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[Wikimedia-l] Thank you and farewell

Sati Houston
Hi All,

After almost 5 years at WMF, I’ve decided to move on from the Foundation.
My last day will be June 4th.

These last few years have been an unexpected journey. When Anasuya Senguta
and Jessie Wild recruited me in 2014, I didn't know what awaited me. I
didn't know that I could learn so much about epistemology, power,
resilience, and community in such a short period of time. I couldn't know
how indelibly I would change - in my perspectives, my approaches, and my
beliefs.

But I have learned *so much*. From the countless conversations I've had and
observed. From working with hundreds of staff and volunteers to understand
different community needs
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Capacity_Development>[1], build new
tools <https://eventmetrics.wmflabs.org/>[2], reflect
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Strategy/Wikimedia_Foundation_grantmaking_review/Intro>[3]
on
current programs, understand the breadth and depth of our gaps
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_equity_report_2018>[4], understand
our longer-term impact <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Impact>[5],
and find the path forward.

And because we are Wikimedia, it's unsurprising that I leave having learned
the limits of my own knowledge, the power of collective discourse
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensemaking>[6], and the weight of my own
power and privilege in seeing systemic, cultural change happen.

This journey honestly wasn’t an easy ride. I laughed and cried, triumphed
and despaired, argued and made up; I felt supported and isolated, powerful
and powerless. I saw the tremendous beauty that Wikimedia creates and the
long road still to come.

But despite the rough ride, when I think back on my time here I will always
treasure the kaleidoscope of small moments that brought me joy: grammar
advice from Asaf, introducing Felix to Korean food, learning that many of
you are artists or musicians or poets, learning wikitext (yes, I actually
enjoyed that), dancing until my feet hurt, learning to love karaoke,
impromptu lunches and dinners, and many *many* walks and virtual coffee
chats.

So thank you all for sharing your wisdom, humor, and time with me. Thank
you Wikimedia for being a place that I could grow and learn. I will still
be around on the interwebs (and in San Francisco if you ever are in town),
and look forward to watching how you grow.

For now, I leave you with this quote:

"In a complex, technological world, most of us are experts at something.
More importantly, being a true expert means having a healthy dose of
humility. If you have really studied something and really gone deep into
how it works, then you should come away knowing how much you don't know. *In
a sense, that is the real definition of an expert — knowing the limits of
one's own knowledge.*" - Adam Frank, National Public Radio [7]

With much love,
Sati

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Capacity_Development
[2] https://eventmetrics.wmflabs.org/
[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Strategy/Wikimedia_Foundation_grantmaking_review/Intro
[4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_equity_report_2018
[5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Impact
[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensemaking
[7]
https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/04/07/522992390/why-expertise-matters

--

Sati Houston
Senior Strategist, Grants
Wikimedia Foundation <http://www.wikimediafoundation.org>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you and farewell

Dumisani Ndubane
I am truly shattered to hear this

I hope that we as an organization will learn from your departure, how we
have failed you and how we can stop failing other Satis that will walk
through our org door. Am taking time to process this and it hurts right
now. Its hurts really bad.

At the very least, I hope we can stay friends and that you will continue to
find ways to share your wisdom in how we can better learn from the work we
do and the support we give to the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who make
this mission even worthwhile.

