Election candidates 2006/alex756/Gl

From Meta, a Wikimedia project coordination wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

alex756[edit]

Usuario alex756
Nome real Alex T. Roshuk, Esq.
Lugar de residencia Brooklyn, New York
Idade 50
Páxina(s) de usuario meta en
Colaborador en Wikimedia desde April 2003
Proxectos nos que colaborou Mostly English Wikipedia, I have participated in several other projects, but recently this has been minimal.
Linguas nas que colaborou English, French (occasionally), some Russian (anonymously)
Ligazón(s) ás contribucións en fr meta
Presentación Please view my user page on meta to see my biography.

My primary reason for running to be a Trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation is because of my firm belief that the organization is in need of individuals who understand the governance role of trustees and well as understanding something of the Wikipedia phenomenon. In my opinion a board member should not be someone who wants to be a super editor, an adminstrator/bureaucrat/steward to manage, change or implement any policies or direct any movements within Wikimedia projects, board members should be independent of such activities. These various projects must remain independent of board intervention except in the most serious of breakdowns, though at the same time more participants need to work in the various committees, chapters, group activities and affiliate associations that make the Wikimedia communities so vital; and all these groupings need to find various ways to develop avenues of input to the board. We see communities because one do not see just one Wikipedia but a diversity of activities, peoples, groupings and social structures - along all kinds of divisions (not just linguistic). These associations and structures within the broad framework that has developed since the inception of the English Wikipedia in January 2001 are our strength. Pluralism and diversity must be continually encouraged if our variously intertwined communities are to grow, flourish and reach a long term stability; I pledge to stand for such diversity.

My experience in the creative arts, technology, law and volunteerism gives me a good mix of skills to help other members of the board to discover the future of the Wikimedia Foundation as the legal entity that continues to nourish and support the various projects that have developed while also fostering future projects. A knowledge of not-for-profit governance and the difficulties that face organizations that deal with creative constituencies is a useful background for such a phenomenal organization. If called to serve my wish is to remain open to all volunteers as a liaison to the board – to help communicate the various opinions of members from various projects to the board to help other board members better understand the diversity of opinion that have made the Wikimedia projects so successful to date, but not to function as some supermember to deal with all kinds of project-internal issues.

As a dual citizen (U.S. and Canada and originally trained in law in Canada, but practicing in the United States) I am not only aware of the American perspective that is necessary in an American not-for-profit organization, but of a more international approach to organizational behaviour that is necessary for the organization that Wikimedia is becoming. I firmly believe that thanks to the internet a new kind of transnational cultural pluralism is developing in our world today and such a movement should be further fostered in the developing public internet culture of which Wikipedia is already a strong component.

My hope is that a dialogue can develop on a governance level to further the goals of the organization, fundamentally I see this as an issue of freedom for individuals and for individuals associating into groups to further develop their liberties as contributors and users to one of the many Wikimedia projects that resonates with the goal of free access to knowledge for all peoples of the world.

Preguntas ao candidato See my meta user talk page or alex756 at nyc (dot) rr (dot) com. Thank you and please vote.