Indeed, the proposed changes do not seem to be an improvement at all, for
the reasons stated in the talk page.

Paulo

Chris Keating <chriskeatingw...@gmail.com> escreveu no dia sábado,
8/12/2018 à(s) 09:46:

> Same here!
>
> TL:DR – This might not be a great idea, because it’s not what User Groups
> were designed for. And shouldn’t the WMF Board be thinking more broadly
> than this sort of fiddling round the edges?
>
> Chris
>
> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
>
> From: Lane Rasberry
> Sent: 07 December 2018 17:13
> To: Wikimedia Mailing List
> Cc: wikimediaannounc...@lists.wikimedia.org
> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Proposed changes to the Wikimedia Foundation
> Bylaws
>
> Hello,
>
> I posted some comments and questions to the talk page.
> <
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Foundation_bylaws/December_2018_-_Affiliate-selected_trustees,_term_limits,_and_diversity
> >
>
> I would appreciate anyone else jumping in to comment, fill in information
> gaps, or advance the conversation in any way.
>
> Thanks -
>
>
> On Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 10:46 AM María Sefidari <msefid...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>
> > Dear all,
> >
> > The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees is considering amending the
> > Wikimedia Foundation Bylaws. Nataliia Tymkiv, Chair of the Board
> Governance
> > Committee, is leading this process. She has posted the proposed changes
> on
> > Meta for discussion
> > <
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_bylaws/December_2018_-_Affiliate-selected_trustees,_term_limits,_and_diversity
> > >
> > prior to our vote on them during the Board meeting scheduled for January
> > 23, 2019. We invite you to comment on the proposal's talk page. As usual
> in
> > these cases, two weeks are provided for community comment, from December
> 7
> > to December 21.
> >
> > By making the proposed changes to the Bylaws, the Board intends to
> achieve
> > three goals:
> >
> > *1. Include User Groups in the trustee selection process*
> >
> > Though User Groups have existed as a model of affiliation within the
> > Wikimedia movement for a number of years, they have not been included
> > together with Chapters and Thematic Organizations as participants in
> > selecting Wikimedia Foundation trustees. There are now over 100
> recognized
> > User Groups, many of which represent emerging communities within the
> > Wikimedia movement. The Board believes that the perspectives of User
> Groups
> > combined with those of Chapters and Thematic Organizations will lead to
> the
> > selection of the best trustee candidates.
> >
> > The Board acknowledges that the ongoing Wikimedia movement strategy
> process
> > may result in changes to many aspects of the Wikimedia movement,
> including
> > the structure of movement affiliates. As a result, any changes we make
> now
> > to the Foundation Bylaws regarding the role of affiliates in the trustee
> > selection process may need to be modified again in the future, in turn
> > requiring additional amendments to the Bylaws. However, the Board did not
> > want to delay providing User Groups with a voice in the upcoming 2019
> > trustee selection process.
> >
> > *2. Raise term limits for trustees from two to three consecutive terms*
> >
> > Term limits for trustees were added to the Bylaws in 2015. At the time,
> > there was a desire on the Board to bring in new voices and specific
> > skill-sets needed for the growth and development of Wikimedia projects.
> The
> > changes made at that time have resulted in some notable successes in that
> > regard. The Board remains committed to seeking out new voices, and
> > providing the community with ample opportunities to promote such voices
> as
> > candidates for the Board.
> >
> > As the Wikimedia movement and the Wikimedia Foundation think forward
> > further to the future, the Board will need to oversee the Foundation in
> > setting, following through on, and achieving longer-term goals. The Board
> > believes it will be better able to fulfill its role if it allows for the
> > potential of a longer time on the Board for individual trustees who bring
> > essential expertise and insight to the Board. The possibility of serving
> > one additional term on the Board also reduces the amount of time the
> Board
> > and Foundation staff spend on trustee recruitment and onboarding. Raising
> > the maximum number of consecutive terms a trustee may serve from two to
> > three terms achieves these goals, and is also consistent with the
> practice
> > of many other boards. Raising the maximum number of terms that can be
> > served consecutively does not change the fact that the community,
> including
> > affiliates, will continue to be able to determine every three years
> whether
> > or not to re-elect currently serving trustees or whether to elect new
> > candidates - just as is the case now.
> >
> > *3. Reaffirm the Board’s commitment to diversity*
> >
> > The Wikimedia movement is global, built on a vision of reaching every
> > single human being and working toward a strategic goal of knowledge
> equity
> > for all. The Board believes that it can best serve the Wikimedia
> Foundation
> > and the movement by reflecting a wide range of human experiences. We want
> > to underscore and codify this belief in the Bylaws by adding express
> > language affirming our commitment to diversity and inclusion of all
> voices,
> > throughout our communities - new, older and emerging.
> >
> > Kind regards,
> >
> > María Sefidari
> > Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board
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