Lane Rasberry, I'm aware of the ongoing election - but in all respect, that has nothing to do with a house of representavtives as I envision it, i.e. being "above" the board.
The present structure allows the existing board to decline access to the persons being elected. Regards, Thyge 2016-02-23 16:05 GMT+01:00 Lane Rasberry <l...@bluerasberry.com>: > Hello, > > Could I remind you all that there is a board election in progress right now > for 2 of the 10 seats? Please see details for the 2016 Affiliate-selected > board seats election at > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2016> > > Amir, you said that you wanted representation from "India, China, Russia, > Iran, Brazil, Korea, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Arab countries and > finally, all of Africa". If you like, you may encourage anyone from those > countries to seek a nomination. Also, it would be very helpful if you could > encourage the Wikimedia chapters in those countries to participate in the > election in any way that they could, especially by planning to vote during > the upcoming voting period. > > Thyge - we do have a sort of house of representatives and it has a board > election happening right now. > > Nominations for the board are open till March 8! Election starts March 24! > Please share the message. > > Thanks - if anyone has questions post on the election page. > > yours, > > > > On Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 9:47 AM, Yaroslav M. Blanter <pute...@mccme.ru> > wrote: > > > 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> > > > > > > -- > Lane Rasberry > user:bluerasberry on Wikipedia > 206.801.0814 > l...@bluerasberry.com > _______________________________________________ > 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> > _______________________________________________ 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>