Movement strategy working groups are currently undergoing a transition as the process moves from drafting recommendations to synthesizing those recommendations into one coherent set. We are not in an open consultation phase at the moment, but you can review the draft recommendations below.
to map the current areas of diversity and the diversity gaps within the movement as well as projects that have been concentrating on bridging these gaps;
finding ways to increase awareness of privilege and to overcome related cultural, institutional, technological and behavioral barriers to inclusion and to knowledge equity;
ways to include missing voices and bridge gaps in content, reach, and users (in terms of both access and contributions).
Wikimedia projects have provided the world with a new collaborative way for collecting and sharing knowledge and with that an opportunity to collect and share knowledge in more diverse ways than ever before in the history of humankind. With our vision and strategic direction we aspire to advance “collecting knowledge that fully represents human diversity”.
At the same time we are struggling with defining what diversity means for our movement – and indeed, in different contexts it means different things. It can be inclusion of all voices; bringing the marginalized to the center to increase equity; ensuring representation of people who perceive themselves as different; finding ways to better support underserved and underrepresented regions and languages, knowledge and communities that have been left out by structures of power and privilege; bridging the gender gap in contributions as well as in the knowledge and information content.
Although Wikimedia’s vision statement intrinsically includes diversity and many stakeholders in the movement have been advocating for diversity in many ways, these efforts have often been met with pushback from other members of our community. One of our strategic priorities is knowledge equity, and to move us in this direction, we need remedy strategies to manage the change in this regard, become allies and support the voices that keep us in motion.
The Diversity Working Group will work towards understanding what different conceptions of diversity look like, how Wikimedians can become allies to underrepresented groups, and what we need to change in our structures so we can “welcome people from every background to build strong and diverse communities.” This will help us to understand what programs, priorities and support systems we will put into place to address this.
These questions are not meant to be answered one-to-one but should help the group frame their own conversations and their consultations with movement stakeholders.
What privileges and power structures are hindering our progress towards our strategic direction and vision?
What do we need to do to support change and respond to community concerns?
How can we become allies to underrepresented groups to counter the structures of power and privilege and move towards knowledge equity?
How do we extend the Wikimedia presence globally, with a special focus on underserved and emerging communities, like indigenous peoples of industrialized nations, and regions of the world, such as Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America?
How do we bring in those who are not yet part of the movement?
This is an overview of the outputs from the discussion about Diversity and Inclusion at the Wikimedia Conference 2018. The group discussed 1. What the scope of this thematic area should be, 2. Who should be in the Working Group, and 3. How the Working Group should work.
Focus of the conversation
The Diversity and Inclusion group at the Wikimedia Conference 2018 emphasised that an action plan for the topic of diversity already has been discussed and developed during Wikimedia Diversity Conference 2017. All ideas remain relevant. The group explicitly mentioned that thematic area of this Working Group will overlap with other Working Groups, especially Partnerships, Community Health, Capacity Building and Technology.
The group started outlining
the definition of diversity and inclusion in relation to content, contributors, communities, and access.
the current barriers to inclusion
The group formulated questions regarding:
The role of technology in furthering diversity and inclusion
Rethinking the Wiki structure to make it culture and context specific
The Working Group could consist of:
Those who would feel the impact of a greater Wiki diversity.
Those who can implement desirable change
Consultants could include:
Representatives from different underrepresented communities, voices under risk, physical and mentally disadvantaged, etc.
Agree on principles (e.g. cultural sensitivity, transparency, inclusivity)
Agreeing on the processes across the Working Groups, so that communication and coordination between them will be coherent.
Nominating candidates for the Working Group based on preliminary agreed criterias.
Dividing the Working Group in sub-groups, working on specific topics.
Map what research has already been done.
Establish processes to include consultants on different stages of the work and with different inputs.