Conseil d'Administration de la fondation Wikimédia/Appel à commentaires : sélection des administrateurs communautaires/discussions/20-02-2021 - Deuxième permanence

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This is an office hours report of the Call for Feedback about Community Board seats selection processes between February 1 and March 14. This report contains ideas and opinions that are new or relevant in the context of the Call for Feedback.

The office hours took place at 4 different times on February 20, 2021 using Google Meet. The office hours lasted nearly 90 minutes each. The first hour of each office hour session was recorded. Additional resources to accompany this summary include videos, transcriptions, chat logs, and notes taken by the Board Governance facilitator team.

There were 93 total attendees. There were members of the Board of Trustees in attendance during the 4 sessions.

The report summarizes feedback received from participants during the office hours. Statements in this report are connected back to the office hours. The number of the office hour session follow each comment in parentheses, like (1).

Ideas discussed within the Board

Ranked voting system

  • But to be clear “popularity” is not necessarily a dirty word - there may be very valid merit based reasons for name recognition within the community (1)
  • What if the community wants to continue with the popularity contest? (4)

Quotas

  • Diversity should come naturally and not be forced. No one should get more of a chance at the cost of others who would be elected if there were no quotas. (3)

Call for types of skills and experiences

  • What does the Board do? (1)
  • Why don’t we have a system of nurturing Board members with the right expertise then, drawn from the community? (1)
  • If the goal is to have a more professionalized Board then the Board should say so clearly and explicitly (1)
  • Community seats are more about community representation than skills. Even basic requirements exclude people. (2)
  • Knowledge transfer from experienced members to newcomers should be considered. Young adults and older adults could bring perspective.(2)
  • Consider picking up advisory competencies in a committee to assist the board in stressful situations especially with communities. (2)

Vetting of candidates

  • A person asked about the Trustee Evaluation Form saying it's not clear how the form is to be used, what metrics are to be employed and what thresholds are relevant for each of the criteria. (The whole process is under development.) (1)
  • A participant shared an example of a form used to complete a board assessment and self-assessment to determine skills possessed and skills needed on non-profit boards. (1)

Ideas from the Community

Regional seats

  • Geography-wise there has been under representation on the Board. If there are board members from communities such as Africa and Asia it would be good. (3)
  • Three seats could be regional seats and three seats could be elected by vote. (3)
  • There are people who are great candidates but are not well-known so people will not vote for them. The voting for regional representatives should be limited to the region only. (3)
  • Is the board considering to use appointed seats to bring people from Asia and Africa, and keep open elections for community seats? (3)
  • There were almost 15 candidates from Africa and none of them made it. With the current mechanisms, there is very little chance to get elected. (3)

Miscellaneous feedback

  • The fiduciary responsibility of a Board member is narrow, and perhaps very different from what the community understands it to be. “The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees oversees the foundation and its work, as its ultimate corporate authority.” A board member disagrees: “the board has this fiduciary responsibility and to oversee the interests of the movement.” The community doesn’t understand this distinction and it should be communicated. (1)
  • How can smaller linguistic communities be represented? (2)
  • What are the incentives to participate on the Board? (4)
  • How is accountability measured for Board members? (4)
  • Après l'heure officielle, nous laisserons la salle ouverte pour des discussions libre.

Every report includes video, notes, transcript, and chat.

  1. First session
  2. Second session
  3. Third session
  4. Fourth session

L'équipe qui facilite la convocation pour recevoir commentaires: posts dans le comité directeur vous invite à une deuxième ronde d'heures de bureau. vous pouvez consulter le rapport de la Deuxième permanence.

Tous les participants acceptent de se conformer aux règles de convivialités en place lors des évènements Wikimédia..

Programme

  • Logistique des heures de bureau (expliquée à suite)
  • Brève actualisation de l'état de l'appel pour recevoir les commentaires
  • Questions et réponses (les participants peuvent exprimer leurs intérêt à participer à suite)
  • After the official hour, we will keep the room open for casual chat.

Sessions

Toutes les réunions sont ouvertes à tous les sujets liés à l'appel à commentaires. Les participants peuvent exprimer leurs souhaits à l'avance pour nous aider à établir des priorités. Choisissez un des sujets figurant dans la barre de navigation ou une brève alternative.

La participation des membres du conseil d'administration est attendue à toutes les réunions.

Première séance

Participants et intérêts

  • <Your signature here (~~~) and optionally one topic of interest.>

Deuxième séance

Participants et intérêts

Troisième séance

Participants et intérêts

  • Nosebagbear (talk) 17:10, 19 February 2021 (UTC) - (may attend later session), imbalanced representation that would be caused by quotas/unfairness caused by efforts to generate fairness
  • BamLifa (talk) 13:44, 20 February 2021 (UTC) (need to learn more about how the board functions).
  • <Your signature here (~~~) and optionally one topic of interest.>

Quatrième séance

Participants et intérêts

  • Barkeep49 (talk) 19:41, 18 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Nosebagbear (talk) 17:11, 19 February 2021 (UTC) - (may attend earlier session, will endeavour to update if so), imbalanced representation that would be caused by quotas/unfairness caused by efforts to generate fairness
  • --ساندرا (talk) 12:04, 20 February 2021 (UTC)
  • <Your signature here (~~~) and optionally one topic of interest.>

Logistique

Comment nous rejoindre

  • Nous utiliserons Google Meet. Les personnes connectée ou anonymes sont acceptées.
  • Nous partagerons le lien de connexion 15 minutes avant la réunion. Si possible, connectez vous plus tôt.

Pendant la réunion

  • Veuillez couper votre micro quand vous ne parlez pas.
  • Si vous avez des questions, levez la main et attendez votre tour.
  • Poser des questions courtes et qui portent sur l'appel à commentaires
  • Ne vous souciez pas des notification de demande d'accès à la réunion. les organisateurs les approuveront.
  • La réunion sera enregistrée
  • Les sous-titres automatiques seront activés.
  • Il y a une modération pour le tour des questions et la gestion du bruit.
  • Si besoin, l'équipe de permanence restera connectée pour les discussions informelles.
  • Pour des raisons techniques, nous ne pouvons pas proposer de streaming en direct (nous avons dû choisir entre le sous-titrage automatique ou le streaming en direct).

Après la réunion

  • Les organisateurs ne publieront rien au cours de la même journée, afin d'offrir une expérience nouvelle aux participants des deuxième et troisième réunions.
  • Le lendemain (ou à peu près), il y aura:
    • Les enregistrements vidéos disponibles sur Commons et Youtube
    • Un rapport
    • La transcription automatique complète
    • Il se peut que nous publions de courtes séquences vidéo sur des sujets spécifiques abordés lors de la réunion