why the Wikimedia Foundation is not eligible
 any
   more
(and did not seem to send a letter of intent) for the FDC process?
 Does
this mean WMF will only do core programs and shut down all other?
 Or is
there another explanation I did not think of yet (this is of course,
assuming the WMF is still intending to eat it's own dog food)?
   
Best,
   
Lodewijk
   
   
2013/7/16 Garfield Byrd gb...@wikimedia.org
   
Dear members of the Wikimedia community:
   
Today, July 15, the Wikimedia Foundation published a list of Funds
Dissemination Committee (FDC) eligible entities [1] based the
   eligibility
criteria [2] established in the FDC framework.  Entities that
  submitted
Letters of Intent [3] are categorized in 'Yes', 'Yes, If',  and
 'No'
categories based the eligibility criteria.  Please let us know if
 you
believe there are any corrections to be made to this list.
   
A more detailed eligibility checklist document has also been
 created.
   
[4]
   
This document outlines eligibility gaps that need to be closed by
   September
15, 2013. Any entity in the Yes, If category must post all
 missing
documents on Meta by September 15 to be eligible for FDC funding.
Entities in the “No” column who are currently ineligible for FDC
   funding or
those who decide not to proceed with an FDC application are
 welcome to
consider applying to the WMF Grants program. [5]
   
On September 15, WMF will post

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Comments on compliance and the FDC Round 2 decisions

2013-05-08 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
 of a chapter's first
 full time employee. There have also been comments made regarding the
 heavy nature of the FDC grant application process. Would the WMF staff
 please indicate whether a review of these concerns is under consideration,
 if so, how they plan to conduct the review?

 I think you partially addressed these questions in your response but I
 would appreciate a more direct reply from you, Anasuya, Jessie, or anyone
 else in the Grantmaking and Programs group. Please feel free to fork into a
 separate thread if you like.
 Thanks,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Schedule for FDC Round 2 and guidelines for the process

2013-02-07 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
I wanted to do a quick follow-up to remind everyone that for Year 1 of the
FDC, we had agreed that there would be no Letter of Intent (LoI) required
of those entities wanting to apply.[1] So for those interested in applying
for Round 2, what is required is to close all eligibility gaps by February
15.

Thanks,
Anasuya

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposal_process#Proposal_steps

On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 5:27 AM, Anasuya Sengupta asengu...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 *Dear friends and colleagues,

 We are gearing up for Round 2 of the FDC process! Thank you for your
 support and suggestions through Round 1. Susana Morais, the FDC
 Ombudsperson, recently invited the community to offer comments and
 suggestions for improving the process, particularly the FDC portal (ease of
 navigability, user-friendliness), FDC forms, and the communication with the
 FDC members and staff.[1] Please continue to share your thoughts and
 experiences with us.  
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Appeals_regarding_FDC_process

 I am writing to you to remind you of the schedule for Round 2 and the
 guidelines for the process.

 Schedule
 February 15: All entities wishing to apply for Round 2 should complete
 their eligibility requirements by e.o.d UTC February 15.[2] Please contact
 my colleague Christine Bockneck for any support on this.
 March 1: All proposals from eligible entities are due by e.o.d UTC. We
 have incorporated feedback from Round 1 to make the proposal form for Round
 2 easier to use and navigate, but have been conscious of not making any
 substantive changes, so that there is parity between Round 1 and Round 2
 applicants. We may well make substantive changes to this form for Year 2
 (starting July 2013), and welcome suggestions for that.
 March 1-31: Community review period. As the Board representatives to the
 FDC (Jan-Bart and Patricio) informed you a few days ago, the Board in
 consultation with the FDC approved a two week increase to this period, to
 support a more in depth review and response process. Please do comment on
 the proposals, as your participation strengthens each entity’s work and our
 movement. We know that having the proposals only in English can be a
 constraint, and we hope the longer period will help with this as well.
 April 8: Posting of the FDC staff assessments.
 April 22-24: FDC meeting in Milan.
 May 1: Posting of the FDC recommendations.
 May 8: Any complaints to the Board representatives from Round 2
 applicants should be posted by this date. [4]
 June 1: The Board decision  is posted.

