[Wikimedia-l] November 21, 2014 minutes of the Board of Trustees

2015-01-16 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hi all,

At the request of the Board of Trustees, I have posted the minutes of the
November 21, 2014 meeting in San Francisco, which you can find here:
*https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2014-11-21
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2014-11-21*

Thank you,

Stephen LaPorte
Legal Counsel
Wikimedia Foundation
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] November 21, 2014 minutes of the Board of Trustees

2015-01-16 Thread Jan-Bart de Vreede
Hi Everyone,

Thank you for publishing the minutes Stephen. I wanted to add a short note on 
the two days the board spent prior to the board meeting. We had a retreat (our 
first with the new Executive Director) in which we focused on the changing 
nature of the internet, our environment, our users and the way in which 
knowledge is documented and disseminated. We then looked at what the impact of 
these changes should be on the Foundation as a whole, and our Board in 
particular. Some of the proposals were very practical and could be implemented 
quite quickly. A good example of this was the need for faster decision making. 
As a result we now have monthly online board meetings which are 60-90 minutes 
long (so more minutes will follow quickly)

Other ideas need to be worked out in more detail, and we have formed a small 
working group that is currently working on some of these ideas to present back 
to the board. A good example of this is the reduction of the number of two day 
physical meetingsā€¦ is that feasible and will it allow us to attract a different 
potential group of board members that simply cannot commit the time for 12-16 
days of board meetings including travel). 

The ever changing composition of the board gives an extra value to a two day 
retreat which allows every one to work together in a structured way. All in all 
the retreat was very productive and has already improved some aspects of our 
decision making and working together. 

As usual I refer you to: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard if you 
wish to ask questions to the board, or have a comment. I cannot promise that we 
can answer all questions but this is a good place to keep track of them all.


Regards

Jan-Bart de Vreede
Chair
Board of Trustees
Wikimedia Foundation



 On 16 Jan 2015, at 16:55, Stephen LaPorte slapo...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 
 Hi all,
 
 At the request of the Board of Trustees, I have posted the minutes of the
 November 21, 2014 meeting in San Francisco, which you can find here:
 *https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2014-11-21
 https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2014-11-21*
 
 Thank you,
 
 Stephen LaPorte
 Legal Counsel
 Wikimedia Foundation
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