Hello all,

Thank you for the public and private welcomes! I’m looking forward to
working with you.

*Chris*, many thanks for your question, Happy to clarify what we mean by
“convenorship.” At the root, it’s simply to convene, gather, meet or
assemble; the actual (and future) movement events that currently are
celebrated because of their communal nature within our ecosystem.

The newly formed events team will be working closely with communities
around the world, that share the same view of creating spaces encouraging
the ambitious mission of open and accessible knowledge for all. We hope to
aid in catalyzing growth of our movement by being a facilitating force
behind these convenorships, led by this very same vision.

*Cornelius*, yes, Isabel will be our point person for Wikimania. Please
bear with her, as she currently is in the process of being on-boarded.

*Butch*, the Foundation runs on fiscal years from July to June.
Recommendations for the future of resource allocation will come out of
movement strategy, and our long-term plans will be built consistently with
those recommendations. The team that leads grants is on retreat right now
and I’m still onboarding myself, but I know that there will be
communications about the near-term and long-term direction of all
Foundation work as we move towards the new fiscal year and especially as
the movement strategy process further evolves.

Thanks all,
Joël L.



*Jo**ël Letang* (he/him)
Events Team Manager
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>



On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 1:00 PM Roman Bustria Jr. <bustr...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Congratulations to the new events team!
>
> Though the East and Southeast Asia and Pacific (Eseap) Wikimedia Community
> was disheartened by its exclusion in the conference grants program, we are
> looking forward for better collaboration this time. We have a lineup of
> regional events and programmes in place and we hope the temporary halt will
> lifted soon.
>
> We are still waiting for the green light from the movement strategy
> discussions on resource allocation, isn't it?
>
>
>
> Butch Bustria
>
> On Wed, Mar 6, 2019, 3:03 AM Chris Keating <chriskeatingw...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Thanks for the update Maggie and welcome Joel and Isabel!
> >
> > I just wanted to ask about this bit of your email:
> >
> >
> > > this new Events
> > > Team, which will be focused on convenorship -- a critical part of our
> > > outreach and growth dynamic.
> >
> >
> > I haven't heard the word "convenorship" before, could someone explain
> what
> > it means in our context?
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Chris
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