- Name: Samuel Klein
- Age: 33
- Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
- Languages: English, some German, Spanish, French, Hebrew
||Wikimedia should be a model for open, community-led organizations.
I grew up in the USA, and have lived in Germany and Kenya.
I studied physics at Harvard, and work at One Laptop per Child, fostering education and offline access to knowledge in the developing world.
Since 2004, I have been a Wikimedia editor, translator, organizer and speaker. I started the Meta translators network, and published a Wikimedia newsletter in 5 languages. I served as a steward for 5 years. I have worked on outreach to universities and libraries, and in 2009 organized the Kiswahili Wikipedia Challenge. I led Wikimania 2006, and run the Boston wiki-meetup (since 2005).
I was elected to the Board in 2009, and am its secretary. As Trustee I focus on transparency, long-term planning and community empowerment, including the strategic plan and movement roles projects.
My current goals for the Foundation are to:
- Make our wiki platform a joy to use
- Actively support small and new Projects
- Invest in better multilingual communication
- Try other bold ideas to counter editor decline
- Support new models for affiliates
- Expand collaboration with education and cultural groups
- Be transparent, and led by community needs, in resource allocation
On the role of trustees on the Board:
A trustee should:
- represent the community's goals to the Board
- represent all Projects, chapters and languages in discussions
- promote transparency and participation, providing feedback to the community about WMF work & vice-versa
- ensure decisions, including financial and long-range planning, are driven by community needs & priorities
- ensure the WMF plans for the long-term availability of the projects (e.g., through an endowment, and defining core services such as dumps/backups/uptime)
- support the WMF through public outreach