Wikimedia Foundation elections/2021/Candidates/Dariusz Jemielniak
|statement (Not more than 450 words)||I've served on the WMF Board since 2015. The Board work has sucked out all of my wiki time and more. It is frustrating, difficult, and tough. Still, I also find it fascinating, I believe I'm good at it, and given the rapid Board expansion this year, as well as the fact that I'm the only trustee running for re-election, I think it is important that I run for my last term, to provide continuity, and also oversight with experience, as understanding the way boards work really takes time.
About me: I served as an admin, bureaucrat, checkuser, steward, ombudsman, the Funds Dissemination Committee chair. In my day job, I'm a (full) professor of management at Kozminski University, faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, and I study online collaboration. I wrote Common Knowledge? (2014, Stanford Uni Press), the first ethnography of Wikipedia, as well as recently Collaborative Society (MIT Press) - you can read in Wired on why I think Wikipedia is a massive RPG ;) I serve on two other boards, and I have strategic consulting experience. I am a feminist and LGBTQ rights advocate: I am an advisor to Women's Strike, and I've served on the honorary committee of Pride Parade in Poland for many years. My trustee self-evaluation form is available here.
About my goals: If I'm re-elected, I hope to continue the goals I set out with. My major hopes for the term include: successful onboarding of new trustees and the new CEO (whom I help to seek), making sure that the WMF develops better procedures to listen to the communities (even though I like to think it has improved a lot already), making sure we are able to develop tools for aggregated community feedback, making sure the affiliates have a clear and important role in the ecosystem, and grow as the Foundation grows (also, making sure that the growth is not the goal in itself). My big dreams are combating harassment and disinformation (a field I'm an expert in, as I currently run 3 research grants on it with a budget close to 2.5 million USD), reducing regional and gender gap, as well as developing leadership and strategy training within our movement - my idealistic hope is that in a couple of years we will build internal capacity for most organizational leadership positions internally, and maybe that we can even have a structured program with a certificate, which people could use for their day work, as our volunteers deserve to be given back to. Finally, I hope we, both as the Foundation and the movement, can start looking outwards more and get ready for the incoming technological challenges (such as the AR revolution).
|Top 3 Board priorities||1. finishing the governance reform and onboarding,
2. tackling disinformation and other new tech challenges,
3. solidifying the movement governance and financing, including the Global South.
|Top 3 Movement Strategy priorities||1. leadership development (especially in less represented regions),
3. Improving governance and collaboration between the Foundation and the affiliates (and making a clearer division of responsibilities).
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Verified by: Matanya (talk) 20:15, 1 July 2021 (UTC)
Verified by: Joe Sutherland (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 22:46, 28 June 2021 (UTC)
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