Hugs

Dumisani Ndubane

Monitoring & Evaluation Strategist

Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>



On Thu, May 16, 2019 at 10:32 PM Sati Houston <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> After almost 5 years at WMF, I’ve decided to move on from the Foundation.
> My last day will be June 4th.
>
> These last few years have been an unexpected journey. When Anasuya Senguta
> and Jessie Wild recruited me in 2014, I didn't know what awaited me. I
> didn't know that I could learn so much about epistemology, power,
> resilience, and community in such a short period of time. I couldn't know
> how indelibly I would change - in my perspectives, my approaches, and my
> beliefs.
>
> But I have learned *so much*. From the countless conversations I've had and
> observed. From working with hundreds of staff and volunteers to understand
> different community needs
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Capacity_Development>[1],
> build new
> tools <https://eventmetrics.wmflabs.org/>[2], reflect
> <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Strategy/Wikimedia_Foundation_grantmaking_review/Intro
> >[3]
> on
> current programs, understand the breadth and depth of our gaps
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_equity_report_2018>[4], understand
> our longer-term impact <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Impact>[5],
> and find the path forward.
>
> And because we are Wikimedia, it's unsurprising that I leave having learned
> the limits of my own knowledge, the power of collective discourse
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensemaking>[6], and the weight of my own
> power and privilege in seeing systemic, cultural change happen.
>
> This journey honestly wasn’t an easy ride. I laughed and cried, triumphed
> and despaired, argued and made up; I felt supported and isolated, powerful
> and powerless. I saw the tremendous beauty that Wikimedia creates and the
> long road still to come.
>
> But despite the rough ride, when I think back on my time here I will always
> treasure the kaleidoscope of small moments that brought me joy: grammar
> advice from Asaf, introducing Felix to Korean food, learning that many of
> you are artists or musicians or poets, learning wikitext (yes, I actually
> enjoyed that), dancing until my feet hurt, learning to love karaoke,
> impromptu lunches and dinners, and many *many* walks and virtual coffee
> chats.
>
> So thank you all for sharing your wisdom, humor, and time with me. Thank
> you Wikimedia for being a place that I could grow and learn. I will still
> be around on the interwebs (and in San Francisco if you ever are in town),
> and look forward to watching how you grow.
>
> For now, I leave you with this quote:
>
> "In a complex, technological world, most of us are experts at something.
> More importantly, being a true expert means having a healthy dose of
> humility. If you have really studied something and really gone deep into
> how it works, then you should come away knowing how much you don't know.
> *In
> a sense, that is the real definition of an expert — knowing the limits of
> one's own knowledge.*" - Adam Frank, National Public Radio [7]
>
> With much love,
> Sati
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Capacity_Development
> [2] https://eventmetrics.wmflabs.org/
> [3]
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Strategy/Wikimedia_Foundation_grantmaking_review/Intro
> [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_equity_report_2018
> [5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Impact
> [6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensemaking
> [7]
>
> https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/04/07/522992390/why-expertise-matters
>
> --
>
> Sati Houston
> Senior Strategist, Grants
> Wikimedia Foundation <http://www.wikimediafoundation.org>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you and farewell

Benjamin Ikuta
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What did you learn about epistemology?




On May 16, 2019, at 1:21 PM, Sati Houston <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> After almost 5 years at WMF, I’ve decided to move on from the Foundation.
> My last day will be June 4th.
>
> These last few years have been an unexpected journey. When Anasuya Senguta
> and Jessie Wild recruited me in 2014, I didn't know what awaited me. I
> didn't know that I could learn so much about epistemology, power,
> resilience, and community in such a short period of time. I couldn't know
> how indelibly I would change - in my perspectives, my approaches, and my
> beliefs.
>
> But I have learned *so much*. From the countless conversations I've had and
> observed. From working with hundreds of staff and volunteers to understand
> different community needs
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Capacity_Development>[1], build new
> tools <https://eventmetrics.wmflabs.org/>[2], reflect
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Strategy/Wikimedia_Foundation_grantmaking_review/Intro>[3]
> on
> current programs, understand the breadth and depth of our gaps
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_equity_report_2018>[4], understand
> our longer-term impact <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Impact>[5],
> and find the path forward.
>
> And because we are Wikimedia, it's unsurprising that I leave having learned
> the limits of my own knowledge, the power of collective discourse
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensemaking>[6], and the weight of my own
> power and privilege in seeing systemic, cultural change happen.
>
> This journey honestly wasn’t an easy ride. I laughed and cried, triumphed
> and despaired, argued and made up; I felt supported and isolated, powerful
> and powerless. I saw the tremendous beauty that Wikimedia creates and the
> long road still to come.
>
> But despite the rough ride, when I think back on my time here I will always
> treasure the kaleidoscope of small moments that brought me joy: grammar
> advice from Asaf, introducing Felix to Korean food, learning that many of
> you are artists or musicians or poets, learning wikitext (yes, I actually
> enjoyed that), dancing until my feet hurt, learning to love karaoke,
> impromptu lunches and dinners, and many *many* walks and virtual coffee
> chats.
>
> So thank you all for sharing your wisdom, humor, and time with me. Thank
> you Wikimedia for being a place that I could grow and learn. I will still
> be around on the interwebs (and in San Francisco if you ever are in town),
> and look forward to watching how you grow.
>
> For now, I leave you with this quote:
>
> "In a complex, technological world, most of us are experts at something.
> More importantly, being a true expert means having a healthy dose of
> humility. If you have really studied something and really gone deep into
> how it works, then you should come away knowing how much you don't know. *In
> a sense, that is the real definition of an expert — knowing the limits of
> one's own knowledge.*" - Adam Frank, National Public Radio [7]
>
> With much love,
> Sati
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Capacity_Development
> [2] https://eventmetrics.wmflabs.org/
> [3]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Strategy/Wikimedia_Foundation_grantmaking_review/Intro
> [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_equity_report_2018
> [5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Impact
> [6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensemaking
> [7]
> https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/04/07/522992390/why-expertise-matters
>
> --
>
> Sati Houston
> Senior Strategist, Grants
> Wikimedia Foundation <http://www.wikimediafoundation.org>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you and farewell

