Community Resilience and Sustainability is a team in the Wikimedia Foundation's Legal department, led by the Vice President of Community Resilience & Sustainability Maggie Dennis. Subteams currently include Committee Support, Human Rights, and Trust and Safety. We also lead and support on special projects for the Foundation and movement under the direction of the office of the Foundation's CEO.
What we do
Sustainability and Resilience are essential to the wellbeing of groups with shared aims. They refer to the ability of a community to thrive in terms of its systems, structures, and community relationships over time, and to the capacity of the community to absorb and recover from damage or threat.
The goal of the Community Resilience and Sustainability team of the Wikimedia Foundation is to support the movement in maturing its systems to achieve the key essential factors of both resilience and sustainability on the journey towards the sum of all human knowledge. This is achieved through directly providing programs, administering core services for the Foundation’s role as platform provider in partnership with Legal Affairs, and through supporting, as appropriate, the work of other teams.
While priorities for Community Resilience and Sustainability touch all four of the Wikimedia Foundation Goals for 2023–2024, the team is primarily rooted in goals around EQUITY and SAFETY AND INCLUSION. Certainly, this is not an exhaustive list of all the work Community Resilience and Sustainability encompasses, but this provides a general overview.
- Committee Support
- Connects with movement committees to provide structured support for their outcomes and responsibilities.
- Delivering support varies by committee, but often includes coordinating between committees, other movement groups, and teams in the Foundation.
- Different types of support include include facilitation, coordination, knowledge management, outreach, assistance with membership selection processes.
- Supporting the development of the Movement Charter as an essential tool for the implementation of the Strategy 2030.
- Human Rights
- Based upon response protocols, review cases of and assist users facing imminent persecution and other severe human rights violations as a result of their good-faith contributions to Wikimedia projects.
- In coordination with Community Development, create training pathways to help users in at-risk areas to minimize the risks of exposure to such violations.
- Trust and Safety
- Provide services related to credible, imminent threats of physical harm (Emergency).
- Collaboration between Product and Technology and Trust and Safety personnel, working on resources for the communities, including the Private Incident Reporting System (PIRS).
- Supporting the Universal Code of Conduct implementation in collaboration with the communities as guided by the Enforcement Guidelines.
- Reinforcing shared community values by supporting community members in distress through compassionate communication of resources and solutions.
- Working towards ensuring content integrity on the platform by examining incidents of potential disinformation.
Community Resilience and Sustainability aims to host quarterly conversation hours to help improve understanding of their work and offer opportunities for conversation. These conversations are live streamed via YouTube. Community members have the option of joining the facilitated conversation in-person in the Zoom room. A combination of pre-submitted questions and questions asked live will be answered during the conversations.
For a list of these conversations and notes from them, please see Category:CR&S meetings. These conversation hours were previously known as IRC or office hours. See a listing of conversation hours and notes from 2022 and earlier.