[Wikimedia-l] Re: News from the Wikimedia Foundation Operations Department

2021-05-14 Thread María Sefidari
Hello everyone,

Following up on Janeen’s email with some thoughts and additional
information.

Janeen has been a vital part of evolving several areas of the Foundation’s
operations during her two years with us. Her efforts to establish processes
that allow the Leadership Team and Board to more effectively measure the
work of each department is something I am especially appreciative of
because it has provided the Board, and observers of the reports on
Meta-Wiki, with even greater insight into the impact of the Foundation’s
incredibly hardworking and talented staff.

Additionally, Janeen has been an important and strategic advocate and
collaborator on critical thinking and action surrounding racial justice and
equity within the Foundation and movement. The Foundation is committed to
promoting and protecting a movement that supports and amplifies diverse
voices and ideas. Together, we must increase awareness about the gaps in
representation across our projects if we are to reach our goal of knowledge
equity and free knowledge for all.

Given we are now actively looking for our next CEO and ED, we will not be
backfilling the COO role, allowing a new Foundation leader the necessary
flexibility in thinking about our future organizational staffing needs. The
Foundation's Transition team - Amanda, Jaime, and Robyn - will continue to
provide day-to-day support and management of the Foundation's staff and
operations, working closely with the Board Transition Committee.

As we wish Janeen the best of luck for wherever her journey takes her next,
please join me in celebrating all that Janeen has accomplished here in the
relatively short time she has been with us. I appreciate the energetic,
enthusiastic, and passionate voice she brought to her work at the
Foundation, and her efforts to protect our staff and communities -
particularly those hit hardest during this past year.

Kind regards,

María


El vie., 14 may. 2021 14:39, Janeen Uzzell  escribió:

> Hi all,
>
> I wanted to share some news. I will be stepping down as Chief Operating
> Officer (COO) at the Wikimedia Foundation.
>
> The past two years that I have served as COO have been a formative time in
> my life, both personally and professionally. My time at the Foundation has
> shaped me in many important ways, and I feel deeply connected to our shared
> global mission--there is so much to learn and there are endless
> possibilities to improve the world. Our movement is positioned on the cusp
> of a more diverse and equitable future and I am so proud of the part I had
> in that, and those of you I worked with to grow that vision.
>
> I remain steadfast in my passion for sharing knowledge to any and everyone
> for free, and supporting those who’ve been left out of structures of power
> and privilege.
>
> The weight of current US issues related to Black Lives Matter has had a
> life changing impact on me. I am compelled to use my leadership platform to
> address biases and  injustices in technology. Closing the gaps in
> diversity, equity, and inclusion in technology within the US is a mountain
> that I want to have a greater impact in moving. After reflection on my
> strengths and contemplation of the action required to make change, I intend
> to find opportunities to focus solely on racial equity and technology in my
> next venture.
>
> I’ve dedicated my career to breaking down barriers, particularly in
> technology, and you all gave me strength, stories and guidance on how to do
> that as part of this movement. I am grateful for the many moments we have
> shared, whether at community events from Wikimania in Sweden to Wikindaba
> in Abuja, or at online gatherings and on-wiki. I am not planning to travel
> far from this movement, and inviting more people to participate in our
> projects is a cause I will continue to champion. #WhoTellsYourStory will
> always be a part of my narrative.
>
> My decision does not change the Foundation’s plans as we move into another
> fiscal year this July. With our ongoing search for a new CEO, we currently
> have a Transition Team in place to manage these changes, led by Amanda
> Keton, General Counsel, Jaime Villagomez, Chief Financial Officer, and
> Robyn Arville, Chief Talent and Culture Officer. Our new Executive Director
> will then be able to decide what they would like to do with the COO
> position.
>
> I hope to see you all out in the world speaking on tech for good. We have
> a lot of work to do, but it’s worth it.
>
> Janeen
>
>
> --
>
> --
>
>
>
> *Jáneen Uzzell*
>
> Chief Operating Officer
>
> Wikimedia Foundation 
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-04 Thread María Sefidari
Hi everyone,

As you can see, Katherine just said she will be stepping down from her
role. I am happy for Katherine, but it is impossible not to have some mixed
emotions given we have been working together for seven years, and quite
closely for almost five of them since she became the interim ED and I
became an officer of the Board. Almost half a decade of very intense
challenges and changes, of thinking about the future of the Movement and
how to best achieve our Mission. I am proud of our successes and yet we
have a ways to go. The work is never done, but we do strive to walk the
talk when we say we want to make the sum of human knowledge accessible to
everyone everywhere. As a Board, we thank Katherine for her leadership over
the last five years as CEO and ED, two years as CCO, and wish her the
greatest success in future endeavors. I have no doubt she will be brilliant
wherever she finally decides to go after her much deserved time to rest and
reflect, starting with her fellowship.

I would like to thank Katherine for an extraordinary job. As a leader, she
set a new standard for transparent, open engagement with our global
communities. She worked side by side with movement leaders with empathy and
collaborative participation in the wiki way. Thanks to her leadership we
created our Movement Strategy together. She walked the talk with resolve
and determination, and the Foundation and the Movement are in a better
place now than they’ve ever been.

Katherine and the Board have long had a plan in place in the case of a
succession. According to that plan, a Transition Committee of Wikimedia
Trustees has been selected to recommend to the Board Katherineʼs successor
and includes Trustees Dariusz Jemielniak, who is chair of HR Committee,
Tanya Capuano, who is chair of the Audit Committee, and Raju Narisetti,
along with me as Board Chair. The Wikimedia Foundation has retained
Viewcrest Advisors,[1] a leading search firm for nonprofit executives, to
assist the Board Transition Committee.

Until a new CEO is hired, the Board Transition Committee will work closely
with the Wikimedia Foundation executive Transition Team of General Counsel
Amanda Keton, Chief of Talent and Culture Robyn Arville, and Chief
Financial Officer Jaime Villagomez, ensuring the important work of the
Wikimedia Foundation in supporting Wikipedia and other Wikimedia
communities continues without any disruptions.

Kind regards,

María Sefidari

Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, on behalf of the
Transition Committee.

