User:Awjrichards (WMF)

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Arthur Richards
Arthur Richards, Sr. Manager, Learning and Development
Arthur Richards
Director, Learning, Wikimedia Foundation
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About me

I'm currently living in Bend, Oregon. When I'm not staring at a computer screen, I'm hiking, skiing, or traveling. I've lived in Arizona, New York; Ohio; New Orleans, Louisiana; San Francisco, California; and Guadalajara, Mexico. I've been blessed to travel to many places in the US, Europe, India, and Mexico - and I'm always eager for more.

Free/open source software, free culture, free information, and freedom in general have long been deep passions and serious pursuits for me. Though I have a bachelor's degree in history (focussing on the history of social change in the United States) from Oberlin College, my fingers have never been able to fully satisfy their curiosity at the keyboard. Since laying eyes on my first computer as a child, I have been obsessed with the power, the freedom, and the creativity the technology has to offer. The world of open source software came alive to me in the fifth grade when I first installed Red Hat linux on my home computer - that was when the seeds of understanding the importance of freedom in our technology were planted in me. Since then, I have come to believe that if we, as humans, are going to survive and live in freedom, we must maintain popular control of our information and technology - not the corporations and profiteers, occulted behind their proprietary secrets. We must not let those in power control our technology and therefore control us. Together, as a global community, we are already shifting the balance - perhaps nowhere as strongly as with Wikipedia and its sister projects. This is precisely what gets me out of bed every morning.

My work

I lead the Learning and Development team in Talent & Culture.

Prior to working in Talent & Culture, I started and worked with the Team Practices Group, which supported WMF engineering team health and the evolution of our engineering practices/processes. Prior to working with the Team Practices Group, I was the Scrummaster for the mobile web engineering team. Prior to that, I was the engineering lead for the 2011 fundraiser, dabbled in features development (in the early days of the ArticleFeedback tool), and worked as a backend software engineer on the 2010 fundraiser.

Disclaimer: I work for or provide services to the Wikimedia Foundation, and this is the account I try to use for edits or statements I make in that role. However, the Foundation does not vet all my activity, so edits, statements, or other contributions made by this account may not reflect the views of the Foundation.

Contact me

  • E-mail: arthur(_AT_)
  • IRC: awjr
  • Wikis and most user accounts: Awjrichards (WMF)
  • Gerrit
  • GitHub