Community Development/Community Calls

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Community Calls[edit]

The Wikimedia Foundation's Community Development team will be hosting a series of community calls to share our team's work and what we do at the Wikimedia Foundation. Our five-person Community Development team is responsible for developing accessible opportunities for volunteers to develop critical capacities and leadership skills for movement sustainability and growth.

The purpose of the community call is to provide a space for volunteers to meet the Community Development team and learn our teams approach to capacity building in the movement. These calls are also a shared space for all volunteers to learn or speak about projects related to capacity building & leadership development in the Wikimedia community.

The calls are open to all community members (whether volunteers, affiliate members and staff, or WMF staff) in the movement who would like to discuss and engage in capacity building conversations and connect with the Community Development team.

Second community call[edit]

  • Topic: Trainings & Projects across the Movement
  • When: May 25th, 2022
  • Time: 15:00-16:30 UTC
  • Where: Zoom

First community call[edit]

  • Topic: Meet the Community Development Team
  • When: February 23, 2022
  • Time: 15:00-16:00 UTC
  • Where: Zoom

For this first call, we would like to invite community members who are actively working on capacity building or leadership development in their local communities to share their work.

Call Structure and Schedule[edit]

Each call will be 60 minutes in length and scheduled every other month between February and June 2022. We will be rotating between different time zones for each call to ensure accessibility and timezone equity.

There will be one session topic per call to help facilitate conversations and share different aspects of capacity building within the movement.

Call Date Session Topic
1 February 23rd, 2022 at 15:00 UTC - 16:00 UTC

Zoom Link

Meet the Community Development Team at the Wikimedia Foundation[edit]

Meet the team at the Wikimedia Foundation who are working to ensure that capacity building in the movement is accessible and open to everyone. Learn about how our team is approaching capacity building in the movement.

2 May 25th, 2022 at 15:00 UTC - 16:30 UTC

Zoom Link

Trainings & Projects within Capacity Building[edit]

Hear from speakers who are volunteers across the movement speak about the trainings and/or projects going on in their communities. This is also a chance to meet the Community Development team.

3 August 2022

Zoom Link

Leadership Development in the Movement[edit]

Learn how the Community Development team is supporting the Movement Strategy and the Skill and Leadership Development Recommendation


How to Participate[edit]

Join the second call: To attend a call, please use the zoom link here on the scheduled time and day.

Sign ups for the second call will close on May 18th

Those who show interest in speaking without signing up prior to the call will not be able to speak during the call but are still encouraged to join.

Although the primary language of the call is English, we are committed to providing simultaneous translation to the best of our ability.

Friendly Space Policy[edit]

The Friendly Space policy will apply to this call and all participants will be required to agree to adhere to the policy at the beginning of each call. We do not tolerate any form of online harassment and discrimination. Please write to comdevteam@wikimedia.org with any questions or concerns.

Frequently Asked Questions[edit]

What are community calls?
A community call is a meeting, held online, that invites people to gather at a specific time each week or month. They're recurring and open to anyone who wishes to join.
Will the community calls be recorded?
No, these calls will not be recorded. However, we will have one of our team members who will be taking notes. Summary of the call will be posted on our community call page for those who would like to read on what took place.
I would like to speak at a call but would like to discuss my experience/topic/project before I sign up. How can I contact you?
If you would like to talk to a member of the Community Development team, please email us at comdevteam@wikimedia.org.

Community Call Summaries[edit]

In February of this year, the Community Development team ran its first community call.The purpose of the call was to provide a warm, welcoming, and informative space for Wikimedians across the movement to meet the Community Development team in real time. The call was also a space to let community members who contribute to capacity building present and share their work in the call. The team welcomed three speakers from two communities; User: NANöR from Arabic Wikipedia, and Jan-Bart de Vreede – Chair, Wikimedia Netherlands & Nikki Zeuner – Senior Adviser Global Partnerships, Wikimedia Germany. Below is a summary of their presentations for learning more about their work.

Participation[edit]

The call had a total of 31 participants from the community who dialed in from Uganda, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Germany, Argentina, India, Netherlands, the Philippines, South Africa, Belgium, the United States, and Ireland.