 Guidelines
 As a reminder, the FDC framework approved last year offered funding
 guidelines for eligible entities for the next three years.[5] As
 demonstrated by the FDC recommendations of Round 1,[6] the FDC does
 consider these guidelines as well as the rationale offered by each entity
 for its growth. For Year 1 of the FDC, the guidelines for the requests are
 100-120% of the amount in grants or retained from payment processing the
 previous year.

 To quote from the framework:
 “These amounts are not targets; rather, they are guidelines to help
 eligible entities plan over the next few years and adjust to the new
 funding environment. Eligible entities may request more or less than these
 target amounts. The FDC will give a higher level of scrutiny to requests in
 excess of these guidelines and to requests from eligible entities whose
 year-to-date actual spending is significantly less than their year-to-date
 budgeted spending.”

 The FDC staff is always available to support eligible entities and
 community members; please be in touch with Katy Love, Senior Program
 Officer for the FDC (fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org) or onwiki:
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Questions_for_FDC_staff/2012-2013_round2

 We look forward to an engaging Round 2 process.

 Warmly,
 Anasuya

 [1]
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Appeals_regarding_FDC_process
 [2]
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Eligibility_status/2012-2013_round2
 [3] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposal_process
 [4]
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Complaints_regarding_FDC_recommendations_to_the_board
 [5]
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC#Special_funding_guidelines_during_transition_to_the_FDC_.282012.E2.80.9314.29
 [6]
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/FDC_recommendations/2012-2013_round1
 *

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[Wikimedia-l] Schedule for FDC Round 2 and guidelines for the process

2013-02-06 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
*Dear friends and colleagues,

We are gearing up for Round 2 of the FDC process! Thank you for your
support and suggestions through Round 1. Susana Morais, the FDC
Ombudsperson, recently invited the community to offer comments and
suggestions for improving the process, particularly the FDC portal (ease of
navigability, user-friendliness), FDC forms, and the communication with the
FDC members and staff.[1] Please continue to share your thoughts and
experiences with us.
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Appeals_regarding_FDC_process

I am writing to you to remind you of the schedule for Round 2 and the
guidelines for the process.

Schedule
February 15: All entities wishing to apply for Round 2 should complete
their eligibility requirements by e.o.d UTC February 15.[2] Please contact
my colleague Christine Bockneck for any support on this.
March 1: All proposals from eligible entities are due by e.o.d UTC. We have
incorporated feedback from Round 1 to make the proposal form for Round 2
easier to use and navigate, but have been conscious of not making any
substantive changes, so that there is parity between Round 1 and Round 2
applicants. We may well make substantive changes to this form for Year 2
(starting July 2013), and welcome suggestions for that.
March 1-31: Community review period. As the Board representatives to the
FDC (Jan-Bart and Patricio) informed you a few days ago, the Board in
consultation with the FDC approved a two week increase to this period, to
support a more in depth review and response process. Please do comment on
the proposals, as your participation strengthens each entity’s work and our
movement. We know that having the proposals only in English can be a
constraint, and we hope the longer period will help with this as well.
April 8: Posting of the FDC staff assessments.
April 22-24: FDC meeting in Milan.
May 1: Posting of the FDC recommendations.
May 8: Any complaints to the Board representatives from Round 2 applicants
should be posted by this date. [4]
June 1: The Board decision  is posted.

Guidelines
As a reminder, the FDC framework approved last year offered funding
guidelines for eligible entities for the next three years.[5] As
demonstrated by the FDC recommendations of Round 1,[6] the FDC does
consider these guidelines as well as the rationale offered by each entity
for its growth. For Year 1 of the FDC, the guidelines for the requests are
100-120% of the amount in grants or retained from payment processing the
previous year.

To quote from the framework:
“These amounts are not targets; rather, they are guidelines to help
eligible entities plan over the next few years and adjust to the new
funding environment. Eligible entities may request more or less than these
target amounts. The FDC will give a higher level of scrutiny to requests in
excess of these guidelines and to requests from eligible entities whose
year-to-date actual spending is significantly less than their year-to-date
budgeted spending.”

The FDC staff is always available to support eligible entities and
community members; please be in touch with Katy Love, Senior Program
Officer for the FDC (fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org) or onwiki:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Questions_for_FDC_staff/2012-2013_round2

We look forward to an engaging Round 2 process.

Warmly,
Anasuya

[1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Appeals_regarding_FDC_process
[2]
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Eligibility_status/2012-2013_round2
[3] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposal_process
[4]
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Complaints_regarding_FDC_recommendations_to_the_board
[5]
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC#Special_funding_guidelines_during_transition_to_the_FDC_.282012.E2.80.9314.29
[6]
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/FDC_recommendations/2012-2013_round1
*

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[Wikimedia-l] Welcome: Siko Bouterse and Katy Love join the Grantmaking team at WMF

2013-01-15 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Dear all,

As you know, we recently re-named the Global Development department at the
Wikimedia Foundation, as the Grantmaking and Programs department. The
Grantmaking team is committed to supporting our community and meeting our
shared goals at the different levels of contribution - whether individuals,
groups or organisations -  and we will be working with you over the next
few months to deepen our strategies for doing so, and for evaluating our
impact.

In the meantime, however, I am delighted to announce some changes to the
Grantmaking team that reflect this commitment. Siko Bouterse [1] needs no
introduction to most of you, having worked at WMF since 2011, most recently
coordinating the Fellowships program. Siko is coming on to the Grantmaking
team as Head of Individual Engagement Grants, a program that will support
individual or small team projects for online impact. This is to be launched
later today... watch out for Siko's announcement and details of the
program, coming soon to a wiki near you. Siko will also shortly be taking
on the responsibility for the Participation Support Program (which WMF and
WMDE fund together), and supporting the documentation and analysis of our
project-based grants. We are really pleased to have Siko's experience and
insights on our team.

Katy Love is new to the team, the organisation and the movement, but I have
no doubt that her experience and insights, as well, will help us be more
effective. Katy has just joined us as the Senior Program Officer for the
Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) [2] with a passion for strategic and
impactful grantmaking, participatory collaborative work, and transparent
decision-making. Her background spans philanthropic activities and NGO
programs, systems, and operations. She spent the last four years at CARE
International with the Emergency Capacity Building Project, a collaboration
between six of the largest NGOs, aimed at improving humanitarian response.

Please join me in welcoming them to our team!

Warmly,
Anasuya

[1] http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Sbouterse
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Welcome: Siko Bouterse and Katy Love join the Grantmaking team at WMF

2013-01-15 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Dear all,

As you know, we recently re-named the Global Development department at the
Wikimedia Foundation, as the Grantmaking and Programs department. The
Grantmaking team is committed to supporting our community and meeting our
shared goals at the different levels of contribution - whether individuals,
groups or organisations -  and we will be working with you over the next
few months to deepen our strategies for doing so, and for evaluating our
impact.

In the meantime, however, I am delighted to announce some changes to the
Grantmaking team that reflect this commitment. Siko Bouterse [1] needs no
introduction to most of you, having worked at WMF since 2011, most recently
coordinating the Fellowships program. Siko is coming on to the Grantmaking
team as Head of Individual Engagement Grants, a program that will support
individual or small team projects for online impact. This is to be launched
later today... watch out for Siko's announcement and details of the
program, coming soon to a wiki near you. Siko will also shortly be taking
on the responsibility for the Participation Support Program (which WMF and
WMDE fund together), and supporting the documentation and analysis of our
project-based grants. We are really pleased to have Siko's experience and
insights on our team.

Katy Love is new to the team, the organisation and the movement, but I have
no doubt that her experience and insights, as well, will help us be more
effective. Katy has just joined us as the Senior Program Officer for the
Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) [2] with a passion for strategic and
impactful grantmaking, participatory collaborative work, and transparent
decision-making. Her background spans philanthropic activities and NGO
programs, systems, and operations. She spent the last four years at CARE
International with the Emergency Capacity Building Project, a collaboration
between six of the largest NGOs, aimed at improving humanitarian response.

Please join me in welcoming them to our team!

Warmly,
Anasuya

[1] http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:Sbouterse
[2] http://hire.jobvite.com/Jobvite/Job.aspx?j=owwHWfwpc=qSa9VfwQ

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] FDC Proposals

2012-10-02 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Dear all,

Thank you very much for sharing these concerns with us - and thank you,
Anders, for responding so promptly!

While the deadlines for proposals has been very clear from the start - in
the framework, and in mails shared with the community - I want to
acknowledge that as primary FDC support staff, I *did* miss sending out a
reminder last week (I thought I had, but realise to my horror it's still
sitting in my drafts folder!). My apologies for that. I had also
(mistakenly, as it turns out) assumed that eligible entities would be
looking at the FDC portal regularly, where the landing page very clearly
has deadlines mentioned. I will certainly do better around deadline
reminders the next time round.

However, chapters have been in touch with Garfield, Christine, Asaf,
Winifred, Meera and me over much of the past few months, and I believe we
have been prompt over responding to any concerns, and about reminding them
of deadlines.  In particular, I know that the forms have been giving people
some trouble, and Heather, who's been designing and maintaining the FDC
Portal, has also been very responsive to those concerns. In addition, we've
pro-actively reached out to many of you to help us design and improve our
processes and our forms, and we have very much appreciated the excellent
feedback, and incorporated it wherever possible.

We can obviously do better still, and would very much like to: this is the
first time we are all doing this together, and we are learning what works
and what doesn't. As Nicole said, I believe that the Ombudsperson is
actually the correct person to address any process related concerns and
comments to, particularly if we wish to document them for future learning
and improvement. However, anyone should feel free to reach out to staff at
the same time, so we can address concerns as quickly as possible. In
addition, of course, do reach out to FDC members if you would like to.

As Anders mentioned, please do see this page on the FDC portal, which has
the details of the FDC support staff, the Ombudsperson and the FDC members:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Comments

Once the recommendations from the FDC are made to the Board, any complaints
related to those recommendations should be made to the Board
representatives on the FDC: Jan-Bart and Patricio. Again the page to do so
is linked from the Comments page above.

Please do reach out to any of us - the more we share on wiki, the more
public and transparent this process, and the better equipped we will be to
create a really strong and effective FDC.

Warmly,
Anasuya

On Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 5:46 AM, Anders Wennersten
m...@anderswennersten.sewrote:

 I am not an official spokesperson for the newly formed FDC but one of its
 members.

 The FDC staff is operational but we as a committee is still not
 operational but will be in the the weeks to come, .

 For the list of submissions the FDC staff can need today to sort out one
 or two proposals in the list that had problems at the time of the exact
 deadline

 For comments on the proposals use the discussion page on the proposal

 For comments on the proposal form use

 http://meta.wikimedia.org/**wiki/Template_talk:FDC_**proposal_form_v1http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template_talk:FDC_proposal_form_v1

 For general concerns arounf the FDC process use

 http://meta.wikimedia.org/**wiki/FDC_portal/2012/FDC_**members/Commentshttp://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/2012/FDC_members/Comments

 Ombudsperson is to involved if it is felt FDC or the FDC staff has
 mismanaged the process, so too early yet to let that function be involved

 Anders Wennersten
 Member FDC


  D managing those suggestions of behalf of the
 FDC?

 It would be sensible to ensure, and be seen to ensure, that the
 administrative burden on Chapter staff and volunteers is kept to a
 minimum.

 Thanks,
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