[1] https://viewcrestadvisors.com/

El jue, 4 feb 2021 a las 18:48, Katherine Maher ()
escribió:

> Hi everyone,
>
> Earlier today, I announced to my colleagues at the Wikimedia Foundation my
> intention to step down as CEO later this spring. April 15th will be my last
> day, marking my seven-year anniversary with the Foundation and the
> movement. This was not an easy decision, but it is the right one. For now,
> I want to share with you why I’m moving on, and what comes next. I’ll save
> the customary email with deeper reflections, memories, and thanks for later
> this spring!
>
> In some ways, this was the easiest hard decision I’ve ever made. It’s
> never exactly a good time to step away -- transitions always have some
> rough edges -- but it’s always best to do so when the organization is
> strong, and before you’ve overstayed your welcome. The movement is in a
> good, strong place. Our communities are growing, our readership is too. Our
> 20th birthday, the launch of our Universal Code of Conduct, and the
> movement strategy recommendations are all milestone moments of solidity and
> strength. I have great hopes and confidence in the upcoming plans for
> strategy implementation, particularly the work on the movement charter and
> interim global council. We are healthy and thriving.
>
> While we will always have more work to do to become the Wikimedia that we
> want to be, our movement and our organization is in a phase of renewal and
> regeneration. We have deepened our practices of consultation,
> collaboration, and inclusion that will be the foundation of the next decade
> of our work. We have a deep and stable financial position that will help us
> grow and protect us from any storm, and the trust in our projects has never
> been higher. Our communities are poised to take on deeper responsibilities
> of governance, accountability, and leadership, populating a rich,
> representative, and leaderful movement for free knowledge.
>
> The Foundation is also strong, and filled with passionate, values-aligned
> leaders at every level of the organization, deeply committed to the work of
> our movement and mission. Although we don’t always all perfectly agree on
> absolutely everything, we are working more openly and cooperatively with
> our movement than ever before. Collaborative strategic plan

[Wikimedia-l] Board Ratification of Universal Code of Conduct

2021-02-02 Thread María Sefidari
Hi everyone,

I’m pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has unanimously approved
a Universal Code of Conduct for the Wikimedia projects and movement.[1]  A
Universal Code of Conduct was one of the final recommendations of the
Movement Strategy 2030 process - a multi-year, participatory community
effort to define the future of our movement. The final Universal Code of
Conduct seeks to address disparities in conduct policies across our
hundreds of projects and communities, by creating a binding minimum set of
standards for conduct on the Wikimedia projects that directly address many
of the challenges that contributors face.

The Board is deeply grateful to the communities who have grappled with
these challenging topics. Over the past six months, communities around the
world have participated in conversations and consultations to help build
this code collectively, including local discussions in 19 languages,
surveys, discussions on Meta, and policy drafting by a committee of
volunteers and staff. The document presented to us reflects a significant
investment of time and effort by many of you, and especially by the joint
staff/volunteer committee who created the base draft after reviewing input
collected from community outreach efforts. We also appreciate the
dedication of the Foundation, and its Trust & Safety policy team, in
getting us to this phase.

This was the first phase of our Universal Code of Conduct - from here, the
Trust & Safety team will begin consultations on how best to enforce this
code. In the coming weeks, they will follow-up with more instructions on
how you can participate in discussions around enforcing the new code. Over
the next few months, they will be facilitating consultation discussions in
many local languages, with our affiliates, and on Meta to support a new
volunteer/staff committee in drafting enforcement pathways. For more
information on the process, timeline, and how to participate in this next
phase, please review the Universal Code of Conduct page on Meta.[2]

The Universal Code of Conduct represents an essential step towards our
vision of a world in which all people can participate in the sum of all
knowledge. Together, we have built something extraordinary. Today, we
celebrate this milestone in making our movement a safer space for
contribution for all.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees,

María Sefidari
Board Chair

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Universal_Code_of_Conduct/Draft_review

[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Universal_Code_of_Conduct
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[Wikimedia-l] Bylaws amendments and upcoming call for feedback

2021-01-21 Thread María Sefidari
Hi everyone,

The Board has discussed and approved some governance improvements in two
recent meetings, on December 9 and January 8. As the governing body for the
Wikimedia Foundation, we want to improve our capacity, performance, and
representation of the movement’s diversity. We have amended the Bylaws in
support of that goal. Please check the details in the announcement
published on Meta and on the Diff blog:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/January_2021_-_Approval_of_Bylaws_amendments_and_upcoming_call_for_feedback_about_the_selection_of_new_trustees

https://diff.wikimedia.org/2021/01/21/approval-of-bylaws-amendments-and-upcoming-call-for-feedback-about-the-selection-of-new-trustees/

Kind regards,

María

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[Wikimedia-l] Resolution to pause Movement Brand Project through March 2021

2020-09-30 Thread María Sefidari
 Hi everyone,

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, following the recommendation of
staff, has resolved to pause the Movement Brand Project until the next
calendar year.[1] We recognize that much of the Wikimedia movement’s
activities, events, and key collaborations have been put on hold or
restructured due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we have received formal
requests to pause Movement Brand Project activities to reflect this
need.[2]

The Board remains persuaded that there is potential value in making change
to our branding system in service of our goals of engaging more people in
our mission. However, we also know that change moves at the speed of trust.
We have asked staff to meaningfully engage with community concerns and
address the request for equitable decision-making within the process. We
also ask members of the community to use this pause to consider how equity
may ask us to let go of some aspects of our past, in order to create space
for what could be. Making these decisions together, with so many passionate
perspectives, will be challenging, but building this capacity is essential
for how we grow together as a thriving global movement.

In the meantime, we will establish a small ad-hoc Board committee to liaise
with staff, and develop a process of collaboration and decision-making
appropriate for the Movement’s brand. This committee will constitute
Trustees James Heilman, Raju Narisetti, and Shani Evenstein Sigalov. We
hope and intend for this committee to include a small number of community
representatives from affiliates, open letter signatories, and emerging
communities, and Foundation staff to be designated by the Executive
Director. We’ll update you with more details on the committee soon.

In 2021, using insights and recommendations gleaned through the ad-hoc
committee, the Brand Project team will restart collaboration and
communicate next steps accordingly. This resolution was ratified on
September 24, 2020.

Kind regards,

María Sefidari

[1]
https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Resolution:Pause_of_Brand_Development_Work

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


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[Wikimedia-l] Trust and safety on Wikimedia projects

2020-05-22 Thread María Sefidari
, promote
inclusivity, cultivate respectful discourse, reduce harms to participants,
protect the projects from disinformation and bad actors, and promote trust
in our projects.

Specifically, the Foundation shall:

* Develop and introduce a universal code of conduct (UCoC) that will be a
binding minimum set of standards across all Wikimedia projects.

** The first phase, covering policies for in-person and virtual events,
technical spaces, and all Wikimedia projects and wikis, and developed in
collaboration with the international Wikimedia communities, will be
presented to the Board for ratification by August 30, 2020.

** The second phase, outlining clear enforcement pathways, and refined with
broad input from the Wikimedia communities, will be presented to the Board
for ratification by the end of 2020;

* Take actions to ban, sanction, or otherwise limit the access of Wikimedia
movement participants who do not comply with these policies and the Terms
of Use;

* Work with community functionaries to create and refine a retroactive
review process for cases brought by involved parties, excluding those cases
which pose legal or other severe risks; and

* Significantly increase support for and collaboration with community
functionaries primarily enforcing such compliance in a way that prioritizes
the personal safety of these functionaries.

Until such directives are implemented, the Board instructs the Foundation
to adopt and implement policies for reducing harassment and toxicity on our
projects and minimizing legal risks for the movement, in collaboration with
communities whenever practicable. Until these two phases of the UCoC are
complete and operational an interim review process involving community
functionaries will be in effect. In this interim period, the Product
Committee of the Board of Trustees will also advise the Trust & Safety team.

To that end, the Board further directs the Foundation, in collaboration
with the communities, to make additional investments in Trust & Safety
capacity, including but not limited to: development of tools needed to
assist our volunteers and staff, research to support data-informed
decisions, development of clear metrics to measure success, development of
training tools and materials (including building communities’ capacities
around harassment awareness and conflict resolution), and consultations
with international experts on harassment, community health and children’s
rights, as well as additional hiring.

