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Sunday July 25 Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network meetingEdit

The swan or the egg?

The Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network (SWAN) is a developing forum for all Wikimedia movement affiliates to share ideas on the Wikimedia 2030 strategy process. It expands on the model of the All-Affiliates Brand Meeting to help lay some of the groundwork for a future Global Council.

Following up on the August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April, and June SWAN meetings, as well as last June's All-Affiliates Brand Meeting, as well as strategic and outreach topics of mutual concern to all affiliates including Movement Charter + Drafting Committee, WMF Board elections, Wikimania 2021, and Grants Regional Committees.

This month we are meeting on Sunday July 25, and you are all invited to RSVP here.

(UTC meeting times are and *Note that we have shifted the second call an hour earlier in UTC time due to popular demand and to accomodate daylight savings*.)--Pharos (talk) 14:44, 22 July 2021 (UTC)[]

Volunteer Project Position Opportunity - Hispanic Heritage Month Edit-a-thonEdit

OVERVIEW The Hispanic Star is a collective effort to unify Hispanics, bring solutions to help them overcome barriers they face, and positively change the perception of the community. It is both a unifying symbol - inclusive, inspirational - and a tool to demonstrate pride and Hispanic empowerment. Additionally, the network of Hispanic Star Hubs aims to support the community in this locality, partnering with local initiatives and organizations to understand the needs and priorities of the community and taking action where possible to address them.

The Hispanic Star recognizes the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month and the opportunity it presents to be able to elevate and support the Hispanic community, ensuring they are seen, heard, and valued.

As part of this effort, we are looking to host a Hispanic Heritage Month Editathon on Wikipedia to increase visibility and understanding of the contributions of Hispanics to the country. Please reach out to if you or someone you know is interested in applying or has any questions.

JOB DESCRIPTION We are looking for a volunteer Wikimedia intern to facilitate partnership with Wikimedia in our Hispanic Heritage Month editathon. This project will support the increased visibility and representation of the Latino community and contributions throughout Wikipedia and engage with the broader community to activate in order to make this happen. This intern will be the direct touchpoint with the Wikipedia team, will manage the project activation (including logistical coordination, activation planning and misc. tasks as recommended by the Wikimedia team to ensure success). This intern will work hand in hand with the WAAH program director to collaborate with foundation resources and integrate the activation within the wider plans of Hispanic Heritage Month.

RESPONSIBILITIES Integrate existing content from partner institutions (i.e. datasets and digitized collections) keeping it relevant, fresh and engaging, including extending the reach of existing collections (especially media, data, and research) to new audiences via Wikimedia platforms, thus strengthening institutions’ mission to share their knowledge.

Supporting the development of digital skills and knowledge among volunteers, staff and other collaborators.

Helping institution staff to develop public communications and events showing the relevance of the institution’s collections within a broader public mission.

Facilitating Wikimedia collaborations with a wider community than the partner institutions.

Reporting: produce ongoing updates and a summary report on the outcomes

SKILLS ·Experience or a demonstrated willingness to learn how to work with digital or online communities or with volunteer organizing. ·Ability to learn and teach technical skills and community dynamics ·Comfort and experience doing writing and research. ·Comfort with technology, and contributing to social media and online platforms. ·Digital communication across different communities ·Experience in the Wikimedia Community is a plus ·Ability to communicate in English clearly, both verbally and in writing to a wide variety of audiences. ·Experience in event coordination ·Experience editing texts —The preceding unsigned comment was added by HispanicStar (talk) 11:41, 29 July 2021‎

@HispanicStar: Thanks for writing. If any individual wishes to respond to your post then they may, but unfortunately, Wiki NYC as a community organization has no resources to recruit this kind of labor for your project.
As an alternative, I encourage you to find a volunteer from your own community, and send them to Wikimedia NYC meetings and training sessions where we can guide them to learn Wikipedia. It is much easier for us to train one of your volunteers to edit Wikipedia, than it would be for one of our existing volunteers to undertake a project as you describe. Also consider using free online general Wikipedia training guides, as they really are the best way in the world to onboard to this.
I wish you the best in finding an appropriate candidate. Blue Rasberry (talk) 13:49, 29 July 2021 (UTC)[]

Delay of the 2021 Board of Trustees electionEdit

We are reaching out to you today regarding the 2021 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees election. This election was due to open on August 4th. Due to some technical issues with SecurePoll, the election must be delayed by two weeks. This means we plan to launch the election on August 18th, which is the day after Wikimania concludes.