Presentation 1:[edit]

Introducing the Capacity Exchange, by Jan-Bart de Vreede – Chair, Wikimedia Netherlands & Nikki Zeuner – Senior Adviser Global Partnerships

  • One of the initiatives of the Wikimedia European Affiliates Cooperation is the Capacity Exchange, which originates in the Movement Strategy Recommendations. The goal of the Capacity Exchange is to enable Wikimedians worldwide to offer and find people, organizations, services and resources. The presentation focuses on the challenges of capacity building within the Wikimedia Movement and how a group of volunteers think we can make a start in helping solve some of these challenges.
Presentation 2:[edit]

Creative Ideas Beyond Article Editing by NANöR from Arabic Wikipedia

  • After four months of being part of the user group, User:NANöR started to think of moving away from editing articles to explore the Wikimedia Movement. They created the workshop “New Levantine members”. They started exploring user boxes where each of the participants created user boxes to get to know each other and develop templates. They also worked on translating images within Wikimedia Commons using tools like Inkscape. Through this, they developed a graphic poster for Wikipedia's 20th Anniversary. Within this workshop, they had a group discussion on the universal code of conduct and they left feedback regardless of the fact that they were newcomers.

After the presentations, the Community Development (CD) team provided time for participants to have questions and answers (Q&A). To keep the conversations anonymous, below are summarized comments and questions from the participants:

“Mentorship development is an essential program we should include in our strategy. This would be a strong foundation for leadership development in the community”
CD Response: “agree that this is very important." Participant adds: "this benefits both the mentor and mentee, something we'd love to add through the capacity exchange”
Question to presenter 1: capacity exchange meets Recommendation six, and what about the 10 principles? -- looking for clarity.
Response from CapEx presenters: Prioritizing people-centeredness, subsidiarity and self-management, but overall in line with all ten principles.
Question to Community Development Team (CD): Developing Learning Days, was this a pilot or something that is continuous? When we had WikiIndaba, we had thought about Learning Days-- is this something that can easily be done other times?
CD Response: "We've had to pause due to the pandemic, but we plan to resume/keep the Leadership Development portfolio open. If you are looking to include Learning Days in an online conference, we can at least help you plan. Once in-person meetings are back, this will be standard at Wikimania and at regional conferences.
Question to presenter 2: Any others outside Wiki of the Levant that you've collaborated with?
Response: Yes, in other regional affiliates.

The Community Development team wants our community calls to be a safe and welcoming environment for all Wikimedians across the movement. Our next community call will take place in April. Please see the main page on Meta for more information. We look forward to meeting more Wikimedians to connect and have future conversations with.

Community call #2[edit]

This past May, the Community Development team ran its second community call. The purpose of this call was to invite community members who were interested in presenting their work related to capacity building, about programs or projects they are currently or have worked on. The team welcomed two community speakers, Sherry Antoine, Executive Director, Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCrowd), AfroCROWD.org and User:Dnshitobu from Dagbnai Wikimedia User Group. Below is a summary of their presentations for learning more about their work.

Participation[edit]

The call had a total of 23 participants including the two speakers from the community who dialed in from Turkey, Germany, Argentina, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Japan Rwanda, Ireland, Mexico & Brazil.

Presentation 1:[edit]

AfroCROWD - Championing the Black community on Wiki by Sherry Antoine

Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD) is an initiative and Wikimedia User Group, founded in 2015, which seeks to champion people of African descent on and in Wikimedia in both content amplification and editorship training. The initiative also endeavors to increase awareness and pertinence of Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements among people of African descent.AfroCROWD has worked for 7 years in the Wikimedia Movement helping give birth to at least 3 separate projects and initiatives centered on marginalized or underrepresented communities of color and growing in partnership and allyship to several others. Our method of capacity building has changed and grown with us and the changing times.

Presentation 2:[edit]

Adding communities, villages and cities to wikidata by Dnshitobu.

  • Organize second, third, and fourth level administrative divisions information in the Northern Region of Ghana as a case study. Add statements and qualifiers about administrative divisions of the Northern Region to Wikidata and document the research and data import process so other editors may replicate the process to organize information about other regions.


After the presentations, the Community Development (CD) team provided time for participants to have questions and answers (Q&A). To keep the conversations anonymous, below are summarized comments and questions from the participants:

Question to presenter 1: How do you handle confidentiality… for some Africans in the diaspora who might not need to be documented or who might want to be part of Afrocrowd activities but in privacy?

  • Response: You can contact us @ afrocrowd.org/contact or join our mailing list for info/participation more anonymously/privately. At our meetings we only need your username, otherwise no ID-info is asked or shared.