Me, shot by the awesome Lane Hartwell

I’m the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization behind Wikipedia. The Wikimedia Foundation is a weird organization, full of contradictions and ambiguity and messiness. We are deeply rooted in the free software / free culture movement, which is still generally perceived as ‘fringe’ and ‘radical,’ and yet we operate one of the world’s most popular websites. We share attributes with large cultural and educational institutions and also with Silicon Valley start-ups. We’re young, growing fast, and experimenting a lot.

I was born to Canadian parents in Bridgetown, Barbados on May 11, 1967. I’ve lived most of my life in Canada, on the east coast and in and near Toronto, and also in Barbados, Bermuda, New York, St. Petersburg Florida and San Francisco.

This blog is just a place for me to put some of the stuff I’m thinking about. Some of it may be useful to Wikimedians, or to people who are interested in radically open leadership. But mostly at this point, it’s for me. It’s a personal blog, which may or may not reflect the official position of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Some other stuff:

All content here is CC-BY-SA, which means you are free to share, adapt and reuse it, as long as you adhere to the conditions of the Creative Commons license.