For information on the technical issues, you can see the Phabricator ticket.

We are truly sorry for this delay and hope that we will get back on schedule on August 18th. We are in touch with the Elections Committee and the candidates to coordinate next steps. We will update the Board election Talk page and Telegram channel as we know more. Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 22:20, 4 August 2021 (UTC) Read this message in other languages[]

Call for Candidates for the Movement Charter Drafting CommitteeEdit

Movement Strategy announces the Call for Candidates for the Movement Charter Drafting Committee. The Call opens August 2, 2021 and closes September 1, 2021.

The Committee is expected to represent diversity in the Movement. Diversity includes gender, language, geography, and experience. This comprises participation in projects, affiliates, and the Wikimedia Foundation.

English fluency is not required to become a member. If needed, translation and interpretation support is provided. Members will receive an allowance to offset participation costs. It is US$100 every two months.

We are looking for people who have some of the following skills:

  • Know how to write collaboratively. (demonstrated experience is a plus)
  • Are ready to find compromises.
  • Focus on inclusion and diversity.
  • Have knowledge of community consultations.
  • Have intercultural communication experience.
  • Have governance or organization experience in non-profits or communities.
  • Have experience negotiating with different parties.

The Committee is expected to start with 15 people. If there are 20 or more candidates, a mixed election and selection process will happen. If there are 19 or fewer candidates, then the process of selection without election takes place.

Will you help move Wikimedia forward in this important role? Submit your candidacy here. Please contact strategy2030 with questions. Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 22:20, 4 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Voting opens for the Wikimedia Foundation Board of TrusteesEdit

Voting for the 2021 Board of Trustees election is now open. Candidates from the community were asked to submit their candidacy. After a three week long Call for Candidates, there are 19 candidates for the 2021 election.

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees oversees the Wikimedia Foundation's operations. The Board wants to improve their competences and diversity as a team. They have shared the areas of expertise that they are hoping to cover with new trustees.

The Wikimedia movement has the opportunity to select candidates who have the qualities to best serve the needs of the movement for the next several years. The Board is expected to select the four most voted candidates to serve as trustees. This term starts in September and lasts for three years. Learn more about the Board of Trustees in this short video.

Vote now until August 31.

Below is some useful information about the election process.

Learn more about the candidates
Candidates from across the movement have submitted their candidatures. Learn about each candidate to inform your vote. The community submitted questions for the candidates to answer during the campaign. Candidates answered the list of community questions collated by the Elections Committee on Meta.

Voting for the 2021 Board of Trustees election opened on 18 August 2021 and closes on 31 August 2021. The Elections Committee chose Single Transferable Vote for the voting system. The benefit of this is voters can rank their choices in order of preference. Learn more about voting requirements, how to vote, and frequently asked questions about voting.

Please help in the selection of those people who best fit the needs of the movement at this time. Vote and spread the word so more people can vote for candidates. Those selected will help guide the Wikimedia Foundation and support the needs of the movement over the next few years.

The full announcement and translations are available here. Please reach out with any questions. Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 23:08, 20 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Universal Code of Conduct: Enforcement draft guidelines reviewEdit

The Universal Code of Conduct Phase 2 drafting committee would like comments about the enforcement draft guidelines for the Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC). This review period is planned to begin 17 August 2021.

Community and staff members collaborated to develop these draft guidelines based on consultations, discussions, and research. These guidelines are not final but you can help move the progress forward. Provide comments about these guidelines by 17 October 2021. The committee will be revising the guidelines based upon community input.