John Erling Blad
<rant>
To be an organization so devoted to knowledge, Wikimedia as such (the
projects communities included) knows very little about epistemology. A
collection of mere facts, even referenced, is nothing more than
information.
</rant>

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Joseph Fox
Maybe let's not turn this into a debate about what epistemology is.

*Joseph Fox*
enwp.org/user:foxj


On Thu, 16 May 2019 at 16:26, John Erling Blad <[hidden email]> wrote:

> <rant>
> To be an organization so devoted to knowledge, Wikimedia as such (the
> projects communities included) knows very little about epistemology. A
> collection of mere facts, even referenced, is nothing more than
> information.
> </rant>
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you and farewell

Isarra Yos
On 16/05/2019 23:29, Joseph Fox wrote:
> Maybe let's not turn this into a debate about what epistemology is.

Would this really be the Wikimedia we all know and love if we didn't?

Regardless, I'm glad Sati took the time to write this up. I thought it
was an excellent description of just how truly terrible and wonderful
things can be around here, and such poetry put to words only does us
good, really. Now let's bikeshed!

-I

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Natacha Rault via Wikimedia-l
Dear Sati,

I wish you all the best for the future and I feel like we are losing a very valuable person.
Thank for sharing your thoughts about the “limit of knowledge”. Of course some of us would certainly like to know why we are losing you. I would in any case.

Kind regards,

Natacha




>> Le 17 mai 2019 à 01:50, Isarra Yos <[hidden email]> a écrit :
>>
>> On 16/05/2019 23:29, Joseph Fox wrote:
>> Maybe let's not turn this into a debate about what epistemology is.
>
> Would this really be the Wikimedia we all know and love if we didn't?
>
> Regardless, I'm glad Sati took the time to write this up. I thought it was an excellent description of just how truly terrible and wonderful things can be around here, and such poetry put to words only does us good, really. Now let's bikeshed!
>
> -I
>
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camelia boban
Hi Sati,
So sad to hear this but so happy for your growth and your future.
Never forget our crazy dances.

A big big hug for now.

With ❤️, Camelia

On Fri, May 17, 2019, 9:53 AM Natacha Rault via Wikimedia-l <
[hidden email]> wrote:

> Dear Sati,
>
> I wish you all the best for the future and I feel like we are losing a
> very valuable person.
> Thank for sharing your thoughts about the “limit of knowledge”. Of course
> some of us would certainly like to know why we are losing you. I would in
> any case.
>
> Kind regards,
>
> Natacha
>
>
>
>
> >> Le 17 mai 2019 à 01:50, Isarra Yos <[hidden email]> a écrit :
> >>
> >> On 16/05/2019 23:29, Joseph Fox wrote:
> >> Maybe let's not turn this into a debate about what epistemology is.
> >
> > Would this really be the Wikimedia we all know and love if we didn't?
> >
> > Regardless, I'm glad Sati took the time to write this up. I thought it
> was an excellent description of just how truly terrible and wonderful
> things can be around here, and such poetry put to words only does us good,
> really. Now let's bikeshed!
> >
> > -I
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you and farewell

bobby shabangu
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All the best for the future Sati.

