Thanks David.

More than a year ago, I started a “What’s Making You Happy” prompt in the
Wikipedia Weekly Facebook group as a weekly invitation for folks to share
their stories, large and small. I’m glad to see it spreading to more
corners of our community.


On Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 6:00 AM, David Cuenca Tudela <>

> Hello everybody,
> Normally in our community we used to send angry emails when we were not
> happy with how things are going, and we were not sending enough emails of
> satisfaction and encouragement. I don't know who started it, but the "what
> is making​ you happy this week" series might be one of the best social
> achievements our movement has reached.
> To continue on that line I would like to tell you what made me happy this
> week, but about Katherine Maher, our current leader. In particular about
> this video:
> If you haven't watched it, do it now and get to know Katherine. I think we
> as a community don't deserve a leader like her, at least not yet. The
> reason is because she's​ way more advanced than us at seeing how the world
> is going and what is there to be done about it.
> We can have as many Strategy Talks as we want, but as long as we as a
> community are not ready to rally to put ourselves behind Katherine and
> fully support her with her mission, it will be all for nothing.
> The way I perceive Katherine is a charismatic leader full of light, but her
> light is not reaching us fully because we are not giving her enough power
> yet. I want to invite all of you as individuals to reflect upon this and
> ask yourself if you are as ready as me to support Katherine for the
> personal benefit and the whole movement benefit.
> I have never done this before but allow me some tolerance to speak on
> behalf of the community. Not because I have been elected but because I love
> it so much and I want the best for it. So if I were to speak on behalf of
> the community I would tell this to Katherine: stop having so much patience
> with us.
> There was a time when patience was good and necessary, but not anymore. Set
> yourself free and do as you please, because I see no possible harm in your
> intentions. Don't be afraid about going too fast. The community needs
> challenges to grow and if you don't bring them forward, we will not grow
> enough to face the world of tomorrow, or today, or yesterday.
> We are behind in our progress because of you, Katherine. We need that you
> bring to the table ALL what you can do, but you need to do it wisely, and
> you lack a bit of that too.
> So my advice is to challenge us, but ask first wise people in the movement
> first. There are a few of them, but they do exist: Andrea Zanni, Asaf
> Bartov, even Délphine (never meet her properly) are clear examples of wise
> people. Over time and with practice you will be able to find more, and in
> the end you will be wise enough to enlighten us all.
> In my more than 10 years in the movement and my particular involved in
> leadership, I could have never imagined that we would be so lucky to find a
> leader like Katherine. When by chance she was here in Belgium, I live in
> Leuven, I asked to meet her. Of course it was not possible, but I use the
> opportunity to tell her what I wanted to in that meeting: Katherine, I love
> you, not in a romantic way, but the way you are as a person, don't be
> afraid if others cannot see you for who you are, you are just great the way
> you are.
> In a past Conference I brought some gifts to people I cared about, but I am
> lucky that I won't be attending this Wikimania (only the Wikidata
> conference this year). I feel lucky because I will not have to bring a gift
> for Katherine, the only person who was deserved my admiration this year,
> and it would be too hard to pick an appropriate gift for her... The Moon?
> The stars? They are hard to transport, anyway.
> Please forgive me for my ramblings. I just think that Katherine is great
> and that she deserves more emails like this one.
> Cheers,
> Micru
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