Session 7 - Ames
Welcome, daily announcements and overview (Ropes Gray) Break Mitch Kapor: I'd Like to Have an Argument: Inspiration from the Wikipedia about Collaborative Advocacy and Politics
Hobbit v. Africa slide of diff - with a no on top
What has this to do with politics?
Slide show about global warming
Politics is usually broken - though american centric view money - special interests - and soundbites
democracy, self-governance is at risk
Wikipedia is existence truth
slide: Wikipedia as inspiration for political activism?
Key attributes: - participatory - product and process intertwined - aspiration to high standard of respectful dialog - citizens of equal stature with experts
slide: Is this absurd? slide: A new political movement ... not talk but do slide: shovelpic slide: big red octangular stop sign
GerardM asks a question "putting your money where your mouth is"
mr long hair: ignorance and ... is there a question? no
historian: role model for gay students that is not a question
second live? virtual online world?
- it is a richer media ...
on key attributes ... lower barriers to participation
what strategy? we hire the vp of marketing later ...
Florence Devouard: Wikimedia Foundation: building in diversity
Florence=Anthere, she is boardmember she introduces Bob (applaud) slide:WMF: Building in diversity remembering Wikimania 2005 regrets angela stepts down elections: expansion of the board +4 Four things 1 timeline 2 goals, chapters 3 4 problems currently meeting
1 Timeline slide : 2001 Wikipedia.com later dot org
shared with bomis.com
one employee larry sanger
fork in spanish community due to advertisement
servers from one to three, brion came
organization WMF, first year nothing happened
tim shell is here
jimmy operated the org
the great big crash december 2003
emergency fund raising, 31 k$ +10 servers
first created 2004
org very informal - no trace of decisions
first chapter just before elections
Wikimania 2005 in Germany, things painful
Jimbo famous: moving, travelling
Michael Davis, treasurer, very serious accounting problem
how we could organize better, quarter brainstorming
all amateur board members, laymen
resolution system, committees, january 2006
Brad was hired as interim executive director
slide: Board, five people
Staff: five people also: committees, staffed with volunteers half of the committees active, other half failed OTRS, dozens of people answer mails six chapters, and two not official chapters slide: Committees are not menat to replace the community (has 4 points)
slide: A resolution is ... mysterious: what happens: " A written formal statement " agreed to by a vote by the board of Trustees Current system: all had to sign, was a disaster - now by three approval
slide: picture of Danny by Brad
slide: Foundations original mission statement - encourage - maintain - distribute common with all local chapters slide: Later, it became a little bit more complex "Imagine a world in ..." "we make the internet not suck"
slide: "People think .... Linus" mission is to go further ... slide: "the ideal board" slide: "so the ideal board member..." slide: Photos slide: "specific skills for an efficient board" 1 contextual dimension: see the big picture 2 us-based wmf but, international communities 3 projects are independent 4 the organization does not own the content 5 balance appointed and elected members deciced to have an advisory board - in october a meeting in Europe
slide 2 Educational dimension: being well-informed problems: number of contact in the outside world, jimbo is bottleneck, limited reporting overall, one board meeting in 2006 Solutions: =- IRL meetings with .. leaders presentations - seek help from professional - study other organizations - a - committees
slide: 3 inter-personal dimension: being a team - some have the time, others not - less and less meetings - little discussions on resolutions or on ...general strategy - few resolutions are proposed
some vote, others not indecisivity (
solutions: - expansion of board with active members - limitation of term - approving an advisory board - hiring a ceo - setting up committees - votin - share the workload
slide 4: political dimension: avoiding win-lose situations - relation foundation chapters is a problem - chapters are not a branch, are independent, different goals, common goal - chapters need to use logo, and agreement on logo use - german dvd two years ago - wmf is too centralised, with a bottleneck, we need a flatter organization, and delegation - problem of competition of money and revenue, for chapter of for foundation
slide: advantages of local chapters - ability to coordinate international activities - ties local with local institutions
slide: analytical dimension: stepping back - resolution system doesn't work - committees do not work - problem: no agenda - slide: Case study: committees not explained what to do; extension of the board, share workload
slide: strategic dimension: " the board should ..." trying to separate work of the board with the work of the executive
slide : So where do we go?
She asks GerardM
- what are we supporting - we are not sharing - WiktionaryZ / support by others already - WMF lead or not?
Anthere commemorates three Wikipedians.