Yes.  Actively inviting people with mixed backgrounds - which started to
happen this year - is a step in the right direction.  But we might look for
ways to explicitly aim for more thorough geo + culture + language
diversity, since these map directly onto awareness of knowledge resources &
practice around the world.

A more active and comprehensive advisory group may address some of this,
since there is no way to span the full range of backgrounds on a board
small enough to get things done. If their network effectively spans much of
the world, they could also help improve the diversity of nominations for
all seats.
On Jun 6, 2015 8:11 AM, "Amir E. Aharoni" <>

> [ Split from "Results of 2015 WMF Board elections‏" ]
> 2015-06-06 13:19 GMT+03:00 Chris Keating <>:
> > 2) There is nothing in the process to produce any diversity in the
> result.
> Indeed. I don't see much active effort to encourage diversity in gender,
> professional skills, economic background, language or region.
> Though I'm sincerely happy about the results according to the current
> system, I'm not happy at all about the system. I would love to see a Board
> that is more diverse in the above points. I'd love to see a board with
> people who speak languages that are important, but weakly represented in
> Wikimedia projects (e.g. Hausa, Indonesian, Hindi[1]) and who are closer to
> the social, cultural and economic realities of the areas where they are
> spoken.
> Unless I'm missing something,[2] in the whole history of Wikimedia, there
> was one board member from India, one from China, and zero from Indonesia,
> Russia and *all of Africa*. This doesn't seem quite right for a movement
> that is supposed to be global. Efforts to encourage editing outside of "the
> global North" bore little fruit till now - maybe it has something to do
> with such a low board representation? Maybe board seats for representatives
> of different regions could be reserved for more diversity and less
> self-selection?
> I know very little about non-profit management, so maybe I'm naive, but it
> bothered me for a long time.
> [1] I would also argue for Russian and Arabic even if Wikipedias in them
> are quite large.
> [2] Please correct me if I'm missing something!
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