Dear Wikimedia friends,
I recently stepped down from my role as Senior Director, Communications at the Wikimedia Foundation. That was simultaneously a scary and exhilarating decision. I started working with the Wikimedia Foundation in January 2008, when, under Sue Gardner’s leadership, a handful of folks moved from St. Petersburg, Florida to the neighborhood we now call home in SoMa, San Francisco. This very blog was one of the first big projects I wanted to put into place, and I’m thrilled to see it has grown so much since then – over 1300 posts in dozens of languages, with contributions from members of our movement far and wide.
It’s been an incredible ride! From crazy press confusion and/or elation around our quirky medley of legal, free speech, technological, editorial issues and complexities, to the joys and triumphs of year after year of awe-inspiring fundraising, to launching incredible new features and products. We at the Foundation, and everyone in our movement, are at the helm of something unique and powerful. A one-of-a-kind non-profit, a truly mission-driven organization, powered by tens of thousands of passionate volunteers from every corner of the planet.
At the Foundation we all get to work on something(s) that will impact hundreds of millions of lives. It is such an incredible brand, and a seemingly (but we know it’s not!) impossible and crazy idea. It is wonderfully bigger than us all. It’s as big for us as it is for a 13 year old kid lost in some three hour scholastic kumite between Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds, hydrophobicity, ferromolybdenum, and Ep. 62 of BSG.
For many readers, our projects appear kind of static, but for those of us at the Foundation, we know different. They are made of, and exude, pure energy. It’s enriched uranium for humanity’s education. It’s what can make being part of all things Wikimedia simultaneously insane and awesome, but when we step back a few miles and take it all in, there’s nothing but amazement. Please keep remembering to step well back when trying to understand and fathom the greatness of it all.