The above efforts will be undertaken in coordination and collaboration with
appropriate partners from across the movement, seek to increase effective
community governance of conduct and behavioral standards, and reduce the
long-term need of the Foundation to act. It is the shared goal of the Board
and Foundation that these efforts advance a sustainable Wikimedia movement
and support, rather than substitute, effective models of community
governance.

We urge every member of the Wikimedia communities to collaborate in a way
that models the Wikimedia values of openness and inclusivity, step forward
to do their part to create a safe and welcoming culture for all, stop
hostile and toxic behavior, support people who have been targeted by such
behavior, assist good-faith people learning to contribute, and help set
clear expectations for all contributors.

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[Wikimedia-l] New Board member and leadership appointments to Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

2019-08-16 Thread María Sefidari
Hi everyone,

I have some news to share about recent leadership appointments to our Board
of Trustees.

Shani Evenstein Sigalov, currently an EdTech Innovation Strategist and
lecturer at the School of Medicine in Tel Aviv University, will be the
newest member of the Board of Trustees.


Shani has been a part of the Wikimedia movement since 2011, and has focused
her contributions on closing gender and knowledge gaps by supporting female
contributors and thematic groups, working with indigenous communities and
promoting equitable access to knowledge. She has served leadership roles in
several Wikimedia affiliates and thematic groups, including as the
Chairperson for both Wikimedia Medicine and the Wikipedia and Education
User Group, and as a Board member of Wikimedia Israel. She is also
currently a member of the Partnerships Strategy working group as part of
the Movement Strategy.  She joins the Board with a depth of experience in
creating successful collaborations between Wikipedia and other free
knowledge projects and educational, cultural and government institutions.

In addition, I have been re-elected as Board Chair, and Nataliia Tymkiv has
been elected as Vice Chair after being appointed for her second term.

Please join me in congratulating Shani and Nataliia! And as Christophe's
term comes to an end, the Board gratefully thanks him for his service and
commitment to the mission, and we hope you will join us in thanking him as
well!

Below (and on the Wikimedia Blog) you will find the official announcement
about these new leadership appointments. You can find below the rest of the
appointments.

Audit Committee

   -

   Chair: Tanya Capuano
   -

   Members: Raju Narisetti, Shani Evenstein
   -

   Alternates: María Sefidari

Board Governance Committee

   -

   Chair: Lisa Lewin
   -

   Members: María Sefidari, Dariusz Jemielniak
   -

   Alternates: Esra’a Al Shafei

Human Resources Committee

   -

   Chair: Dariusz Jemielniak
   -

   Members: Raju Narisetti, Tanya Capuano
   -

   Alternates: Lisa Lewin, María Sefidari

Special Projects Committee

   -

   Chair: James Heilman
   -

   Members: Esra’a Al Shafei, Jimmy Wales
   -

   Alternates: Shani Evenstein

Affiliations Committee liaisons: Shani Evenstein, James Heilman, Nataliia
Tymkiv (alternate)

Funds Dissemination Committee liaisons: Dariusz Jemielniak, Esra’a Al Shafei

Election Committee liaison: Esra’a Al Shafei

Language Committee liaison: James Heilman

Kind regards,

María
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[Wikimedia-l] Introducing our newest chapter, Wikimedia Korea

2019-04-23 Thread María Sefidari
Hi everyone,

I am happy to share that earlier this year, the Wikimedia Foundation Board
of Trustees approved our newest Wikimedia chapter - Wikimedia Korea!

For more information about our newest Wikimedia chapter, Wikimedia Korea,
please see the announcement on the Wikimedia Foundation website:
https://wikimediafoundation.org/2019/04/23/wikimedia-korea-new-chapter-affiliate-launches-in-south-korea/

I want to congratulate the new chapter and recognize their commitment,
efforts, and time involved in moving through the chapter recognition
process over the past year. From their work building partnerships with
universities, to supporting and training new editors in South Korea, we
look forward to seeing the impactful work from our community members in
South Korea as they advance in their new affiliate role.

As many of you know, this is our first chapter approval in several years -
since the newest Wikimedia affiliate approval processes were put in place.
This marks a new moment in the history of our Wikimedia movement
affiliates. The Board appreciates the amazing work coming from these user
groups around the world, and is inspired to see how far some of these
groups have come in terms of their impact both on our movement and their
local communities. Indeed, we should all be proud of the impact our
affiliates continue to have on our projects, our vision, and the world
around us.

Any affiliate interested in becoming a chapter or thematic organization
must have at least two years of activities and experience as a user group
before applying. Please check out the user group creation guide to get a
user group started - it is meant to be very easy:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_user_groups/Creation_guide


You can find a lot more information about our movement affiliates model on
Meta: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_movement_affiliates/Models

You may also reach out to the Affiliations Committee with questions or to
begin the approval process for your group:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee
Please join me in congratulating Wikimedia Korea for this important
achievement and thanking the members of the Affiliations Committee and
Wikimedia Foundation staff who supported and worked with them during this
long process.

Kind regards,

María

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Proposed changes to the Wikimedia Foundation Bylaws

2019-02-14 Thread María Sefidari
El dom., 10 feb. 2019 22:15, Philip Kopetzky 
escribió:

> I just wanted to re-iterate Chris' point - meetings and plans are starting
> to be put together for the summit, so if this is actually happening, it
> should start soon. (Just to appear as non-committal as possible ;-) )
>
> Cheers,
> Philip
>

Hey there - thanks for your messages. Just wanted to signal that info will
be coming out very shortly.

