Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-05 Thread Ankan Ghosh Dastider
Thank you very much, Katherine, for your tremendous contribution over the
years.

I can remember meeting you for the first time at Wikimedia Conference 2018
and then interviewing you at Wikimania 2019 for WikiBarta
.
Apart from your contribution to the movement, I shall always remember your
amicable approach and encouraging words.

Hope to meet you again. Best wishes for your future life and advance
Welcome to the new ED and CEO. :)


Kind regards,
Ankan

On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 11:48 PM Katherine Maher 
wrote:

> 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 planning,
> sustainable programs to support technical communities and tooling,
> co-development and consultation on transformative new experiences welcoming
> newcomers, cooperative partnerships on public health data, bibliographic
> data, and human rights data -- all of these are signals of much great work
> to come. Even difficult topics, such as brand and movement governance,
> continue to bring people together in nothing less than feisty commitment.
>
> Together, we have rich resources of brilliant people, deep passion, and
> compassion. We are making progress on some of our greatest challenges, from
> editor and readership growth, technical debt, representation and
> participation, safety and knowledge equity. I am proud of what we’ve done
> together and grateful for all the ways in which this movement has made my
> life immeasurably richer: friendships that will last a lifetime,
> intellectual curiosity and kinship, and so many memories of *so much
> dancing*, from Accra to Berlin to Chandigarh.
>
> As for me, I’m going to take a break, and a research fellowship, as a
> place to think about what’s next. It’s hard to think about your future when
> you’re fully in your present, and for the past seven years, I’ve been fully
> present for this movement. But as I look around, I see global challenges
> such as polarization, inequality, and climate change, as well as
> opportunities for generational renewal and optimism. As a Wikimedian, I
> lean toward optimism, and plan to apply myself in that direction!
>
> *What’s next*
>
>- We announced this planned transition publicly on our communications
>channels during a Foundation all-staff meeting today.
>- A Board Transition Committee composed of Dariusz Jemielniak, who is
>chair of HR Committee, Tanya Capuano, who is chair of the Audit Committee,
>Raju Narisetti, and María Sefidari as Board Chair, will launch the search
>for a new CEO. They’ll work closely with the executive Transition Team on
>organizational operations, and with the broader board on an open candidate
>call. The Board is working with the goal of onboarding a new CEO by Q2 of
>the 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-05 Thread Christophe Henner
Tl;dr

This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

Thank you for everything!

Now the longer version...

That was quite a run! A lot of your accomplishments have been shared here
but one is missing. One that is capturing how brilliant you are, how
facetiously crazy you are and, well, how very wikimedian to the core you
are.

The Selfie Monkey communication campaign.

That was quite a run, I am proud I got to work closely with you when I was
chair and vice-chair. It was a blessing to be able to work with someone
bold, smart and had a great vision of what Wikimedia should be.

But the real feat is that you turned a vision into reality.

Under your leadership we scaled up. Not only in resources but in openness,
inclusiveness and ambition. Let's not forget you also took head on the
challenge of healing the Foundation after a crisis and rebuilding trust and
dialogue with the entire movement. This thread is proof you succeeded :)

Things are never perfect and there is still so much to fix and to do. But
also so much less than five years ago thanks to you.

We have had global, open and inclusive conversations about who we are. Our
footprint has globally improved. But more than our footprints, you have
made room for leaders outside of the US and Europe to emerge.

We have a Universal Code of Conduct! If it was only for that your track
record would be amazing.

Those are deep changes. And there are so many more, I let others contribute
and list them!

And there are those things that are discreet but instrumental (yay API
project, Abstract etc.) that you and the teams you lead turned from ideas
to actual projects. Not forgetting your strong commitment to Wikidata from
day one. All will be structural to the future of open knowledge.

Your legacy speaks louder for you than any word I could write.

But enough with praising the professional you. You are an amazing
professional but you also are a stellar human being.

You are a very approachable and relatable leader. You care and that changed
everything.

Plus, you were a great companion to play  "who leaves the party last", "how
close to boarding time can I arrive at the airport and not miss my flight",
"can you open a bottle of wine with a shoe in Buenos Aires without spilling
any" and "Wikimedian terrible singers 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019".

I hope our paths will cross again, and preferably before the restaurant at
the end of the universe.

Farewell and keep changing the world.



Le jeu. 4 févr. 2021 à 6:48 PM, Katherine Maher  a
écrit :

> 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 planning,
> sustainable programs to support technical communities and tooling,
> co-development and consultation on transformative new experiences welcoming
> newcomers, cooperative partnerships on public health 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-05 Thread Strainu
Thank you for all your work Katherine! You will be missed.

Strainu

În joi, 4 feb. 2021 la 19:48, Katherine Maher  a
scris:

> 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 planning,
> sustainable programs to support technical communities and tooling,
> co-development and consultation on transformative new experiences welcoming
> newcomers, cooperative partnerships on public health data, bibliographic
> data, and human rights data -- all of these are signals of much great work
> to come. Even difficult topics, such as brand and movement governance,
> continue to bring people together in nothing less than feisty commitment.
>
> Together, we have rich resources of brilliant people, deep passion, and
> compassion. We are making progress on some of our greatest challenges, from
> editor and readership growth, technical debt, representation and
> participation, safety and knowledge equity. I am proud of what we’ve done
> together and grateful for all the ways in which this movement has made my
> life immeasurably richer: friendships that will last a lifetime,
> intellectual curiosity and kinship, and so many memories of *so much
> dancing*, from Accra to Berlin to Chandigarh.
>
> As for me, I’m going to take a break, and a research fellowship, as a
> place to think about what’s next. It’s hard to think about your future when
> you’re fully in your present, and for the past seven years, I’ve been fully
> present for this movement. But as I look around, I see global challenges
> such as polarization, inequality, and climate change, as well as
> opportunities for generational renewal and optimism. As a Wikimedian, I
> lean toward optimism, and plan to apply myself in that direction!
>
> *What’s next*
>
>- We announced this planned transition publicly on our communications
>channels during a Foundation all-staff meeting today.
>- A Board Transition Committee composed of Dariusz Jemielniak, who is
>chair of HR Committee, Tanya Capuano, who is chair of the Audit Committee,
>Raju Narisetti, and María Sefidari as Board Chair, will launch the search
>for a new CEO. They’ll work closely with the executive Transition Team on
>organizational operations, and with the broader board on an open candidate
>call. The Board is working with the goal of onboarding a new CEO by Q2 of
>the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
>- We’ve been working on succession planning for the CEO role since
>2019 as a matter of best practice, and the organization is well-prepared
>for a thoughtful search for the next phase of our mission. The Board has
>decided to work with Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest Advisors[1] for the
>executive search: I’ve worked closely with Kathleen on a number of
>occasions, and she is a true Wikimedian at heart.
>- I’ll be 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-05 Thread Natacha Rault via Wikimedia-l
Dear Katherine,

Thank you for your engagement and support to our movement, to which you have 
brought so much. We will miss you but we hope you will stay connected in some 
way or another. 

Particularly, I want to thank you for your commitment to diversity and 
inclusion, and for being one of those leaders that one can easily reach out to. 

I join the others in wishing you all the best for the future in your personal 
and professional endeavours.

Warm regards,

Natacha Rault
Envoyé de mon iPhone

> Le 5 févr. 2021 à 11:47, Olushola Olaniyan  a 
> écrit :
> 
> 
> Dear Katherine, 
> 
> I never saw this coming! 
> 
> You have done so well as the CEO of Foundation and I believe you will 
> continue to be an ambassador of the movement, wherever you go. 
> 
> You are such a special person and we all shall miss you!!! 
> 
> Stay blessed. 
> 
> 
> 
>> On Thu, Feb 4, 2021, 6:48 PM Katherine Maher  wrote:
>> 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 planning, sustainable 
>> programs to support technical communities and tooling, co-development and 
>> consultation on transformative new experiences welcoming newcomers, 
>> cooperative partnerships on public health data, bibliographic data, and 
>> human rights data -- all of these are signals of much great work to come. 
>> Even difficult topics, such as brand and movement governance, continue to 
>> bring people together in nothing less than feisty commitment.
>> 
>> Together, we have rich resources of brilliant people, deep passion, and 
>> compassion. We are making progress on some of our greatest challenges, from 
>> editor and readership growth, technical debt, representation and 
>> participation, safety and knowledge equity. I am proud of what we’ve done 
>> together and grateful for all the ways in which this movement has made my 
>> life immeasurably richer: friendships that will last a lifetime, 
>> intellectual curiosity and kinship, and so many memories of so much dancing, 
>> from Accra to Berlin to Chandigarh. 
>> 
>> As for me, I’m going to take a break, and a research fellowship, as a place 
>> to think about what’s next. It’s hard to think about your future when you’re 
>> fully in your present, and for the past seven years, I’ve been fully present 
>> for this movement. But as I look around, I see global challenges such as 
>> polarization, inequality, and climate change, as well as opportunities for 
>> generational renewal and optimism. As a Wikimedian, I lean toward optimism, 
>> and plan to apply myself in that direction!
>> 
>> What’s next
>> We announced this planned transition publicly on our communications channels 
>> during a Foundation all-staff meeting today.
>> A Board Transition Committee composed of Dariusz 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-05 Thread Olushola Olaniyan
Dear Katherine,

I never saw this coming!

