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SWAN Interim Governing Council pre-call feedbackEdit

To start the exchange of ideas on the IGC early, and to help prepare before the SWAN calls, we have set up and invite everyone to participate at this etherpad. If you like a more interactive way of discussing, we have also made a jamboard. Check here for more details.

--Pharos (talk) 18:10, 8 January 2021 (UTC)

Money 🤑 Interim Global Council 💰 request for WMF transparencyEdit

@KVaidla (WMF): At the January 2021 online SWAN meeting Wikimedia Foundation representative Kaarel Vaidla, Lead Movement Process Architect, Office of the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, presented the Wikimedia Foundation's plan for the development of the Interim Global Council. I asked for information -

  1. How much money is the WMF allocating in total for the development of the Interim Global Council
  2. Divide that money into two categories, WMF-spent money versus money entirely in control of the Wiki community

Kaarel committed to report back in print before the February 2021 SWAN meeting. An acceptable report is, for example, "The Wikimedia Foundation has a total budget of US$1,000,000 for this. Of this money, a minimum of 10% or US$100,000 will be entirely in community control through the usual processes including grants and stipends to organizations and individuals." A short statement like this is the best for communicating the situation. If you want to go further, then focus on explaining where and how the WMF puts money into the control of the Wiki Community, like for example, "US$20,000 went to these grants for participation in South America, here is the list of items totaling US$20,000 which the WMF funded in Africa, etc...".

As a general rule, the Wikimedia Community requests WMF transparency in financial reporting for all WMF / Wikimedia community collaborations, especially the divide between WMF budget decisions and those which the Wikimedia Community made freely itself. If anything is unclear about this request then just ask. Thanks for your willingness to speak to this.

Blue Rasberry (talk) 13:30, 11 January 2021 (UTC)

I posted notices of this request at
Blue Rasberry (talk) 13:46, 11 January 2021 (UTC)
Are there now answers on this? Could we get links to those details? I’m not sure where to look for current financial documents like WMF and program budgets. Extremely confusing. DrMel (talk) 06:43, 14 March 2021 (UTC)

SWAN discussed Interim Global CouncilEdit

During the Swan calls on January 10, the participants discussed the Interim Global Council.

In particular they focussed on four questions:

  1. Should the IGC focus only on the Movement Charter, and not on Strategy implementation?
  2. Should members of the IGC be appointed rather than elected? (This only applies to the interim GC!)
  3. Should the IGC develop only a minimal Movement Charter which will be expanded in the future by the formal Global Council?
  4. Should members of the IGC receive stipends (financial compensation) when needed, so they can afford to invest time?

You can find the outcomes of a Jamboard exercise here.

One general comment made during the calls: it is very difficult to come up with an answer to these questions when so much about the IGC is still unknown. Who will appoint the iGC? How long is it supposed to exist? How (and by who) will the IGC output (such as the Movement Charter) be endorsed or ratified?

Overall outcome:

  1. The development of the Movement Charter is by many seen to be the most important task of the IGC, more important than overseeing strategy implementation.
  2. The overall line of thinking appeared to be that if the IGC is intended to exist for a considerable period of time, representatives should be elected by the community and/or affiliates to ensure legitimacy. An important point was also who would appoint the members of the IGC.
  3. There appeared to be a preference for developing a full Movement Charter, and not a minimal version. A useful first step could be to develop a concise document that lists generally accepted principles of governance, before the IGC is established.
  4. Opinions were divided on whether IGC members should receive financial compensation.

Sandra Rientjes (talk) 14:02, 21 January 2021 (UTC)

Call for Feedback: Community-and-Affiliate Board SeatsEdit

Hi there! The WMF starts a Call for Feedback about community-and-affiliated seat selection processes, resulting from the recent approval of bylaws amendments. This call for feedback is going to start on Monday Feb 1 and will run until March 14.

Full details will be published on Monday at Call for Feedback:Community Board Seats. Discuss on the Talk page for general comments. Translated pages welcome discussions in multiple languages. If you are a user of Telegram, you can receive updates in the announcement Telegram group or join the discussion in this discussion Telegram group.

Furthermore we are organizing three different office hour sessions (for different time zones) on Tuesday, Feb 2 (see Call for Feedback:Community Board Seats). There we will introduce the call for feedback and will be available for any questions and comments.

