Hi BGC,

I asked a question earlier in this thread which seems to have been
overlooked. Is the BGC (or the Board as a whole) considering whether the
Founder's seat will become an elected seat in the forseeable future?

Pine

On Jul 20, 2016 21:20, "Pine W" <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks Daruisz and all who worked on this.
>
> Looking at the bigger picture, the tone and pace of changes in WMF
> governance over the past few months feel like a breath of fresh air. I hope
> that this direction and pace continue.
>
> Speaking of elections and governance, will the Founder's seat become an
> elected seat? It may be too early to answer this question, but I hope that
> the BGC gives it some careful thought.
>
> Thanks again,
>
> Pine
>
> On Jul 20, 2016 18:00, "Dariusz Jemielniak" <dar...@alk.edu.pl> wrote:
>
>> Dear members of the Wikimedia community,
>>
>> As you know the board passed a resolution allowing for the creation of a
>> standing Elections Committee in November of last year [1]. Per the
>> implementing resolution, the Board Governance Committee (BGC) has
>> appointed
>> the initial members from the recommendation of the Executive Director and
>> her staff. We will be starting with 6 committee members:
>>
>>
>>    -
>>
>>    User:Ajraddatz
>>    <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:CentralAuth/Ajraddatz>
>>    -
>>
>>    User:Mardetanha
>>    <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:CentralAuth/Mardetanha>
>>    -
>>
>>    User:Ruslik0
>>    <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:CentralAuth/Ruslik0>
>>    -
>>
>>    User:Philippe
>>    <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:CentralAuth/Philippe>slate
>>    -
>>
>>    User:KTC <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:CentralAuth/KTC>
>>    -
>>
>>    User:Atropine
>>    <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:CentralAuth/Atropine>
>>
>>
>> They will be joined by two official advisors from the Wikimedia
>> Foundation:
>>
>>
>>    -
>>
>>    James Alexander (Manager, Trust & Safety) from Community Engagement
>>    -
>>
>>    Stephen LaPorte (Senior Legal Counsel) from the WMF Legal team
>>
>>
>> They will also be working closely with the BGC as a whole and especially
>> Nataliia and me. Because I may consider applying as a candidate in the
>> upcoming community-selection process I will be recusing for any
>> discussions
>> involving that election[2].
>>
>> The new committee, along with the BGC, will, of course, be able to choose
>> how many members and advisors they truly need and how to recruit the best
>> candidates. One of the first orders of business for the committee will be
>> to decide on a process for expanding its membership through some form of
>> open call. While there is an enormous amount of work for the committee to
>> do, it can be expected that they will begin looking at:
>>
>>
>>    -
>>
>>    The selection of a committee Chair
>>    -
>>
>>    The dates and process for the upcoming community selection process (and
>>    consider shortening the terms and having community elections in early
>> 2017,
>>    so that the elected members would join the Board at April meeting[3]).
>>    -
>>
>>    The method of voting for that process both for the upcoming selection
>>    and the future and
>>    -
>>
>>    The composition of the board and how to ensure a steady supply of good
>>    candidates (in particular, making sure that the candidates have the
>>    skills and expertise matching the Board skill matrix while making sure
>> that
>>    the process is still owned by the community[4]).
>>
>>
>> Just as the BGC is committed to greater transparency (see for example our
>> recent minutes[5]), the committee will likely consult with the wider
>> Wikimedia community in developing and revising election procedures within
>> the scope of this charter to the greatest extent possible.
>>
>> This day has been a long time coming and is the result of requests made by
>> multiple different temporary election committees over the years. I'm glad
>> to finally see it come to fruition and hope that it will allow our
>> selection process to continue to expand and improve well beyond the
>> record-breaking election we had in 2015.
>>
>> Before I sign off I also wanted to call out the amazing work of the 2015
>> temporary Election Committee[6]. They were put together in 2015 to do one
>> thing: run an election. They did that well (with almost 3x the
>> participation of the next largest year) but then they went well beyond the
>> call of duty in serving as an advisory body to the board, offering
>> invaluable feedback on how to fill the empty community selected seats we
>> saw this year. They did not have to do this, but they did it anyway, and I
>> hope that everyone can acknowledge the stress and courage that took.
>>
>> Please join me in thanking the 2015 committee and welcoming the new
>> standing committee!
>>
>> Dariusz Jemielniak ("pundit", current Board member)
>>
>>
>>    - [1]
>> https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Elections_Committee
>>    - [2] See also my disclosure to the BGC on that matter:
>>
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_Governance_Committee/2017_Election_Disclosure
>>    - [3]
>>
>> https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2016-June/084592.html
>>
>>
>>    - [4]
>>
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_Governance_Committee/2016_competence_matrix
>>    - [5]
>>
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_Governance_Committee/Minutes_07-08-2016
>>    - [6]
>>
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015/Committee#Membership
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