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Carla Casilli
Senior Program Manager, Communications Department, Wikimedia Foundation
Each thought has a size, and most are about three feet tall, with the complexity of a lawnmower engine, or a cigarette lighter, or those tubes of toothpaste that, by mingling several hidden pastes and gels, create a pleasantly striped product. Once in a while, a thought may come up that seems, in its woolly, ranked composure, roughly the size of one’s hall closet. But a really large thought, a thought in the presence of which whole urban centers would rise to their feet, and cry out with expressions of gratefulness and kinship; a thought with grandeur, and drenching, barrel-scorning cataracts, and detonations of fist-clenched hope, and hundreds of cellos; a thought that can tear phone books in half, and rap on the iron nodes of experience until every blue girder rings; a thought that may one day pack everything noble and good into its briefcase, elbow past the curators of purposelessness, travel overnight toward Truth, and shake it by the indifferent marble shoulders until it finally whispers its cool assent—this is the size of thought worth thinking about.
~ Nicholson Baker, The Size of Thoughts

About me

Pro-social change is the engine that drives my work: I've championed systems change through design, simplification, open data tools and open source software communities; shepherded new ecosystems of transformative thinking and processes; written and spoken nationally and internationally about civic tech, open source software, volunteer communities, open data, systems thinking, open badges, digital credentials, and edtech.

My work

In May 2020 I became Wikimedia Foundation's Senior Program Manager for the Communications Department.

I work with and across the Communications Department's three teams—the Audience Engagement & Insights team, the Brand Studio team, and the Comms Team—to connect and collaborate with other departments and projects; to develop and document meaningful processes and timelines; to create and support internal and external roadmaps; and to proactively plan and communicate about the combined efforts of the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia, and the Movement to create a world in which every human can freely share in the sum of all human knowledge.

I couldn't be happier to work with the Foundation and the communities of individuals who work every day to make knowledge free.

Disclaimer: I work for or provide services to the Wikimedia Foundation, and this is the account I try to use for edits or statements I make in that role. However, the Foundation does not vet all my activity, so edits, statements, or other contributions made by this account may not reflect the views of the Foundation.

Contact me

  • Email: ccasilli@wikimedia.org