[WMCEE-l] FDC on the CEE Meeting

Levon Azizian levonazizian at gmail.com
Mon Nov 24 00:05:28 CET 2014

Dear Jan,

We are glad that representative(s) from Czech Republic will have an
opportunity to attend CEEM-2014 and looking forward to see our Czech
colleagues in Kyiv!

Speaking about FDC session, as far as I know it's interesting for Czechs,
Estonians and Serbians. Asaf thinks that this session can be uninteresting
for other representatives. That's why there was a proposal to discuss with
interested representatives all necessary questions on FDC during social
events and other free time.

But except your letter in support of that session we also received a letter
from Wikimedia Austria that they would like to join us via skype and to
share their experience on topics "chapter effectiveness" and "good

So, we have at least to options. We can provide session FDC and for example
add to them skype conversations with Austrians on "chapter effectiveness"
and "good governance", or we can do as Asaf proposed (if it's enough for
chapters which are going to apply for FDC) and that two topics will attach
to some others (for example, "Hiring staff" or "Starting a chapter").

I hope to hear as much as possible opinions on this case, because we want
to satisfy the requirements of CEE community as much as it's possible. If
you have another proposals we would be glad to discuss them.

Kind regards,

2014-11-23 21:56 GMT+02:00 <aktron ���� centrum.cz>:

> My fellow friends from the CEE Chapters,
> We've been discussing the upcoming Kiev meeting in Wikimedia Czech
> Republic in recent days. We will have our representative(s) that will come
> to the meeting. We've been also preparing some agenda for the meeting, so
> we will be able to share what we have, what is working well and also what
> is not and where we would like to learn something.
> As far as I've understood the CEE meetings, it's more about sharing
> experience, so we can learn from our successes or fails in order to repeat
> what was good and avoid what was not.
> A month ago me and Vojtěch Dostál have outlined a long-term plan for the
> developement of Wikimedia Czech Republic. The plan, that I believe is
> sound, would anticipate us joining the FDC in some reasonable future.  And
> we have more challenges ahead of us that we'll have to address, like
> perfecting our projects, working with more institutions etc. We would also
> like to share the experience we have with another projects we did, like
> FČO. The impact of FČO is getting close to wikiexpeditions (as we could
> have seen in the past) and so I believe that the international community
> should hear about it.
> These are the issues that I believe our representative should discuss in
> Kiev. And FDC is the most important one ... The whole process have for sure
> significantly changed from 2013 when we tried to join it, and it is
> something where we need to learn from more experienced ones... such as
> Wikimedia Estonia or Wikimedia Serbia. There are many questions - like the
> voluneer time needed, the amound of effort that has to be invested, the
> level of transparency (reporting) that should be done - and overall the
> level of professionality we have to achieve before we'll be able to push
> our own professionalization process a bit more forward.
> That is why we would like to have some discussion related to FDC on the
> meeting. Having seen this being pulled from the conference is
> understandable, yet I believed this might be highly important panel for us
> on that very meeting.
> All I hope is that there will be some informal time during the session to
> have this topic discussed.
> All best
> Jan Loužek - Aktron
> Wikimedia Czech Republic
> chairman
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