Guy Kawasaki appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation

I’ve joined the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation. This entity is the parent organization of all the “Wiki” projects such as Wikipedia and other free-knowledge projects.

The activities of the Wikimedia Foundation represent one of the most important projects in the history of civilization.

Having helped democratize computing with Apple and currently helping to democratize design with Canva, how could I resist the opportunity to democratize knowledge with Wikimedia?

The Wikimedia Board of trustees has ten members. Can it get much cooler than helping Wikimedia change the world?

“Guy grasps what really moves people,” said Lila Tretikov, Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director. “His passion for extraordinary experiences is a perfect fit for Wikipedia’s remarkable mission. I am confident this will be an incredible collaboration.”

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Guy Kawasaki joins Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

San Francisco — March 24, 2015 — Today, the Wikimedia Foundation announced the newest member of its Board of Trustees, Guy Kawasaki. Guy is a noted entrepreneur, writer, and speaker. He currently serves as chief evangelist of Canva, an online, graphic-design service, and as an executive fellow of Haas Business School at the University of California, Berkeley.

“There are few projects in the history of the world that can have the long-term impact of Wikimedia.” said Guy. “The democratization of knowledge that Wikimedia stands for has been a long time in the coming, and I relish applying my passion and experience to this amazing mission.”

“Guy joins the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees at an exciting time,” said Jan-Bart de Vreede, Wikimedia Foundation board chair. “We have great opportunities ahead, and Guy brings a wealth of experience and perspective as we look to that future.”

Prior to joining Canva, Guy served as special advisor to the CEO of the Motorola business unit of Google. He is perhaps most widely known for his time at Apple, where he developed and popularized the concept of “secular evangelism” for Apple’s brand, culture, and products as the firm’s chief evangelist. Guy will continue in his full-time role as chief evangelist of Canva.

Guy is a New York Times bestselling author of books such as The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and ten other books about change, innovation, marketing, and disruption. He gives more than fifty keynote speeches a year and is a frequent public commentator on subjects such as innovation, enchantment, social media, evangelism, and entrepreneurship.

“Guy grasps what really moves people,” said Lila Tretikov, Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director. “His passion for extraordinary experiences is a perfect fit for Wikipedia’s remarkable mission. I am confident this will be an incredible collaboration.”

Guy holds an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA from Stanford University. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Guy is an American who resides with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Please see the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees for a complete biography of Guy Kawasaki.

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Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of Social Media, The Art of the Start, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

6 Comments

  1. Alan Dille March 24, 2015 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Congratulations on your incredible position. I know you are capable of doing the most, with that position. Hope you really enjoy it. Thanks for taking the Responsibility…
    I am an IAS Member and I hope you can find out about that, and see that there are also 100,000’s of us working hard, on creating a Better world. When you can get one, out of his past; and living in the MOMENT. he becomes sane, and can see the TRUTH to things, which will help this world, become much saner. Any problem one has; is because, he cannot see, the exact truth of it…

  2. Turhan Akyol March 24, 2015 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Congratulations, it is great to know how a man like you will be managing my favorite source for information online. I look forward to seeing less biased posts on Wikipedia now that you’re running the show 🙂

  3. JohanPersynj March 28, 2015 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Congratulations ! the democratization of knowledge is amazing ! thank you ! Love and blessings!

  4. Guy Kawasaki March 30, 2015 at 12:05 pm - Reply

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  5. Paul Andy March 30, 2015 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Thats great News. I am a great fan of yours and have learned very much from you

  6. kquotes.com April 6, 2015 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Congratulations, it is great to know how a man like you will be managing my favorite source for information online. love quotes

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