Dear Hisham,

I’m thinking back on your time here and want to thank you for so much that
you’ve done and built in these one and a half years. For setting up things
from scratch when there was neither a team nor an office and you were on
your own. For building and motivating a small team to venture into unknown
terrain (and for even daring to step into this terrain) without any
surefire guarantee of success. For tirelessly and successfully supporting
many Indic language wikipedias and the first-ever community-led
WikiConference India. For keeping up team morale in the difficult days
following the India Education program. For reaching out to hundreds of
people in India through any means necessary to create new editors. And,
yes, for being bold.

One of the things that makes this kind of work difficult is not just its
newness or its experimental unsure nature, but also its publicness.
Brickbats pour in much faster than bouquets in public fora, creating a
narrative of their own that is hard to buck. I want to thank you for being
able to smell the roses, for having a tough enough hide to survive the
brickbats while continuing to steer India programs and motivating your team
to do its best. I also want to urge the Wikimedia India community to be
constructive and rigorous in holding India programs accountable in its next
avatar - without being destructive or personal.

You’ve laid a very solid foundation for India programs that I expect the
team will continue to build on. I hope you enjoy your remaining time here
and leave with many more good memories than bad.

Will miss you, my friend!


On Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 4:11 PM, Hisham <> wrote:

> Dear India Community
> I'm writing to inform you that I plan to leave my current role supporting
> Wikimedia in India.  I am going to be exploring opportunities and
> evaluating options that are closer to my career aspirations and my personal
> circumstances.  I will be working through to ensure that there is a smooth
> transition - and this is likely to take 2-3 months.  I am writing now
> because I felt it appropriate and opportune to inform you as early as
> possible.
> I want to start off by thanking the Wikimedia community and movement for
> giving me this extraordinary opportunity.  Working on something like India
> Program has been something that has been professionally enriching and
> personally fulfilling. Over the past 1 1/2 years, I have been supported by
> so many of you - and I want to thank you for everything you have done!  The
> passion and intellectual firepower of our community has been my constant
> source of drive and guidance.  There are so many examples of powerful
> stories from all over the country: the incredible efforts put in by the IEP
> Campus Ambassadors in Pune; the army of volunteers that drove the outreach
> push across the country in the first few months of this year; the beautiful
> stories of fantastic community initiatives from far and wide across the
> country and sub-continent, and indeed the world; the remarkable stories
> from so many communities - large, small and tiny ones!
> I want to thank the team that I have had the pleasure and privilege of
> working with - Nitika, Noopur, Shiju & Subha.  You guys have been
> wonderful.  The work that we are doing is experimental and we have been
> innovating every day, and I know the circumstances have not always been
> easy.  Take strength and inspiration from the large number of community
> members who have been touched by you and appreciate your efforts and value
> your work.
> I will send an actual "over and out" message later.  In the meantime, I
> will continue to work on everything that needs working on.
> Happy Editing!
> Warmest Regards,
> *hisham*
> *
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