Talk:Future of the Wikimedia Conference

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2013 discussion about WMCON 2014: /2013

Let's discuss 2015[edit]

Hello, everyone. As I already brought up on the "Chapters" mailing list, I would like to begin discussing what WMCON 2015 will look like. Consider this a very preliminary conversation. My question for everyone is: what do you think the Wikimedia Conference should do? In my mind, the Wikimedia Conference is an opportunity for affiliates to come together and learn. More specifically, it is an opportunity for the experienced organizations (and trained professionals) to help out those with less experience. I would like to design a conference around workshops that help affiliates with specific problems. For example, instead of learning about, say, APG in the abstract, you can go to someone who knows how APGs work and they can help you with specific problems you may have. This way, rather than sitting in a room and listening to people talk, you can bring home with you a plan for action that helps your organization do great wiki-stuff. What are your thoughts on this vision? Do you support a different vision? harej (talk) 19:18, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

I think there is a place for both the formal talks and the less formal. In Berlin I also enjoyed one session which was a group learning workshop on Conflicts of Interests where people brought their own experiences and questions. This was a hybrid in that there was a set agenda with someone leading. People like a bit of structure to get started with and then sessions tend to develop in a way that the mood takes them. All in all though we do need this annual chance to look at the nuts and bolts issues of our movement. I can count at least half a dozen practical outcomes that would not have happened otherwise.Jon Davies (WMUK) (talk) 07:55, 18 June 2014 (UTC)