Hubs/Dialogue

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Findings summary of the Hubs Dialogue, for presentation at the 12th March Global Conversations.
Participants in an online Hubs discussion on January 2021.

The Hubs Dialogue is a series of meetings with Wikimedians who are planning future hubs around the world that was used to produce a findings summary. The results will be discussed at the Hubs Global Conversations on 12 March 2022, along with the next steps in launching hubs

The Dialogue was organized by the Wikimedia Foundation's Movement Strategy and Governance Team. The goal of the 'Hubs Dialogue' is to help understand the perspective, needs, and expectations of those working on hubs.

Goals[edit]

  • Reconnect with everyone working on hubs.
  • Meet them in their diverse contexts.
  • Understand their perspective, their needs, and their expectations.
  • Consolidate a report to surface alignment and map out differences.

Join[edit]

If you are working on a hub or planning it (see: the active hubs), and you would like to join the conversation, please contact the Movement Strategy and Governance Team using the following email address:

strategy2030@wikimedia.org

Participants[edit]

Name of the potential Interviewed persons Interview date
WikiArabia Farah, Bachounda, Ahmed Hamdi, Anass, Adel, Nanour February 21
Capacity Exchange Network Nikki Zeuner February 22
Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU Anna Mazgal, Dimi Dimitrov February 22
Wiki Education Frank Schulenburg February 22
East African Douglas Ssebaggala, Winnie Kabintie, Anthony Mtavangu February 23
Iberocoop Anna Torres, Pepe Flores, Evelin Heidel February 23
ESEAP Butch Bustria, Alex Lum, Rachmat Wahidi February 24
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Gergö, Kiril Simeonovski, (Klára Joklová) February 24
Language Diversity Astrid Carlsen, Jon Harald Søby, Mali Konstad Brødreskift February 25
Volunteer Supporters Network Natalia Szafran-Kozakowska, Raimund Liebert February 25
Bangla Wikimaitree Shabab Mustafa, Bodhisattwa, Tito Dutta February 28
WikiFranca Adelaide Calais, Dominique Eliane Yao Sigan, Georges Foudoup March 1
Wiki Loves Monuments Ciell March 2
Content Partnerships John Andersson, Eric Luth March 2
Africa Wiki Tech Abigail Darko, Harriet Henry Bayel, Patience Owusu Ansah March 4
Lusophone Lucas Piantá, Chico Venâncio, Érica Azzelini (WMB) + Paulo Perneta (WMPT) March 4
Wikiproject Med Foundation James Heilman March 4


Timeline[edit]

1 - 10 February

Preparation - Setting everything up for the Hubs Dialogue

11 - 20 February

Outreach - Contacting the Wikimedians working on or planning Hubs to start conversations

11 - 28 February

Conducting conversations - Having structured conversations with each group

1 - 7 March

Reporting back - Consolidating and publishing a report

8 - 12 March

Announcing the results - Get back to everyone involved, highlighting the findings and next steps

Plan[edit]

Value Proposition[edit]

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Alignment - Creating a coherent overview of convergence and divergence.

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Contextualization - Understanding the needs and expectations in their particular context.

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Enablement - Feeling of connection and support for everyone working on hubs.

Approach[edit]

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Reach out - Define the groups and establish contact. Create the space for bidirectional connection.

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Converse - Conduct a designed conversation to surface information. Keep it rooted in the context.

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Report - Consolidate a report. Ensure closing of all the feedback and input loops.

Design Considerations[edit]

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Facilitation - Tackling complex issues is burdensome. We need to design for incremental steps.

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Focus - There is a lot of ground to be covered. Tangible results can only be achieved with focus.

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Flexibility - People are in different stages of planning. We need evaluation, iteration, and adaptation.

Questionnaire[edit]

During the conversations, communities will be asked the following questions:

Topic Questions
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Purpose

1. What value do you expect in bringing the hub's idea to your community or group?
A. How do you expect that it would create that value?

2. What problem(s) is the hub solving?

A. Where do(es) the problem(s) come from?
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History

3. Were there past experiments similar to “hubs” in your community?
A. If so, what happened to them?
B. If so, what are the top lessons learned from the experiments?
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Present

4. What is the current stage of your “hub” idea/plan/project?
A. Key organizers - people to include in the conversation
B. Short overview of the work done already (can be a link)
C. Self-assessment of the progress in planning (1 to 7)
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Future

5. What are the things that need to be clarified before you can continue working on your hub project?
A. What guidance do you need?
B. What work do you need to do?
C. What support do you need?
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Context

6. What sets your community apart from others?
A. What are some unique barriers in your community or target group? What structures or conditions make your mission specifically harder?

7. What is the unique opportunity that the hub would create for your community?

A. What new activities/projects/ideas will you be able to work on after you seize them (i.e. once there is a hub)?

8. What is the opportunity that the hub would create for other communities?

A. What new activities/projects/ideas will others be able to work on after you seize them (i.e. once there is a hub)?