Minutes/2011-11-06

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Wikimedia Foundation Board meeting minutes
November 6, 2011 17:00 UTC
IRC
Prepared by: Phoebe Ayers, Secretary
Purpose: This was a special meeting called to discuss movement roles recommendations.

Attendance

Trustees present were:

  • Ting Chen (Chair)
  • Jan-Bart de Vreede (Vice-Chair)
  • Stu West (Treasurer)
  • Phoebe Ayers (Secretary)
  • Matt Halprin
  • Samuel Klein
  • Arne Klempert
  • Bishakha Datta
  • Jimmy Wales
  • Kat Walsh

A quorum was determined, and the meeting was begun at 17:10 UTC by the chair, who presided.

Agenda

The Board discussed the recommendations from the Movement Roles project (http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Movement_roles/recommendations/board), in particular the recommendations about the affiliations committee and new models.

There was general support for new models; the Board will continue to discuss online how we might move forward with a process for recognizing them. There was a desire expressed to make sure that any future committees are effective, from their inception. There is not yet agreement on what the best way to ensure the success of these committees - whether a staff, board or community (or combination) committee. The Board will draft a reply to the movement roles group in reply to the recommendations. There were no votes taken at this meeting.

Housekeeping

There was a reminder to review minutes from the October 7-8 meeting and to add Trustee activities to the latest Board report. There was also a reminder to the Board to participate in the fundraising discussions around criteria going on at http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_Discussion. A corporate authorization resolution for a bank account with Rabobank, N.A. was passed.

The meeting was adjourned at 18:03UTC.