[WMCEE-l] Fwd: The Affiliations Committee is looking for candidate members

Lodewijk lodewijk at effeietsanders.org
Tue Jan 8 17:10:24 CET 2013

Forwarding also to this list, since there might be people here who are not
a member of Wikimedia-l.


Lodewijk Gelauff

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From: Lodewijk <lodewijk at effeietsanders.org>
Date: 2013/1/8
Subject: Re: The Affiliations Committee is looking for candidate members
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l at lists.wikimedia.org>

Hi all,

this is the last reminder that the call will be closing on January 12 -
this is four days from now.

Please share the call for candidates on relevant fora.

Best regards,

Lodewijk Gelauff

2013/1/2 Lodewijk <lodewijk at effeietsanders.org>

> Dear all,
> I would like to take this opportunity to remind you all that the
> Affiliations Committee is still looking for candidates! Applications can be
> sent in until 12 January as explained below.
> Do you understand how Wikimedia works as an organization, and would you
> like to help new organizations to get started? Then please apply! I hope
> for many high quality applications!
> Best,
> Lodewijk
> 2012/12/12 Bence Damokos <bdamokos at gmail.com>
>> Dear all,
>> The Affiliations Committee [1], the committee that is responsible for
>> guiding volunteers in establishing Chapters, User Groups and Thematic
>> Organizations ("affiliates" in short) and approving them when they are
>> ready is looking for about 6 new members.
>> The main focus of AffCom is to guide groups of volunteers in forming
>> affiliates. We make sure that the group is large enough to be viable
>> (and advise them on how to get bigger), review bylaws for compliance
>> with the requirements and best practices, and advise the Board of the
>> Wikimedia Foundation on issues connected to Chapters, Thematic
>> Organizations and User Groups.
>> This requires communication with volunteers all over the World,
>> negotiating skills and cultural sensitivity and the ability to
>> understand legal texts. We try to get a healthy mix of different skill
>> sets in our members.
>> Key skills/experience that we are looking for in candidate members,
>> are typically:
>> * Excitement by the challenge of helping to empower groups of
>> volunteers worldwide
>> * Willingness to work in a sometimes bureaucratic, sometimes political
>> process
>> * 4 hours per week availability[2]
>> * International orientation
>> * Very good communication skills in English
>> * Ability to work and communicate with other cultures
>> * Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the WMF
>> * Communication skills in other languages are a major plus
>> * Experience with or in an active affiliate is a major plus
>> With the help of the Affiliations Committee, 2012 has been an exciting
>> year of transformation for the movement with the introduction of new
>> types of affiliation. This means that the workload of the Committee
>> has increased and diversified and help is wanted! Currently many
>> applications to become a Chapter, Thematic Organization or User Group
>> are in the pipeline and can use your attention and dedication!
>> You can send your applications with your name, contact data (e-mail,
>> wiki username), experience and motivation to join to the AffCom email
>> address, affcom AT lists DOT wikimedia DOT org by January 12, 2013.
>> You will get a confirmation that your application came through.
>> Members are usually selected every twelve months for staggered two
>> year terms. The applications will be considered by the current members
>> and outgoing members and Committee advisers, who are not seeking
>> re-selection.
>> Since I will be a candidate for re-selection myself, this process will
>> be managed by another committee member, Lodewijk Gelauff. I hope for
>> many suitable applications. If you have any questions, please don't
>> hesitate to email me or Lodewijk[3] privately. We are happy to chat or
>> have a phone call with anyone about our work, if this helps them
>> decide to apply.
>> Please distribute this call among your networks, and do apply if you
>> are interested.
>> Best regards,
>> Bence Damokos
>> Chair,
>> Affiliations Committee
>>  [1]: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee (please
>> follow the links and familiarize yourself with our work)
>>  [2]: Our member standards of participation are at:
>> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Standard_of_participation_%E2%80%93_September_2012
>> [3]: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:EmailUser/Effeietsanders
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