Everyone may share comments in a number of places. Facilitators welcome comments in any language on the draft review talk page or by email. Comments can also be shared on talk pages of translations, at local discussions, or during round-table discussions and conversation hours.

There are planned live discussions about the UCoC enforcement draft guidelines:

Wikimania 2021 session (recorded 16 August)
Conversation hours - 24 August, 31 August, 7 September @ 03:00 UTC & 14:00 UTC
Roundtable calls - 18 September @ 03:00 UTC & 15:00 UTC

The facilitation team supporting this review period hopes to reach a large number of communities. Having a shared understanding is important. If you do not see a conversation happening in your community, please organize a discussion. Facilitators can assist you in setting up the conversations.

Discussions will be summarized and presented to the drafting committee every two weeks. The summaries will be published here.

The full announcement and translations can be found here.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 23:16, 20 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Results for the most contended Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees electionEdit

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2021 Board election. The Elections Committee has reviewed the votes of the 2021 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees election, organized to select four new trustees. A record 6,873 people from across 214 projects cast their valid votes. The following four candidates received the most support:

  1. Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight
  2. Victoria Doronina
  3. Dariusz Jemielniak
  4. Lorenzo Losa

While these candidates have been ranked through the community vote, they are not yet appointed to the Board of Trustees. They still need to pass a successful background check and meet the qualifications outlined in the Bylaws. The Board has set a tentative date to appoint new trustees at the end of this month.

Read the full announcement here.

Xeno (WMF) 01:45, 8 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Sunday September 26 SWANniversary Party and All-Affiliates Strategic MeetingEdit

Celebrate our first anniversary with SWAN-shaped desserts!

Join the SWANniversary on September 26 as we mark the first year of the Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network!

We will have the regular All-Affiliates Strategic Meeting, to be followed by a SWANniversary Party in the after hours session, likely through spatialized chat on WorkAdventure.

The Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network (SWAN) is a developing forum for all Wikimedia movement affiliates to share ideas on the Wikimedia 2030 strategy process. It expands on the model of the All-Affiliates Brand Meeting to help lay some of the groundwork for a future Global Council.

Following up on the August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April, June, and July SWAN meetings, as well as last June's All-Affiliates Brand Meeting, we'll look together at strategic and outreach topics of mutual concern to all affiliates including Movement Charter + Drafting Committee, WMF Board elections, Wikimania 2021, and Grants Regional Committees.

This month we are meeting on Sunday September 26, and you are all invited to RSVP here.

(UTC meeting times are and .)--Pharos (talk) 20:06, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Movement Charter Drafting Committee - Community Elections to take place October 11 - 24Edit

See translations of this message.

Dear fellow Wikimedians,

This is an update from the Movement Charter process. We have closed the call for candidates on September 14 for the Drafting Committee and now have a pool of candidates with diverse backgrounds to choose from.

The 15 member committee will be selected with a 3-step process:

  • Election process for project communities to elect 7 members of the committee.
  • Selection process for affiliates to select 6 members of the committee.
  • Wikimedia Foundation process to appoint 2 members of the committee.

Communities elect 7 members: This announcement is related to the community elections, which will take place in a time period of 2 weeks from October 11 to October 24. We look forward to a wide participation across the communities to create the committee to curate the writing of the Movement Charter. The Election Results will be published on November 1.

Affiliates select 6 members: Parallel to the election process, all affiliates asked to contribute as well: All affiliates were divided into eight geographic and one ‘thematic’ region (check the list), and each region chooses one person who will act as a selector for that region. These 9 selectors will come together to select 6 of the committee (from the same pool of candidates). The selection results will be published on November 1.

Wikimedia Foundation appoints 2 members: Finally, the Wikimedia Foundation will appoint two members to the committee by November 1.

All three processes will be concluded by November 1, 2021, so that the Movement Charter Drafting Committee can start working by then.

