Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2017/Cycle 2

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Cycle 1 (generate) Sensemaking Cycle 2 (debate) Final sensemaking Cycle 3 (Engage with New Voices content;
drafting group drafts the strategic direction)
Share and finalize Endorsement Phase 2
March 14–April 18 April 18–May 5 May 11–June 12 June 12–June 30 July August September September 2017–2018
The following discussion is closed.

Cycle 2 of the discussion is now closed for final sensemaking. Please join us soon for the next cycle of this process.

Step 1: Review all 5 themes[edit]

Healthy, inclusive communities[edit]

By 2030, the Wikimedia volunteer culture will be fun, rewarding, and inclusive for both existing contributors and newcomers. We will welcome new volunteers to our movement and mentor them to ensure that they have a great experience and continue to participate in the projects. People from every background will feel part of a network of groups and organizations with deep relationships. As a result, our movement will grow both in size and in nature, as our projects flourish under our collective care.

The augmented age (Advancing with technology)[edit]

By 2030, the Wikimedia movement will actively use technological innovations to help volunteers be much more creative and productive. We will use machine learning and design to make knowledge easy to access and easy to use. To greatly increase the quality and quantity of content in more languages, volunteers will, for example, have access to better machine translations. We will present and organize knowledge in ways that improve the way people learn and contribute — beyond the browser, the app, and the encyclopedia.

A truly global movement[edit]

By 2030, we will be a truly global movement. In particular, we will turn our attention toward regions we have not yet served well enough: Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. We will work with communities of readers, contributors, and partners in these parts of the world. We will make space for new forms of contributions that reflect these regions (references, citations, and more). We will build awareness of the power of free knowledge and overcome barriers to access. We will build products adapted to the needs of these new members of our movement.

The most respected source of knowledge[edit]

We will work toward ever more accurate and verifiable content. By 2030, Wikimedia projects will be seen as the most high-quality, neutral, and relevant source of knowledge. We will increase the depth of knowledge available and maintain our standards for verifiable and neutral content. We will invite experts to join us. We will help people understand how our processes make us reliable. We will show the most relevant information to people when and where they need it.

Engaging the knowledge ecosystem (Participating in the knowledge network)[edit]

We will build relationships with a wide variety of organizations dedicated to the ideals of free knowledge. Wikimedia communities will work with allies that they didn’t know they had. Our content and technology will become a central part of formal and informal education around the world. We will partner with leading institutions in education, arts, entertainment, civil society, government, science, and technology. Together, we will invite a new generation of people who learn, create, and care for a growing library of free knowledge for all.

Step 2: Decide which themes are most important for you to contribute to the discussion[edit]

We recognize you may not have the time or interest in contributing to all of the themes. We understand that and value the contributions you are able to make. We encourage you to comment on as many themes as you want and focus on those questions you find most compelling. All comments will be included in the analysis and sensemaking.

Your contribution could be something simple, such as saying how your work will change if we go in a certain direction – what you might stop doing or start doing. Your contribution could also be something thought-provoking, such as challenging why a certain theme is important.

You have something valuable to add and we encourage you to get involved.

Step 3: Select where you want to discuss[edit]

  1. On Meta-wiki: Click on the theme above to go to that theme page / discussion page

Step 4: Organized groups only[edit]

  1. Summarize the main points of the discussion by theme and question number
  2. Post to the sources page so that your summary is included