You have done so well as the CEO of Foundation and I believe you will
continue to be an ambassador of the movement, wherever you go.

You are such a special person and we all shall miss you!!!

Stay blessed.



On Thu, Feb 4, 2021, 6:48 PM Katherine Maher  wrote:

> 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 planning,
> sustainable programs to support technical communities and tooling,
> co-development and consultation on transformative new experiences welcoming
> newcomers, cooperative partnerships on public health data, bibliographic
> data, and human rights data -- all of these are signals of much great work
> to come. Even difficult topics, such as brand and movement governance,
> continue to bring people together in nothing less than feisty commitment.
>
> Together, we have rich resources of brilliant people, deep passion, and
> compassion. We are making progress on some of our greatest challenges, from
> editor and readership growth, technical debt, representation and
> participation, safety and knowledge equity. I am proud of what we’ve done
> together and grateful for all the ways in which this movement has made my
> life immeasurably richer: friendships that will last a lifetime,
> intellectual curiosity and kinship, and so many memories of *so much
> dancing*, from Accra to Berlin to Chandigarh.
>
> As for me, I’m going to take a break, and a research fellowship, as a
> place to think about what’s next. It’s hard to think about your future when
> you’re fully in your present, and for the past seven years, I’ve been fully
> present for this movement. But as I look around, I see global challenges
> such as polarization, inequality, and climate change, as well as
> opportunities for generational renewal and optimism. As a Wikimedian, I
> lean toward optimism, and plan to apply myself in that direction!
>
> *What’s next*
>
>- We announced this planned transition publicly on our communications
>channels during a Foundation all-staff meeting today.
>- A Board Transition Committee composed of Dariusz Jemielniak, who is
>chair of HR Committee, Tanya Capuano, who is chair of the Audit Committee,
>Raju Narisetti, and María Sefidari as Board Chair, will launch the search
>for a new CEO. They’ll work closely with the executive Transition Team on
>organizational operations, and with the broader board on an open candidate
>call. The Board is working with the goal of onboarding a new CEO by Q2 of
>the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
>- We’ve been working on succession planning for the CEO role since
>2019 as a matter of best practice, and the organization is well-prepared
>for a thoughtful search for the next phase of our mission. The Board has
>decided to work with Kathleen 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-05 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Dear Katherine,

It's actually sad to see people that we've grown to love who have also
contributed so much in the movement go. It was great working with you,
having those interactions and conversations with you in different parts of
the world, seeing your growth and maturity as well was interesting.

Congratulations on your achievements and wish you success in your future
endeavours.

Kind regards,
Bobby Shabangu

On Thu, 4 Feb 2021 at 19:48, Katherine Maher  wrote:

> 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 planning,
> sustainable programs to support technical communities and tooling,
> co-development and consultation on transformative new experiences welcoming
> newcomers, cooperative partnerships on public health data, bibliographic
> data, and human rights data -- all of these are signals of much great work
> to come. Even difficult topics, such as brand and movement governance,
> continue to bring people together in nothing less than feisty commitment.
>
> Together, we have rich resources of brilliant people, deep passion, and
> compassion. We are making progress on some of our greatest challenges, from
> editor and readership growth, technical debt, representation and
> participation, safety and knowledge equity. I am proud of what we’ve done
> together and grateful for all the ways in which this movement has made my
> life immeasurably richer: friendships that will last a lifetime,
> intellectual curiosity and kinship, and so many memories of *so much
> dancing*, from Accra to Berlin to Chandigarh.
>
> As for me, I’m going to take a break, and a research fellowship, as a
> place to think about what’s next. It’s hard to think about your future when
> you’re fully in your present, and for the past seven years, I’ve been fully
> present for this movement. But as I look around, I see global challenges
> such as polarization, inequality, and climate change, as well as
> opportunities for generational renewal and optimism. As a Wikimedian, I
> lean toward optimism, and plan to apply myself in that direction!
>
> *What’s next*
>
>- We announced this planned transition publicly on our communications
>channels during a Foundation all-staff meeting today.
>- A Board Transition Committee composed of Dariusz Jemielniak, who is
>chair of HR Committee, Tanya Capuano, who is chair of the Audit Committee,
>Raju Narisetti, and María Sefidari as Board Chair, will launch the search
>for a new CEO. They’ll work closely with the executive Transition Team on
>organizational operations, and with the broader board on an open candidate
>call. The Board is working with the goal of onboarding a new CEO by Q2 of
>the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
>- We’ve been working on succession planning for the CEO role since
>2019 as a matter of best 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-04 Thread Gnangarra
Thank you Katherine, I  think it is a tribute to all you have done that
many people will not have even realised you had been here for 7 years and
many more would not have expected you to move on so soon.  The WMF is far
place than was when you started to move forward in conjunction with the
community.

Boodarwun

On Fri, 5 Feb 2021 at 13:50, Risker  wrote:

> Thank you, Katherine, for all of your work to help the Wikimedia
> Foundation and the Wikimedia movement grow and strengthen.  I know there
> have been many challenging times, and you stepped into this role at a time
> when a new type of leadership was needed - and you provided it admirably
> well.  You will be missed.  I wish you the best in your future endeavours.
>
> All the best,
>
> Risker/Anne
>
> On Thu, 4 Feb 2021 at 12:48, Katherine Maher  wrote:
>
>> 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 planning,
>> sustainable programs to support technical communities and tooling,
>> co-development and consultation on transformative new experiences welcoming
>> newcomers, cooperative partnerships on public health data, bibliographic
>> data, and human rights data -- all of these are signals of much great work
>> to come. Even difficult topics, such as brand and movement governance,
>> continue to bring people together in nothing less than feisty commitment.
>>
>> Together, we have rich resources of brilliant people, deep passion, and
>> compassion. We are making progress on some of our greatest challenges, from
>> editor and readership growth, technical debt, representation and
>> participation, safety and knowledge equity. I am proud of what we’ve done
>> together and grateful for all the ways in which this movement has made my
>> life immeasurably richer: friendships that will last a lifetime,
>> intellectual curiosity and kinship, and so many memories of *so much
>> dancing*, from Accra to Berlin to Chandigarh.
>>
>> As for me, I’m going to take a break, and a research fellowship, as a
>> place to think about what’s next. It’s hard to think about your future when
>> you’re fully in your present, and for the past seven years, I’ve been fully
>> present for this movement. But as I look around, I see global challenges
>> such as polarization, inequality, and climate change, as well as
>> opportunities for generational renewal and optimism. As a Wikimedian, I
>> lean toward optimism, and plan to apply myself in that direction!
>>
>> *What’s next*
>>
>>- We announced this planned transition publicly on our communications
>>channels during a Foundation all-staff meeting today.
>>- A Board Transition Committee composed of Dariusz Jemielniak, who is
>>chair of HR Committee, Tanya Capuano, who is chair of the Audit Committee,
>>Raju Narisetti, and María 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-04 Thread Risker
Thank you, Katherine, for all of your work to help the Wikimedia Foundation
and the Wikimedia movement grow and strengthen.  I know there have been
many challenging times, and you stepped into this role at a time when a new
type of leadership was needed - and you provided it admirably well.  You
will be missed.  I wish you the best in your future endeavours.

All the best,

Risker/Anne

On Thu, 4 Feb 2021 at 12:48, Katherine Maher  wrote:

> 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 planning,
> sustainable programs to support technical communities and tooling,
> co-development and consultation on transformative new experiences welcoming
> newcomers, cooperative partnerships on public health data, bibliographic
> data, and human rights data -- all of these are signals of much great work
> to come. Even difficult topics, such as brand and movement governance,
> continue to bring people together in nothing less than feisty commitment.
>
> Together, we have rich resources of brilliant people, deep passion, and
> compassion. We are making progress on some of our greatest challenges, from
> editor and readership growth, technical debt, representation and
> participation, safety and knowledge equity. I am proud of what we’ve done
> together and grateful for all the ways in which this movement has made my
> life immeasurably richer: friendships that will last a lifetime,
> intellectual curiosity and kinship, and so many memories of *so much
> dancing*, from Accra to Berlin to Chandigarh.
>
> As for me, I’m going to take a break, and a research fellowship, as a
> place to think about what’s next. It’s hard to think about your future when
> you’re fully in your present, and for the past seven years, I’ve been fully
> present for this movement. But as I look around, I see global challenges
> such as polarization, inequality, and climate change, as well as
> opportunities for generational renewal and optimism. As a Wikimedian, I
> lean toward optimism, and plan to apply myself in that direction!
>
> *What’s next*
>
>- We announced this planned transition publicly on our communications
>channels during a Foundation all-staff meeting today.
>- A Board Transition Committee composed of Dariusz Jemielniak, who is
>chair of HR Committee, Tanya Capuano, who is chair of the Audit Committee,
>Raju Narisetti, and María Sefidari as Board Chair, will launch the search
>for a new CEO. They’ll work closely with the executive Transition Team on
>organizational operations, and with the broader board on an open candidate
>call. The Board is working with the goal of onboarding a new CEO by Q2 of
>the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
>- We’ve been working on succession planning for the CEO role since
>2019 as a matter of best practice, and the 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-04 Thread effe iets anders
Thanks Katherine,

it was always a good feeling to see you at work navigating the complexities
of our movement and trying to bring people together with your words. I'm
curious to see what will be your next challenge.

