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Maciej Artur Nadzikiewicz (Nadzik)

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Candidate details
Me with the team during Wikimania handover ceremony
  • Personal:
  • Editorial:
    • Wikimedian since: 2016
    • Active wikis: plwiki, enwiki, Commons, small wikis via Small Wiki Monitoring Team
Total word count for the whole application (required + optional questions) is 1000 (one thousand) words
Required questions
Why are you running for the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees? What would you contribute? What would you like to learn more about? Wikipedia’s readership is growing less than the internet use rate; editor numbers are stagnant. GenAI tools are taking over the internet, while Wikipedia is still in the Web 2.0 era. We need to focus so that our Wikimedia 2030 Strategic Direction won’t change to “By 2030, Wikimedia will still be relevant”.

I am running for the Board of Trustees because:

  • With new governance structures still mainly in the planning stages (Movement Charter/Global Council), the BoT is in a unique position to ensure that WMF's priorities stay focused on Legal and Technology; and it means WMF abandoning some of its existing programs.
  • Well-funded local organizations (affiliates/hubs) should lead the programmatic activities and use their local expertise to support users.
  • I want to decrease the distance between users and the WMF. It is essential to contact users in their native languages and avoid complicated corporate speech.

I bring in the perspective of the first digital generation, major Wikimedia governance experience, and the conviction to cooperate with all who wish to further the Wikimedia mission.

Please describe your Wikimedia experience (such as contributions to the Wikimedia projects, memberships in Wikimedia organizations or affiliates, activities as a Wikimedia movement organizer, or participation with a Wikimedia movement ally organization). Since 2022 – Board Member & Secretary – Wikimedia Europe, an international association of 27 European affiliates/organizations (“hub”)

2020–2023 – Governance Board – Wikimedia Poland

From your perspective, what should the Wikimedia Foundation be prioritizing over the next 5-10 years, and why do you see these as the most important priorities? Legal and regulatory risk – Legal changes and harmful government actions can shut down Wikipedia in minutes. To protect our projects, Wikimedia movement must increase its public policy efforts.

Technical debt is growing – Hundreds of staff and volunteers work on our technology. Thousands of unmaintained software code lines endanger their work. A comprehensive review and new priorities are needed to ensure that our users remain undisturbed and that our websites can host our readers and their changing approach to consuming knowledge.

Optional questions - Professional Experience, Skills and Education
Please describe your experience with governing bodies of organizations (nonprofit or for-profit), mentioning the scope of your responsibilities, as well as the complexity of the organization (in terms of scale of operations, budget, number of people involved, or other meaningful measures) and the size of the board or body. 2020–2023 – Served a record three terms (I, II & III) on the University of Warsaw Spatial Development Committee, overseeing the real estate developments at Poland’s and CEE’s largest university (40k+ students; $500+ mln budget; ~505 mi² real estate)

2020–2023 – Co-led and advised Wikimedia Poland during intensive growth periods (from 3,5 FTEs to a maximum of 11 employees in 24 months) and governance changes. Co-led the budget creation and Yearly Plans ($500k+) for 2021 and 2022.

Since 2022 – Participated in creating Wikimedia Europe. Elected to its first Board.

Please describe your professional career experience. Since 2023, I have been an expert in the Working Group on AI, IoT, and Disruptive Technologies at the Digital Affairs Ministry (AI, Human Rights and Democracy group).

I am the primary author of multiple Wikimedia public policy commentaries/opinions in Poland; affecting the shape of policy at hearings of Parliament committees and ministries.

From 2020 to 2022, I worked at the Wikimedia Foundation on the Movement Strategy team. I coordinated the largest plwiki consultations in history, supported the UCOC process (Phase II, Enforcement), and worked on the 2021 and 2022 BoT elections. I organized the largest candidate debate of BoT elections (with over 90 people in attendance). I facilitated Annual Plan conversations with CEE communities (including in person).

I have:

  • worked with CEE communities, sometimes as the first WMF staffer to speak with them.
  • cooperated and co-created processes with multiple teams and departments in the WMF, affiliates and educational and cultural NGOs in Poland, giving me a broad overview of the organizational culture.

In high school, I co-founded and ran Ludwik Rajchman Foundation, then the largest youth-run NGO in Poland and organizer of the largest youth conference in the CEE, focused on career outreach to young people (2400+ beneficiaries, est. 2,5mln USD in social value generated). For this, I’ve been ranked Forbes 25 Under 25.

Please briefly describe 3 situations that show how you tackled, or advised others on, a complex problem in an organization. How did you work with others to address the situations? In 2022, I led the search for Wikimedia Poland's CEO, which overlapped with major personnel and governance changes (board elections; updated organizational strategy). I remained active for several extra months until the CEO onboarding ended.
Please describe your educational background, including degrees, certificates, and courses of study finished, and their relevance to board work. BA Management of Social Potential – University of Warsaw, PL

MSc Business and Social Impact – Universiteit Utrecht, NLOngoing, graduation in 2024


Please add any relevant links describing your professional background, experience, profile (such as LinkedIn, staff page, etc.). Maciej Artur Nadzikiewicz on LinkedIn

Maciej Artur Nadzikiewicz (Q97597789)

Optional questions - Leadership Experience
Please describe ways in which you have helped to form a bridge between multiple communities (such as by working on projects outside your home wiki, or working on a collaboration between multiple affiliates). I am the Lead Organizer of Wikimania 2024. Since the beginning, I envisioned this event reflecting CEE cooperation. I have the pleasure of directing an 80+ team from over 20 countries who collaborate to make the best event and celebration for our community.

As a Let's Connect member, I led and co-organized international Learning Clinics that brought together volunteers from tens of countries/affiliates.

Can you describe a policy, on wiki or off, that you helped to create or change? What did you learn from this experience? * Elected head of a commission to write the University of Warsaw Code of Ethics. In 6 months, we created a document that, to this day, bounds 40k students and became a guideline for other CEE universities. It was adopted in 2021 and 2023.
How have you been able to empower people to make their voices heard? * I supported minority and historically repressed Wikimedia communities in their efforts to secure Movement funding (e.g. using MSIG Grants).
  • I've translated hundreds of text units on Meta/Translatewiki to ensure a better understanding of global Movement and Strategy-oriented issues for my local community. During the Universal Code of Conduct consultations, I've reached out to a record number of users, including many LGBT+ and non-male participants.
  • I've enshrined the right to self-identification in the UW Code of Conduct (§9-10). I consider this an impressive achievement, given the approach to gender identity and pronouns in Polish society at the time.
Sometimes in professional situations, there are personality conflicts. Explain how you remain productive even with personality conflicts. As a member of the University of Warsaw’s Disciplinary Committee (term 2020-2024), I am no stranger to interpersonal conflicts. Disagreeing civilly in a group is healthy as long as it leads to productive outcomes.

I completed mediation training at the Polish Mediation Center, which I am prepared to use in difficult situations.

Optional questions - Strategic Thinking
Where do you see the need for greater diversity in the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees or within the movement? What steps would you take to improve diversity on the Board or within the movement? What steps would you recommend the Board take to improve diversity? I grew up gay in a small Polish town. While geographically in Europe, Poland differs greatly from the West. It is the most homophobic country in the EU. During my adolescence, my homeland had declared over ⅓ of the country an LGBT-free zone. I’ve participated in Pride parades that were met by neo-Nazis, burning tires or throwing stones.

I spent my youth witnessing the dismantling of media freedom and democratic institutions in my country. The experience of living in an increasingly autocratic country is super important for a global movement championing open knowledge. Yet, most trustees come from well-established democracies with only a theoretical understanding of censorship and oppression.

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