Movement roles project/Thematic Organizations
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This page is kept for historical interest. Any policies mentioned may be obsolete.
Related to now concluded Wikimedia movement roles project.
Please help improve these draft parameters through edits or suggestions on the talk page.
- Name: Wikimedia Thematic Organization
- Mission: To support and promote the Wikimedia projects in general with regards to a specified thematic field or focus area. They aim to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.
- Territorial range: Variable; national, sub-national, across nations, global
- Incorporation: Legally registered. Can be registered where they see fit if operating in more than one country.
- Minimum rights:
- WM trademark use for most purposes within focus, including fundraising and publicity.
- Recognition as representatives of the movement within area of focus.
- A voice in the selection of two Foundation trustees every two years
- Minimum duties:
- Active work
- Publishing an annual report as per Reporting Requirements
- Fulfilling movement-wide accountability standards
- Focus on our global mission
- Development of a sustainable, independent regional non-profit
- Within their focus area: support of community projects, fundraising coordination, grant and partnership development, oversight of PR and media; representing the Wikimedia movement and its interests at public events and in government discussions
- Trademark use: For most purposes within thematic area of focus, including fundraising and publicity, via agreement with the WMF
- Origin of funds: Multiple. Independent fundraising (outside Wikimedia); fundraising agreements with chapters (chapters could provide an option to mark donations for a them); WMF grants; chapter grants; member fees
- Relationship with overlapping entities: Entities in a country are not in a hierarchy, but need to agree how to co-exist in a geography to streamline their communication and avoid duplicate work.
- Board and membership: Elected board with individuals willing to publicly disclose identity, a majority of whom are wikimedians. Open membership.
- Transparency and communication:Full info about organizers and supporters; see reporting requirements
- Capacity to sign agreements with third parties: Yes, overseen by WMF if on global level
- Recognition from: WMF Board of Trustees, with recommendations from the Affiliations Committee
- Minimum requirements for recognition:
- A critical mass of active participants - at least 20 people
- Members originating from the Wikimedia community (not all of them, but at least the majority), and accepted by the relevant thematic community
- A non-profit, with a mission supporting all WMF projects (possibly as part of a general support for free knowledge or free culture as the stated aim) in all languages. (If there is a very good reason, an exception might be made).
- A history of good work within the movement
- Openness (see Board and membership, above)
- Recognition document: WMF Board resolution (interim), supplanted by an agreement with the WMF
- Reporting requirements: As per Draft Accountability Standards
- Mentoring and support: Affiliations Committee until recognition
- Change of status possible: Yes
- Withdrawal of recognition: WMF Board of Trustees, if necessary
- Examples: Amical, WM Esperanto
- Other considerations:
- Optional right: Eligibility for longer-term infrastructure grants; tied to size, capacity and activity.
- Optional right: Receiving in-kind support to build capacity and develop skills; tied to activity and need.