Kind regards,

María



> On Thu, 7 Feb 2019 at 16:43, Chris Keating 
> wrote:
>
> > Hi Maria,
> >
> > I wondered if there was any news about whether the Board had, in the end,
> > adopted any of these proposals.
> >
> > I see that the ASBS process is now on the agenda for the Wikimedia Summit
> > in late March. There is now not much time to figure out who is going to
> run
> > this process and what the process will look like!
> >
> > Many thanks,
> >
> > Chris
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 3:46 PM María Sefidari 
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Dear all,
> > >
> > > The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees is considering amending the
> > > Wikimedia Foundation Bylaws. Nataliia Tymkiv, Chair of the Board
> > Governance
> > > Committee, is leading this process. She has posted the proposed changes
> > on
> > > Meta for discussion
> > > <
> > >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_bylaws/December_2018_-_Affiliate-selected_trustees,_term_limits,_and_diversity
> > > >
> > > prior to our vote on them during the Board meeting scheduled for
> January
> > > 23, 2019. We invite you to comment on the proposal's talk page. As
> usual
> > in
> > > these cases, two weeks are provided for community comment, from
> December
> > 7
> > > to December 21.
> > >
> > > By making the proposed changes to the Bylaws, the Board intends to
> > achieve
> > > three goals:
> > >
> > > *1. Include User Groups in the trustee selection process*
> > >
> > > Though User Groups have existed as a model of affiliation within the
> > > Wikimedia movement for a number of years, they have not been included
> > > together with Chapters and Thematic Organizations as participants in
> > > selecting Wikimedia Foundation trustees. There are now over 100
> > recognized
> > > User Groups, many of which represent emerging communities within the
> > > Wikimedia movement. The Board believes that the perspectives of User
> > Groups
> > > combined with those of Chapters and Thematic Organizations will lead to
> > the
> > > selection of the best trustee candidates.
> > >
> > > The Board acknowledges that the ongoing Wikimedia movement strategy
> > process
> > > may result in changes to many aspects of the Wikimedia movement,
> > including
> > > the structure of movement affiliates. As a result, any changes we make
> > now
> > > to the Foundation Bylaws regarding the role of affiliates in the
> trustee
> > > selection process may need to be modified again in the future, in turn
> > > requiring additional amendments to the Bylaws. However, the Board did
> not
> > > want to delay providing User Groups with a voice in the upcoming 2019
> > > trustee selection process.
> > >
> > > *2. Raise term limits for trustees from two to three consecutive terms*
> > >
> > > Term limits for trustees were added to the Bylaws in 2015. At the time,
> > > there was a desire on the Board to bring in new voices and specific
> > > skill-sets needed for the growth and development of Wikimedia projects.
> > The
> > > changes made at that time have resulted in some notable successes in
> that
> > > regard. The Board remains committed to seeking out new voices, and
> > > providing the community with ample opportunities to promote such voices
> > as
> > > candidates for the Board.
> > >
> > > As the Wikimedia movement and the Wikimedia Foundation think forward
> > > further to the future, the Board will need to oversee the Foundation in
> > > setting, following through on, and achieving longer-term goals. The
> Board
> > > believes it will be better able to fulfill its role if it allows for
> the
> > > potential of a longer time on the Board for individual trustees who
> bring
> > > essential expertise and insight to the Board. The possibility of
> serving
> > > one additional term on the Board also reduces the

[Wikimedia-l] Katherine Maher is now CEO and ED of the Wikimedia Foundation

2019-02-01 Thread María Sefidari
Dear all,

When the Wikimedia Foundation was first established, the head of the
organization was assigned the title of Executive Director (ED). In the US,
this is the standard title for non-profit leaders, and made sense for the
organization at the time.

This week, at our Board meeting, we made a decision to change to this
convention. We resolved to change Katherine Maher’s title to Chief
Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Director. She retains the title of
Executive Director, and is also now the CEO of the Foundation. She can use
either, or both, titles to describe her position.

This was an easy decision to make, for a number of reasons.

As our movement has grown in the world, we’ve found that the title of ED is
not as easily understood outside the United States. As a Board with many
non-US people, many of us already used the term CEO to describe Katherine’s
responsibilities. While still an English-language term, it is a very common
term for many global organizations.

The CEO title is increasingly common in US non-profits as well, especially
larger ones. This is increasingly considered best practice, as a way to
communicate that the work of non-profit organizations is as serious,
complex, and worthy of respect as that of for-profit organizations. For
example, Creative Commons, one of our closest allies, uses the title of CEO.

As the Foundation already uses the convention of “chief officer” for the
leaders of its internal departments (Chief Financial Officer, Chief
Technology Officer), it also makes sense. An executive director would be
the most senior director, whereas a chief executive officer is the most
senior of the officers.

The Board’s Human Resources Committee recommended this change and reviewed
the details. As this is an update to Katherine’s title, and not a change in
her duties as an officer, it does not require an update to the Bylaws or a
wider consultation.

The Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees is very supportive of this
change, as we believe this title better reflects the scope of Katherine’s
duties over Executive Director alone. This will better support her work
with global partners and leaders around the world, helping to share our
vision and supporting the strategic direction of Wikimedia in new markets.
Katherine’s job is not changing in any other sense.

Kind regards,

María

-- 

María Sefidari Huici

Chair of the Board

Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Lisa Lewin joining Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

2019-02-01 Thread María Sefidari
El vie., 1 feb. 2019 14:30, Andy Mabbett 
escribió:

> On Thu, 31 Jan 2019 at 20:45, María Sefidari 
> wrote:
>
> > I am  very happy to share news with you of our latest appointment to the
> > Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. Please join me in welcoming Lisa
> > Lewin as our newest Trustee!
>
> Now on Wikidata as:
>
>https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q61295542
>
> Unfortunately we don't seem to have a free image of Lisa; the one used
> on the Wikimedia blog is the same as her long-standing Twitter profile
> image and, despite the footer on the WMF post about her appointment:,
> which uses the image, saying
>
>
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/2019/01/31/wikimedia-foundation-announces-lisa-lewin-as-new-trustee/
>
> saying "Except where otherwise noted, the content of this site is
> licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported
> license.", there is no explicit indication that it has (nor indeed has
> not) been released under an open licence.
>

I'm not sure I follow Andy - there is a Photo Credits section, did you see
it?


> I feel for WMF staff when some members of the community continually
> criticise what they do; but I'm sure I'm not the first person to quite
> reasonably point out that WMF really ought to lead by example in being
> clear about licensing, and making media available freely wherever
> possible.
>
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Lisa Lewin joining Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

2019-01-31 Thread María Sefidari
 Dear all,

I am  very happy to share news with you of our latest appointment to the
Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. Please join me in welcoming Lisa
Lewin as our newest Trustee!

Lisa Lewin is Managing Partner at Ethical Ventures, a New York City based
management consulting firm. She has worked in strategic growth and
development her whole career, helping launch new ventures and increase the
impact and growth potential of legacy businesses. Her professional focus
has always been at the intersection of technology and learning - and we are
very fortunate to have her as a part of our team!

Below is the official announcement.[1] Welcome, Lisa, and I look forward to
working with you!

Kind regards,

María

[1]
https://wikimediafoundation.org/2019/01/31/wikimedia-foundation-announces-lisa-lewin-as-new-trustee/

*Wikimedia Foundation announces Lisa Lewin as new Trustee*

Lisa Lewin brings to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees over two
decades of experience in leading and growing companies focused on
educational media and technology

(San Francisco, California) 31 January 2019 -- Lisa Lewin, Managing Partner
at Ethical Ventures, a New York City based management consulting firm, will
be the newest member of the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees.

The Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees oversees the Wikimedia
Foundation and its work, and serves as the organization’s ultimate
corporate authority. As an incoming trustee, Lisa will serve a two year
term effective immediately.

Lisa has worked in strategic growth and development her whole career,
helping launch new ventures and increase the impact and growth potential of
legacy businesses. She began her career in research and consulting with The
NPD Group and BCG before joining McGraw-Hill and rising to vice president
of their professional education group.

She founded and led Mindgate Media, an education technology consultancy,
and later joined Pearson plc as president of their teacher education group,
eventually leading their global learning technology teams spanning six
continents. In 2016 she joined The Ready, a consulting firm specializing in
organizational transformation, where she remains a senior advisor. In 2018
she founded Ethical Ventures, which advises senior executives at
corporations and large nonprofits on navigating change and building
thriving organizations with a positive impact on society.

“I am thrilled to be joining an organisation that is committed to ensuring
the world continues to support freely accessible sources of information.
This is a critical mission given the shifts in the global internet space,”
said Lisa.