Warmly,
Lodewijk

On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 2:58 PM Patricio Lorente 
wrote:

> Thank you, Katherine! You did an amazing job. Wish you all the best.
>
> Un gran abrazo,
>
>   Patricio
>
> El jue, 4 feb 2021 a las 18:13, Florence Devouard ()
> escribió:
>
>> Hello Katherine,
>>
>>
>> I like to thank you very much for all what you have achieved, stepping in
>> the role at complicated time and really doing the job beautifully.
>> I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. I will definitely miss
>> you. I think many feel a bit orphans after the announcement.
>>
>> Florence
>>
>>
>>
>> Le 04/02/2021 à 18:47, Katherine Maher a écrit :
>>
>> 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 planning,
>> sustainable programs to support technical communities and tooling,
>> co-development and consultation on transformative new experiences welcoming
>> newcomers, cooperative partnerships on public health data, bibliographic
>> data, and human rights data -- all of these are signals of much great work
>> to come. Even difficult topics, such as brand and movement governance,
>> continue to bring people together in nothing less than feisty commitment.
>>
>> Together, we have rich resources of brilliant people, deep passion, and
>> compassion. We are making progress on some of our greatest challenges, from
>> editor and readership growth, technical debt, representation and
>> participation, safety and knowledge equity. I am proud of what we’ve done
>> together and grateful for all the ways in which this movement has made my
>> life immeasurably richer: friendships that will last a lifetime,
>> intellectual curiosity and kinship, and so many memories of *so much
>> dancing*, from Accra to Berlin to Chandigarh.
>>
>> As for me, I’m going to take a break, and a research fellowship, as a
>> place to think about what’s next. It’s hard to think about your future when
>> you’re fully in your present, and for the past seven years, I’ve been fully
>> present for this movement. But as I look around, I see global challenges
>> such as polarization, inequality, and climate change, as well as
>> opportunities for generational renewal and optimism. As a Wikimedian, I
>> lean toward optimism, and plan to apply myself in that direction!
>>
>> *What’s next*
>>
>>- We announced this planned transition publicly on our communications
>>channels during a Foundation all-staff meeting today.
>>- A Board Transition Committee composed of Dariusz Jemielniak, who is
>>chair of HR Committee, 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-04 Thread Patricio Lorente
Thank you, Katherine! You did an amazing job. Wish you all the best.

Un gran abrazo,

  Patricio

El jue, 4 feb 2021 a las 18:13, Florence Devouard ()
escribió:

> Hello Katherine,
>
>
> I like to thank you very much for all what you have achieved, stepping in
> the role at complicated time and really doing the job beautifully.
> I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. I will definitely miss
> you. I think many feel a bit orphans after the announcement.
>
> Florence
>
>
>
> Le 04/02/2021 à 18:47, Katherine Maher a écrit :
>
> 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 planning,
> sustainable programs to support technical communities and tooling,
> co-development and consultation on transformative new experiences welcoming
> newcomers, cooperative partnerships on public health data, bibliographic
> data, and human rights data -- all of these are signals of much great work
> to come. Even difficult topics, such as brand and movement governance,
> continue to bring people together in nothing less than feisty commitment.
>
> Together, we have rich resources of brilliant people, deep passion, and
> compassion. We are making progress on some of our greatest challenges, from
> editor and readership growth, technical debt, representation and
> participation, safety and knowledge equity. I am proud of what we’ve done
> together and grateful for all the ways in which this movement has made my
> life immeasurably richer: friendships that will last a lifetime,
> intellectual curiosity and kinship, and so many memories of *so much
> dancing*, from Accra to Berlin to Chandigarh.
>
> As for me, I’m going to take a break, and a research fellowship, as a
> place to think about what’s next. It’s hard to think about your future when
> you’re fully in your present, and for the past seven years, I’ve been fully
> present for this movement. But as I look around, I see global challenges
> such as polarization, inequality, and climate change, as well as
> opportunities for generational renewal and optimism. As a Wikimedian, I
> lean toward optimism, and plan to apply myself in that direction!
>
> *What’s next*
>
>- We announced this planned transition publicly on our communications
>channels during a Foundation all-staff meeting today.
>- A Board Transition Committee composed of Dariusz Jemielniak, who is
>chair of HR Committee, Tanya Capuano, who is chair of the Audit Committee,
>Raju Narisetti, and María Sefidari as Board Chair, will launch the search
>for a new CEO. They’ll work closely with the executive Transition Team on
>organizational operations, and with the broader board on an open candidate
>call. The Board is working with the goal of onboarding a new CEO by Q2 of
>the 2021-2022 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-04 Thread Florence Devouard

Hello Katherine,


I like to thank you very much for all what you have achieved, stepping 
in the role at complicated time and really doing the job beautifully.
I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. I will definitely miss 
you. I think many feel a bit orphans after the announcement.


Florence


Le 04/02/2021 à 18:47, Katherine Maher a écrit :

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 planning, sustainable programs to support 
technical communities and tooling, co-development and consultation on 
transformative new experiences welcoming newcomers, cooperative 
partnerships on public health data, bibliographic data, and human 
rights data -- all of these are signals of much great work to come. 
Even difficult topics, such as brand and movement governance, continue 
to bring people together in nothing less than feisty commitment.


Together, we have rich resources of brilliant people, deep passion, 
and compassion. We are making progress on some of our greatest 
challenges, from editor and readership growth, technical debt, 
representation and participation, safety and knowledge equity. I am 
proud of what we’ve done together and grateful for all the ways in 
which this movement has made my life immeasurably richer: friendships 
that will last a lifetime, intellectual curiosity and kinship, and so 
many memories of */so much dancing/*, from Accra to Berlin to Chandigarh.


As for me, I’m going to take a break, and a research fellowship, as a 
place to think about what’s next. It’s hard to think about your future 
when you’re fully in your present, and for the past seven years, I’ve 
been fully present for this movement. But as I look around, I see 
global challenges such as polarization, inequality, and climate 
change, as well as opportunities for generational renewal and 
optimism. As a Wikimedian, I lean toward optimism, and plan to apply 
myself in that direction!


*What’s next*

  * We announced this planned transition publicly on our
communications channels during a Foundation all-staff meeting today.
  * A Board Transition Committee composed of Dariusz Jemielniak, who
is chair of HR Committee, Tanya Capuano, who is chair of the Audit
Committee, Raju Narisetti, and María Sefidari as Board Chair, will
launch the search for a new CEO. They’ll work closely with the
executive Transition Team on organizational operations, and with
the broader board on an open candidate call. The Board is working
with the goal of onboarding a new CEO by Q2 of the 2021-2022
fiscal year.
  * We’ve been working on succession planning for the CEO role since
2019 as a matter of best practice, and the organization is
well-prepared for a thoughtful search for the next phase of our
mission. The Board has decided to work with Kathleen Yazbak of
Viewcrest 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-04 Thread Samuel Klein
Those are some edificial shoes to fill.

Thank you for all you have done for the Foundation + projects,
and for the collective sense of our place in the world's dance.

SJ

On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 1:36 PM Brad Patrick  wrote:

> Congratulations on a remarkable run! Good luck with the transition and
> we’ll be watching what happens next!
>
>
>
> All the best,
>
>
> Brad Patrick
>
>
>
>
>
> *From: *Wikimedia-l  on behalf
> of Katherine Maher 
> *Reply-To: *Wikimedia Mailing List 
> *Date: *Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 12:48 PM
> *To: *Wikimedia Mailing List 
> *Subject: *[Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15
>
>
>
> 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 planning,
> sustainable programs to support technical communities and tooling,
> co-development and consultation on transformative new experiences welcoming
> newcomers, cooperative partnerships on public health data, bibliographic
> data, and human rights data -- all of these are signals of much great work
> to come. Even difficult topics, such as brand and movement governance,
> continue to bring people together in nothing less than feisty commitment.
>
>
> Together, we have rich resources of brilliant people, deep passion, and
> compassion. We are making progress on some of our greatest challenges, from
> editor and readership growth, technical debt, representation and
> participation, safety and knowledge equity. I am proud of what we’ve done
> together and grateful for all the ways in which this movement has made my
> life immeasurably richer: friendships that will last a lifetime,
> intellectual curiosity and kinship, and so many memories of *so much
> dancing*, from Accra to Berlin to Chandigarh.
>
> As for me, I’m going to take a break, and a research fellowship, as a
> place to think about what’s next. It’s hard to think about your future when
> you’re fully in your present, and for the past seven years, I’ve been fully
> present for this movement. But as I look around, I see global challenges
> such as polarization, inequality, and climate change, as well as
> opportunities for generational renewal and optimism. As a Wikimedian, I
> lean toward optimism, and plan to apply myself in that direction!
>
> *What’s next*
>
>- We announced this planned transition publicly on our communications
>channels during a Foundation all-staff meeting today.
>- A Board Transition Committee composed of Dariusz Jemielniak, who is
>chair of HR Committee, Tanya Capuano, who is chair of the Audit Committee,
>Raju Narisetti, and María Sefidari as Board Chair, will launch the search
>for a new CEO. They’ll work closely with the executive Transition Team on
>organizational operations, and with the broader board on an open candidate
>call. The Board is working 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-04 Thread Erik Moeller
On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 9:48 AM Katherine Maher  wrote:
> Earlier today, I announced to my colleagues at the Wikimedia Foundation
> my intention to step down as CEO later this spring.

