On 2016-02-23 14:54, Thyge wrote:
We should not have direct elections to the board. We should have a
of representatives" with X members from each part of the world and
with electing the board and decide major issues like location of the
changed of bylaws etc.
I do not think it could solve the diversity issue.
To appoint the number of individuals with a set of skills and needed
diversity, one needs candidates which will have needed skills and
desired diversity to start with.
Our experience as a movement (and also of people in other organizations
in different contexts) that these people do not always queue at the
doors of the WMF office to wait for being elected. They need to be
scouted, negotiated with, and convinced to be willing to sit at the
board. This is what currently various companies are paid to do, and this
seems to be a reasonable arrangement to me.
As far as the candidates are there, I do not see much of a difference
whether the community, a selected group (like house of representatives),
or the Board votes for them. And as soon as there is no difference there
is also no need to make the structure more complicated. I thus conclude
that this House of representatives is not needed for the Board
(It might be needed for other things, which are outside the scope of
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