Lisa's career long commitment to connecting the worlds of education and
technology matches her passion for the Wikimedia Foundation's vision of
bringing knowledge to every human being.

Lisa joins Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Board Chair María Sefidari, Vice
Chair Christophe Henner, and Board members Esra'a Al Shafei, Tanya Capuano,
Dr. James Heilman, Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak, Raju Narisetti, and Nataliia
Tymkiv.

"The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees is fortunate to have Lisa Lewin
joining us as a Trustee," said María Sefidari, Board Chair. "Her capacity
to connect technology with people who desire to learn will be invaluable as
we begin to implement our Wikimedia 2030 strategic direction. I am
confident she will both make a lasting impression on the Wikimedia movement
and feel right at home in our diverse and global community of people who
share that passion."

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

-María Sefidari, Board Chair

-Christophe Henner, Vice Chair

-Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia

-Esra'a Al Shafei

-Tanya Capuano

-Dr. James Heilman

-Raju Narisetti

-Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak

-Nataliia Tymkiv

-Lisa Lewin



About Lisa Lewin

Lisa Lewin is Managing Partner at Ethical Ventures, a New York City based
management consulting firm.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she has worked in strategic growth and
development her whole career, helping launch new ventures and increase the
impact and growth potential of legacy businesses. She began her career in
research and consulting with The NPD Group and BCG before joining
McGraw-Hill and rising to vice president of their professional education
group.  She founded and led Mindgate Media, an education technology
consultancy, and later joined Pearson plc as president of their teacher
education group, eventually leading their global learning technology team
spanning six continents. In 2016 she joined The Ready, a consulting firm
specializing in organizational transformation, where she remains a senior
advisor. In 2018 she founded Ethical Ventures, which advises senior
executives at corporations and large nonprofits on navigating change and
building thriving organizations with a positive impact on society.

Lisa is active on the boards of the Center for Responsive Politics and
DoSomething.org. She graduated with a

[Wikimedia-l] Lisa Lewin joining Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

2019-01-31 Thread María Sefidari
Dear all,

I am  very happy to share news with you of our latest appointment to the
Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. Please join me in welcoming Lisa
Lewin as our newest Trustee!

Lisa Lewin is Managing Partner at Ethical Ventures, a New York City based
management consulting firm. She has worked in strategic growth and
development her whole career, helping launch new ventures and increase the
impact and growth potential of legacy businesses. Her professional focus
has always been at the intersection of technology and learning - and we are
very fortunate to have her as a part of our team!

Below is the official announcement.[1] Welcome, Lisa, and I look forward to
working with you!

Kind regards,

María

[1]
https://wikimediafoundation.org/2019/01/31/wikimedia-foundation-announces-lisa-lewin-as-new-trustee/

*Wikimedia Foundation announces Lisa Lewin as new Trustee*

Lisa Lewin brings to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees over two
decades of experience in leading and growing companies focused on
educational media and technology

(San Francisco, California) 31 January 2019 -- Lisa Lewin, Managing Partner
at Ethical Ventures, a New York City based management consulting firm, will
be the newest member of the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees.

The Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees oversees the Wikimedia
Foundation and its work, and serves as the organization’s ultimate
corporate authority. As an incoming trustee, Lisa will serve a two year
term effective immediately.

Lisa has worked in strategic growth and development her whole career,
helping launch new ventures and increase the impact and growth potential of
legacy businesses. She began her career in research and consulting with The
NPD Group and BCG before joining McGraw-Hill and rising to vice president
of their professional education group.

She founded and led Mindgate Media, an education technology consultancy,
and later joined Pearson plc as president of their teacher education group,
eventually leading their global learning technology teams spanning six
continents. In 2016 she joined The Ready, a consulting firm specializing in
organizational transformation, where she remains a senior advisor. In 2018
she founded Ethical Ventures, which advises senior executives at
corporations and large nonprofits on navigating change and building
thriving organizations with a positive impact on society.

“I am thrilled to be joining an organisation that is committed to ensuring
the world continues to support freely accessible sources of information.
This is a critical mission given the shifts in the global internet space,”
said Lisa.

Lisa's career long commitment to connecting the worlds of education and
technology matches her passion for the Wikimedia Foundation's vision of
bringing knowledge to every human being.

Lisa joins Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Board Chair María Sefidari, Vice
Chair Christophe Henner, and Board members Esra'a Al Shafei, Tanya Capuano,
Dr. James Heilman, Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak, Raju Narisetti, and Nataliia
Tymkiv.

"The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees is fortunate to have Lisa Lewin
joining us as a Trustee," said María Sefidari, Board Chair. "Her capacity
to connect technology with people who desire to learn will be invaluable as
we begin to implement our Wikimedia 2030 strategic direction. I am
confident she will both make a lasting impression on the Wikimedia movement
and feel right at home in our diverse and global community of people who
share that passion."

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

-María Sefidari, Board Chair

-Christophe Henner, Vice Chair

-Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia

-Esra'a Al Shafei

-Tanya Capuano

-Dr. James Heilman

-Raju Narisetti

-Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak

-Nataliia Tymkiv

-Lisa Lewin



About Lisa Lewin

Lisa Lewin is Managing Partner at Ethical Ventures, a New York City based
management consulting firm.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she has worked in strategic growth and
development her whole career, helping launch new ventures and increase the
impact and growth potential of legacy businesses. She began her career in
research and consulting with The NPD Group and BCG before joining
McGraw-Hill and rising to vice president of their professional education
group.  She founded and led Mindgate Media, an education technology
consultancy, and later joined Pearson plc as president of their teacher
education group, eventually leading their global learning technology team
spanning six continents. In 2016 she joined The Ready, a consulting firm
specializing in organizational transformation, where she remains a senior
advisor. In 2018 she founded Ethical Ventures, which advises senior
executives at corporations and large nonprofits on navigating change and
building thriving organizations with a positive impact on society.

Lisa is active on the boards of the Center for Responsive Politics and
DoSomething.org. She graduated with a

[Wikimedia-l] Proposed changes to the Wikimedia Foundation Bylaws

2018-12-07 Thread María Sefidari
Dear all,

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees is considering amending the
Wikimedia Foundation Bylaws. Nataliia Tymkiv, Chair of the Board Governance
Committee, is leading this process. She has posted the proposed changes on
Meta for discussion
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_bylaws/December_2018_-_Affiliate-selected_trustees,_term_limits,_and_diversity>
prior to our vote on them during the Board meeting scheduled for January
23, 2019. We invite you to comment on the proposal's talk page. As usual in
these cases, two weeks are provided for community comment, from December 7
to December 21.

By making the proposed changes to the Bylaws, the Board intends to achieve
three goals:

*1. Include User Groups in the trustee selection process*

Though User Groups have existed as a model of affiliation within the
Wikimedia movement for a number of years, they have not been included
together with Chapters and Thematic Organizations as participants in
selecting Wikimedia Foundation trustees. There are now over 100 recognized
User Groups, many of which represent emerging communities within the
Wikimedia movement. The Board believes that the perspectives of User Groups
combined with those of Chapters and Thematic Organizations will lead to the
selection of the best trustee candidates.

