Projet sur l’apprentissage et la prise de responsabilités dans le mouvement

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Movement Learning and Leadership Development Project

One of the primary goals of the Community Development Team is to develop learning curriculums and volunteer training for Wikimedia volunteers, as well as to distribute resources that may guide and inform Wikimedia communities. One of our intentions is to help create a welcoming and sustainable environment on Wikimedia. In 2019, to help creative more effective programming, we conducted research to better understand how Wikimedia volunteers grow and develop.

This research project support a critical objective: to build towards the inclusion and engagement of everyone so that “everyone -- those already within our Movement and anyone who wishes to join – can play a role in capturing, sharing, and enabling access to free knowledge”[1]. The Wikimedia Movement Strategy which voiced this objective also directs us to invest in skills and leadership direction, firm in the belief that “Leadership skills are key to building a Movement that represents global diversity”[2].

To best inform our own team's goal of guiding the holistic design and implementation of future Community Development programming, the Community Development team led research with 52 volunteers, staff, and analogous organizations over a 4-month period. Volunteers were asked to share their personal experiences of entering the movement so that we could understand both their challenges and successes along their journey and so that they could share any pivotal moments, opportunities and people that supported their long-term engagement. A qualitative inquiry approach was employed to gather insight through individual interviews and build upon movement research such as Movement Organizers and Community Capacity Development. We are using the themes we discovered to develop a holistic learning and leadership development model and related resources to improve our team's ability to support Wikimedia volunteers. We have built a framework for accessible and equitable learning and leadership development in our movement that we will test and improve going forward.


Utilisation des informations

L’équipe Développement communautaire utilisera cette vue globale pour développer des programmes plus efficaces et pertinents, pour renforcer les efforts de développement du potentiel du mouvement et pour informer les futurs projets. Nous allons développer un modèle progressif d’apprentissage et de prise de responsabilité qui permettra aux bénévoles et contributeurs de suivre un parcours de développement qui répondra à leurs besoins et permettra de flexibiliser le mouvement dans ses différentes formes d’engagement. Notre but est de pousser davantage de bénévoles à développer de nouvelles compétences, étendre leurs réseaux et acquérir des connaissances qui renforceront les communautés et ouvriront des opportunités de prise de responsabilité dans notre mouvement.

We have used the insight collected from this research to develop a Learning and Leadership Development framework to be used by those building a programmatic offering. It is a framework that suggests activities, behaviors, and skills relevant to a volunteer’s engagement level. This framework is intended for the use of individual (on and offline) volunteers, Wikimedia Foundation staff, and movement leaders and groups who seek guidance in how to support learning and leadership development across the different stages of a volunteer’s engagement with the Wikimedia movement.

Who's involved in this project

  • Lauren Miranda - Wikimedia Foundation - Project Lead
  • Cassie Casares - Wikimedia Foundation - Research Assistant
  • Lindsay Reilly - Contractor - Research Assistant
  • Rebecca Maung - Wikimedia Foundation - Project Advisor
  • Marti Johnson - Wikimedia Foundation - Project Advisor