On 28.02.2016 15:53, Brion Vibber wrote: > I just want to split out a concept that came up in the big threads of the > last few days: > > Some members of the WMF Board of Trustees are giving strong signals (like, > saying it outright) that the BoT can't fully take on the role of movement > leadership or community representation. Not because they think it shouldn't > happen, but because structurally and legally and practically the board of > Wikimedia Foundation Inc has different roles to fill. > > I think we should consider what roles and structures we *do* want as > members of the Wikimedia movement community. And I think we should think > about that and talk about that carefully before rushing into details like > board reform. > > Perhaps we should explicitly accept WMF as a "first among equals" org > within the movement, with specific roles like tech development and > fundraising (or other emphases as well) while other orgs concentrate on > different specific issues. Or even just "one among equals" that happens to > have specialized in those roles. > > This probably means we should think about "umbrella" structures to > coordinate and represent and look forward. > > And that's something we should *definitely* not rush into. If a mismatch in > hopes for what the WMF BoT can and should do has been a factor in > communication and leadership issues in the past, then it's very important > we not make the same kinds of mistakes in any new structures that might be > needed.
Delighting to read this. That said, the path to achieve this looks pretty challenging. Would the WMF be able to organize such a move and "give-up" parts of its duties/activities to better focus on core business? Emmanuel -- Kiwix - Wikipedia Offline & more * Web: http://www.kiwix.org * Twitter: https://twitter.com/KiwixOffline * more: http://www.kiwix.org/wiki/Communication
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