Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2018-20/Transition

We have a Strategic Direction, recommendations and principles to guide future change for the Wikimedia movement as a whole. Now we need to figure out how we make that change happen so decisions are made and action is taken in collaboration with the people and communities impacted by them, through a Transition into implementation. After identifying priorities for implementation and organizing several major discussions, the movement strategy is currently moving to implementation.

Brief and simple video introdution of the Movement Strategy process and the Global Events (available in several languages and open for translation).



From October to December 2020, Wikimedia communities, affiliates and the movement Strategy Support Team organized about 50 events to prioritize the recommendations, choosing the initiatives (outcomes from each recommendation) that felt important for the community in the future. As a result of those events as well as a major “Global Conversations” event in November, eight major initiatives and initiative clusters (a grouping of several initiatives) were chosen as priorities for the implementation.

During December 2020 to February 2021, the top eight initiative clusters, which were given nicknamed from cluster A to cluster H, were further discussed in a series of “follow-up events”. Additionally, one major event was particularly dedicated for discussing the cluster A initiatives (those related to Wikimedia governance, including: the Movement Charter and the Interim Global Council). The results of the event were published in a detailed report on Meta, which included several options for proceeding with the implementation of the Movement Charter and the Interim Global Council. Further discussions for implementation will start very soon.

 Wikimedia Community Group SudanWikimedians of the LevantWikimedia IsraelWikimedia MAWikiDZ (Algeria)Wikimedia ArgentinaWikimedia FranceWikimedia Deutschland for German Online-Community (Wikipedia)Wikimedia NorgeWikimedia User Group of Aotearoa New ZealandWikimedians of CameroonWikimedia Community User Group Côte d'IvoireWikimedia User Group Guinea ConakryCommunity in SénégalWikimedia United KingdomWikimedia EspañaSan Diego Wikimedians User GroupWikimujeres User GroupAfroCROWDWikimedians for Sustainable DevelopmentLes sans pagEsIberocoopWikiDonneWikimedia TaiwanWikimedia NYCWikimedia District of ColumbiaWikimedia AustraliaPhilippine Wikimedia CommunityHablon User Group of Wikimedians in the PhilippinesWikimedia Community User Group Hong KongWikimedia TaiwanWest Bengal Wikimedians User GroupWikimedia Community User Group MalaysiaWikimedia IndonesiaWest African Strategy MeetupESEAPArt+FeminismWiki Cemeteries User GroupAccess to Knowledge (A2K)Access to Knowledge (A2K)Myanmar Wikimedia Community User GroupCeltic KnotWikimedians in Residence Exchange NetworkWALRUSWikimedia TanzaniaWikimedia SverigeVietnam Wikimedians User GroupWikimedia Nigeria Foundation Inc.Wikimedia Community User Group UgandaWikimedians of Santali Language User GroupJenga Wikipedia ya KiswahiliWikimedia LGBT+Wikimedia NederlandWikipedia & Education User GroupWikimedia Community User Group KenyaIgbo Wikimedians User GroupArabic-speaking communityWikimedia Ghana User GroupWest African Strategy MeetupGlobal Open Initiative


Main article: Events Outline

To make the transition from the publication of the recommendations to their implementation, we need a plan. To create this plan, movement-wide virtual events will kick off in September. We will use the Movement Strategy principles as a guiding framework to ensure the planning will be inclusive and will empower our diverse range of movement actors without leaving anyone behind.

We lost the chance to work on this transition to implementation together in-person at the Wikimedia Summit. Yet we gained an opportunity to include a higher number and a more diverse profile of participants. Engaging with online contributors, technical developer communities, and smaller user groups in the planning process will be a key priority.

Successful virtual engagement with a high number of diverse participants can be challenging. A Design Group was convened to help prepare for the virtual transition discussions. This group consisted of community members reflecting different parts and perspectives of the movement (see selection criteria). The Design Group put together the high-level plan for the Transition prioritization events and the Global Conversations.


June 8 - June 21


Call for nominations for the Design Group

June 22 - Late July


Design Group discussions and open design with the wider movement

Early August


Draft plan for the online events shared for community feedback

August to September


Plans for the online events finalized and put into action

September to October


Preparation and prioritization events

November to January


Global discussions to create the (18-month) implementation plan

January to February


Follow-up events and the transition to implementation




  Episode 4: Kayode Yussuf (help | download | file info)
  Episode 3: Sherry Antoine (10.33MB, help | download | file info)
  Episode 2 Rupika Sharma, part 2 of 2 (5.89MB, help | download | file info)
  Episode 2: Rupika Sharma, part 1 of 2 (9.28MB, help | download | file info)
  Episode 1: Jerrie Kumalah (8.17MB, help | download | file info)