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
On Jun 6, 2015 8:11 AM, "Amir E. Aharoni" <amir.ahar...@mail.huji.ac.il>
> [ Split from "Results of 2015 WMF Board elections" ]
> 2015-06-06 13:19 GMT+03:00 Chris Keating <chriskeatingw...@gmail.com>:
> > 2) There is nothing in the process to produce any diversity in the
> 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) and who are closer to
> the social, cultural and economic realities of the areas where they are
> Unless I'm missing something, 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
> I know very little about non-profit management, so maybe I'm naive, but it
> bothered me for a long time.
>  I would also argue for Russian and Arabic even if Wikipedias in them
> are quite large.
>  Please correct me if I'm missing something!
> Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
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