2023:Program/Governance/VAJKGN-Updates from AffCom

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Title: Updates from AffCom


Dumisani Ndubane

I work as part of the Community Resilience and Sustainability team in the Legal department to support community governance committees such as Affcom, Arbcom, Ombcom and other functionary committees. In this role, I aim to work with other Wikimedians to collaboratively and equitably build systems of governance to support effective movement management.

Suyash Dwivedi

I am an electronics engineer from India. I mostly edit on my home Wiki Hindi Wikipedia, Commons (Contributions), and Wikidata. I am Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the Affiliations Committee, Vice-Chair Commons Photographers User Group founder member of the Hindi Wikimedians User Group, and Ex-EC member of the Wikimedia India chapter. Developing new electronic gadgets, photography, interacting with people, learning new things, listening to Indian classical music, and watching plays are my hobbies. My work I am contributing to Wikipedia and its sister projects for more than 9 years. After attending WikiConference India 2016, and TTT2017, I felt there is a lot of work to do in the field of awareness of Wikipedia among societies and outreach activities so, so other than online editing I am more involved in organizing conferences, meetups, GLAM, online photography competitions like Wiki Love Monuments, Wikipedia Asian Month, etc.

Mehman Ibragimov

I started editing Wikimedia projects in 2016. My home wiki is Georgian Wikipedia. Since 2016, I have been a member of the WMGE, and since September 2017, I have been a Member of the Board of Wikimedia UG Georgia and, since 13 August 2019, the Chairman of the UG. Since January 2020, I have been a Member of the Affiliations Committee.

Jeffrey Keefer

Wojciech Pędzich

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Room: Room 310

Start time: Thu, 17 Aug 2023 10:00:00 +0800

End time: Thu, 17 Aug 2023 10:20:00 +0800

Type: Lecture

Track: Governance

Submission state: confirmed

Duration: 20 minutes

Do not record: false

Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

The Affiliations Committee is a Wikimedia community-run committee entrusted with advising the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees on the approval of new movement affiliates: national and subnational chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups.

In recent years, the committee has been improving its work processes and is also trying to introduce new approaches to the work of the affiliation, which is in line with the 2030 strategy.

In light of the new approaches, the Committee wants to share the latest updates with the community and also answer questions from the community.

Description[edit source]

The Affiliations Committee, Wikimedia community-run committee, makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees of WMF on the recognition, approval, and existence of Wikimedia movement affiliates and for facilitating the creation of those organizations. In other words, the Committee helps Wikimedians from all around the world self-organize into chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups and to gain official recognition from the Wikimedia Foundation.

We can guide you through the founding process of your organization by helping you to prepare bylaws, answering questions about what the Foundation expects from an affiliate, providing help and advice on solving common technical, trademark, administrative, and community-building issues, and—if appropriate—by approving limited financial support for starting up your activities (such as covering the costs of registration and running initial projects).

So we want as a committee to share our latest updates with the community to make things easier for them. This will help the community to understand our work better. And we will also answer questions from the community that they care about.

Further details[edit source]

Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

The Committee contributes through its work to improve the sustainability of the Wikimedia Movement for the future, including through collaboration, and supports diversity in affiliations.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Everyone can participate in this session

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Tick Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand