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: email@example.com > 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 > SkypeProfile: Kipsizoo > http://ke.linkedin.com/in/kipsizoo > Twitter: @kipsizoo > Blogs: www.kipsizoo.blogspot.com > Agribusiness Blog > "My satisfaction comes from my commitment to advancing a better world" > - Faye Wattleton > > _______________________________________________ > WikimediaKE mailing list > WikimediaKE@lists.wikimedia.org > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediake
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