We are looking for a broad representation of opinions. We welcome conversations in any language and in any channel. If you want us to organize a conversation or a meeting for your wiki project or your affiliate, please contact us. Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 21:18, 27 January 2021 (UTC)

Next SWAN meeting for February 21Edit

The plan is to schedule the next SWAN meeting for February 21. This meeting would follow approximately the same timeframe as before, being two sessions on the same Sunday to accomodate a diversity of time zones.--Pharos (talk) 18:53, 29 January 2021 (UTC)

@Pharos: Would there be an opportunity for me to attend to gather feedback for the Call for Feedback: Community Board seats? Or would scheduling another conversation be better? Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 18:51, 4 February 2021 (UTC)
@Pharos: would it also be possible for me to give some headlines about affiliates communications around UCoC Enforcement Pathways? thank you. --Mervat (WMF) (talk) 09:45, 13 February 2021 (UTC)
@JKoerner (WMF) and Mervat (WMF): Yes, we'd welcome you both to give at least 5 minute announcements for your topics. We may also be able to allocate more time on the agenda, depending on the results of the survey on priorities for this meeting.--Pharos (talk) 16:25, 15 February 2021 (UTC)
That's great, thank you @Pharos:. Would you please provide me with the meeting's link. Best. --Mervat (WMF) (talk) 18:54, 15 February 2021 (UTC)

Our first session starts in 7.5 hours at 03:00 UTC, and the second session will be at 19:00 UTC, we'd encourage you to fill out this brief survey in preparation:

To help set priorities for the SWAN agenda, and also to help manage which global conversations should be a focus in general, we have set up and invite everyone to participate at this SWAN priorities form.

Possible topics include Community Board seats, Interim Global Council, Strategy prioritization follow-up events, Branding, Universal Code of Conduct, Grant strategy, and WMF CEO search. That is a lot of things, which are most important to cover in our upcoming SWAN meeting?

--Pharos (talk) 19:24, 20 February 2021 (UTC)

Our second and final session for this month's SWAN meeting begins in 40 minutes.--Pharos (talk) 18:19, 21 February 2021 (UTC)

Call for Feedback: Community Board seats - Midpoint UpdateEdit

Community Board seats

Hi all, I am writing here to let you know a few things:

  1. The third weekly report is now available for the Call for Feedback: Community Board seats.
  2. This is the middle of the Call for Feedback, which means we are halfway through! If you have not joined the conversation, please do so. The facilitation team does not want to miss hearing your feedback.
  3. For the second half of the Call for Feedback the plan is to promote further discussion around four topics that need disentanglement: regional quotas, candidates' skills, vetting of candidates, and the connection of Board elections with the Global Council and the Regional Hubs.

Do reach out if you have any questions or comments. Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 17:36, 25 February 2021 (UTC)

Four panel discussions - Call for Feedback: Community Board seats final sprintEdit

The final sprint

The Facilitation team invites you to a round of panel sessions March 12 - 14 in the last days of the Call for feedback: Community Board seats.

We are confirming guests and times, and we are updating the wiki pages accordingly. Expect 90-minute sessions with video recording: 45 minutes for a panel to dive deep into possible scenarios followed by 45 minutes to continue the conversation with open mic for all participants. You can share your questions and comments now on the panel Talk pages. Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 17:41, 5 March 2021 (UTC)

Next SWAN meeting for March 21Edit

The plan is to schedule the next SWAN meeting for March 21. This meeting would follow approximately the same timeframe as before, being two sessions on the same Sunday to accomodate a diversity of time zones.--Pharos (talk) 02:02, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

  • Our first session is starting in 1 hour from now.--Pharos (talk) 02:05, 21 March 2021 (UTC)
  • Our second session is starting 1 hour from now.--Pharos (talk) 18:05, 21 March 2021 (UTC)

Call for Feedback: Community Board seats - Main Report draft comment periodEdit

Questions? Comments?

We have concluded the Call for Feedback: Community Board seats. Thank you everyone who participated.

During the Call for Feedback period from February 1 to March 14, a team of 10 facilitators organized open and inclusive community discussions to gather feedback about ideas for trustee selection processes for community-and-affiliate Board seats. Some facilitators had a regional focus; some had a language focus. The intention was for the combined facilitation team to obtain a fair representation of the movement’s diversity and create a report for the Board. The facilitation team used the Weekly Reports as the main source of information to create the main report.

A draft of the Call for Feedback: Community Board seats main report is now available. It will be available for community comment until Monday, March 29.

After the community comment period the facilitation team will send the main report to the Board. The feedback in the main report informs the Board’s decision about these potential changes to trustee selection processes, procedures, and tools to meet the goals of the Board.

Please reach out if you have any questions or comments. Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 13:13, 24 March 2021 (UTC)

Next SWAN meeting for April 25Edit

The plan is to schedule the next SWAN meeting for April 25. This meeting would follow approximately the same timeframe as before, being two sessions on the same Sunday to accomodate a diversity of time zones.--Pharos (talk) 04:25, 2 April 2021 (UTC)

Community Resilience & Sustainability office hour April 17 15:00 UTCEdit

Hi all! The Community Resilience & Sustainability team at the Wikimedia Foundation is hosting an office hour led by its Vice President Maggie Dennis. Topics within scope for this call include Movement Strategy coordination (recently transferred to CR&S), Trust and Safety (and the Universal Code of Conduct), Community Development, and Human Rights. Come with your questions or feedback, and let’s talk! You can also send us your questions in advance. 
 The meeting will be on April 17 at 15:00 UTC check your local time. 
 You can check all the details on Meta. Hope to see you there!

Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 20:27, 8 April 2021 (UTC)

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