Thanks Christophe. Looking forward to (collectively) work on the strategy. I personally welcome a quick and hopeful mail like this, and I'm quite happy about where we are right now.
Aubrey On Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 7:19 PM, Christophe Henner <chen...@wikimedia.org> wrote: > Hi Everyone, > > The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees met in Esino Lario during > Wikimania. The minutes will be published in the coming days, but we deemed > it too important to wait to share the outcome of this really great meeting. > > During the meeting, the Board felt that it was important to establish three > clear priorities for the coming year: We will focus on three specific > topics: > > * Improving the Board itself > > * Supporting the Executive Director, Katherine Maher > > * Fostering the creation of a strategy for the movement > > Every trustee acknowledges that there's a clear need for the Board to > assume a leadership position for our movement. That being said, the eight > of us are only temporary stewards of our positions. We need to work toward > creating the best environment for all of us to push our mission forward. > > That is the reason our first topic is about Board improvement — to work to > become the trustees you all need. The governance committee  is > continuing its work on incremental improvements, as well as on defining the > further actions we need to take. > > Our second priority is to support the Executive Director. As you all know, > the Board proposed to Katherine Maher to move from her interim ED position > to a permanent one. We are thrilled she agreed. > > We must not consider this decision as the end of the process, but as a > beginning. In order for the Wikimedia Foundation to achieve great things, > the Board needs to be supporting the ED. This means providing her with a > consistent and clear explanation of the intentions in our decisions, and to > act as sparring partners to her. > > The HR committee will work toward that end, and the Board as whole is > ready to take any steps necessary to provide her, and the staff, with the > best environment possible. > > Finally, the lack, or fuzziness, around movement strategy has been a > pending question for years. One that we never managed to tackle. And > perhaps because no one wanted to take on that charge. The Board of Trustees > decided that within the next 12 months we will have to define our vision > and strategy. A strategy that is suited with our goals, our values, and is > inclusive of every agent of the movement. > > The past fifteen years were amazing. But now we have to think of the next > fifteen years. There are many challenges ahead of us if we want to keep on > changing the world. > > We must not shy away from those challenges, nor from the decisions we have > to make. > > Within the Board of Trustees, Maria Sefidari and I take the lead on the > necessary steps are being taken. Katherine and Foundation staff already > have worked on the first steps to reach that goal. > > Our goal is to make sure we — as a movement — will have a strategy that we > can all embrace and push forward together. > > As ever, decisions need action, and we will take them and share them > quickly so that you know that we walk the talk, and we want to walk it with > all of you. > > We will be happy to answer any questions you have whether on list or off > list. > > Thank you to everyone for those past fifteen years, and I’m looking forward > to what we'll achieve in the coming ones! > > Christophe > >  > > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_Governance_Committee > >  https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/HR_Committee > _______________________________________________ > 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>