I agree - few complicated problems can be solved once and for all - but it is possible to move in a better direction. "Better" in this context means to improve the existing lack of diversity and WWV (world wide view) of things.
I´m fine with outsourcing the search for candidates for the board to ensure that it holds the knowledge and talent required. But the decision should rest with the house of representatives - which then could be also take care of those other things needed. Regards, Thyge 2016-02-23 15:47 GMT+01:00 Yaroslav M. Blanter <pute...@mccme.ru>: > On 2016-02-23 14:54, Thyge wrote: > >> We should not have direct elections to the board. We should have a "house >> of representatives" with X members from each part of the world and charged >> with electing the board and decide major issues like location of the WMF, >> changed of bylaws etc. >> >> Regards, >> Thyge >> >> > 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 elections. > > (It might be needed for other things, which are outside the scope of this > discussion). > > > Cheers > Yaroslav > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines > New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> > _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>