The Board acknowledges that the ongoing Wikimedia movement strategy process
may result in changes to many aspects of the Wikimedia movement, including
the structure of movement affiliates. As a result, any changes we make now
to the Foundation Bylaws regarding the role of affiliates in the trustee
selection process may need to be modified again in the future, in turn
requiring additional amendments to the Bylaws. However, the Board did not
want to delay providing User Groups with a voice in the upcoming 2019
trustee selection process.

*2. Raise term limits for trustees from two to three consecutive terms*

Term limits for trustees were added to the Bylaws in 2015. At the time,
there was a desire on the Board to bring in new voices and specific
skill-sets needed for the growth and development of Wikimedia projects. The
changes made at that time have resulted in some notable successes in that
regard. The Board remains committed to seeking out new voices, and
providing the community with ample opportunities to promote such voices as
candidates for the Board.

As the Wikimedia movement and the Wikimedia Foundation think forward
further to the future, the Board will need to oversee the Foundation in
setting, following through on, and achieving longer-term goals. The Board
believes it will be better able to fulfill its role if it allows for the
potential of a longer time on the Board for individual trustees who bring
essential expertise and insight to the Board. The possibility of serving
one additional term on the Board also reduces the amount of time the Board
and Foundation staff spend on trustee recruitment and onboarding. Raising
the maximum number of consecutive terms a trustee may serve from two to
three terms achieves these goals, and is also consistent with the practice
of many other boards. Raising the maximum number of terms that can be
served consecutively does not change the fact that the community, including
affiliates, will continue to be able to determine every three years whether
or not to re-elect currently serving trustees or whether to elect new
candidates - just as is the case now.

*3. Reaffirm the Board’s commitment to diversity*

The Wikimedia movement is global, built on a vision of reaching every
single human being and working toward a strategic goal of knowledge equity
for all. The Board believes that it can best serve the Wikimedia Foundation
and the movement by reflecting a wide range of human experiences. We want
to underscore and codify this belief in the Bylaws by adding express
language affirming our commitment to diversity and inclusion of all voices,
throughout our communities - new, older and emerging.

Kind regards,

María Sefidari
Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board
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[Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustees participation in the Movement Strategy Process

2018-07-19 Thread María Sefidari
Dear Wikimedians,

In 2017, the Wikimedia movement began a collaborative process to define
what we want to build or achieve together by 2030. After eight months of
discussion, across languages, geographies, and contexts, the outcome
was a Strategic
Direction
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20>
focused on knowledge as a service and knowledge equity:

“By 2030, Wikimedia will become the essential infrastructure of the
ecosystem of free knowledge, and anyone who shares our vision will be able
to join us.[1]”

Now our task as a movement is to apply the Strategic Direction to our own
work. We need to answer questions that define our path forward: What kind
of structures are ideal for achieving our strategic direction? What
resources and capacities do we need to develop? How do we relate to each
other and make decisions as a movement? How do we manage change in a
healthy, sustainable way?

Over the next year, the Wikimedia movement will engage in a structured,
distributed process to answer these questions. The process will be
structured around Working Groups who will develop guidance in key Thematic
Areas.[2]

The Board of Trustees is committed to the Movement Strategy process and
each of us will join one of the Working Groups:


   -

   Roles & Responsibilities: Nataliia
   -

   Revenue Streams: Tanya
   -

   Resource Allocation: María
   -

   Partnerships: Raju
   -

   Community Health: James
   -

   Product & Technology: Christophe
   -

   Capacity Building: Dariusz
   -

   Diversity: Esra’a
   -

   Advocacy: Jimmy


We will play two specific roles in this process:

   1.

   Individually, as members of the Working Groups
   2.
  1.

  participate mindfully in ourtheir individual capacity,
  2.

  bring our their content expertise and experience to the discussion,
  3.

  ensure the information flow from the Working Group to the Board,
  4.

  support an effective, and inclusive process.
  3.

   Collectively, as the Board of Trustees
   4.
  1.

  review recommendations from each Working Group and provide feedback,
  2.

  resolve difficult questions as required and adhere to decisions made,
  3.

  delegate approval of recommendations to an appropriate community
  mechanism whenever possible (such as endorsement or consensus),
  4.

  make decisions when there is no other mechanism to make the decision,
  5.

  accept the recommendations that are consistent with the movement’s
  values, the Strategic Direction as well as law and other compliance
  requirements,
  6.

  direct resources, budgets and capacities for the implementation of
  approved recommendations.


This statement captures the perspective of the Board of Trustees, and we
believe that the process is a unique opportunity for the movement to build
and shape our future together. We will participate in strategy
conversations and sessions at Wikimania[3], and look forward to
contributing throughout the process together with many of you. We encourage
those who are attending Wikimania to also join these conversations and all
Wikimedians to participate in all the upcoming strategic conversations and
consultations.

On behalf of the Board,

María Sefidari

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20

[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Working_Groups

[3] https://wikimania2018.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_2030#Schedule
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[Wikimedia-l] [Announcement] Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees Statement Opposing the EU Copyright Package

2018-06-29 Thread María Sefidari
The Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates
Wikipedia, the world’s largest online repository of free knowledge, believe
that the European Union’s proposed copyright directive is a threat to
essential human freedoms. If passed, it would limit free expression, and
cause serious harm to collaboration and diversity online.

Over the last few months, the Wikimedia Foundation has been watching
developments around new proposed copyright laws in Europe very closely.

On June 20, the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament voted to
support proposed copyright laws that, if enacted, will significantly limit
the openness of the internet, diminishing the ability of people around the
globe to access knowledge, while stifling innovation and imposing what we
believe will be unreasonable costs on new or smaller websites. We expressed
our opposition to these proposals at the time, and the Wikimedia Foundation
-- along with many in the Wikimedia movement—advocated against them. We now
do so again as we approach July 5th, which will be another critical moment
in the legislative process as the issue comes up for a vote once again.

The Wikimedia Foundation and its projects exist to harness the power of a
free and open web to make knowledge more accessible for everyone. Our
mission to create a world where everyone can share in the sum of human
knowledge requires a web in which all people can freely collaborate to
create and access knowledge.

This flawed EU copyright proposal contradicts that vision.

Instead of truly modernizing copyright for Europe and promoting everyone's
participation in information society, the proposal threatens freedom online
and creates new obstacles to access by imposing new barriers, filters, and
restrictions.

We are committed to remaining a strong advocate and partner for enabling
society’s ability to share and curate knowledge in free and open spaces.

Now is the time to stand up for the free and open internet.

Today we, as Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, *unanimously and
strongly*, urge the European Parliament and Council *to oppose* the
proposed directive in its current version and stand on the side of the
people in Europe. Please read the Wikimedia Foundation's statement on EU
copyright reform
<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2018/06/29/eu-copyright-proposal-will-hurt-web-wikipedia/>
and take action at Changecopyright.org <https://changecopyright.org/>.