You did amazing work for the movement. Like others who have moved on
from WMF, it has felt great knowing that the organization is in great
hands under your leadership, and has accomplished major new
milestones. Congratulations as well on the UCoC, which I also agree is
incredibly important for the reasons that have been well-articulated
by others in the related thread. Getting Wikipedia unblocked in Turkey
was huge, and I was thrilled to read about the UN partnership. There's
too much other stuff to list, but exciting projects kicked off under
your leadership include your support for Wikidata and Abstract
Wikipedia -- as will be no surprise, I'm especially excited about
following those developments. :)

You took the helm at a time when WMF was going through a rocky period
(to say the least), and these and other achievements are especially
remarkable in light of how far the organization had to come to make
them possible. I'm genuinely excited about what's next for you, and
know that you'll bring your passion for Wikimedia's values with you.
Thank you, Katherine, for your service.

Warmly,

Erik

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-04 Thread Rajeeb
Hi Katherine,

I like to thank you for all you have done for the movement. I wish you all
the best in your future endeavors. We will definitely miss you.

Namaste,
Rajeeb.


On Thu, 4 Feb 2021 at 23:18, Katherine Maher  wrote:

> 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 planning,
> sustainable programs to support technical communities and tooling,
> co-development and consultation on transformative new experiences welcoming
> newcomers, cooperative partnerships on public health data, bibliographic
> data, and human rights data -- all of these are signals of much great work
> to come. Even difficult topics, such as brand and movement governance,
> continue to bring people together in nothing less than feisty commitment.
>
> Together, we have rich resources of brilliant people, deep passion, and
> compassion. We are making progress on some of our greatest challenges, from
> editor and readership growth, technical debt, representation and
> participation, safety and knowledge equity. I am proud of what we’ve done
> together and grateful for all the ways in which this movement has made my
> life immeasurably richer: friendships that will last a lifetime,
> intellectual curiosity and kinship, and so many memories of *so much
> dancing*, from Accra to Berlin to Chandigarh.
>
> As for me, I’m going to take a break, and a research fellowship, as a
> place to think about what’s next. It’s hard to think about your future when
> you’re fully in your present, and for the past seven years, I’ve been fully
> present for this movement. But as I look around, I see global challenges
> such as polarization, inequality, and climate change, as well as
> opportunities for generational renewal and optimism. As a Wikimedian, I
> lean toward optimism, and plan to apply myself in that direction!
>
> *What’s next*
>
>- We announced this planned transition publicly on our communications
>channels during a Foundation all-staff meeting today.
>- A Board Transition Committee composed of Dariusz Jemielniak, who is
>chair of HR Committee, Tanya Capuano, who is chair of the Audit Committee,
>Raju Narisetti, and María Sefidari as Board Chair, will launch the search
>for a new CEO. They’ll work closely with the executive Transition Team on
>organizational operations, and with the broader board on an open candidate
>call. The Board is working with the goal of onboarding a new CEO by Q2 of
>the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
>- We’ve been working on succession planning for the CEO role since
>2019 as a matter of best practice, and the organization is well-prepared
>for a thoughtful search for the next phase of our mission. The Board has
>decided to work with Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest Advisors[1] for the
>executive search: I’ve worked closely 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-04 Thread Philippe Beaudette
Katherine,

The WMF will be less without you in it. One of the things that made me
comfortable with my own departure so many years ago was the certain
knowledge that you would keep the wheels on and keep the WMF pointed in the
right direction.  But I know you must be exhausted, and drained, so it’s
only right for you to now take some time to refocus and figure out where
next to apply your formidable talents to make the world a better place.

I’m very proud to call you a friend.

Philippe

On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 12:37 PM Brad Patrick  wrote:

> Congratulations on a remarkable run! Good luck with the transition and
> we’ll be watching what happens next!
>
>
>
> All the best,
>
>
> Brad Patrick
>
>
>
>
>
> *From: *Wikimedia-l  on behalf
> of Katherine Maher 
> *Reply-To: *Wikimedia Mailing List 
> *Date: *Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 12:48 PM
> *To: *Wikimedia Mailing List 
> *Subject: *[Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15
>
>
>
> 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 planning,
> sustainable programs to support technical communities and tooling,
> co-development and consultation on transformative new experiences welcoming
> newcomers, cooperative partnerships on public health data, bibliographic
> data, and human rights data -- all of these are signals of much great work
> to come. Even difficult topics, such as brand and movement governance,
> continue to bring people together in nothing less than feisty commitment.
>
>
> Together, we have rich resources of brilliant people, deep passion, and
> compassion. We are making progress on some of our greatest challenges, from
> editor and readership growth, technical debt, representation and
> participation, safety and knowledge equity. I am proud of what we’ve done
> together and grateful for all the ways in which this movement has made my
> life immeasurably richer: friendships that will last a lifetime,
> intellectual curiosity and kinship, and so many memories of *so much
> dancing*, from Accra to Berlin to Chandigarh.
>
> As for me, I’m going to take a break, and a research fellowship, as a
> place to think about what’s next. It’s hard to think about your future when
> you’re fully in your present, and for the past seven years, I’ve been fully
> present for this movement. But as I look around, I see global challenges
> such as polarization, inequality, and climate change, as well as
> opportunities for generational renewal and optimism. As a Wikimedian, I
> lean toward optimism, and plan to apply myself in that direction!
>
> *What’s next*
>
>- We announced this planned transition publicly on our communications
>channels during a Foundation all-staff meeting today.
>- A Board Transition Committee composed of Dariusz Jemielniak, who is
>chair of HR Committee, 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-04 Thread Katie Chan
Thanks Katherine for all you have done. All the best and good luck with 
everything going forward.


Katie

On 04/02/2021 17:47, Katherine Maher wrote:

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 planning, sustainable programs to support 
technical communities and tooling, co-development and consultation on 
transformative new experiences welcoming newcomers, cooperative 
partnerships on public health data, bibliographic data, and human rights 
data -- all of these are signals of much great work to come. Even 
difficult topics, such as brand and movement governance, continue to 
bring people together in nothing less than feisty commitment.


Together, we have rich resources of brilliant people, deep passion, and 
compassion. We are making progress on some of our greatest challenges, 
from editor and readership growth, technical debt, representation and 
participation, safety and knowledge equity. I am proud of what we’ve 
done together and grateful for all the ways in which this movement has 
made my life immeasurably richer: friendships that will last a lifetime, 
intellectual curiosity and kinship, and so many memories of */so much 
dancing/*, from Accra to Berlin to Chandigarh.


As for me, I’m going to take a break, and a research fellowship, as a 
place to think about what’s next. It’s hard to think about your future 
when you’re fully in your present, and for the past seven years, I’ve 
been fully present for this movement. But as I look around, I see global 
challenges such as polarization, inequality, and climate change, as well 
as opportunities for generational renewal and optimism. As a Wikimedian, 
I lean toward optimism, and plan to apply myself in that direction!


*What’s next*

  * We announced this planned transition publicly on our communications
channels during a Foundation all-staff meeting today.
  * A Board Transition Committee composed of Dariusz Jemielniak, who is
chair of HR Committee, Tanya Capuano, who is chair of the Audit
Committee, Raju Narisetti, and María Sefidari as Board Chair, will
launch the search for a new CEO. They’ll work closely with the
executive Transition Team on organizational operations, and with the
broader board on an open candidate call. The Board is working with
the goal of onboarding a new CEO by Q2 of the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
  * We’ve been working on succession planning for the CEO role since
2019 as a matter of best practice, and the organization is
well-prepared for a thoughtful search for the next phase of our
mission. The Board has decided to work with Kathleen Yazbak of
Viewcrest Advisors[1] for the executive search: I’ve worked closely
with Kathleen on a number of occasions, and she is a true Wikimedian
at heart.
  * I’ll be drawing back from day-to-day operational work to 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-04 Thread Butch Bustria
Hi Katherine,

We greatly appreciate your work at the Foundation and we hope for the best
in your future endeavors.

Your term as ED, later as CEO, made significant changes on how we look at
the WMF. Your work made changes to many of us, on how we deal with issues
and opportunities to how we support each other.

We hope your successor would effectively implement the strategic plan and
maintain the openess of community conversations.

I hope that you consider visiting us here in Southeast Asia at
your convenience (add Wikimania) once the pandemic is over.



