Branton,

Thank you for posting Isaac's responses. Following his responses, I have some 
questions for Isaac. Should I send them to you off-list, or ask them on this 
thread?

Abbas.

> Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 20:33:28 +0300
> From: bruceobw...@gmail.com
> To: wikimediake@lists.wikimedia.org
> Subject: [Wikimedia Kenya] RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS BY KOSGEI
> 
> Hello Board,
> Here are the answers to the  questions
> 1. Why do you think you suit to be in the board of WMKE?
> I have been a part of WMKE for over a year now and I have seen it
> grow. I understand the tasksand challenges that lie ahead and I
> believe taking a lead role as a Board member I am going to leverage on
> the lessons and experiences that I have learned since I joined so that
> we Make Wikimedia Kenya a chapter of excellence and a model to be
> emulated all across our continent.
> Having worked in the education and technology field for quite sometime
> I know that knowledge is a great resource that has the capacity to
> change generations and alter the course of history for the better. I
> am therefore very supportive of the Wikimedia Vision and I will bring
> with me my experience as an open source enthusiast and a Webfwd for
> the success of the chapter.
> 
> 2. What is your take on the level of participation of members in WMKE
> projects/meetings/mailing list? Anything you think should be done
> differently?
> 
> We Should work to improve member participation and come up with
> projects. I do believe the mailing list is a good form of
> communication but only if used in the right way so that we have only
> the most important and relevant information on the mailing list and
> not too much that it causes inconvenience.
> 
> 3. As a board needs members with different skills (e.g.
> administrative, financial, public relations etc), please tell us which
> particular skill set have you worked in previously, like in another
> society or organisation?
> 
> I bring with me plenty of experience in management having worked in
> the educational field as an administrative assistant at Bridge
> international Academies, as an Operations Associate at Mprep and also
> as agribusiness officer at PanAAC.
> 
> I am also good in networking and building communities and I hope to
> use this skills in improving wikimedia Kenya
> 
> 4. Which languages have you worked in so far? And what is your
> position on both a language policy and a language strategy for WMKE?
> 
> I have worked on Swahili and English and I beleive we should really
> work more in improving the local languages
> particularly swahili.
> 
> 5. How would you best deal with the issue of editor attraction and
> retention in our local chapter so as to ensure the growth of WMKE as a
> whole?
> 
> I will encourage more outreach projects to educational institutions
> and also work towards having entry level projects for the newbies. e.g
> Wikpedia Takes Nairobi.
> 
> 6. Now that we are an independent chapter, how do you plan to raise
> funds supposing the parent Wikimedia Foundation won't avail funds to
> run the aforementioned project?
> 
> Having taken part in the annual fundraiser I learned a lot of lessons
> on the topic.
> 
> 1. Wikimedia Fundraiser is facilitated by 2 things, Banners and Appeals.
> 
> 2. The banners and appeals used in other parts of the world may not
> have the same impact as it does here in Kenya.
> 
> We therefore need to come up with Banners and that best describe our
> local experience and also have a lower level of contribution that most
> people can afford. I am thinking of the Kenyans for Kenya intitiative
> where it was possible for people to donate as low as 10Shs.
> 
> Therefore working with the team we will come up with the best
> fundraiser strategy that best fits our local chapter.
> 
> 7. What kind of a project/ activity would you envision WMKE and its
> members undertake in order to fulfill the objectives of Wikimedia
> Foundation as a whole?
> 
> We need to further on the exiting offline project and also work on
> attracting more editors in our Swahili Wikipedia. My goal is to have
> at least 300 edits per month on Swahili Wikipedia.
> 
> The other project is partnering with chapters in other parts of the
> world on potential projects that can be replicated locally. e.g the
> Wik1 Africa project.
> 
> 
> Warmly,
> Isaac K. Kosgei.
> Bachelor of Agribusiness Management
> +254727553981
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> http://ke.linkedin.com/in/kipsizoo
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> - Faye Wattleton
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