[WMCEE-l] Movement Charter Drafting Committee: CEE affiliates selector

Mykola Kozlenko mycola-k at ukr.net
Thu Oct 28 12:22:46 CEST 2021

Hi Michał,

Thank you for the feedback!

I share almost everything you mentioned (I phrased it a bit differently but we are along the same lines).

My idea would exactly be to find a diversity of skills (org governance, resource allocation, tech etc.), on-wiki experiences (with exactly a good mix of projects and contributor profiles, from content creators to experienced functionaries), off-wiki experiences (from WMF board or FDC to those who know what affiliates are but are not actively involved), plus regions / gender.

The only piece that we are really missing are different perspectives, as we do not really have enough readers, donors and partners among candidates. For some groups like readers, we have none at all. And I think perhaps it's fine, the Movement Charter is primarily about the community, and lots of topics covered by it have low impact on readers but high impact on communities.

And yes, the selection approach I proposed maximises coverage, i.e. attempts to have at least one person covering each of these profiles. Well, we have only 6 people to select, so getting a perfect mix is very difficult, but I am quite sure we will get close to it.

Best regards,

28 жовтня 2021, 00:41:13, від "Michał Buczyński" <michal.buczynski at wikimedia.pl>:

Hi All and thanks for the discussion so far. I am not sure how far I may go as one of the candidates but my snap 2 cents:

Thanks Mykoła for kick-starting thinking about skills coverage and diversity. I would propose to think about the goal we want to achieve here. Everyone can come up with countless dimensions where people can be diverse but few people would say all of them are equally relevant or even desired (we don't want to have polite people AND rude people, do we? :) ). 

So let me start with something obvious:
for me, diversity should not be a goal of its own or a generic copied token but when fitted in the context it is a very useful way for better equity, better team and better decision making. As I wonder which dimensions are crucial, a few things come on top:

1. Global Wikimedia experience - most people should have it but some may not, and be reminding about the points of view of e.g. editing communities far from the core of the process.

2. Affiliate experience - it would be good if many people have it and understand well what affiliates are, but probably it does not need to be a majority.

3. Community size, maturity and dynamics - English Wikipedia, French Wiktionary, Arabic Wikipedia and Wikidata will give very different intuitions about needs and opportunities.

4. Intra- and extra wiki experience - roles like governance and oversight, resource allocation, communities (esp. online) and distributed orgs, policy writing.

Understanding tech and our future products opportunities (like wikilambda, statistical/machine learning tools, new media and audiences, educational/institutional/NGO partners etc.), as well as risks (resilience, fake news, difficult regimes, fundraising etc) is highly beneficial.

5. Understanding different audiences and representing various stakeholders (editors, donors, readers) would be very valuable as well. Thus, it would be good to have people coming from fairly various regions/cultures, income groups, levels of societal "development" (if we can pretend it is one dimension...), age, gender etc.

For equity reasons, I would think about it as a mixture of editors', readers' and donors'/partners' representation and understanding.

Having the perfect mix is unobtainable but I would be aiming to maximize our coverage.

Of course, from our CEE perspective having people understanding us: our region, multilingualism, different dynamics and community sizes, regional work experience, passion for volunteers and grass-root orgs, serving countries of various level of democracy and freedom of information - is very important.


wt., 26 paź 2021, 15:39 użytkownik Mykola Kozlenko <mycola-k at ukr.net> napisał:
Hi all,

Second update: our current stage is coming up with diversity criteria and analysing candidates based on them. We will provide the shortlist before the community election is completed to avoid biased decisions.

The criteria I am suggesting so far are currently the following:

Prerequisites: positive team collaboration experience, commitment and movement understanding.

Diversity criteria:
Skills. Ideally, at least one person with a major experience (significant track record) of each of those: 
Policy writing, 
Organisations governance,
Resource allocation,
Strategic planning and movement strategy experience,
Diversity initiatives, particularly multilingualism (very important for the CEE region),
On-wiki experience. I would like to have a mix of:
at least one relative newbie (< 3 years)
at least one relative veteran (>10 years) with continued activity;
at least one functionary (CU or ArbCom)
at least one experienced (significant editcount) non-admin content editor;
if possible, a user with low on-wiki activity but significant off-wiki organising experience.
at least one user with a significant activity (primary or secondary) on a sister project (Wikisource/Wiktionary etc.),
at least one user active on a small-ish Wikipedia
at least one user primarily active on a large international Wikipedia (such as English, French or Spanish),
at least one user with a significant activity (primary or secondary) on a multilingual project Commons/Wikidata/Wikispecies/Meta (the latter for real belonging to the Meta community, not editing grant pages and similar),
if possible, a user with major contributions to MediaWiki, Phabricator or code.
Off-wiki experience. I would like to have a mix of:
at least one former member of WMF board or FDC,
at least one chapter (or large UG with staff) chair or long-term board member,
at least one founder or leader of a UG from an emerging community,
at least one affiliate member who was not on a board,
at least one affiliate staff member,
at least one contributor not actively involved in any affiliate,
if possible, people involved in external partnerships, be it on content (GLAM, education) or advocacy (Creative Commons, OSM etc.) side
if possible, a person with an experience of regional/international collaborations (hub, regional conference steering team, Wikimania team etc.)
Diversity of profiles:
Gender: ideally 50/50, otherwise not more than 4 out of 6 of either gender
Regions: ideally 50/50 Global North / Global South, or no more than 4 out of 6 of either part. Ideally, six regions represented: NWE, CEE, North America (for Global North), Latin America, Africa, Asia/Pacific (for Global South).

Please feel free to comment, here on the mailing list or privately, if you want to provide feedback.

Best regards,
Mykola (NickK)

19 жовтня 2021, 21:23:00, від "Mykola Kozlenko" <mycola-k at ukr.net>:

Hi all,

As I was elected as a CEE affiliates selector [1], I am sending you an update regarding the Movement Charter Drafting Committee selection process.

The current stage is: we had a first call to understand the process (quick summary: results to be announced by 31 October, target is to focus on diversity of skills), and we have an asynchronous evaluation of candidates.

The two questions we are working on now are:
* what are the skills we want to see (CEE?) on the Drafting Committee
* if there is specific feedback on candidates who you might consider exceptionally good or particularly unfit (especially if you worked with them)

Please feel free to either answer here on mailing list or write to me privately (this email, or wikimail to User:NickK on any wiki).

The list of candidates is here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Movement_Charter/Drafting_Committee/Candidates
The skills are here (you can add your own ones if yiu think something else is important): https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Movement_Charter/Drafting_Committee/Diversity_and_Expertise_Matrices

Looking forward to getting your feedback - and I will keep you updated

Best regards
Mykola (NickK)

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Movement_Charter/Affiliates_by_Region/Central_and_Eastern_Europe

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