Kind regards,

Butch Bustria

On Fri, Feb 5, 2021, 2:36 AM Brad Patrick  wrote:

> Congratulations on a remarkable run! Good luck with the transition and
> we’ll be watching what happens next!
>
>
>
> All the best,
>
>
> Brad Patrick
>
>
>
>
>
> *From: *Wikimedia-l  on behalf
> of Katherine Maher 
> *Reply-To: *Wikimedia Mailing List 
> *Date: *Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 12:48 PM
> *To: *Wikimedia Mailing List 
> *Subject: *[Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15
>
>
>
> 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 planning,
> sustainable programs to support technical communities and tooling,
> co-development and consultation on transformative new experiences welcoming
> newcomers, cooperative partnerships on public health data, bibliographic
> data, and human rights data -- all of these are signals of much great work
> to come. Even difficult topics, such as brand and movement governance,
> continue to bring people together in nothing less than feisty commitment.
>
>
> Together, we have rich resources of brilliant people, deep passion, and
> compassion. We are making progress on some of our greatest challenges, from
> editor and readership growth, technical debt, representation and
> participation, safety and knowledge equity. I am proud of what we’ve done
> together and grateful for all the ways in which this movement has made my
> life immeasurably richer: friendships that will last a lifetime,
> intellectual curiosity and kinship, and so many memories of *so much
> dancing*, from Accra to Berlin to Chandigarh.
>
> As for me, I’m going to take a break, and a research fellowship, as a
> place to think about what’s next. It’s hard to think about your future when
> you’re fully in your present, and for the past seven years, I’ve been fully
> present for this movement. But as I look around, I see global challenges
> such as polarization, inequality, and climate change, as well as
> opportunities for generational renewal and optimism. As a Wikimedian, I
> lean toward optimism, and plan to apply myself in that direction!
>
> *What’s next*
>
>- We announced this planned transition publicly on our communications
>channels during a Foundation all-staff meeting today.
>- 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-04 Thread Brad Patrick
Congratulations on a remarkable run! Good luck with the transition and we’ll be 
watching what happens next!

All the best,

Brad Patrick


From: Wikimedia-l  on behalf of 
Katherine Maher 
Reply-To: Wikimedia Mailing List 
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 12:48 PM
To: Wikimedia Mailing List 
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

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 planning, sustainable 
programs to support technical communities and tooling, co-development and 
consultation on transformative new experiences welcoming newcomers, cooperative 
partnerships on public health data, bibliographic data, and human rights data 
-- all of these are signals of much great work to come. Even difficult topics, 
such as brand and movement governance, continue to bring people together in 
nothing less than feisty commitment.

Together, we have rich resources of brilliant people, deep passion, and 
compassion. We are making progress on some of our greatest challenges, from 
editor and readership growth, technical debt, representation and participation, 
safety and knowledge equity. I am proud of what we’ve done together and 
grateful for all the ways in which this movement has made my life immeasurably 
richer: friendships that will last a lifetime, intellectual curiosity and 
kinship, and so many memories of so much dancing, from Accra to Berlin to 
Chandigarh.
As for me, I’m going to take a break, and a research fellowship, as a place to 
think about what’s next. It’s hard to think about your future when you’re fully 
in your present, and for the past seven years, I’ve been fully present for this 
movement. But as I look around, I see global challenges such as polarization, 
inequality, and climate change, as well as opportunities for generational 
renewal and optimism. As a Wikimedian, I lean toward optimism, and plan to 
apply myself in that direction!
What’s next

  *   We announced this planned transition publicly on our communications 
channels during a Foundation all-staff meeting today.
  *   A Board Transition Committee composed of Dariusz Jemielniak, who is chair 
of HR Committee, Tanya Capuano, who is chair of the Audit Committee, Raju 
Narisetti, and María Sefidari as Board Chair, will launch the search for a new 
CEO. They’ll work closely with the executive Transition Team on organizational 
operations, and with the broader board on an open candidate call. The Board is 
working with the goal of onboarding a new CEO by Q2 of the 2021-2022 fiscal 
year.
  *   We’ve been working on succession planning for the CEO role since 2019 as 
a matter of best practice, and the organization is well-prepared for a 
thoughtful search for the next phase of our mission. The Board has decided to 
work with Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest Advisors[1] for the executive search: 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-04 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Hello,
That's a piece of sudden big news to me, and possibly to others also. Over
the last few years, I was reading your emails and posts on this mailing
list, and at other places.
Thanks for your service to the movement.

ইতি,
User:Titodutta
টিটো দত্ত
(মাতৃভাষা থাক জীবন জুড়ে)


বৃহস্পতি, ৪ ফেব, ২০২১ তারিখে ১১:১৮ PM টায় এ Katherine Maher <
kma...@wikimedia.org> লিখেছেন:

> 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 planning,
> sustainable programs to support technical communities and tooling,
> co-development and consultation on transformative new experiences welcoming
> newcomers, cooperative partnerships on public health data, bibliographic
> data, and human rights data -- all of these are signals of much great work
> to come. Even difficult topics, such as brand and movement governance,
> continue to bring people together in nothing less than feisty commitment.
>
> Together, we have rich resources of brilliant people, deep passion, and
> compassion. We are making progress on some of our greatest challenges, from
> editor and readership growth, technical debt, representation and
> participation, safety and knowledge equity. I am proud of what we’ve done
> together and grateful for all the ways in which this movement has made my
> life immeasurably richer: friendships that will last a lifetime,
> intellectual curiosity and kinship, and so many memories of *so much
> dancing*, from Accra to Berlin to Chandigarh.
>
> As for me, I’m going to take a break, and a research fellowship, as a
> place to think about what’s next. It’s hard to think about your future when
> you’re fully in your present, and for the past seven years, I’ve been fully
> present for this movement. But as I look around, I see global challenges
> such as polarization, inequality, and climate change, as well as
> opportunities for generational renewal and optimism. As a Wikimedian, I
> lean toward optimism, and plan to apply myself in that direction!
>
> *What’s next*
>
>- We announced this planned transition publicly on our communications
>channels during a Foundation all-staff meeting today.
>- A Board Transition Committee composed of Dariusz Jemielniak, who is
>chair of HR Committee, Tanya Capuano, who is chair of the Audit Committee,
>Raju Narisetti, and María Sefidari as Board Chair, will launch the search
>for a new CEO. They’ll work closely with the executive Transition Team on
>organizational operations, and with the broader board on an open candidate
>call. The Board is working with the goal of onboarding a new CEO by Q2 of
>the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
>- We’ve been working on succession planning for the CEO role since
>2019 as a matter of best practice, and the organization is well-prepared
>for a thoughtful search for the next phase of 

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 planning,
> sustainable programs to support technical communities and tooling,
> co-development and consultation on 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-08 Thread Bishakha Datta
Dear Milos,

No! But understand. Also now understand why you withdrew your Board
candidacy.

Thank you for writing so honestly. It touched a chord in me (having gone
through similar cycles in other worlds).

One of my earliest memories of the wikimedia movement is having a smoky
chat with you in wikimania Gdansk about everything from the politics of
language to the films of Emir Kusturica. You made me feel at home. :)

I hope our paths will continue to cross.

Best
Bishakha



On Sat, Jun 8, 2013 at 10:50 AM, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Thanks for everything, Milos. It's been a pleasure and I won't be at
 all surprised to run into you again, if not in Wikimedia then in other
 free culture circles. There are lots of unfinished projects indeed --
 for me, seeing the movement tackle increasingly hard and complex
 challenges successfully has been hugely motivating. I hope that if no
 sooner, in a few years you'll check in on where things are and find
 things so transformatively different to be re-energized to participate
 again. :)

 Erik

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-08 Thread Manuel Schneider
Am 07.06.2013 19:31, schrieb Milos Rancic:
 On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 6:32 PM, Milos Rancic mill...@gmail.com wrote:
 == Unfinished projects ==
 
 Oh, and I knew that there were three unfinished projects, but I forgot
 the last one.
 
 Wikimedia movement isn't staying well with formal diplomacy. No of the
 Wikimedia organizations participated even in the global events close
 to Wikimedia's interests, like, for example, Internet Governance Forum
 is.

I can at least say that Wikimedia CH and Wikimedia Österreich (Austria)
are member of ICANN At-Large and as such will be present at the EuroDIG
in Lisbon next week (where we will also have the EURALO General Assembly).

/Manuel
-- 
Wikimedia CH - Verein zur Förderung Freien Wissens
Lausanne, +41 (21) 34066-22 - www.wikimedia.ch

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-08 Thread Manuel Schneider
Hi Milos,

thank you is the least we can say at this point. We can be happy to be
such a big movement, with so many people like you who further our vision
and goals. Some fluctuation is natural and it is totally natural that
after serving some time in our community to move on to new and other
priorities in live. You have already done much more than most of those
benefiting from your work and in fact ten years are a great part of your
life-time.
Thank you, all the best for your future and I am convinced that one
always meets twice in live...
Even if you leave you know where and who we are. You are always welcome
back, be it only a request for help or collaboration in any other
project of your future.


/Manuel

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-08 Thread Marco Chiesa
On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 6:32 PM, Milos Rancic mill...@gmail.com wrote:

 I am leaving the movement. I thought to leave it quietly, with just a
 bit more than a few words to stewards and Wikimedia Serbia, but after
 the first question why I am leaving, I realized that I actually owe to
 many of you the explanation for leaving the movement after almost 10
 years.



It's a pity to hear that Millosh is taking a long WikiBreak. Wikimedia will
be more boring now.
Thanks for all you've given, I wish you all the best

Marco (Cruccone)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-08 Thread Milos Rancic
Thanks to all of you! It really matters to know that I will be welcome if I
back and it matters that people who matters to me think that I made an
impact to them and to the movement.

I was unprepared on Amir's mail and I reacted on it emotionally. After that
I realized which kind of emails I could get :)

While reading your emails, I got once more drive to stay. However, that
didn't solve my motivation problem and there is no sense to stay without it
solved.

I am not going to find another movement. When you felt the best one,
everything else doesn't have a lot of sense. Besides that, I would have the
same kind of lack of motivation, or probably worse one.

