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What is this about?Edit

Working group members have been working tirelessly for a year to research the movement, analyze community input shared via community conversations, gain insight into external trends, and come to a shared vision across a diverse range of perspectives.

Draft Recommendations

There are two versions of recommendations:

  1. a full version with complete explanations and context as offered by the working groups who authored them, and
  2. abbreviated summaries, prepared for easier engagement and translation.

The recommendations are not final. In order to get them to that stage, your input is needed! Community voices are essential for bringing a broad perspective into the changes that will shape our future. This includes affiliates, groups and chapters, the Wikimedia Foundation, and communities across projects, languages, and geographies. We would like to hear what these changes would mean for you in your local or thematic context, what do you like about them, and where you potentially see red flags. And of course, always critically question whether these recommendations support the strategic direction.

How to Share Your Feedback

Feedback plays a vital role in validating and challenging the draft recommendations. It’s helpful to have guiding questions to help Wikimedian communities and organized groups evaluate the meaning, importance, and quality of the recommendations. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Read through the recommendations and provide your input on the talk pages of respective recommendations.
    • What do you like about this recommendation? What do you dislike? Why?
    • What does this recommendation mean for you in contexts that are meaningful to you - your language, your projects, your region, your affiliate group, your identity? How would you be affected?
    • What is important to keep in mind when implementing this recommendation? What values and ideas are important to preserve? Are there any red lines we should not cross?
    • Does this recommendation support our Strategic Direction to become the support system for the whole free knowledge movement?
  2. If you will be at Wikimania, join us in the Wikimedia 2030 Strategy Space! We will be in the Aula Magna building in room “Karman” on the second level with sessions throughout the event dedicated to each thematic area. Find out more on the Wikimania program schedule.
  3. Attend a Strategy Salon hosted by an affiliate where you live. Over August and September, we will be hosting salons in Benin, Bolivia, India, Portugal, and elsewhere.
  4. Reach out to a Strategy Liaison in your language or for your affiliate to share feedback, or lead a conversation of your own.
What’s Next?

Open community input will be accepted until September 15, after which working groups will refine and finalize their work using movement input as well as external advice and research. The final recommendations will be shared publicly in November, and discussions around implementation will begin in early 2020. Keep an eye out on the “Participate” page for timeline updates as they are available.

Abbreviated summaries of draft recommendationsEdit

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Summaries have been prepared for easier engagement as well as translation into Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Mandarin, Brazilian Portugese, and Spanish. Translations will be uploaded as they become available:

Draft recommendations per Working GroupEdit

Iteration 2 (September 2019)Edit

AdvocacyEdit

  1. Transparency: A global network of Wikimedia advocates is built on community driven rules of engagement. Processes for decision making are known and comprehensible. There are established entry points for those who want to be involved or want to initiate advocacy activities
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  1. Diversity: Community actively seeks and provides a good environment and tailored pathways that attracts more people from a variety and diversity of languages and cultural backgrounds to engage in advocacy for Wikimedia on a local or global level
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  1. Global conversation: There is an established communication process for community advocates to have central conversations about advocacy
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  1. Knowledge management: There is constant knowledge management about methods, cases, success stories, and failures for all advocates to access and learn from, processed and maintained by, with and for them
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  1. Advocacy Hub: Movement advocacy efforts are streamlined and reinforced by a hub run with and for current and future advocates
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  1. Common positioning: The advocacy priorities of the Wikimedia movement are clearly articulated through a shared, highly visible and living document
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  1. Partnerships: Advocates for the Wikimedia movement are able to collaborate with and build upon an existing global network of partners working on aligned advocacy issues
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  1. Empowerment of advocates: Advocacy is recognized and encouraged as a valid pathway in the Wikimedia Movement
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  1. Self-Determination: Subsidiary decentralisation should be a model of collaboration for advocacy across the movement
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  1. Protection of Advocates: Advocates have access to clearly defined and accessible safety measures enabling them to work without having their personal and communal security compromised
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Product & TechnologyEdit

Resource AllocationEdit

Revenue StreamsEdit

Click here to learn more about the recommendations by RS Working Group

  1. Turn the Wikimedia API into a revenue source
  2. Provide Paid Wiki-related Services
  3. Monetize merchandise
  4. Expand global fundraising
  5. Develop non-fundraising revenue streams for affiliates
  6. Set a goal of financial sustainability for all movement actors
  7. Diversification of revenue channels
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Iteration 1 (August 2019)Edit

Iteration 1 (August 2019)
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Partnerships

*Note: some of the recommendations are not based on full consensus of all the members of the working group yet. We are looking forward to discussing the nuances of these at Wikimania.

“How might we build Wikimedia into an effective convener of impactful partnerships, coalitions, and collective action based on a shared vision of free Open Knowledge Movement, such as the “Big Open” framework? What should be the purpose of such partnerships?”

Summary of recommendations

  1. A Framework that Supports Partnerships
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  1. Partnerships as a shared and equitable resource and enterprise
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  1. Partnerships as part of a Distributed Vision
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  1. Partnerships need practices that foster institutional memory
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  1. Define priorities for partnerships so that all key aspects of building the free knowledge ecosystem are covered
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  1. A single point of entry for partners to engage with Wikimedia
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“How do we develop technical infrastructure, capacities and the support we need in order to be an effective partner to share ‘the sum of all knowledge” and fulfill the vision of knowledge as a service for our partners?”

  1. A central infrastructure for content partnerships requiring technical solutions
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  1. Technical Partnership For Developments under a shared vision and resource collaboration
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  1. Partnership framework for harnessing modern technological developments
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  1. Data partnerships approach to fulfill the vision of knowledge as a service for our partners
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  1. Create an internal knowledge-base to curate details of partnerships across the movement
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  1. Develop Capacity Building Modules for running partnership
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“How can we empower people and organizations working on partnerships within our Movement to get the support they need to fulfill our potential and carry out diverse, sustainable, effective and impactful partnerships?”

“How do we create an inclusive, movement-wide culture of sharing knowledge, skills, and practices on collaborations and partnerships - so that everyone in the movement can participate in and benefit from them?”

  1. Recognition. Encourage proper attribution for content donations so institutions working with us are proud of their contribution and are acknowledged for their contribution
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  1. Encourage partnerships focusing on Knowledge gaps and knowledge equity
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  1. Documentation as a priority, not an afterthought, ending a barrier to participation and capturing our methodology and instructions in formats accessible for our global audiences
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Click here to learn more about the recommendations by R&R Working Group

  1. Power and responsibilities need to be redistributed on the principle of self management (subsidiarity)
  2. Decisions should be taken at the “lowest” possible level / as near as possible to the process/community/activity that will be affected by the decision
  3. To establish a framework for decision-making, there will be a charter of principles, values, and governance behaviours. The charter will be developed through an equitable process with broad and diverse participation.
  4. This charter will be owned by a global governance and accountability body
  5. All of this exists to support our primary purpose: free knowledge and its distribution
  6. Movement organizations are to be governed by diverse, inclusive and accountable bodies (mix of elected and appointed members)
  7. Capacity building, facilitation, coaching, leadership development will be built into these structures to enable all entities to develop at their speed. This will be supported by staff.
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