Executive Directors Group

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Who we are[edit]

We are Executive Directors (EDs) of Wikimedia organizations who are here to share our experiences and learn from each other.

Specifically we work together to:

  • Share our learning and build capacity within the Wikimedia movement and our communities.
  • Provide support to new members and affiliates by mentoring and sharing best practices with the aim of building a more diverse movement.
  • Build networks of mutual cooperation, support and trust.
  • Design bilateral or multilateral projects to foster cooperation between Wikimedia chapters and communities.
  • Work in a coordinated manner for the development and growth of the global Wikimedia movement.

How do we work[edit]

We apply several methods to keep our group active and ensure work effectiveness:

  • We hold one hour online meetings every 6 weeks, which we take turns in hosting, based on a collectively developed agenda.
  • Face to face meetings: We try to meet at least once a year – often around international conferences such as Wikimedia Summit or Wikimania – to discuss more strategic issues, share best practices and common challenges, work on our capacity building and address key movement issues.
  • We have a mailing list, which we use to discuss questions and share information in between the calls and meetings.

How we can help[edit]

  • Sharing best practices and processes, as well as hurdles and failures
  • Helping to build governance structures, particularly for affiliates with paid staff
  • Supporting the development of effective operational structures and policies
  • Supporting recruitment of affiliate staff, particularly new Executive Directors
  • Mentoring new staff
  • Helping to set up and build organisations
  • Designing programs, activities and impact
  • Conflict resolution and mediation
  • Building networks of cooperation
  • Fundraising strategies
  • Leadership development

Who are we?[edit]

Wikimedia Argentina – Anna Torres Adell

Wikimedia Armenia – Gayane Vardanyan

Art+Feminism - Kira Wisniewski

Wikimedia Austria – Claudia Garád

Wikimedia Chile - Patricia Díaz Rubio

Wikimedia Czech Republic – Klára Joklová

Wikimedia France – Remy Gerbet

Wikimedia Germany – Christian Humborg

Wikimedia Israel – Revital Poleg

Wikimedia Netherlands – Sandra Rientjes

Wikimedia Norway – Astrid Carlsen

Wikimedia Sweden – John Andersson

Wikimedia Switzerland – Jenny Ebermann

Wikimedia UK – Lucy Crompton-Reid

Who can join[edit]

Anyone who works as an Executive Director in an affiliate of the Wikimedia movement. If this position does not exist within the organization, any paid staff who exercises similar responsibilities, such as managing staff, grants/budgets and programs.

How to contact or join[edit]

You can reach out to us by email: eds@listen.wikimedia.de