The problem with my motivation is exclusively my personal issue. Events in
the movement influenced that, but the main portion is related to my inner
issues and I am now quite confident what the reason is, which corresponds
with the second part of 2011.

There is another thing produced by your answers. Since this morning I am
able to imagine myself back, which I wasn't able for months. I feel freed
and able to think that I need a period of time off to be capable to back.

I was thinking yesterday that I need serious reconsideration of my inner
drives, that I need different life to fix my problems. Now I think that I
even have the cure. So, will be back sooner than I was thinking. I suppose
that it will be about months rather than years. (And I feel now a bit as a
drama queen and attention whore, as nobody would notice even a half of year
without my input.)

I am professionally connected to MediaWiki. Thus, I won't be able to
disappear, even it was about my feelings from yesterday. I am reading news
on Portal:Current events and I am occasionally editing English Wikipedia.

I noted Sara's and Manuel's emails about what they are doing. Please,
connect with others who are doing similar things! Partial efforts are
always much less effective. (Sarah, connect with MF-Warburg, he will
continue my work in relation to mapping languages. Manuel, connect with
Sanja from WM RS.)

I am subscribed to so many public Wikimedia lists, that it would require
considerable effort to unsubscribe from all of them. Fortunatelly, I am
using a separate account for those lists. I will not delete but forget it
for the time I will need to remotivate myself.

And to repeat: I will always be happy to help to any of you. Feel free to
contact me.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-07 Thread Amir E. Aharoni
2013/6/7 Milos Rancic mill...@gmail.com

 I am leaving the movement. I thought to leave it quietly, with just a
 bit more than a few words to stewards and Wikimedia Serbia, but after
 the first question why I am leaving, I realized that I actually owe to
 many of you the explanation for leaving the movement after almost 10
 years.

Dear Milos,

I cannot even begin to think how much do I owe you. You taught me a
lot about languages and about Wikimedia and the things around it.
Thanks in large part to you I became much more involved in the
movement than I ever imagined I would be, and it literally changed my
life.

Of course, your contributions went way beyond that, but I shall only
speak for myself.

Thank you so much for everything.

I very sincerely wish you a lot of success with your future endeavors
and I'm sure that we'll keep in touch.

--
Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
http://aharoni.wordpress.com
‪“We're living in pieces,
I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore‬

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-07 Thread Sarah Stierch
Milos -

What an emotional and touching letter. I know it's a hard decision to not
only leave the movement, but to know who you want to let know and who you
want to not let know about leaving - and I am glad you made the decision to
share your honest and emotional declaration with us.

As someone supportive of Indigenous languages having their own wiki spaces
for their own survival and development, I really do hope that more work
will proceed regarding languages and the work you have done. There have
been groups forming, including the work Wikimedia Canada has done, about
Indigenous and rare languages. Heck, one of the projects I have been
working on has had numerous articles written in Nahuatl,[1] something that
blows my mind. So things are happening, and thank you for your passion and
work regarding that.

Also, I'm happy to know the gamification project is proceeding and WM DC is
helping to lead that. I agree that it's important to see this happen, and
it's shown successful in the Teahouse with badges. Thank you also for your
work on that and I do hope your Wikimedia legacy will be preserved in the
successful development of that project.

I understand about being able to write a book about how Wikimedia has
changed my life. I look forward to seeing where your life leads next, and I
hope you won't stop contributing to Wikipedia as an editor, at least :)

Thank you for everything you have, and continue to do,

Sarah

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nahuatl

On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 9:32 AM, Milos Rancic mill...@gmail.com wrote:

 I am leaving the movement. I thought to leave it quietly, with just a
 bit more than a few words to stewards and Wikimedia Serbia, but after
 the first question why I am leaving, I realized that I actually owe to
 many of you the explanation for leaving the movement after almost 10
 years.

 If you want to skip the story of my motivation, continue with
 Unfinished projects section.

 == On my motivation ==

 In short, I am struggling with the motivation to work inside of the
 movement for almost two years. My participation in Haifa was the
 culmination of my Wikimedia engagement and everything after it was
 going down and down.

 I was struggling hard. I didn't want to leave the movement because I
 was feeling responsible for a number of issues. As time went, as I
 wasn't taking any new responsibility, the level of feeling
 responsible was lowering and lowering. My last really big
 responsibility was to push the creation of Wikimedia Serbia Office
 last fall. After that I felt that there is no need for me inside of
 the movement.

 But I wanted to stay, I wanted it hardly! For at least two years I was
 struggling with my steward activity and although I know that I am
 important to other stewards, I have problem to make one fucking
 steward action for months. And that wasn't about my free time. I have
 it enough. That was about my motivation.

 I was trying to find a way to motivate myself to participate in the
 movement. Alone or in cooperation with other Wikimedians, I started
 some not yet published projects. I thought that I could raise my
 motivation if I leave issues related to the chapters and I left
 Chapters committee. But it didn't help.

 I was on Amsterdam Hackathon and talking with Erik about one more
 important Wikimedia issue: thousands of languages which are waiting
 for their editions of Wikimedia projects. He was encouraging; for the
 first time I got clearly positive response. But it wasn't enough.
 Instead of enthusiastically working on the project, I just didn't have
 enough motivation to do anything.

 I thought that becoming a Board member could raise my motivation. At
 the beginning, I was actually very enthusiastic. But last two weeks I
 spent much more time in being worried about the possibility to be
 elected than about thinking about how to be elected.

 For a number of times I was thinking to quit, but this time I had
 appropriate personal trigger and finally got courage to admit myself
 that there is nothing which would change my motivation.

 == Wikimedia impact on me ==

 I've just realized that if I am writing this kind of email, I should
 say something about Wikimedia impact on me.

 When I first edited Wikipedia I was less than a month older than 30.
 This November I will be 40. The whole decade of my life was under the
 strong influence of Wikimedia movement. I spent intellectually
 formative years inside of Wikimedia and it changed me a lot, probably
 not comparable to anything else.

 And I could write a book about how Wikipedia and Wikimedia influenced me.

 == Unfinished projects ==

 This is important. I am leaving some things unfinished and both of the
 projects are very important.

 * First, languages. There are more than 6000 languages and there are
 less than 300 language editions of Wikipedia. It is likely that all of
 3000 languages with more than 10,000 of speakers would survive if they
 have Wikipedia edition in their language. And 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-07 Thread Santi Navarro
Milosh, thank you very much for your work during these ten years, and good
luck in your life and in the future. When you want to come back, you
already know that this is your home.

Best wishes!

-- 
Santiago Navarro
Wikimedia España
http://www.wikimedia.org.es/


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-07 Thread Huib Laurens
Milos,

Again, I'm sorry to see you leave. I would like to thank you, thank you
very much for all the things you have done!

I loved to work with you in the LangCom, and I believe I learned a lot. And
I hope our paths will cross again someday.

Huib


On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 6:32 PM, Milos Rancic mill...@gmail.com wrote:

 I am leaving the movement. I thought to leave it quietly, with just a
 bit more than a few words to stewards and Wikimedia Serbia, but after
 the first question why I am leaving, I realized that I actually owe to
 many of you the explanation for leaving the movement after almost 10
 years.

 If you want to skip the story of my motivation, continue with
 Unfinished projects section.

 == On my motivation ==

 In short, I am struggling with the motivation to work inside of the
 movement for almost two years. My participation in Haifa was the
 culmination of my Wikimedia engagement and everything after it was
 going down and down.

 I was struggling hard. I didn't want to leave the movement because I
 was feeling responsible for a number of issues. As time went, as I
 wasn't taking any new responsibility, the level of feeling
 responsible was lowering and lowering. My last really big
 responsibility was to push the creation of Wikimedia Serbia Office
 last fall. After that I felt that there is no need for me inside of
 the movement.

 But I wanted to stay, I wanted it hardly! For at least two years I was
 struggling with my steward activity and although I know that I am
 important to other stewards, I have problem to make one fucking
 steward action for months. And that wasn't about my free time. I have
 it enough. That was about my motivation.

 I was trying to find a way to motivate myself to participate in the
 movement. Alone or in cooperation with other Wikimedians, I started
 some not yet published projects. I thought that I could raise my
 motivation if I leave issues related to the chapters and I left
 Chapters committee. But it didn't help.

 I was on Amsterdam Hackathon and talking with Erik about one more
 important Wikimedia issue: thousands of languages which are waiting
 for their editions of Wikimedia projects. He was encouraging; for the
 first time I got clearly positive response. But it wasn't enough.
 Instead of enthusiastically working on the project, I just didn't have
 enough motivation to do anything.

 I thought that becoming a Board member could raise my motivation. At
 the beginning, I was actually very enthusiastic. But last two weeks I
 spent much more time in being worried about the possibility to be
 elected than about thinking about how to be elected.

 For a number of times I was thinking to quit, but this time I had
 appropriate personal trigger and finally got courage to admit myself
 that there is nothing which would change my motivation.

 == Wikimedia impact on me ==

 I've just realized that if I am writing this kind of email, I should
 say something about Wikimedia impact on me.

 When I first edited Wikipedia I was less than a month older than 30.
 This November I will be 40. The whole decade of my life was under the
 strong influence of Wikimedia movement. I spent intellectually
 formative years inside of Wikimedia and it changed me a lot, probably
 not comparable to anything else.

 And I could write a book about how Wikipedia and Wikimedia influenced me.

