This is an excellent approach, thank you.   SJ

On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 10:19 AM, Tim Moritz Hector <> wrote:

> Dear fellow Wikimedians,
> I have been closely following the developments of the previous weeks. A lot
> of things have been said, concerns and frustration have been raised, hope
> has been voiced, and many many questions have been brought up. It’s hard to
> keep up with all the voices on all the different digital channels these
> days, and hard to find solutions and agreement in an unfacilitated stream.
> The first chance for many of us to personally meet, vent, and look ahead
> will be the the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin. Wikimedia Deutschland is
> hosting the event, and welcoming movement affiliates, committees and board
> and staff of the Wikimedia Foundation from April 20-24.
> The movement is standing at a crossroad, but I am confident we can find the
> best path if we work together. Wikimedia Deutschland has gone through
> turbulent times in the past as well, and we would like to offer our
> experience and full support as host and facilitator of an essential part of
> this process. With your participation and contribution, Wikimedia
> Conference can be a platform for exchange and progress.
> Let us use this opportunity to jointly figure out how we want to move
> forward as a network of partners. The conference is the ideal platform to
> discuss and define next steps to find answers to questions like: How do we
> imagine a movement striving for free knowledge and what structure and
> framework best serve these needs? How do the WMF and affiliates define
> their role and responsibilities on a global and local level? How shall an
> revamped search process for a new executive leadership of the WMF look
> like, and what are the main qualifications new candidates should bring? How
> will the strategy process for the WMF evolve and how can affiliates
> contribute? How do we involve our stakeholders from within and outside of
> the movement in this process? How do we manage to look ahead rather than
> repeating the old narratives?  How do we create consensus on all these
> questions?
> In light of the current situation, we would like to dedicate a whole
> conference track to these issues. Of course, the initial conference topics
> of impact and capacity building are still important and will be covered as
> well.
> We have set up a page on meta and encourage you to share your questions,
> ideas, and concerns[1]. We intend to work closely with WMF and affiliate
> representatives in the coming eight weeks and create the program along
> their input.
> Looking forward to seeing you in Berlin in April,
> Tim Moritz Hector
> [1]
> :
> How to move forward
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> Tim Moritz Hector
> Chair of the Board
> Wikimedia Deutschland e. V.
> Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | D-10963 Berlin
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