Welcome back from Wikimania 2016!
- Option 1: Shared Experience: What is one way you shared something from your experience with your community (either locally or globally), after the event?
- There were several emails on the Wikimedia list. Specifically here is the blog post that I wrote and the WikiAfrica team released a newsletter with 3 articles that related to Wikipedians from Africa at Wikimania.
Wikimania is less about making connections and more about cementing friendships and colloaborations face-to-face. I found Wikimania London a bit overwhelming due to the shear size and the numbers of people. However there were several new people that I met and many fascinating and insightful conversations that I had. It was also a good opportunity for the African Wikimedians to get together and we had two interesting discussions.
At Wikimania London I co-presented KUMUSHA TAKES WIKI: ACTIVATING COMMUNITIES ACROSS AFRICA with User:Anthere. As there were few people from Africa at the conference we decided to give people an overview of the Wikipedia landscape in Africa, and the work that had been done - as well as, the Kumusha Takes Wiki project. You can view the slides here
One of the only overwhelming negative impressions that I had was that the difficult or awkward subjects - women, lgbti or Africa/Global South - were lumped together under diversity and placed in the most difficult and the farthest possible room. It was pretty insulting for a movement that insists it is trying to cope with its lack of diversity. I really hope that future Wikimanias do not do this. I am sure it will not happen again.