 == Unfinished projects ==

 This is important. I am leaving some things unfinished and both of the
 projects are very important.

 * First, languages. There are more than 6000 languages and there are
 less than 300 language editions of Wikipedia. It is likely that all of
 3000 languages with more than 10,000 of speakers would survive if they
 have Wikipedia edition in their language. And if you ask why Wikimedia
 movement should do that, it's because there is no other relevant
 international body capable to do that. That makes Wikimedia's position
 unique and with large amount of historical responsibility. I will
 share my research with anyone willing to work on this issue.

 * Gamification. Mostly because the lack of my motivation, the project
 Wikichievements didn't start yet. It's actually in the very initial
 phase. Wikimedia Serbia and Wikimedia DC would do that. If you are
 interested in that, please contact Kirill Lokshin from WM DC.
 Gamification and social features are extremely important in making
 Wikimedia movement attractive to young generations again.

 == Wikimedia movement *is* important! ==

 Wikimedia movement is not just important, it is the best try of our
 civilization to create a global movement based on completely different
 principles than anything else before. It's the best chance of our
 civilization to survive. And it's up to you to use the chance or not.
 If Wikimedia movement fails, I am sure that the similar chance would
 appear once in the future. But not soon and maybe too late.

 Every Wikimedian is a highly important person, likely more important
 than many heads 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-07 Thread Florence Devouard
From time to time, I think of a wikimedian and say to myself oh, we 
have not seen this one much around these days. Further checking, the 
person quietly slipped away, few noticed the departure and we had no 
opportunity to say thank you and stay safe and happy in this other 
future. It is a bit sad.


Hence, my appreciation for you to take the time to write these words.
Thank you for your presence and work the past years. Best of luck for 
the future. Get back in touch if needed.


Flo

On 6/7/13 6:32 PM, Milos Rancic wrote:

I am leaving the movement. I thought to leave it quietly, with just a
bit more than a few words to stewards and Wikimedia Serbia, but after
the first question why I am leaving, I realized that I actually owe to
many of you the explanation for leaving the movement after almost 10
years.

If you want to skip the story of my motivation, continue with
Unfinished projects section.

== On my motivation ==

In short, I am struggling with the motivation to work inside of the
movement for almost two years. My participation in Haifa was the
culmination of my Wikimedia engagement and everything after it was
going down and down.

I was struggling hard. I didn't want to leave the movement because I
was feeling responsible for a number of issues. As time went, as I
wasn't taking any new responsibility, the level of feeling
responsible was lowering and lowering. My last really big
responsibility was to push the creation of Wikimedia Serbia Office
last fall. After that I felt that there is no need for me inside of
the movement.

But I wanted to stay, I wanted it hardly! For at least two years I was
struggling with my steward activity and although I know that I am
important to other stewards, I have problem to make one fucking
steward action for months. And that wasn't about my free time. I have
it enough. That was about my motivation.

I was trying to find a way to motivate myself to participate in the
movement. Alone or in cooperation with other Wikimedians, I started
some not yet published projects. I thought that I could raise my
motivation if I leave issues related to the chapters and I left
Chapters committee. But it didn't help.

I was on Amsterdam Hackathon and talking with Erik about one more
important Wikimedia issue: thousands of languages which are waiting
for their editions of Wikimedia projects. He was encouraging; for the
first time I got clearly positive response. But it wasn't enough.
Instead of enthusiastically working on the project, I just didn't have
enough motivation to do anything.

I thought that becoming a Board member could raise my motivation. At
the beginning, I was actually very enthusiastic. But last two weeks I
spent much more time in being worried about the possibility to be
elected than about thinking about how to be elected.

For a number of times I was thinking to quit, but this time I had
appropriate personal trigger and finally got courage to admit myself
that there is nothing which would change my motivation.

== Wikimedia impact on me ==

I've just realized that if I am writing this kind of email, I should
say something about Wikimedia impact on me.

When I first edited Wikipedia I was less than a month older than 30.
This November I will be 40. The whole decade of my life was under the
strong influence of Wikimedia movement. I spent intellectually
formative years inside of Wikimedia and it changed me a lot, probably
not comparable to anything else.

And I could write a book about how Wikipedia and Wikimedia influenced me.

== Unfinished projects ==

This is important. I am leaving some things unfinished and both of the
projects are very important.

* First, languages. There are more than 6000 languages and there are
less than 300 language editions of Wikipedia. It is likely that all of
3000 languages with more than 10,000 of speakers would survive if they
have Wikipedia edition in their language. And if you ask why Wikimedia
movement should do that, it's because there is no other relevant
international body capable to do that. That makes Wikimedia's position
unique and with large amount of historical responsibility. I will
share my research with anyone willing to work on this issue.

* Gamification. Mostly because the lack of my motivation, the project
Wikichievements didn't start yet. It's actually in the very initial
phase. Wikimedia Serbia and Wikimedia DC would do that. If you are
interested in that, please contact Kirill Lokshin from WM DC.
Gamification and social features are extremely important in making
Wikimedia movement attractive to young generations again.

== Wikimedia movement *is* important! ==

Wikimedia movement is not just important, it is the best try of our
civilization to create a global movement based on completely different
principles than anything else before. It's the best chance of our
civilization to survive. And it's up to you to use the chance or not.
If Wikimedia movement fails, I am sure that the similar chance would
appear once 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-07 Thread Milos Rancic
On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 6:32 PM, Milos Rancic mill...@gmail.com wrote:
 == Unfinished projects ==

Oh, and I knew that there were three unfinished projects, but I forgot
the last one.

Wikimedia movement isn't staying well with formal diplomacy. No of the
Wikimedia organizations participated even in the global events close
to Wikimedia's interests, like, for example, Internet Governance Forum
is.

I connected Ting, Bishakha and Bence a couple of days ago with the
organization DiploFoundation [1], which is willing to create the
connection between the Wikimedia movement and formal diplomacy. The
right person to contact in relation to that issue is a Board member of
Wikimedia Serbia, Sanja Pavlovic sanja.pavlo...@vikimedija.org.

[1] http://www.diplomacy.edu/

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-07 Thread Marc A. Pelletier
On 06/07/2013 12:32 PM, Milos Rancic wrote:
 I thought to leave it quietly, with just a
 bit more than a few words to stewards and Wikimedia Serbia, but after
 the first question why I am leaving, I realized that I actually owe to
 many of you the explanation for leaving the movement after almost 10
 years.

« Il est impossible d’aimer une seconde fois ce qu’on a véritablement
cessé d’aimer. »
— François de La Rochefoucauld

Thank you, Milos, for ten years of dedication.  Like all others who
drift away to new interests, you leave behind a legacy that leaves us
all richer than when you joined.

-- Marc


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-07 Thread Yuri Astrakhan
Milos, lets call it an extended sabbatical instead! You never know when you
might come back, and you are always welcome :)


On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 1:46 PM, Marc A. Pelletier m...@uberbox.org wrote:

 On 06/07/2013 12:32 PM, Milos Rancic wrote:
  I thought to leave it quietly, with just a
  bit more than a few words to stewards and Wikimedia Serbia, but after
  the first question why I am leaving, I realized that I actually owe to
  many of you the explanation for leaving the movement after almost 10
  years.

 « Il est impossible d’aimer une seconde fois ce qu’on a véritablement
 cessé d’aimer. »
 — François de La Rochefoucauld

 Thank you, Milos, for ten years of dedication.  Like all others who
 drift away to new interests, you leave behind a legacy that leaves us
 all richer than when you joined.

 -- Marc


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-07 Thread phoebe ayers
On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 1:32 PM, Yuri Astrakhan yastrak...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 Milos, lets call it an extended sabbatical instead! You never know when you
 might come back, and you are always welcome :)


Indeed :) Some sabbaticals are longer than others, but I don't think a
person ever stops being a Wikimedian, and the door is always open!

Florence said what was on my mind -- thank you for writing this note. I
appreciate it as well, and appreciate having gotten to know you, and your
ideas and passion for projects, over the past years.

Like you, this is my 10-year anniversary in Wikimedia, and I've been
reflecting on it quite a bit. A decade is a long time, and spending it
wrapped up in Wikimedia is without a doubt life-changing. For me, it has
been life-changing largely because of all of the remarkable people I've
gotten to meet -- and that definitely includes a certain hacker from
Belgrade.

To exciting future journeys, my friend!
-- phoebe
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-07 Thread Patricio Lorente
Thank you, Milos, for your dedication and commitment for all these
years. I'm sure we will meet somewhere in the near future; maybe you
are leaving the Wikimedia movement but our concerns and wishes will
continue being the same.

I wish you the best, see you around,

   Patricio

2013/6/7 Yuri Astrakhan yastrak...@wikimedia.org:
 Milos, lets call it an extended sabbatical instead! You never know when you
 might come back, and you are always welcome :)


 On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 1:46 PM, Marc A. Pelletier m...@uberbox.org wrote:

 On 06/07/2013 12:32 PM, Milos Rancic wrote:
  I thought to leave it quietly, with just a
  bit more than a few words to stewards and Wikimedia Serbia, but after
  the first question why I am leaving, I realized that I actually owe to
  many of you the explanation for leaving the movement after almost 10
  years.

