Report from Frankfurt - October 2006/zh
來自法蘭克福的報告 － 2006年 10月Edit
paraphrase and wink by the author of these lines are both released under GNU/FDL
如何把所有法蘭克福退修會(2006年 10月 20-22日) 的參與者聚在一起, 21位維基人, 包括整個維基媒體理事會、基金會幹事、地區會代表，以及一位被邀者, 如何讓他們連續三日在早、午、晚辯論維基媒體面對的挑戰, 直至深夜, 同時亦要在翌晨九時醒來，頭腦清醒地繼續? 我們做到了。我樂見大家的熱誠與投入，亦感謝我們的優秀組織者使此會暢順運作（我想，於任何基礎維基辯論，我們應考慮委任組織者）。 我們原打算做些實際事務。我們一起做到了。
在結會日，我們提到應該為維基社羣寫一概括報告。我的老伴 Elise 不在場，無法阻止我自薦。所以現在由我寫這篇文。；－）
在退修會的首日，我們草擬了一列期望( expectations and desired outcomes)，如下：
- 清楚理解管理支援使命與籌款支援 (clear understanding governance as supports mission and fundraising support)
- 協助社羣( the group) 走向自足
為求定出更清淅之策略與目標， among the important themes we immediately agreed to focus upon were:
- Sustainable organizational structure for Wikimedia, Foundation and Chapters (make a distinction between Wikimedia as a movement and the Wikimedia Foundation)
- Leadership in spreading free culture
- Global perspective, international involvement
- New standard-setting
- Legal clarity
Other themes were decided to be discussed at a later stage, “first things first” was mandatory, we couldn't do-it-all in one weekend.. Among these topics was a “Knowledge” versus “Content” discussion, which though very important is just not as urgent as many other topics.
Pretty soon it became clear there was an essential agreement about a great many things, some of which soon led to the new wordings of our vision and mission statements, that the board is currently working out in detail.
Many organizational models were drawn and discussed, finally their number was brought back to a handful, containing all essential bodies present and desired. In all models there appeared an “advisory board” as well as at least one blob named “council”, one model even had three such blobs, in other words: to be continued...
藉着 SWOT 分析模型， (analysis through assesment of Strengths versus Weaknesses, and Opportunities versus Threats, and combining the four pairs of these), strategic objectives were defined in all areas concerning “our business”, we came up with 7 categories: organizational, operations, finances and fundraising, program development, public relations and messaging, technology, and legal.
- Did you ever try a complex voting system with wikimedians IRL? I can tell you this is fun, not just the voting, but also, just like on-wiki, observing people voting. IRL there is more to see however, because each person bodily participates. In our case, there were the seven categories mentioned above, each with two or more topics attached below: there were 33 of such topics in total. Each person was given 3x3=9 votes to prioritize these topics as tasks-to-do, either within 3, 12 or 24 months. “Having a longer coffee-break” because you voted soon was not appreciated to be an incentive ;-)
I will spare you all the details and instead give a summarized list of the urgent to-do topics agreed upon (mind you, since they imply action, all these begin with a verb), in alphabetical order:
- Clarify requirements for chapters
- Clarify role and function of each of the private mailing lists
- Create events committee
- Create relationships with educational partners
- Design a road-map for Wikimedia technology
- Develop regional conferences and programs
- Expand the board
- Improve analyses of projects and users
- Lobby governmental educational groups
- Manage customer/donor communication and relations
- Start (re-)organization and where necessary staffing
- Structure and organize PR
- Update Bylaws
Anxious for the further implementation of the hard work we did together, as well as for the follow-up so many hope will take place, I am confident that the first step of solidifying the “giant's feet of clay” into some more sustainable substance was in fact taken properly. Yet it is a first step and many more must follow on the same path, which will step by step involve many more people than the 21 at Frankfurt last weekend. Our main goals remain unchallenged, although the exact wording may vary slightly, so we need your help as well throughout the next stages of reorganization and expansion.
May I challenge you to envision boldly what we can accomplish together, just as we were asked to do at the offset of the retreat? Can you imagine, within 12 months: “30 Chapters founded” - “500 Servers operational” - “An office per continent” - “100,000 Articles reached in 10 European-language projects” - “Wikimedia becoming the new standard for knowledge” - etcetera etcetera etcetera... Can you imagine...[]...?
Let's make it happen. oscar 23:29, 25 October 2006 (UTC)