Regards,
Bobby Shabangu

On Fri, 17 May 2019 at 09:53, Natacha Rault via Wikimedia-l <
[hidden email]> wrote:

> Dear Sati,
>
> I wish you all the best for the future and I feel like we are losing a
> very valuable person.
> Thank for sharing your thoughts about the “limit of knowledge”. Of course
> some of us would certainly like to know why we are losing you. I would in
> any case.
>
> Kind regards,
>
> Natacha
>
>
>
>
> >> Le 17 mai 2019 à 01:50, Isarra Yos <[hidden email]> a écrit :
> >>
> >> On 16/05/2019 23:29, Joseph Fox wrote:
> >> Maybe let's not turn this into a debate about what epistemology is.
> >
> > Would this really be the Wikimedia we all know and love if we didn't?
> >
> > Regardless, I'm glad Sati took the time to write this up. I thought it
> was an excellent description of just how truly terrible and wonderful
> things can be around here, and such poetry put to words only does us good,
> really. Now let's bikeshed!
> >
> > -I
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you and farewell

Kalliope Tsouroupidou
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I am very sad to see you leave, Sati. Your absence will be a net loss for
the Foundation, but knowing that it has enabled you to grow, with all the
growing pains hat growth entails, is consoling. I hope your new course
takes you closer to fulfilling your dreams.

See you on the dance floor, somewhere out there!!!

Big hugs and warm wishes for the best,

K.

On Fri, 17 May 2019 at 11:30, camelia boban <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hi Sati,
> So sad to hear this but so happy for your growth and your future.
> Never forget our crazy dances.
>
> A big big hug for now.
>
> With ❤️, Camelia
>
> On Fri, May 17, 2019, 9:53 AM Natacha Rault via Wikimedia-l <
> [hidden email]> wrote:
>
> > Dear Sati,
> >
> > I wish you all the best for the future and I feel like we are losing a
> > very valuable person.
> > Thank for sharing your thoughts about the “limit of knowledge”. Of course
> > some of us would certainly like to know why we are losing you. I would in
> > any case.
> >
> > Kind regards,
> >
> > Natacha
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > >> Le 17 mai 2019 à 01:50, Isarra Yos <[hidden email]> a écrit :
> > >>
> > >> On 16/05/2019 23:29, Joseph Fox wrote:
> > >> Maybe let's not turn this into a debate about what epistemology is.
> > >
> > > Would this really be the Wikimedia we all know and love if we didn't?
> > >
> > > Regardless, I'm glad Sati took the time to write this up. I thought it
> > was an excellent description of just how truly terrible and wonderful
> > things can be around here, and such poetry put to words only does us
> good,
> > really. Now let's bikeshed!
> > >
> > > -I
> > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you and farewell

Felix Nartey
Oh dear Sati,

Its a really sad day for me, thanks for being a friend and a mentor. Its
always being exciting working with you and I will miss that a lot, but we
have to do it one last time before you leave RA WG awaits you!

Gosh I will miss the adventures of an Eskimo :-), I wish you the best on
your next adventure.

Don't be a stranger!

On Fri, May 17, 2019 at 10:57 AM Kalliope Tsouroupidou <
[hidden email]> wrote:

> I am very sad to see you leave, Sati. Your absence will be a net loss for
> the Foundation, but knowing that it has enabled you to grow, with all the
> growing pains hat growth entails, is consoling. I hope your new course
> takes you closer to fulfilling your dreams.
>
> See you on the dance floor, somewhere out there!!!
>
> Big hugs and warm wishes for the best,
>
> K.
>
> On Fri, 17 May 2019 at 11:30, camelia boban <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi Sati,
> > So sad to hear this but so happy for your growth and your future.
> > Never forget our crazy dances.
> >
> > A big big hug for now.
> >
> > With ❤️, Camelia
> >
> > On Fri, May 17, 2019, 9:53 AM Natacha Rault via Wikimedia-l <
> > [hidden email]> wrote:
> >
> > > Dear Sati,
> > >
> > > I wish you all the best for the future and I feel like we are losing a
> > > very valuable person.
> > > Thank for sharing your thoughts about the “limit of knowledge”. Of
> course
> > > some of us would certainly like to know why we are losing you. I would
> in
> > > any case.
> > >
> > > Kind regards,
> > >
> > > Natacha
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > >> Le 17 mai 2019 à 01:50, Isarra Yos <[hidden email]> a écrit :
> > > >>
> > > >> On 16/05/2019 23:29, Joseph Fox wrote:
> > > >> Maybe let's not turn this into a debate about what epistemology is.
> > > >
> > > > Would this really be the Wikimedia we all know and love if we didn't?
> > > >
> > > > Regardless, I'm glad Sati took the time to write this up. I thought
> it
> > > was an excellent description of just how truly terrible and wonderful
> > > things can be around here, and such poetry put to words only does us
> > good,
> > > really. Now let's bikeshed!
> > > >
> > > > -I
> > > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you and farewell

E. Sanz
Hi Sati,
We were working together paste year in Berlin for a while but I had an
excellent impression of you. I think you are brilliant! Thanks for
everything.

