|Building our shared future
Recommendations for how we can achieve the Wikimedia 2030 vision
In 2017, we set ourselves an ambitious goal: to become the essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge by 2030. So how can we get there? Our Movement has analyzed, discussed, and distilled ideas for our future into recommendations for how to bring this vision to life. These outline how we can grow sustainably and inclusively. They introduce ways we can make the most of new opportunities and meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. And how we can strive for knowledge equity and knowledge as a service. So that everyone – those already within our Movement and anyone who wishes to join – can play an effective role in capturing, sharing, and enabling access to free knowledge.
On the following pages, you will find the first version of the movement strategy document, comprising 13 recommendations for change, principles that underlie them, and an outline of how these recommendations connect and are designed, as a whole, to help align with our strategic direction.
You can read this content in English, Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, and Spanish. The English version also contains a longer “Principles” section and expanded “Why” and “How” sections for each recommendation, which offer additional rationale and context. Beyond this, it features links to more detailed sections on “Community Input” for each recommendation. These insights have come from across the Movement and were put forward in online discussions as well as offline at strategy salons around the world and at Wikimania.
The content of the recommendations is highly interdependent. To understand how the recommendations all connect, we suggest reading the narrative of change first. We encourage you to read each recommendation and review it from the perspective of your community or context. If you feel inclined, please post your thoughts on each recommendation’s talk page or in active forums within your language community. If you don't wish to post your thoughts in a public forum, you can email your feedback on the recommendations to the Core Team via this address: email@example.com. To gain a deeper understanding of ideas that underpin the recommendations and have informed their development, please read through the principles that have informed the development of the recommendations. Finally, the process and future steps section outline the steps that have gotten us to this point and what happens next.
Read these recommendations as a PDF: If you'd like to read through the recommendations in an offline or all-in-one format, you can find a PDF of the core document here, the extended version here, and the cover note here.
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Linked below please see draft recommendations for structural change for our movement. The recommendations were developed by the nine Wikimedia 2030 working groups and are the starting point for concrete conversations about the kind of future we want to create together to reach our Strategic Direction and its pillars of Knowledge as a Service and Knowledge Equity. Members of the working groups concluded their task of drafting recommendations for structural changes on November 1, 2019, and we thank them for their incredible effort. Focus over the following few months has been on synthesizing these draft recommendations into one coherent and accessible set.
Working group members have been working tirelessly for over 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.
A second iteration of the recommendations was developed by the working groups in September 2019 after many on- and offline conversations with diverse stakeholders from across our movement; at Wikimania 2019, on the Talk Pages of the 1st iteration of the draft recommendations, and at many in-person events such as regional summits and strategy salons. The very first iteration of the draft recommendations were shared in August 2019, which you can find below, presented in full and abbreviated versions and with translations available.
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.
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:
Open community input was accepted until September 15. After that date, working groups refined and harmonized their work using movement input as well as external advice and research.
Iteration 1 (August 2019)