On behalf of the Board,

María Sefidari
Vice Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appointment of Esra’a Al Shafei to Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

2017-12-02 Thread María Sefidari
Welcome Esra'a! I look forward to working with you. :)

Mike, as Cristian says - the Wikimedia movement has a history of trying to
balance the safety concerns of volunteers in not-so-free regions (to put it
mildly...) with having them contribute to our projects and events. We
*need* these contributions, these voices - but we can sometimes be
hard-pressed to understand the challenges associated. Esra'a is not
requesting "security by obscurity" - she already has had ample media
coverage and recognition, as can be read in the announcement. She has even
attended and given a (wonderful) keynote at Wikimania a few months ago. We
*can* successfully figure out together how to balance having her voice
present while respecting her safety needs.

Again, thank you Esra'a for your willingness to take up the challenge of
serving on the WMF Board!

Kind regards,

María


El 2 dic. 2017 5:31, "Cristian Consonni"  escribió:

On 01/12/2017 23:22, Michael Peel wrote:
> Thank you, Esra’a, for volunteering!

Welcome,Esra'a!

> However, I’m very concerned by this:
>
> "P.S. Due to the nature of Esra’a’s work, sharing photos or videos of
Esra’a may endanger her safety or the safety of others. To help ensure the
privacy and safety of Esra’a and her colleagues, we are not sharing any
photographs or videos of Esra'a. We ask that you please join us in
supporting this important safety consideration.”
>
> This is security by obscurity (https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q133735) -
which is at best a temporary measure that won’t last, particularly in a
high-profile position like this. Aside from the potential media coverage,
Wikimedia events are very well photographed by Wikimedians who want to
illustrate a rather well-read encyclopaedia… This leads to an awkward
situation where someone’s safety and Wikimedia’s openness are conflicting,
which is not OK.

Sorry, but I have to disagree, Mike.

Openness - as generally understood in Wikimedia - does not conflict with
respecting someone's privacy, much less so with not endangering their
safety. I believe that respecting the privacy and anonymity of our
editors (and readers, as well) is a value of Wikimedia.

Furthermore, I feel that Wikimedians value very highly their privacy and
anonimity, in fact, there are several Wikipedians with whom I have
edited pages for years now, and I still have no idea of their real
names, their age, their gender or where they live. All I know is their
nicknames on the projects and it's perfectly fine like that. There are
several rules that the communities have adopted to protect the privacy
and anonymity of every user.

Even at in-person events, there are usually ways to signal the fact that
one does not want to be photographed or have photos or recordings of
him/her, put online. You can also wear a badge with just your nickname
and not your real name, so that's not new even for our live events.

I agree with the idea that occupying a high-profile position and trying
to limit one's own exposure are conflicting goals, but I am sure that
this was very carefully.

So, I understand that this may seem different from the usual, but,
actually, it is not.

Ciao,



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The other side of the crisis at WMFR

2017-10-11 Thread María Sefidari
Dear all,


We would like to specifically address the allegations related to harassment
in this thread’s original email. We take all allegations of harassment
seriously. Earlier this year, the Board of Trustees was informed that
allegations of harassment had been made against the Wikimedia Foundation
Board Chair dating back to his time as chair of Wikimédia France. We
immediately directed the Foundation to investigate. The Foundation employed
independent, external experts and conducted an investigation. Based on the
information presented, the investigation found no support for the
allegations. That conclusion was conveyed to the Wikimedia Foundation Board
as well as the chair of Wikimédia France.

The Wikimedia Foundation remains committed to independent investigation if
presented with new information. Absent such information, we consider the
allegations to be without merit.


On behalf of the Board,


María Sefidari

El 8 oct. 2017 5:20, "John Erling Blad" <jeb...@gmail.com> escribió:

When I first saw the posts I thought it would probably be more opinions to
them than the very clear blame-game that were going on. Having a partly
anonymous community and a chapter that only represents some of the users
are an invitation to fierce battles.

Whatever going on at WMFR, I believe it is time for reevaluating the role
of WMF in this. I'm wondering if there should be a new board for WMF,
unless they get a new chair themselves asap. Reorganize, solve the
problems, and move on.

No, I do not know any of the people involved.

John Erling Blad
/jeblad

On Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 3:11 PM, Marie-Alice Mathis <
mariealice.gar...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello all,
>
> I haven’t had a real opportunity to introduce myself: I am Marie-Alice
> Mathis, 32, a now ex-member of the Board of Wikimédia France.
>
> The transition with the newly elected members of the Board is now complete
> and I gladly step down to get away from the violence, exhaustion and
> frustration of these past few months.
>
> I was a Board candidate because after completing my PhD I finally had more
> time to contribute to the projects and serve the community through the
> French chapter: after watching my husband Rémi Mathis do it for years I
had
> a pretty good idea of what it meant. I did not know our ED Nathalie Martin
> or our chair Émeric Vallespi before working with them, and now that I have
> I can vouch for their hard work and attachment to the movement’s values.
>
> Today, I have lost friends or people I thought were friends because I
> defended Nathalie and Émeric in good faith during the smear campaign based
> on the community’s assumption that they were the source and cause of all
> the chapter’s problems, real or perceived. Although I have worked with
them
> closely for a year, I have been repeatedly informed that I’ve been
> manipulated by Nathalie from the start and should not have blindly
believed
> everything Émeric was saying. I’ve been personally attacked on WMF sites,
> email lists, and social media for weeks, my every word scrutinised,
> questioned and mocked assuming I was either ignorant or lying. I’ve been
> told by so-called feminists who were endorsing a particularly sexist rant
> against me to “stop making inflammatory comments”. I’ve been called a
> conspiracy theorist because I questioned the role of our former chair
> Christophe Henner, now chair of the Board at the WMF, in the threats to
> withdraw our chapter agreement and the cutting of half our FDC funding.
> People close to Christophe who have resigned from the WMFR Board early in
> the crisis rather than take responsibility for their mistakes now call
> themselves victims and whistleblowers. The WMF, who is perfectly aware of
> the charges of sexual harassment filed by Nathalie against Christophe for
> facts dating back to when he was her boss at Wikimédia France, is
> pretending WMFR leadership has used the threat of legal action to
> intimidate chapter members and silence opposition.
>
> Some unfounded allegations have been made on this very list by prominent
> members of the community (and what is a newbie’s word worth in that case,
> right?): from extremely serious accusations of misuse of chapter funds for
> personal gain (that strangely enough never made it to the French justice
> system despite a so-called “rather convincing rationale”), to gratuitous
> ones that Nathalie was making the Board’s decisions for us and dictating
> our communication (I am old enough to write my own emails, thank you very
> much), to ever vague ones of “quite generous expenses reimbursement“. None
> of this has been supported by proof or tangible facts, but the goal of
> spreading distrust and dissent in the chapter and the wider community has
> clearly been reached. Even now that Nathalie has left her position and the
&g

[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Wikimedia Foundation's commitment around our environmental impact

2017-03-29 Thread María Sefidari
Forwading.