Elena Sanz

*Secretaria de Wikimedia España*







On Fri, 17 May 2019 at 13:20, Felix Nartey <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Oh dear Sati,
>
> Its a really sad day for me, thanks for being a friend and a mentor. Its
> always being exciting working with you and I will miss that a lot, but we
> have to do it one last time before you leave RA WG awaits you!
>
> Gosh I will miss the adventures of an Eskimo :-), I wish you the best on
> your next adventure.
>
> Don't be a stranger!
>
> On Fri, May 17, 2019 at 10:57 AM Kalliope Tsouroupidou <
> [hidden email]> wrote:
>
> > I am very sad to see you leave, Sati. Your absence will be a net loss for
> > the Foundation, but knowing that it has enabled you to grow, with all the
> > growing pains hat growth entails, is consoling. I hope your new course
> > takes you closer to fulfilling your dreams.
> >
> > See you on the dance floor, somewhere out there!!!
> >
> > Big hugs and warm wishes for the best,
> >
> > K.
> >
> > On Fri, 17 May 2019 at 11:30, camelia boban <[hidden email]>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Hi Sati,
> > > So sad to hear this but so happy for your growth and your future.
> > > Never forget our crazy dances.
> > >
> > > A big big hug for now.
> > >
> > > With ❤️, Camelia
> > >
> > > On Fri, May 17, 2019, 9:53 AM Natacha Rault via Wikimedia-l <
> > > [hidden email]> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Dear Sati,
> > > >
> > > > I wish you all the best for the future and I feel like we are losing
> a
> > > > very valuable person.
> > > > Thank for sharing your thoughts about the “limit of knowledge”. Of
> > course
> > > > some of us would certainly like to know why we are losing you. I
> would
> > in
> > > > any case.
> > > >
> > > > Kind regards,
> > > >
> > > > Natacha
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > >> Le 17 mai 2019 à 01:50, Isarra Yos <[hidden email]> a écrit
> :
> > > > >>
> > > > >> On 16/05/2019 23:29, Joseph Fox wrote:
> > > > >> Maybe let's not turn this into a debate about what epistemology
> is.
> > > > >
> > > > > Would this really be the Wikimedia we all know and love if we
> didn't?
> > > > >
> > > > > Regardless, I'm glad Sati took the time to write this up. I thought
> > it
> > > > was an excellent description of just how truly terrible and wonderful
> > > > things can be around here, and such poetry put to words only does us
> > > good,
> > > > really. Now let's bikeshed!
> > > > >
> > > > > -I
> > > > >
> > > > > _______________________________________________
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you and farewell

Joseph Seddon-6
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Sati.

You are and will have been one of the single smartest minds we've ever had
at the Wikimedia Foundation. The Wikimedia Foundation, both as a whole and
the individuals who make it up, will be lesser without your presence and
your insight and it will be noticeable and felt throughout for many years.

