Wikimedia Cuteness Association/Goatification
Goatification originally started as outreach and awareness for goat inclusion in the Wikimedia technical spaces and beyond. Goatification started at the Wikimania Hackathon 2017 in Montreal.
2027 is the year of the goat and it's goating to be awesome. To move forward a Goat movement strategy 2027 is needed. See also on Phabricator.
- Goats need other goats to be happy
- Goats are smart
- Goats are agile: They can do amazing things, e.g. climb on trees
- Female goats have beards too and no one questions that
- Goats can survive in the most marginal regions of the world, and people can survive because of goats
- Goats love stroopwafels
What do you know about goats? You can add your fun-goat-facts here!
How can we as organisations and organised groups make space for bottom up initiatives? How can we focus more on projects and spend less time navigating power structures?
This sounds like a difficult question, but you can start with simple actions that stimulate a creative and happy space.
- Goat alert: If you see people drawing cats, go there and draw goats!
- Anyone can join, no common demographic.
- Create stickers and give them to everyone.
- Share funny images of goats (see also cuteathon)
- Ask others if their project(s) already have been goatified
How it works
- Network as default
- No leader, as that helps avoiding bottlenecks
- No one telling you what to do, nor how to do it. Instead there is space to innovate, space to grow, space to take your own responsibility
- Fun-driven collaborative culture
- Laughter is contagious
- Lots of energy is contagious
- Cryptic messages make you want to know what is happening
- Appreciation tokens, swag and secret greetings increase excitement
- Celebration of all contributions is a pleasure, and it makes you feel valued, and part of the fun
- Let people share their goat ideas
- Make sure you transfer your idea across platforms or events.
- Find ways of including all people who might be interested, including those not present at the event
Goatification during an event or on a platform can have various output. Users have reported:
- “I talked to people who I had been at events with for 5 years more about goats and this project and laughing about it then I had ever talked to them before”
- “I have the impression that I get faster response on technical questions since goatification happened”
- 12 August 2017 - Goat-a-thon during the Wikimania Hackathon 2017 in Montreal
- August 2017 - Draw your own cat at the table of Wikimedia Deutschland during Wikimania 2017
- 20 April 2018 - Session at Wikimedia Conference 2018: 44: How to build a movement in 3 days: What we’ve learned from #goatification
- Presentation: How to build a movement in 3 days
- Agenda: Outreach and awareness for goat inclusion in the Wikimedia technical spaces and beyond
- 18-19 July 2018 - Goatification with dragons during the Wikimania Hackathon 2018 in Cape Town
- 21 July 2018 - Movement Strategy Space session on 32nd floor, including goatification with goats, dragons, unicorns and trolls
Outcomes goatification session as part of Movement Strategy Space in 2018
- SourceGoat on Twitter and other social media
- IRC channel: ##goat
- Goatification workboard at Phabricator
- Category:Goatification on Wikimedia Commons
- Category:Goats on Wikimedia Commons
- Category:Goats in trees on Wikimedia Commons
- Q52083822 - Goatification on Wikidata
- The unicode symbols for goats, dragons and unicorns: 🐐 🐉 🦄