For the full context of the Movement Charter, its role, as well the process for its creation, please have a look at Meta. You can also contact us at any time on Telegram or via email (wikimedia2030

Best regards, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 20:36, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

WikiConference North America 2021Edit

Hello! WikiConference North America 2021 is taking place virtually Oct 8-10. If you're interested in attending but not have registered yet, please do so by the end of today (Oct 5). The schedule has also recently been posted, for your reference. Cheers, ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 20:42, 5 October 2021 (UTC)[]

Seeking a selector to represent North American affiliates and help select the Movement Charter Drafting CommitteeEdit

Following two workshop with North America affiliates, a selector to help choose the Movement Charter/Drafting Committee is being sought. If you wish to volunteer for this role, please post to Movement Charter/Affiliates by Region/North America#Users willing to be a selector. Affiliate representatives can support selectors in the table. The selector will work with selectors from other regions to develop a preferential list from which 6 candidates will be appointed. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions. Xeno (WMF) (talk) 02:42, 11 October 2021 (UTC)[]

Wikimedia Movement Charter vote and informational meetingsEdit

Our Wikimedia community organizations are invited to vote in a process relating to future Wikimedia Movement governance. We are inviting you to informational meetings on the evenings of Tuesday and Wednesday this week, Oct 12 and 13, which you can access through our event page. Your group's vote is due by 11:59 p.m. PST on Wednesday 13 October, which is tomorrow. The voting details are at m:Movement Charter/Affiliates by Region/North America (or Additionally, all individual members have a personal opportunity to vote in the another arm of this selection process from 12-24 October at m:Movement Charter/Drafting Committee/Elections.

We welcome your group to nominate candidates, discuss, or vote, or otherwise participate in a governance process. We are not advocating for any specific candidate or cause, other than for increasing community engagement. The matter at hand is that Wikimedia volunteers have negotiated a right to draft the Wikimedia Movement Charter, which will serve as a constitution or governance document for the movement. A small group of Wikimedia community drafters will form a Movement Charter Drafting Committee to produce that document. A group of 9 selectors chosen by affiliates will help complete the selection of the Drafting Committee. The negotiated arrangement is that the North America affiliates get to choose 1 of the 9 selectors. We are making that choice by polling all North American Wikimedia community affiliates to nominate and/or vote for selectors.

The process is complicated and we regret the late notice here, but we did not choose this situation. As volunteer organizers, we can help advocate that our values are built into the Movement Charter.

The page m:Movement_Charter/Affiliates_by_Region/North_America is the central coordination page for North American affiliates to their vote/preference for a selector. You are free to use whatever process makes sense for your group to make a determination, whether it is informally by email, online chat, or video call. To record your decision, please have an official representative note your affiliate's decision in the table.

For more information, contact any of us. Wikimedia Foundation staff User:Xeno (WMF) and User:JKoerner (WMF) are supporting the process. For general discussion about the issues at stake or development process, please post to Talk:Movement Charter. For future discussion about Wikimedia governance with the volunteer community, please join Wikimedia community organizations such as WALRUS for discussing United States issues, or Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network (SWAN) for global issues. The notes of the meeting which produced this message are available at WALRUS/October 2021.

This process is rushed, but we are acting in good faith here to encourage participation in Wikimedia movement governance.

-Thanks user:econterms and Blue Rasberry (talk) 13:03, 12 October 2021 (UTC)[]

Voting to elect members to the Movement Charter drafting committee is now open (October 12 - 24)Edit

Voting to elect members to the Movement Charter drafting committee is now open. In total, 70 Wikimedians are running for 7 seats in these elections.

Voting is open from October 12 to October 24, 2021.

We are piloting a voting advice application for this election. It helps show which candidates hold positions similar to the choices entered.

According to the set up process, the committee will initially consist of 15 members in total. 7 members elected in this process, 6 members selected by Wikimedia affiliates, and 2 members appointed by the Wikimedia Foundation. Up to 3 additional members may be appointed by the committee, and steps may be taken to replace members as needed.

More details and the voting link is here.

Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions about this process.

Xeno (WMF) (talk) 02:40, 15 October 2021 (UTC) (Movement Strategy & Governance Team, Wikimedia Foundation)[]

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