Call for Election Volunteers: 2021 WMF Board elections[ಸಂಪಾದಿಸಿ]
Based on an extensive call for feedback earlier this year, the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees announced the plan for the 2021 Board elections. Apart from improving the technicalities of the process, the Board is also keen on improving active participation from communities in the election process. During the last elections, Voter turnout in prior elections was about 10% globally. It was better in communities with volunteer election support. Some of those communities reached over 20% voter turnout. We know we can get more voters to help assess and promote the best candidates, but to do that, we need your help.
We are looking for volunteers to serve as Election Volunteers. Election Volunteers should have a good understanding of their communities. The facilitation team sees Election Volunteers as doing the following:
- Promote the election and related calls to action in community channels.
- With the support from facilitators, organize discussions about the election in their communities.
- Translate “a few” messages for their communities
Check out more details about Election Volunteers and add your name next to the community you will support in this table. We aim to have at least one Election Volunteer, even better if there are two or more sharing the work. If you have any queries, please ping me under this message or email me. Regards, KCVelaga (WMF) ೦೫:೨೧, ೧೨ ಮೇ ೨೦೨೧ (UTC)
Wikimania 2021: Individual Program Submissions[ಸಂಪಾದಿಸಿ]
Wikimania 2021 will be hosted virtually for the first time in the event's 15-year history. Since there is no in-person host, the event is being organized by a diverse group of Wikimedia volunteers that form the Core Organizing Team (COT) for Wikimania 2021.
Event Program - Individuals or a group of individuals can submit their session proposals to be a part of the program. There will be translation support for sessions provided in a number of languages. See more information here.
Below are some links to guide you through;
Please note that the deadline for submission is 18th June 2021.
Announcements- To keep up to date with the developments around Wikimania, the COT sends out weekly updates. You can view them in the Announcement section here.
Office Hour - If you are left with questions, the COT will be hosting some office hours (in multiple languages), in multiple time-zones, to answer any programming questions that you might have. Details can be found here.
On behalf of Wikimania 2021 Core Organizing Team
Candidates from South Asia for 2021 Wikimedia Foundation Board Elections[ಸಂಪಾದಿಸಿ]
As you may be aware, the Wikimedia Foundation has started elections for community seats on the Board of Trustees. While previously there were three community seats on the Board, with the expansion of the Board to sixteen seats last year, community seats have been increased to eight, four of which are up for election this year.
In the last fifteen years of the Board's history, there were only a few candidates from the South Asian region who participated in the elections, and hardly anyone from the community had a chance to serve on the Board. While there are several reasons for this, this time, the Board and WMF are very keen on encouraging and providing support to potential candidates from historically underrepresented regions. This is a good chance to change the historical problem of representation from the South Asian region in high-level governance structures.
Ten days after the call for candidates began, there aren't any candidates from South Asia yet, there are still 10 days left! I would like to ask community members to encourage other community members, whom you think would be potential candidates for the Board. While the final decision is completely up to the person, it can be helpful to make sure that they are aware of the election and the call for candidates.
Let me know if you need any information or support.
Thank you, KCVelaga (WMF) ೧೦:೦೩, ೧೯ ಜೂನ್ ೨೦೨೧ (UTC)
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Wikisource Satisfaction Survey 2021[ಸಂಪಾದಿಸಿ]
Apologies for writing in English. Please help translate to your language
In the past year, there has been a lot of changes to Wikisource features and tools. This was done by the Community Tech team at the Wikimedia Foundation, grantees funded by the Foundation or through projects like Google Summer of Code. We would like to understand what you feel about the changes. Tell us what you think about such tools as the Wikisource Pagelist Widget or the new Ebook Export tool.
Take the survey in English, French, Spanish, Polish, Hindi or Punjabi. The deadline is 25th July 2021.
This survey will be conducted via a third-party service, which may subject it to additional terms. For more information on privacy and data-handling, see the survey privacy statement (English, Spanish, French, Polish, Hindi and Punjabi).
If you prefer to send your answers via email, copy the text of the survey and send to email@example.com.
If you have any questions or feedback about the survey, write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು! SGill (WMF) ೨೨:೩೦, ೧೬ ಜುಲೈ ೨೦೨೧ (UTC)
[Wikimedia Foundation elections 2021] Candidates meet with South Asia + ESEAP communities[ಸಂಪಾದಿಸಿ]
As you may already know, the 2021 Board of Trustees elections are from 4 August 2021 to 17 August 2021. Members of the Wikimedia community have the opportunity to elect four candidates to a three-year term.
After a three-week-long Call for Candidates, there are 20 candidates for the 2021 election. This event is for community members of South Asian and ESEAP communities to know the candidates and interact with them.
- The event will be on 31 July 2021 (Saturday), and the timings are:
- India & Sri Lanka: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
- Bangladesh: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
- Nepal: 6:15 pm to 8:45 pm
- Afghanistan: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
- Pakistan & Maldives: 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
- For registration and other details, please visit the event page at m: Wikimedia Foundation elections/2021/Meetings/South Asia + ESEAP
KCVelaga (WMF), ೧೦:೦೦, ೧೯ ಜುಲೈ ೨೦೨೧ (UTC)