In order to Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, we need a systematic plan for skill development. This plan will start with a methodological needs assessment to gather data about the needs of Wikimedia communities and affiliates in terms of skill development. This needs assessment should create a plan that is based on a combination of: 1. Local skill development, and 2. Global coordination of local skill development activities. The advantage of localization allows activities to be adapted for the local context of each community. Global coordination will allow learning and improving our approach to skill development across the entire Wikimedia movement. This plan should include a way for peers across the movement to connect, socialize, network, and mentor each other so that Wikimedians can learn and improve as a group.
Create a systematic, global approach to skill development for local communities, their people, and their organizations. This requires us to:
- Establish a methodology that maps assets and needs and generates aggregated data for deploying skills development initiatives based on real needs.
- Establish a service that facilitates connecting/matching peers across the Movement for teaching and learning skills (e.g. peer-learning, networking, and pooling of information from partners and allies).
- Encourage a diversity of methods, including training, mentoring, consulting, online learning, peer-to-peer support, and events.
- Create incentives for skill development (online and offline) through the recognition of skills (e.g. through open badges).
Join or start a discussion on Meta or the "技能開発と指導者育成に投資" space of the Movement Strategy Forum.
Apply for a Movement Strategy implementation grant to create a project that advances this initiative.
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Some of the past discussions, texts and old versions of Movement Strategy recommendations that can provide further context to this initiative:
- Capacity building recommendation #0: Capacity Building Principles
- Capacity building recommendation #1: Building Capacity for Capacity Building
- Capacity Building recommendation #3: Capacity Building Should Occur in Context
- Capacity Building recommendation #4: Provide Capacity Building for Organizational Development
- Capacity Building recommendation #5: Resources for Capacity Building
- Community Health recommendation #5: Investing in building an inclusive global community
- Partnerships recommendation #10: Support the skills development of people working on partnerships
- Resource Allocation recommendation #G: Allocate resources for capacity and sustainability
- Roles & Responsibilities recommendation #7: Capacity building
- Community Capacity Development (2015)
- Community Capacity Map (2018)
- Organizational effectiveness: Capacity building for committees (2015)
- Partnerships & Resource Development (2015)
- Communications resources: capacity building (2015)
- Wikimedia Conference Capacity Building Track documentation (2017)
- What is Capacity Building? (2018)