Community Engagement/Leadership Development Dialogue
Leadership Development DialogueEdit
For every leader one might identify, there are dozens within the Wikimedia movement who might also step up to lead, if given access to the right resources and encouragement. The Wikimedia Foundation and movement affiliates already support and collaborate with leaders, mentors, and guides in the Wikimedia movement, but there are also many people throughout the movement who don’t get direct support for their leadership development activities from the Wikimedia Foundation or from movement affiliates.
The Community Engagement department needs your ideas about (1) how we can design opportunities for leaders that are inclusive, to help leaders develop skills and mentor one another, and (2) how we can describe leaders in our movement. Your input will be included in upcoming training events such as Learning Days, and also may be be used to design or expand leadership development activities supported by the Wikimedia Foundation. Read more.
There are many ways to participate. Share a new idea, add to or comment on an existing idea, ask a question, or vote on words and labels. Please join us for discussion on the talk page!
The Current ConsultationEdit
We need feedback in two areas:
|How can we design opportunities in a way that better supports leaders to learn from one another?||Selection practices and design of a peer academy |
The first aim of this consultation is to gain community input on how to design a peer academy for community members who would like to guide their communities and mentor fellow Wikimedians. The peer academy would be a series of regular events for community leaders that want to improve the skills they need to lead.
Just as a university has several schools, degree tracks, and courses, in which all learners are enrolled but take part in different classes based on their various pathways; people in our movement have different interests and activities. We would like to connect learners across different interests and activities, to communicate about opportunities for leadership development, and be transparent about how Wikimedians can take part in this program. In turn, these learners will become peer mentors when they learn ways to share their leadership skills with others in their communities.
|How do we understand and describe peer mentoring and leadership in our movement?||The language we use for leadership|
We call community members who guide their communities and mentor their fellow Wikimedians “leaders", but the word “leader” does not always translate well between languages and cultures. A second aim of this consultation is to gain broader input on the language we use to talk about "leaders", and to better understand what makes a leader in the Wikimedia movement.
Small focus groups over the last year have shown that many community members share a similar basic understanding of the leadership traits we want to encourage in our movement. If we can better understand what traits our leaders share, we can encourage and develop these characteristics in new leaders. This could strengthen communities and help them become more sustainable.
Background and rationaleEdit
|Why leadership development?
|Why do we need your ideas?||Your ideas will help us develop leadership training and mentoring opportunities in the Wikimedia movement, and decide whom to include and how.
|What have we learned so far?
Presentations, blogs and moreEdit
- Read the blog about this online dialogue.
- Read about how the Foundation's Community Engagement teams are working to support Leadership Development in the 2017-2018 Annual Plan
- Review our session documentation from our Wikimedia Conference 2017 presentation
- Learn about Learning Days
Watch the public presentation of the dialogue.