 « Il est impossible d’aimer une seconde fois ce qu’on a véritablement
 cessé d’aimer. »
 — François de La Rochefoucauld

 Thank you, Milos, for ten years of dedication.  Like all others who
 drift away to new interests, you leave behind a legacy that leaves us
 all richer than when you joined.

 -- Marc


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-07 Thread Craig Franklin
Milos,

Thanks for these words and I am sorry to see you leave.  I think everyone
agrees that the entire Wikimedia movement owes you a debt of gratitude for
a decade of great work.  Hopefully after some time away you'll miss us and
be back, but if not, whatever group you decide to involve yourself with
next will be very fortunate indeed!

Regards,
Craig Franklin


On 8 June 2013 02:32, Milos Rancic mill...@gmail.com wrote:

 I am leaving the movement. I thought to leave it quietly, with just a
 bit more than a few words to stewards and Wikimedia Serbia, but after
 the first question why I am leaving, I realized that I actually owe to
 many of you the explanation for leaving the movement after almost 10
 years.

 If you want to skip the story of my motivation, continue with
 Unfinished projects section.

 == On my motivation ==

 In short, I am struggling with the motivation to work inside of the
 movement for almost two years. My participation in Haifa was the
 culmination of my Wikimedia engagement and everything after it was
 going down and down.

 I was struggling hard. I didn't want to leave the movement because I
 was feeling responsible for a number of issues. As time went, as I
 wasn't taking any new responsibility, the level of feeling
 responsible was lowering and lowering. My last really big
 responsibility was to push the creation of Wikimedia Serbia Office
 last fall. After that I felt that there is no need for me inside of
 the movement.

 But I wanted to stay, I wanted it hardly! For at least two years I was
 struggling with my steward activity and although I know that I am
 important to other stewards, I have problem to make one fucking
 steward action for months. And that wasn't about my free time. I have
 it enough. That was about my motivation.

 I was trying to find a way to motivate myself to participate in the
 movement. Alone or in cooperation with other Wikimedians, I started
 some not yet published projects. I thought that I could raise my
 motivation if I leave issues related to the chapters and I left
 Chapters committee. But it didn't help.

 I was on Amsterdam Hackathon and talking with Erik about one more
 important Wikimedia issue: thousands of languages which are waiting
 for their editions of Wikimedia projects. He was encouraging; for the
 first time I got clearly positive response. But it wasn't enough.
 Instead of enthusiastically working on the project, I just didn't have
 enough motivation to do anything.

 I thought that becoming a Board member could raise my motivation. At
 the beginning, I was actually very enthusiastic. But last two weeks I
 spent much more time in being worried about the possibility to be
 elected than about thinking about how to be elected.

 For a number of times I was thinking to quit, but this time I had
 appropriate personal trigger and finally got courage to admit myself
 that there is nothing which would change my motivation.

 == Wikimedia impact on me ==

 I've just realized that if I am writing this kind of email, I should
 say something about Wikimedia impact on me.

 When I first edited Wikipedia I was less than a month older than 30.
 This November I will be 40. The whole decade of my life was under the
 strong influence of Wikimedia movement. I spent intellectually
 formative years inside of Wikimedia and it changed me a lot, probably
 not comparable to anything else.

 And I could write a book about how Wikipedia and Wikimedia influenced me.

 == Unfinished projects ==

 This is important. I am leaving some things unfinished and both of the
 projects are very important.

 * First, languages. There are more than 6000 languages and there are
 less than 300 language editions of Wikipedia. It is likely that all of
 3000 languages with more than 10,000 of speakers would survive if they
 have Wikipedia edition in their language. And if you ask why Wikimedia
 movement should do that, it's because there is no other relevant
 international body capable to do that. That makes Wikimedia's position
 unique and with large amount of historical responsibility. I will
 share my research with anyone willing to work on this issue.

 * Gamification. Mostly because the lack of my motivation, the project
 Wikichievements didn't start yet. It's actually in the very initial
 phase. Wikimedia Serbia and Wikimedia DC would do that. If you are
 interested in that, please contact Kirill Lokshin from WM DC.
 Gamification and social features are extremely important in making
 Wikimedia movement attractive to young generations again.

 == Wikimedia movement *is* important! ==

 Wikimedia movement is not just important, it is the best try of our
 civilization to create a global movement based on completely different
 principles than anything else before. It's the best chance of our
 civilization to survive. And it's up to you to use the chance or not.
 If Wikimedia movement fails, I am sure that the similar chance would
 appear once in the future. But not soon 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-07 Thread Samuel Klein
Milos!  How I will miss your honest reflections and monologues.  I am
most sorry to read this; and hope you will not be a stranger to the
wikis, or the many other paths of freeing and sharing knowledge.

Thank you and thank you for your efforts and insights, and the many
remarkable people who you personally introduced to the projects.
I hope you do write that book one day.

Sam.

On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 7:25 PM, Craig Franklin
cfrank...@halonetwork.net wrote:
 Milos,

 Thanks for these words and I am sorry to see you leave.  I think everyone
 agrees that the entire Wikimedia movement owes you a debt of gratitude for
 a decade of great work.  Hopefully after some time away you'll miss us and
 be back, but if not, whatever group you decide to involve yourself with
 next will be very fortunate indeed!

 Regards,
 Craig Franklin


 On 8 June 2013 02:32, Milos Rancic mill...@gmail.com wrote:

 I am leaving the movement. I thought to leave it quietly, with just a
 bit more than a few words to stewards and Wikimedia Serbia, but after
 the first question why I am leaving, I realized that I actually owe to
 many of you the explanation for leaving the movement after almost 10
 years.

 If you want to skip the story of my motivation, continue with
 Unfinished projects section.

 == On my motivation ==

 In short, I am struggling with the motivation to work inside of the
 movement for almost two years. My participation in Haifa was the
 culmination of my Wikimedia engagement and everything after it was
 going down and down.

 I was struggling hard. I didn't want to leave the movement because I
 was feeling responsible for a number of issues. As time went, as I
 wasn't taking any new responsibility, the level of feeling
 responsible was lowering and lowering. My last really big
 responsibility was to push the creation of Wikimedia Serbia Office
 last fall. After that I felt that there is no need for me inside of
 the movement.

 But I wanted to stay, I wanted it hardly! For at least two years I was
 struggling with my steward activity and although I know that I am
 important to other stewards, I have problem to make one fucking
 steward action for months. And that wasn't about my free time. I have
 it enough. That was about my motivation.

 I was trying to find a way to motivate myself to participate in the
 movement. Alone or in cooperation with other Wikimedians, I started
 some not yet published projects. I thought that I could raise my
 motivation if I leave issues related to the chapters and I left
 Chapters committee. But it didn't help.

 I was on Amsterdam Hackathon and talking with Erik about one more
 important Wikimedia issue: thousands of languages which are waiting
 for their editions of Wikimedia projects. He was encouraging; for the
 first time I got clearly positive response. But it wasn't enough.
 Instead of enthusiastically working on the project, I just didn't have
 enough motivation to do anything.

 I thought that becoming a Board member could raise my motivation. At
 the beginning, I was actually very enthusiastic. But last two weeks I
 spent much more time in being worried about the possibility to be
 elected than about thinking about how to be elected.

 For a number of times I was thinking to quit, but this time I had
 appropriate personal trigger and finally got courage to admit myself
 that there is nothing which would change my motivation.

 == Wikimedia impact on me ==

 I've just realized that if I am writing this kind of email, I should
 say something about Wikimedia impact on me.

 When I first edited Wikipedia I was less than a month older than 30.
 This November I will be 40. The whole decade of my life was under the
 strong influence of Wikimedia movement. I spent intellectually
 formative years inside of Wikimedia and it changed me a lot, probably
 not comparable to anything else.

 And I could write a book about how Wikipedia and Wikimedia influenced me.

 == Unfinished projects ==

 This is important. I am leaving some things unfinished and both of the
 projects are very important.

 * First, languages. There are more than 6000 languages and there are
 less than 300 language editions of Wikipedia. It is likely that all of
 3000 languages with more than 10,000 of speakers would survive if they
 have Wikipedia edition in their language. And if you ask why Wikimedia
 movement should do that, it's because there is no other relevant
 international body capable to do that. That makes Wikimedia's position
 unique and with large amount of historical responsibility. I will
 share my research with anyone willing to work on this issue.

 * Gamification. Mostly because the lack of my motivation, the project
 Wikichievements didn't start yet. It's actually in the very initial
 phase. Wikimedia Serbia and Wikimedia DC would do that. If you are
 interested in that, please contact Kirill Lokshin from WM DC.
 Gamification and social features are extremely important in making
 Wikimedia movement 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-07 Thread Daniel Mietchen
On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 10:32 PM, Yuri Astrakhan
yastrak...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 Milos, lets call it an extended sabbatical instead! You never know when you
 might come back, and you are always welcome :)
I'd echo that and am looking forward to crossing paths again.

Daniel

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish!

2013-06-07 Thread Erik Moeller
Thanks for everything, Milos. It's been a pleasure and I won't be at
all surprised to run into you again, if not in Wikimedia then in other
free culture circles. There are lots of unfinished projects indeed --
for me, seeing the movement tackle increasingly hard and complex
challenges successfully has been hugely motivating. I hope that if no
sooner, in a few years you'll check in on where things are and find
things so transformatively different to be re-energized to participate
again. :)

Erik

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