Planning this graceful exit as Executivenu Director is exactly the professional and nurturing way that Sue has provided leadership for the Wikimedia Foundation. Although I have personal sadness to see Sue move on, I fully understand why and so very much respect the thoughtful way that she is implementing the transition.
As a community we have work to do as we look for a Executive Director to replace Sue. It is on us as a movement to rally together to support the transition plan. Sydney On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 6:12 PM, Kat Walsh <k...@wikimedia.org> wrote: > I'm not sure it could be any easier to write this message, but I'm not sure > it could be any harder either. > > It is a great privilege to be able to say, as she is moving on, that this > is not a sign of any trouble or strain between Sue and the board, or any > sign of trouble at Wikimedia. It would be hard to be in a better condition > to have a calm, angst-free transition, which reflects the professionalism, > leadership, and real concern for the organization that Sue has shown all > throughout her time in the position; I was incredibly sorry to hear she > would be moving on from this role even as she goes on to find new ways to > further the values we both believe in. > > When we hired Sue, we knew it was for a tremendous task, one that we could > hardly have asked of anyone, especially at the stage in our history while > we were small and struggling. We had no idea how lucky we were to connect > with her, someone who had the unusual mix of skills needed to take us from > where we were as an organization to where we are now, and who had the > passion for our movement and the values it holds to become its best and > strongest advocate. Now we are lucky to have her as a full part of the > transition team, as the one who best knows the specific demands of the > role, and to continue to lead the organization until her successor is in as > strong as possible a position going forward. > > As Chair, I recognize that she's been a great leader of the organization, > and that we have a challenging task ahead in finding a successor--but that > she will be leaving us in an excellent position for another outstanding > leader to take up where she left off. > > In a personal capacity, I have truly valued being able to work closely for > these past years with someone I consider a mentor and a friend, and with > whom I was able to have a great deal of mutual trust, respect, and candor. > And so even recognizing this as a decision that was bound to come sometime > and makes perfect sense, I am sad to know she will be moving on, and to > have to write this message. Fortunately, this isn't yet goodbye, and given > that she'll be closely tied to our movement in whatever new role she > chooses, even that will only be a "see you later". > > I look forward to working with her, and with all of you, to search for and > prepare the next amazing person to lead the organization into the future. > > -Kat > > On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 3:04 PM, Sue Gardner <sgard...@wikimedia.org> > wrote: > > > Hello Wikimedia community members, > > > > This is not an easy e-mail to write, and it’s been a very hard > > decision to make. But I’m writing to tell you that I’m planning to > > leave my position as the Executive Director of the Wikimedia > > Foundation. > > > > My departure isn’t imminent -- the Board and I anticipate it’ll take > > at least six months to recruit my successor, and I’ll be fully engaged > > as Executive Director all through the recruitment process and until we > > have a new person in place. We’re expecting that’ll take about six > > months or so, and so this note is not goodbye -- not yet. > > > > Making the decision to leave hasn’t been easy, but it comes down to two > > things. > > > > First, the movement and the Wikimedia Foundation are in a strong place > > now. When I joined, the Foundation was tiny and not yet able to > > reliably support the projects. Today it's healthy, thriving, and a > > competent partner to the global network of Wikimedia volunteers. If > > that wasn’t the case, I wouldn’t feel okay to leave. In that sense, my > > leaving is a vote of confidence in our Board and executive team and > > staff --- I know they will ably steer the Foundation through the years > > ahead, and I’m confident the Board will appoint a strong successor to > > me. > > > > And I feel that although we’re in good shape, with a promising future, > > the same isn’t true for the internet itself. (This is thing number > > two.) Increasingly, I’m finding myself uncomfortable about how the > > internet’s developing, who’s influencing its development, and who is > > not. Last year we at Wikimedia raised an alarm about SOPA/PIPA, and > > now CISPA is back. Wikipedia has experienced censorship at the hands > > of industry groups and governments, and we’re --increasingly, I > > think-- seeing important decisions made by unaccountable > > non-transparent corporate players, a shift from the open web to mobile > > walled gardens, and a shift from the production-based internet to one > > that’s consumption-based. There are many organizations and individuals > > advocating for the public interest online -- what’s good for ordinary > > people -- but other interests are more numerous and powerful than they > > are. I want that to change. And that’s what I want to do next. > > > > I’ve always aimed to make the biggest contribution I can to the > > general public good. Today, this is pulling me towards a new and > > different role, one very much aligned with Wikimedia values and > > informed by my experiences here, and with the purpose of amplifying > > the voices of people advocating for the free and open internet. I > > don’t know exactly what this will look like -- I might write a book, > > or start a non-profit, or work in partnership with something that > > already exists. Either way, I feel strongly that this is what I need > > to do. > > > > I feel an increasing sense of urgency around this. That said, I also > > feel a strong sense of responsibility (and love!) for the Wikimedia > > movement, and so I’ve agreed with the Board that I’ll stay on as > > Executive Director until we have my successor in place. That’ll take > > some time -- likely, at least six months. > > > > Until then, nothing changes. The Wikimedia Foundation has lots of work > > to do, and you can expect me to focus fully on it until we have a new > > Executive Director in place. > > > > I have many people to thank, but I’m not going to do it now -- > > there’ll be time for that later. For now, I’ll just say I love working > > with you all, I’m proud of everything the Wikimedia movement is > > accomplishing, and I’m looking forward to our next six months > > together. > > > > Jan-Bart’s going to write a note in a couple of minutes with > > information about the transition process. We’ll be hosting office > > hours this weekend as well, so anybody with questions can ask them > > here or turn up to talk with us on IRC. > > > > Thanks, > > Sue > > > > _______________________________________________ > > Wikimedia-l mailing list > > Wikimediaemail@example.com > > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l > > > > -- > > Your donations keep Wikipedia free: > > <https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l> > > https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Donate > > Web: http://www.mindspillage.org Email: k...@wikimedia.org, > > k...@mindspillage.org > > (G)AIM, Freenode, gchat, identi.ca, twitter, various social sites: > > mindspillage > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list > Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l > _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l