Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2017/Updates/16 February 2017 - Update 7 on Wikimedia movement strategy process

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Message from Katherine Maher[edit]

This message, "February 16: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#7)", was sent by Katherine Maher on 16 February 2017.

Hi all!

A lot going on this week, which means we’re making progress. Let’s jump right in:

  • Overall process
    • The Core Team met with Eugene Kim (2010 strategy architect) to get a briefing on the 2010 process. They’ll be updating the on-wiki 2010 audit and sharing notes from the meeting in the next two weeks.
    • We have completed the selection of the leads for three of the tracks. These leads will help coordinate the efforts for their track and facilitate alignment across the four tracks. The leads identified so far:
      • Track B - Jaime Anstee (with Maggie Dennis)
      • Track C - Juliet Barbara (with Caitlin Virtue)
      • Track D - Adele Vrana
  • Track A (Organized community groups) and Track B (Individual contributors)
    • We published updated processes for tracks A&B. We made changes based on ongoing feedback from the Steering Committee and many of you. Please keep the feedback coming!
    • In our most recent session with the Steering Committee we:
      • Reinstated the 3rd discussion cycle, so strategy participants will have more time to prioritize top ideas and discuss the implications of each choice.
      • Discussed the tension: we need a clear final theme that lets people make decisions and prioritize work, but our movement naturally is diverse and organic. How can we be broad while still sharing overall goals?
    • We asked the members of the Community Process Steering Committee if they would extend the charter’s term for two more weeks while we continue to refine the process. Most members have agreed. We’ll use the time to:
      • Simplify all terms and language to make it easier to translate
      • Refine the toolkits for hosting/facilitating a strategy discussion
    • We proposed a system for collecting, analyzing, and publishing the summaries from strategy discussions, in multiple languages, on the Meta-Wiki strategy portal.
    • We’re working on an “introduction to strategy discussions” document, with interesting and relevant information about topics related to strategy. We will  summarize it so anyone can read it in about 30 minutes.
      • The  work in progress has been shared on Meta-Wiki. In addition to incorporating feedback provided on-wiki, the Core Team is working with experts in and outside Wikimedia to further develop the content.
      • Please take a look and provide us with feedback on its talk page.
    • The Core Team developed a draft facilitation toolkit for community discussions, and have shared it with the Steering Committee for feedback. They will publish on Meta-Wiki next week.
      • To help get as many people involved in strategy discussions as possible, we’re asking people to help coordinate and facilitate group discussions. This toolkit is intended to make this easier.
      • The toolkit will some basic premises which we think are important to our discussion. Please review the draft and help improve these draft premises.
    • The Core Team had a briefing call with the facilitators from Wikimedia Deutschland for Wikimedia Conference 2017 in Berlin. They discussed the overall goals and objectives for the conference’s strategy track, which will be one of the tracks offered at the conference this year.
      • 150 of the 168 people invited to the conference for the strategy track are now registered. This is in addition to the 175 existing attendees to the main conference.
    • The Core Team is working with Asaf Bartov to develop a graphic model to help convey the evolution, health and capacity of movement affiliates.
    • The hiring process for the Language Specialist Strategy Coordinators remains on-schedule. We are also on-schedule for filling the Lead role for Track A, and are hoping to have a final update to share soon.
  • Track C (Partners and readers in high-reach markets)
    • We proposed Track C leads, Juliet Barbara and Caitlin Virtue.
    • The Core Team and Track C leads met to begin to scope out the overall plans for partners and readers in high-reach markets. We’ll post a draft proposal on Meta-Wiki in the coming week.
    • As a part of this planning, we’re evaluating a budget and approach for market research, local consultations, and convenings.
    • Track C will be holding its first convening at an informal salon on March 2 after the Accelerate Good Global Conference in San Francisco. The conference is being attended by a number of local community leaders.
  • Track D (Partners and readers in low reach markets)
    • The Core Team and Track D lead met to define the timeline, roles, and process for selecting in-country research firms in low-reach markets. Based on these discussions, a draft request for proposal was developed and posted on Meta-Wiki.
      • They reviewed 2016 research conducted in Nigeria and India as a part of the New Readers program.
    • Adele and Guillaume met about sharing and structuring Track D processes and content on Meta-Wiki, and have started to post initial content and structure on the Meta-Wiki strategy portal.
    • The Track C and D leads also met to discuss coordination between the two tracks and areas of potential collaboration.

Next steps

  • Final feedback on Track A materials. Includes:
    • Finalize the process based on feedback collected on-wiki. Share drafts of toolkits and related materials for facilitating discussions, get feedback.
    • Finalize selection and onboarding of Track A lead.
  • Explore the potential for a track C/D salon at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
  • Build expert interview guide for Track D (will also be shared with Track C).
  • Recruit research firms with requests for proposals developed this past week.
  • Provide an update to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees at their upcoming meeting (2/24).

You may have received a summary of my updates so far in other mailing lists. We’re trying to get the word out, and we appreciate the patience people have shown with the cross-posting.  We want this strategy effort to be truly movement-wide, across languages, communities, projects, and contributors. As part of this, I want to say a special thank you to everyone that has helped translate these updates and other information on the strategy process! Your work is critical to helping us be a truly global movement.

That was a long note, thanks for reading! See you again next week - same day, same mailing list.

Cheers,
Katherine