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This phase of the consultation is closed. For information about the outcome, please watch the consultation main page, where a pointer to the next step in this process will be posted on or around February 26.

While you are welcome to continue to use the discussion pages of this phase, please know that future submissions to this phase may not be reviewed by staff. We look forward to talking to you more about the themes that have emerged in the near future!


Welcome to the 2016 Wikimedia Foundation strategy consultation. Throughout 2015 the Foundation has been exploring how to prioritize its work to best support the movement's goals, set forth, but not yet reached in the 2010–15 strategic plan. The purpose of this consultation is to help the Wikimedia Foundation determine directions to take in its work beginning July 2016 and running for 12 to 24 months thereafter.

Strategy approaches report

Based on our vision, strategy consultations in 2010 and 2015, and research on external impacts, we have outlined three broad focus areas for the Foundation: reach, communities and knowledge (further information on what we mean by these to follow). Foundation staff and a few small community groups then gave input into the key obstacles and ideas for each focus area. These were summarized into the strategic approaches to be reviewed by community here. Our task now is to determine, in collaboration with communities, which strategies to prioritize within those three areas to best serve our vision.

This consultation includes three pages, each focusing on a different topic area. On each page, we will be asking you one broad question about how you think the Wikimedia Foundation could best resolve a specific major challenge in that focus area. Below that, we will list six potential directions we might take to the focus area. Given limited time and resources, we can't do them all; we have to choose among them. We ask you to help prioritize our approaches by choosing two or three that you think are the most important for us to focus on. You may also, alternatively or additionally, add your own approach. All information collected will be used to help inform the final priorities in our Annual Plan. Please note that the Foundation will also be using the following criteria in its prioritization process: resources needed, the Foundation's ability to have impact, and best fit for work by the Foundation (vs. work that is done by volunteers or affiliates).

Please observe the Friendly Space Expectations when sharing your thoughts or discussing those of others.

Information from this consultation will help inform our strategy going forward.


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Timeline[edit]

These are our target dates for this process.

  • January 11: Put up pages for translation
  • January 18: Launch of community consultation on key questions
  • February 15: Close of consultation
  • By February 26: Release synthesis of consultation
  • By March 4: Publish first draft strategy for comment