-- Mensaje reenviado --
De: "María Sefidari" <msefid...@wikimedia.org>
Fecha: 29 mar. 2017 15:06
Asunto: Wikimedia Foundation's commitment around our environmental impact
Para: <wmf...@lists.wikimedia.org>, <wikimediaannounc...@lists.wikimedia.org>,
<wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org>
Cc:

Hi everyone,

Since early 2015, the Wikimedia Foundation has been evaluating efforts
and engaging in discussions related to the environmental impact of the
movement, and specifically the Foundation. During that time, we
supported improvements to our on-wiki documentation,[1] talked with
members of the community, and began reviewing internal processes.

The Wikimedia Foundation is committed to finding ways to reduce the
impact of our activities on the environment. We aim to always act as
responsibly and sustainably as possible, including favoring renewable
energy where it is available for our operations.

To help clarify and solidify our intentions in this important matter,
the Board of Trustees has passed an environmental impact
resolution.[2] This resolution commits the Wikimedia Foundation to:

1.  Seek out information about our overall impact on the environment
and then work to minimize it;

2.  Consider sustainability as an important part of decisions around
servers, operations, travel, offices, and other procurement;

3. Use green energy where it is available and a prudent use of resources;
and

4. Starting in 2018, include an environmental impact statement in our
annual plan.

We appreciate the input of the nearly 200 Wikimedians that have
already spoken to this in on Meta-Wiki,[1] and hope that you will join
future efforts to minimize any negative impacts on the environment.
Thank you!

Kind regards,

María and Christophe


María Sefidari, Board Vice Chair, Wikimedia Foundation

Christophe Henner, Board Chair, Wikimedia Foundation


[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Sustainability_Initiative

[2] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Environmental_Impact
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[Wikimedia-l] Resolution: Media about living people

2013-12-11 Thread María Sefidari
Hi everyone,

We'd like to draw your attention to our recent amendment of the 2009 
Biographies of Living People resolution. We have amended that resolution to 
refer to both text and media when considering articles or images of living 
people: 
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Media_about_living_people

We believe this amendment serves to clarify our original intent with this 
resolution, which is to urge the Wikimedia community to act with care when 
working with all portrayals of living people. 

This amended resolution was passed at the November 2013 Board meeting. 

For the Board of Trustees, 

María


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Resolution: Media about living people

2013-12-11 Thread María Sefidari

11/dic/2013 21:07 Lodewijk lodewijk at effeietsanders.org ha escrito: 

  Hi Maria, thanks for sharing. To appreciate the resolution in its proper 
  context, I was wondering if you could share if there was a specific trigger 
  to this amendment? 

 I completely second the question. Cristian.

Hi Lodewijk and Cristian,

Sure. It was prompted by a request at the Board Noticeboard on Meta: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard#Personal_and_Moral_Rights.3F

Kind regards,

María
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Spanish Wikipedia first million

2013-05-17 Thread María Sefidari
El 17/05/2013, a las 14:50, Osmar Valdebenito os...@wikimedia.org.ar escribió:

 Congratulations to all of us who have worked all these years to make this
 possible :D

+1! ¡Felicidades! :D

 The change in the count is very innapropiate (someone said on our Village
 Pump it was like preparing for New Year's Eve and falling sleep in the
 counting and waking up the other day), but it doesn't take the credit of
 all the work that has been done.

Yes, slightly anticlimactic. xD

I have a technical question. Do we know (or is there any way to find out) which 
was the specific 1 Million article (or, most probably, Anexo)? It'd be nice to 
know.

In any case, congrats to everyone!

Kind regards,

María

 
 By the way, can someone update our logo for the celebrations?
 According to this poll [1], the logo should be
 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia-logo-es-millon-vector.svgbetween
 May 16th and June 16th.Also, the link should go to
 https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Anuncio_del_art%C3%ADculo_1_000_000
 
 Thanks,
 
 *Osmar Valdebenito G.*
 **
 Director Ejecutivo
 A. C. Wikimedia Argentina
 
 [1]
 https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Votaciones/2013/Conmemoraci%C3%B3n_del_mill%C3%B3n_de_art%C3%ADculos_de_Wikipedia
 
 2013/5/17 Shlomi Fish shlo...@shlomifish.org
 
 Hi all,
 
 On Thu, 16 May 2013 19:19:45 -0500
 Salvador A salvador1...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 Hi folks!
 
 Maybe many of you have it already noticed. Nevertheless, spanish speakers
 wikimedians want to share with you our joy of that the spanish version of
 Wikipedia has surpassed the million of articles.
 
 https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Especial:Estad%C3%ADsticas
 
 Thanks and congratulations to all volunteers that make it possible.
 
 That's great! Thanks to all volunteers/admins/etc. .
 
 Regards,
 
Shlomi Fish
 
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 http://www.shlomifish.org/humour/Summerschool-at-the-NSA/
 
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— http://www.shlomifish.org/humour/bits/facts/XSLT/
 
 Please reply to list if it's a mailing list post - http://shlom.in/reply .
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Will Beback, Arbcom and Community oversight

2013-03-24 Thread María Sefidari
I agree. Please take this to the English Wikipedia mailing list.

Kind regards,

María

Enviado desde mi dispositivo móvil

El 24/03/2013, a las 07:54, Dariusz Jemielniak dar...@alk.edu.pl escribió:

 On Sun, Mar 24, 2013 at 4:17 AM, James Heilman jmh...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 This case partly pertains to how we see as the Wikimedia Movement see
 the interactions between Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia community and
 Arbcom. It would be interesting to get the perspectives of other
 language versions of Wikipedia.
 
 
 I'm not certain if there is any common pattern of interactions between the
 Arbcoms, the Wikipedia communities, and Jimmy Wales. in any case, I think
 that local issues (one local ArbCom decision) should not necessarily be
 discussed at international level, unless there is a clear concrete
 explanation what can be drawn from them - way too often the English
 Wikipedia and its ArbCom are presented and interpreted as THE Wikipedia and
 THE ArbCom.
 
 best,
 
 dariusz
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia ED Sue Gardner named to Global Voices Board of Directors

2013-01-19 Thread María Sefidari
Fantastic! Congratulations Sue!

María

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Jamaican editathon

2012-10-29 Thread María Sefidari
Forwarded to Iberocoop mailing list as well.


María



 De: Sarah Stierch sarah.stie...@gmail.com
Para: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org 
Enviado: Lunes 29 de octubre de 2012 17:35
Asunto: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Jamaican editathon
 
I forwarded this to the cultural partners list.

I'm sure there are cultural institutions with Jamaican heritage content 
- including British Library and Museum.

-Sarah

On 10/29/12 9:21 AM, Asaf Bartov wrote:
 On Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 6:46 AM, Richard Symonds 
 richard.symo...@wikimedia.org.uk wrote:

 We've had an email from a gentleman at an educational institution in
 Jamaica, who'd like to run an editathon. He's contacted Wikimedia UK as a
 starting point, presumably because of the shared history: but we can't do a
 great deal more than send him some booklets, etc, by post. He's simply too
 far away! Are there any individuals or chapters (or the WMF) based nearby
 who could help?

 We have nothing going on in Jamaica, but I'm happy to be put in touch with
 him and see what we can do.

     Asaf


-- 
*Sarah Stierch*
*/Museumist and open culture advocate/*
Visit sarahstierch.com http://sarahstierch.com
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