Best of luck
Seddon

On Fri, 17 May 2019, 12:19 Felix Nartey, <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Oh dear Sati,
>
> Its a really sad day for me, thanks for being a friend and a mentor. Its
> always being exciting working with you and I will miss that a lot, but we
> have to do it one last time before you leave RA WG awaits you!
>
> Gosh I will miss the adventures of an Eskimo :-), I wish you the best on
> your next adventure.
>
> Don't be a stranger!
>
> On Fri, May 17, 2019 at 10:57 AM Kalliope Tsouroupidou <
> [hidden email]> wrote:
>
> > I am very sad to see you leave, Sati. Your absence will be a net loss for
> > the Foundation, but knowing that it has enabled you to grow, with all the
> > growing pains hat growth entails, is consoling. I hope your new course
> > takes you closer to fulfilling your dreams.
> >
> > See you on the dance floor, somewhere out there!!!
> >
> > Big hugs and warm wishes for the best,
> >
> > K.
> >
> > On Fri, 17 May 2019 at 11:30, camelia boban <[hidden email]>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Hi Sati,
> > > So sad to hear this but so happy for your growth and your future.
> > > Never forget our crazy dances.
> > >
> > > A big big hug for now.
> > >
> > > With ❤️, Camelia
> > >
> > > On Fri, May 17, 2019, 9:53 AM Natacha Rault via Wikimedia-l <
> > > [hidden email]> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Dear Sati,
> > > >
> > > > I wish you all the best for the future and I feel like we are losing
> a
> > > > very valuable person.
> > > > Thank for sharing your thoughts about the “limit of knowledge”. Of
> > course
> > > > some of us would certainly like to know why we are losing you. I
> would
> > in
> > > > any case.
> > > >
> > > > Kind regards,
> > > >
> > > > Natacha
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > >> Le 17 mai 2019 à 01:50, Isarra Yos <[hidden email]> a écrit
> :
> > > > >>
> > > > >> On 16/05/2019 23:29, Joseph Fox wrote:
> > > > >> Maybe let's not turn this into a debate about what epistemology
> is.
> > > > >
> > > > > Would this really be the Wikimedia we all know and love if we
> didn't?
> > > > >
> > > > > Regardless, I'm glad Sati took the time to write this up. I thought
> > it
> > > > was an excellent description of just how truly terrible and wonderful
> > > > things can be around here, and such poetry put to words only does us
> > > good,
> > > > really. Now let's bikeshed!
> > > > >
> > > > > -I
> > > > >
> > > > > _______________________________________________
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you and farewell

Florence Devouard-6
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Hello Sati

I am sorry to hear about your departure. You were an important asset of
the Wikimedia Foundation. Farewell Sati and thank you for your
contributions during the journey !

Florence



Le 16/05/2019 à 22:21, Sati Houston a écrit :

> Hi All,
>
> After almost 5 years at WMF, I’ve decided to move on from the Foundation.
> My last day will be June 4th.
>
> These last few years have been an unexpected journey. When Anasuya Senguta
> and Jessie Wild recruited me in 2014, I didn't know what awaited me. I
> didn't know that I could learn so much about epistemology, power,
> resilience, and community in such a short period of time. I couldn't know
> how indelibly I would change - in my perspectives, my approaches, and my
> beliefs.
>
> But I have learned *so much*. From the countless conversations I've had and
> observed. From working with hundreds of staff and volunteers to understand
> different community needs
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Capacity_Development>[1], build new
> tools <https://eventmetrics.wmflabs.org/>[2], reflect
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Strategy/Wikimedia_Foundation_grantmaking_review/Intro>[3]
> on
> current programs, understand the breadth and depth of our gaps
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_equity_report_2018>[4], understand
> our longer-term impact <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Impact>[5],
> and find the path forward.
>
> And because we are Wikimedia, it's unsurprising that I leave having learned
> the limits of my own knowledge, the power of collective discourse
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensemaking>[6], and the weight of my own
> power and privilege in seeing systemic, cultural change happen.
>
> This journey honestly wasn’t an easy ride. I laughed and cried, triumphed
> and despaired, argued and made up; I felt supported and isolated, powerful
> and powerless. I saw the tremendous beauty that Wikimedia creates and the
> long road still to come.
>
> But despite the rough ride, when I think back on my time here I will always
> treasure the kaleidoscope of small moments that brought me joy: grammar
> advice from Asaf, introducing Felix to Korean food, learning that many of
> you are artists or musicians or poets, learning wikitext (yes, I actually
> enjoyed that), dancing until my feet hurt, learning to love karaoke,
> impromptu lunches and dinners, and many *many* walks and virtual coffee
> chats.
>
> So thank you all for sharing your wisdom, humor, and time with me. Thank
> you Wikimedia for being a place that I could grow and learn. I will still
> be around on the interwebs (and in San Francisco if you ever are in town),
> and look forward to watching how you grow.
>
> For now, I leave you with this quote:
>
> "In a complex, technological world, most of us are experts at something.
> More importantly, being a true expert means having a healthy dose of
> humility. If you have really studied something and really gone deep into
> how it works, then you should come away knowing how much you don't know. *In
> a sense, that is the real definition of an expert — knowing the limits of
> one's own knowledge.*" - Adam Frank, National Public Radio [7]
>
> With much love,
> Sati
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Capacity_Development
> [2] https://eventmetrics.wmflabs.org/
> [3]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Strategy/Wikimedia_Foundation_grantmaking_review/Intro
> [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_equity_report_2018
> [5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Impact
> [6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensemaking
> [7]
> https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/04/07/522992390/why-expertise-matters
>


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you and farewell

Alex Stinson-4
I want to echo Seddon's comment: you are one of the most capable, incisive
and strategic thinkers at the Foundation. Our movement is weaker with the
loss of both your insight and your ability to embody the individual voices
from throughout the movement channelled through your research. You have
created a powerful legacy.

