[Translators-l] Fwd: [Foundation-l] Call for nominations: chapter-appointed seats on the WMF Board of Trustees

Samuel Klein meta.sj at gmail.com
Wed Feb 1 05:48:17 UTC 2012

Agreed the meta page is more important.

But the whole process, from invitation to nomination, should be
available in the major world languages.

Even if you believe that the nominees must be highly conversant in
English (I do not - there are well-worn solutions for multilingual
decision-making and governance, from the UN on down), the group of
people who read an announcement that the nominations are happening and
recruit their talented friends should include many non-English


On Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 5:17 AM, Béria Lima <beria.lima at wikimedia.pt> wrote:
> Not exactly the same Samuel, but similar enough to be re-translated each two
> years. I just think that
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Chapter-selected_Board_seats/2012/Nominate
> is more important to be translated than the mail wiht the announce.
> _____
> Béria Lima
> Wikimedia Portugal
> (351) 963 953 042
> Imagine um mundo onde é dada a qualquer pessoa a possibilidade de ter livre
> acesso ao somatório de todo o conhecimento humano. Ajude-nos a construir
> esse sonho.
> On 1 February 2012 03:10, Samuel Klein <meta.sj at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear translation tycoons,
>> Please translate at least the first sentence and share with other
>> language communities.
>> Since most of this message is the same every two years, it would also
>> be worth translating the whole thing on Meta; now and for the future.
>> SJ
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Béria Lima <berialima at gmail.com>
>> Date: Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 12:05 AM
>> Subject: [Foundation-l] Call for nominations: chapter-appointed seats
>> on the WMF Board of Trustees
>> To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l at lists.wikimedia.org>
>> The Wikimedia chapters are seeking to appoint two candidates to sit on the
>> Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees for two years, starting 1 July
>> 2012. The two new members of the board will help to decide the future
>> direction of the world’s leading non-profit website. Wikimedia project are
>> constructed by hundreds of thousands of volunteers worldwide, supported by
>> a growing number of staff and an international network of chapters. Board
>> membership is unpaid.
>> The chapters wish to appoint two excellent board members and believe this
>> can best be achieved by selecting from a large number of varied and
>> skilled
>> candidates. Therefore, the chapters call for nominations by everyone who
>> believes they or someone they know would be suitable. The chapters ask
>> that
>> this call for candidates be distributed as widely as possible through such
>> forums as mailing lists, village pumps, and blogs.
>> The successful candidates will be committed to the Wikimedia mission and
>> willing and able to engage constructively with the stakeholders of the
>> movement, including the volunteers and the chapters that provide it with
>> essential support. The successful candidates will have:
>>   - The ability to provide expertise to the board in its goal of
>>   implementing a coherent vision on how the projects’ communities, the
>>   foundation, the chapters, and other affiliated groups work together;
>>   - Sensitivity to complex issues surrounding the multiplicity of
>>   languages, cultures, and jurisdictions served by the foundation’s
>> projects;
>>   - Knowledge and understanding of the governance of international
>>   non-profit organizations, balancing autonomy and subsidiarity;
>>   - The ability to think strategically and to work both as part of a team
>>   and independently;
>>   - A good standard of written and oral English (fluency in additional
>>   language would be well regarded);
>>   - Sufficient time to devote to the role of board member, and the ability
>>   and willingness to travel.
>> Increasing the geographical diversity of current board membership would be
>> an advantage.
>> The selection process is set out
>> here:http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Chapter-selected_Board_seats
>> Nominations must be sent to the moderator Béria Lima (Wikimedia Portugal)
>> and deputy moderators Milos Rancic (Wikimedia Serbia) and Mardetanha
>> (Wikimedia steward from Iran) by 23:59 UTC, 29 February. If you would like
>> to nominate yourself or someone else, please see the instructions here:
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Chapter-selected_Board_seats/2012/Nominate
>> *Béria Lima*,
>> Moderator
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