An exchange of ideas, plans and actions: That is what we want to achieve!
The Grand Tour of Wikimedia will be a pilot of an inter-affiliate exchange program, where volunteers and staff travel between affiliates to learn, share and build a stronger movement.
Sharing knowledge is at the heart of this journey. That means the travelers will not only be passive receivers of knowledge, but rather engaging in and even helping the hosting affiliates to develop their own work within the designated field of work.
Small and big affiliates alike are needed for this to become a true exchange. Different conditions and circumstances are needed to broaden the horizons of the movement as well as of the participants, as we learn more about the experiences of others.
The travelers will engage in a number of possible tasks, from study visits to meeting volunteers, help to build up a knowledge base, following local boards or staff in their daily Wikimedia activities, listening in on seminars, and many more. They will learn, share their own knowledge, and bring knowledge between the countries on the tour.
Our aim is to learn from this pilot, creating a concept that can be applied in and between other regions, as well as globally.
In order for the project to be long-lasting, a program committee will be created. This committee will make decisions that form the continuation of the project, including deciding on themes for the upcoming tours, choosing participants if there are more applicants than spots available, and making financial decisions.
The idea is that the theme for the first Grand Tour is “GLAMwiki content partnerships”. In the future, we see that other projects might be education, organizational development, software development, Wikidata or other kinds of themes important to the movement.
Are you interested in knowing more, or even participating as a traveler or a host? Let us know! Please email grandtourwikimedia.se.