Paulo,

You suggest that "things will not get pretty if the Wikimedia community
does not approve some of the recommendations".  You may recall that just
five years ago, Jan-Bart de Vreede, then chair of the WMF Board, expressed
the opinion
https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User_talk:LilaTretikov_(WMF)&diff=prev&oldid=9585319
over
a much less dramatic change.

> All of this is going to require change, change that might not be
acceptable to some of you. I hope that all of you will be a part of this
next step in our evolution. But I understand that if you decide to take a
wiki-break, that might be the way things have to be. Even so, you have to
let the Foundation do its work and allow us all to take that next step when
needed. I can only hope that your break is temporary, and that you will
return when the time is right.

I presume this is a good summary of the WMF position today.

Jeff

On Fri, Aug 23, 2019 at 12:06 AM Paulo Santos Perneta <
paulospern...@gmail.com> wrote:

> If I've well understood the timeline, all input from the Wikimedia
> community ceases in mid September. Then it's all defined by the WGs 8and
> their advisors), and eventually decided upon by the BoT around December.
> Therefore, after 15 September or so, the Wikimedia community will only be
> dealing with those recommendations again when they are already in the
> process of implementation.
>
> It's quite easy to predict that things will not get pretty if the Wikimedia
> community does not approve some of the recommendations that pass all the
> way till implementation phase.
>
> Paulo
>
> Nicole Ebber <nicole.eb...@wikimedia.de> escreveu no dia quinta,
> 22/08/2019
> à(s) 11:58:
>
> > Dear all,
> >
> > Thank you for your engagement and input. It’s been great seeing so much
> > attention on movement strategy and collaborative efforts for building our
> > future. Here are a couple of follow up responses and clarifications.
> >
> > DRAFTS
> > As pointed out in my previous email, the documents we recently shared are
> > recommendation drafts. They are not final, and not complete, but working
> > documents that are currently being refined by the working groups. Some
> > answers still read like stubs that are longing for further development,
> > others are very detailed and will become more focused over the next few
> > weeks. We still decided to publish everything at once, to give everyone a
> > full picture of the variety of topics and offer an insight into multiple
> > progress levels.
> >
> > I would also like to reiterate that movement values, priorities and
> > community conversation processes are high on our radar. A recommendation
> to
> > change the existing license model, for example, will not just go through
> a
> > quick approval process, but lead to a deeper exploration into the
> reasoning
> > behind it: What problems are we trying to tackle, and what could be ways
> to
> > mitigate them? Such recommendation would then rather suggest to look into
> > different measures to ensure indigenous knowledge is included in the
> > Wikimedia ecosystem, deploy research and further consultation, instead of
> > rushing to a quick fix.
> >
> > INTEGRATION
> > The working groups are taking input that they gathered at Wikimania and
> via
> > different movement channels and incorporating it into the next iteration
> of
> > their recommendations. These documents will then serve as a basis for
> > harmonization across working groups.
> >
> > The input that we are gathering comes in on different levels. Some of it
> > targets structural level changes or emphasizes specific principles or
> > values, while other feedback is more on the programmatic side or already
> > addressing implementation. Structural input will continue to be
> considered
> > in forthcoming iterations of the recommendations. Programmatic input will
> > be documented and taken forward to inform the implementation.
> >
> > TIMELINE
> > We wanted to get the English drafts out as soon as possible and the
> > translations on a rolling basis, so that Wikimania participants could
> read
> > and prepare to engage in person. Over the next few weeks, we will do
> > targeted, public outreach to online project communities in multiple
> > languages. We are soliciting feedback to shape the overall direction of
> the
> > recommendations through mid-September. Working Groups are already working
> > on identifying gaps and overlaps with other groups to prepare for
> > harmonization.
> >
> > At the harmonization sprint in Tunis on 20-22 September, we will bring 3
> > representatives from each Working Group together to work to develop a
> more
> > coherent set of recommendations. The group will be supported by
> > facilitators and external advice, as well as the core team. We have also
> > invited María Sefidari, Katherine Maher, Ryan Merkley, Valerie D’Costa
> > (Wikimedia Foundation) and Abraham Taherivand (Wikimedia Deutschland) to
> > the sprint. They contribute expertise and experience from their work and
> > leadership in the movement and beyond. They will be active listeners and
> > can challenge recommendations by pointing out risks and consequences on
> the
> > organizational and movement level. They also participate as the
> > representatives of organizations that may be impacted by the
> > recommendations. Involving them early is important so they can anticipate
> > any possible changes for their staff and programs, and plan for
> > implementation.
> >
> > Our aim is to release recommendations in November 2019, and present them
> to
> > the Board of Trustees for approval in December. We will need the legal
> > authority of the board for some of the recommendations, while others will
> > then be further delegated to other community mechanisms and structures
> for
> > approval or further consultation.[1] There will be additional public
> > consultation activities around implementation that will be discussed and
> > owned across the movement.
> >
> > WORKING GROUPS
> > We have chosen the working group model to ensure that the process that
> > embarks to make significant changes to our movement structures is owned
> by
> > the community. Members of the nine working group were selected by a
> > steering committee and the groups were established in July 2019.[2] Group
> > members come from different parts of the movement, e.g. from different
> > regions and languages, from individual contributors and organized groups,
> > and with different volunteer and staff roles, incl. Wikimedia Foundation
> > staff and board.
> >
> > The groups are doing an amazing job. With many of them being volunteers,
> or
> > doing this work on top of their regular jobs, creating the draft
> > recommendations is a huge achievement. They first needed to form, storm
> and
> > norm as a group and figure out how to best work together across time
> zones,
> > languages, and contexts. They then took a deep dive into the substance
> and
> > identified the scope of their work and the specific questions to tackle
> for
> > us as a movement to advance in our strategic direction. The development
> of
> > recommendations has started in spring this year, and – aside from many
> > online calls, asynchronous work and scarce in-person meetings – included
> > incorporating community conversations and external expertise. It is only
> to
> > the hard work of these groups that we finally have something tangible in
> > front of us that we can all react to and help further improve to build
> our
> > future together.
> >
> > Please join us in thanking, celebrating and supporting them, rather than
> > rushing to conclusions or arguing  over details. Please contribute in
> good
> > faith, and in a constructive way.
> >
> > Let me know if you have further questions.
> >
> > Best wishes,
> > Nicole
> >
> > [1]
> >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/July_2018_-_Board_of_Trustees_participation_in_the_Movement_Strategy_Process
> > [2]
> >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Working_Groups/Procedures
> >
> > On Wed, 21 Aug 2019 at 13:13, Yaroslav Blanter <ymb...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > And this is the core problem of the whole process (which has been
> pointed
> > > out by multiple people from the very beginning)
> > >
> > > Cheers
> > > Yaroslav
> > >
> > > On Wed, Aug 21, 2019 at 12:27 PM Jeff Hawke <geoffey.ha...@gmail.com>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Andy
> > > >
> > > > On Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 7:41 PM Andy Mabbett <
> > a...@pigsonthewing.org.uk>
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > On Mon, 19 Aug 2019 at 09:55, Jeff Hawke <geoffey.ha...@gmail.com>
> > > > wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > the WG then collate them and decide the final form of the
> > > > > > recommendations, to be implemented by the WMF
> > > > >
> > > > > This seems to be missing a rather crucial intermediate step; the
> one
> > > > > where the recommendations are accepted, or not, by the wider
> > Wikimedia
> > > > > community.
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > >  That step is not mentioned at
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Frequently_asked_questions#What_steps_will_take_place_in_the_next_few_months_to_put_a_decision-making_process_in_place
> > > > ?
> > > >
> > > > Jeff
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