Dear Abhinav and EC,

Good to see the chapter reach out and put together a formal document
outlining the Advisory panel they need. I went through it.

My view is that the exercise would be effective for you if the EC calls out
what skills they are short on and the kind of advise they need? Are there
any goals they seek to achieve that they need help with? Are the specific
challenges the team is having difficulty surmounting?

Calling out these out would help volunteers for the advisory board assess
and reflect if they can fulfill that role suitably/effectively*.*

It is not the pedigree of the panel member alone but what time they can
make and what expertise of theirs is helpful for the chapter. Also panel
members need to be complementary and work well with each other.

Just sharing from my past experience working with teams and advisory boards.

Also how does the chapter intend to handle down selects if they receive
more nominations than they need?

Also don't hesitate to ask for help and reach out to people who you think
may add value to those role, keeping the movement and chapter's interest

Best wishes to the EC. Good luck on this exercise.

Warm regards

On 16 March 2016 at 12:53, Abhinav Srivastava <> wrote:

> Dear All,
> As a step to nurture Wikimedia India into in fact even bigger roles such
> that it realizes its mission, beliefs and goals more efficiently, Wikimedia
> India has decided to setup an advisory council.
> Advisory council would be a panel of experts with different expertise and
> connections with whom WE the chapter could rely on to get specific advice.
> However, They are not a "committee" in the usual sense to discuss all
> issues together and provide consensus.
> While the chapter relies on senior and experienced members from the
> community, it would now also try to enroll people outside Wiki movement.
> This should be an ongoing process. Growth and strength of WMIN will
> depend on how many capable members outside our community get interested in
> us. Community members anyway will always be there to support us.
> Please find the attached document for more details.
> Thanks
> --
> Srivastava Abhinav
> Executive Committee Member|Wikimedia India
> Ph - +91-9711739003|Skype: abhinavsrivastava619
> Wiki Username - abhinav619
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