User:Pundit/Trustee Evaluation Form
|Years of Experience|
The candidate is a dedicated contributor to the Wikimedia movement. Eligible contributions include: contributions to the Wikimedia projects, membership in a Wikimedia organization or affiliate, activities as a Wikimedia movement organizer, or participation with a Wikimedia movement ally organization.
|10+ years: I have been a Wikimedian since 2007. I served in the roles of admin, bureaucrat, checkuser, ombudsman, steward, and the FDC chair (for three terms), among others.|
The candidate has served on the board of trustees/directors or other similar governing body of a nationally- or globally-focused organization (non-profit, for-profit, or governmental).
|10+ years: I've served on the WMF Board since 2015. I am a trustee and vice chair of Escola S.A., a public traded company in Poland (a leading mobile apps developer). I have also served on the board of Copernicus Science Center (with 1 million visitors per annum) since 2011.|
The candidate has worked at an executive level for an organization, department, or project of comparable (or greater) size, complexity, and scope to the Wikimedia Foundation.
|I don't have executive experience at this scale. I do have executive experience though. Currently, I run a university department with 20 people, and solely decide about a research budget of ~2.5 million USD. I founded, scaled and sold ling.pl (the largest online dictionary in Poland, with 15 million monthly views at top). I co-founded InstaLing, an educational platform currently used by over 220 thousand students weekly, where I lead a team of 15 people. 1998-2004 I was also an ED of an NGO (Collegium Invisibile, from the Soros Network) with an annual budget of approx. 65 thousand USD.|
|Subject matter expertise.
The candidate has worked or significantly volunteered in an area relevant to the work of the Foundation and the Board. Such areas will be determined on an annual basis and may include areas such as Global movement building and community organization, enterprise-level platform technology and/or product development, public policy and the law, knowledge sector (e.g., academia/GLAM/education), human rights and social justice, open Internet/free and open source software, organizational strategy and management, finance and financial oversight, non-profit fundraising, human resources, board governance.
|10+ years: I consult on strategy professionally, and currently I'm a chief community strategist at Foap, a startup with 3 million users aimed at making content creators get a more fair share of royalties. As a professor of management, I held various long-term appointments at top schools, including Cornell University, Berkeley, MIT, or Harvard (where I'm currently a faculty associate at Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society). I serve as an advisor to Women's Strike, a Polish movement combating draconian reproductive laws limitations (strictest in EU). I've also served on the honorary committee of Polish Pride Parade for many years.|
The candidate belongs or belonged to a group that has faced historical discrimination and underrepresentation in structures of power (related to, for example, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQ+ identity, social class, economic status, or caste).
|Partly: I am a white CIS, straight man, which already puts me in a highly privileged group worldwide without any doubt. However, for many years I lived for about 20 USD per month, could not travel (I still remember the first time I flew an airplane and went to a Western country, already as an adult... The smells, the colors - shocked me :) It was not until I was way above 30 that I stopped treating all Westerners as smarter and better educated by default...), and I come from a region historically rarely represented in the structures of power.|
|Diversity: Diversity: Geography
The candidate would contribute to the overall geographic diversity of the Board of Trustees, based on the geographic regions where they have lived.
|Yes: My home is in Poland, and I also lived for 2+ years in the US and Denmark.|
The candidate is a native speaker of a language other than English.
|Diversity: Political system experience
The candidate has substantial experience living in and/or working to share knowledge in a non-democratic, state-censoring, or repressive context.
|Yes: I grew up in communist Poland. I had to constantly watch what I was saying not to get my parents in jail, and I know what actual censorship is (also, I'm pretty good at reading double talk, be it corporate PR or state propaganda). Depressingly enough, my country nowadays is slipping into an authoritarian regime again.|