I know you will do amazing things with whatever is next!

Cheers,

Alex

On Fri, May 17, 2019 at 9:49 AM Florence Devouard <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> Hello Sati
>
> I am sorry to hear about your departure. You were an important asset of
> the Wikimedia Foundation. Farewell Sati and thank you for your
> contributions during the journey !
>
> Florence
>
>
>
> Le 16/05/2019 à 22:21, Sati Houston a écrit :
> > Hi All,
> >
> > After almost 5 years at WMF, I’ve decided to move on from the Foundation.
> > My last day will be June 4th.
> >
> > These last few years have been an unexpected journey. When Anasuya
> Senguta
> > and Jessie Wild recruited me in 2014, I didn't know what awaited me. I
> > didn't know that I could learn so much about epistemology, power,
> > resilience, and community in such a short period of time. I couldn't know
> > how indelibly I would change - in my perspectives, my approaches, and my
> > beliefs.
> >
> > But I have learned *so much*. From the countless conversations I've had
> and
> > observed. From working with hundreds of staff and volunteers to
> understand
> > different community needs
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Capacity_Development>[1],
> build new
> > tools <https://eventmetrics.wmflabs.org/>[2], reflect
> > <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Strategy/Wikimedia_Foundation_grantmaking_review/Intro
> >[3]
> > on
> > current programs, understand the breadth and depth of our gaps
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_equity_report_2018>[4],
> understand
> > our longer-term impact <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Impact
> >[5],
> > and find the path forward.
> >
> > And because we are Wikimedia, it's unsurprising that I leave having
> learned
> > the limits of my own knowledge, the power of collective discourse
> > <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensemaking>[6], and the weight of my own
> > power and privilege in seeing systemic, cultural change happen.
> >
> > This journey honestly wasn’t an easy ride. I laughed and cried, triumphed
> > and despaired, argued and made up; I felt supported and isolated,
> powerful
> > and powerless. I saw the tremendous beauty that Wikimedia creates and the
> > long road still to come.
> >
> > But despite the rough ride, when I think back on my time here I will
> always
> > treasure the kaleidoscope of small moments that brought me joy: grammar
> > advice from Asaf, introducing Felix to Korean food, learning that many of
> > you are artists or musicians or poets, learning wikitext (yes, I actually
> > enjoyed that), dancing until my feet hurt, learning to love karaoke,
> > impromptu lunches and dinners, and many *many* walks and virtual coffee
> > chats.
> >
> > So thank you all for sharing your wisdom, humor, and time with me. Thank
> > you Wikimedia for being a place that I could grow and learn. I will still
> > be around on the interwebs (and in San Francisco if you ever are in
> town),
> > and look forward to watching how you grow.
> >
> > For now, I leave you with this quote:
> >
> > "In a complex, technological world, most of us are experts at something.
> > More importantly, being a true expert means having a healthy dose of
> > humility. If you have really studied something and really gone deep into
> > how it works, then you should come away knowing how much you don't know.
> *In
> > a sense, that is the real definition of an expert — knowing the limits of
> > one's own knowledge.*" - Adam Frank, National Public Radio [7]
> >
> > With much love,
> > Sati
> >
> > [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Capacity_Development
> > [2] https://eventmetrics.wmflabs.org/
> > [3]
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Strategy/Wikimedia_Foundation_grantmaking_review/Intro
> > [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gender_equity_report_2018
> > [5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Impact
> > [6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensemaking
> > [7]
> >
> https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/04/07/522992390/why-expertise-matters
> >
>
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you and farewell

Pine W
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Dear Sati,

Although I don't know you well, I remember you asking questions during some
meetings that I thought were good questions. I very much appreciate you
posting to this list to say goodbye. I hope that this goodbye is temporary,
and I hope to see you around the Wikiverse in the future.

Ever onward,


Pine

( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
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