Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2017/Track A

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If you are a board or staff member or any other form of representative of an Organized Group, this is the place for you to start and get involved in the movement strategy process.

The whole process has been designed to meet the needs of different audience groups, and to encourage broad and diverse participation from all parts of the world. Together with you, we would like to find answers to the question “What do we want to build or achieve together over the next 15 years?” Please make yourself familiar with the five goals of the process.

Participate and monitor  [edit]

Organized Groups are a strong voice in the movement and their participation is essential for the success of this process. To make sure that we reach every corner of the movement, we ask each group to appoint one or more Discussion Coordinators to liaise between their group and the strategy process. Sign up here to become a Discussion Coordinator!

The Outreach page lists an overview of all groups as well as their coordinators and the place where their conversation is happening. Learn where and what other groups are discussing!

Understand the process[edit]

The Wikimedia ecosystem and actors beyond Wikimedia that impact the vision of free knowledge

The overall strategy process is divided into 3 phases:

  • Phase 1, before Wikimania 2017: What do we want to build or achieve together over the next 15 years? – this phase is divided into 3 cycles. Cycle 1 ran from 14 March to 15 April. Cycle 2 ran from May 11 to June 12. The purpose of these cycles is to allow time for individual contributors and organized groups that support the movement to discuss the future direction, generate ideas, and then come to consensus. The outcome of this work will be the shared movement-wide strategic direction, which will be posted for review before Wikimania 2017. Below is a graphic that depicts this process.
  • Phase 2, after Wikimania 2017: Movement structure, roles, and 3-5-year goals
  • Phase 3, 2018 and beyond: Organizations’ strategic and annual planning

Get ready[edit]

Before you enter the conversation, we encourage you and your peers to make yourself familiar with the premises and to read the briefing which provides a high-level overview of what we know about the future and about our movement today.

Start the conversation[edit]

As an Organized Group, you can invite all your stakeholders to join your conversation: Board and staff members, members, external partners and allies, as well as members of your communities. Track A is closely connected to Track B (Individual Editors), as many Organized Groups have close bonds with their local or thematic communities. Therefore, many conversations will be coordinated and happen simultaneously. Discussion Coordinators (Track A) and Strategy Coordinators (Track B) are encouraged to sync on their plans.

Conversations can happen on- and offline. To host a conversation, please read the discussion guide that provides material to prepare, conduct, and document, each type of conversation. Please also explore ways to involve a diverse audience and encourage people to participate who usually tend to be more quiet in movement conversations.

The Wikimedia Conference in Berlin (31 March – 2 April)  was one important platform for Cycle 1 in Track A (and some Track B people) to convene and discuss the main question – What do we want to build or achieve together over the next 15 years? – and create strategic themes. Details of the program that ran in Berlin and its outcomes have been published.

Report back[edit]

All conversation summaries are considered as sources that will be used for the synthesis during the sense-making phases. To inform the ongoing process, we also encourage people to monitor the conversations that are taking place in their sister organizations or allied groups. The Source pages provide an overview of planned and ongoing conversations as well as summaries of the results. Create a new summary to add your conversation!

See the Organize page for a step-by-step guide for the overall process.

Track lead[edit]

Working group[edit]

Advisory Group[edit]

To help ensure participation and perspective from groups that are often underrepresented, we are in the process of convening an Advisory Group with members from different regions, genders, languages, projects, and types and sizes of affiliates and groups. The “Strategy Advisory Group Organized Groups” will work with Movement Strategy Track Lead Nicole Ebber to help steadily review and iterate the ongoing process, to be a sounding board for the design, implementation and sense-making as well as a linker to as many diverse groups as possible. Current members below, more to follow.

Discussion Coordinators[edit]

We are asking for at least one person from each organized group to volunteer to become a Discussion Coordinator. This person will receive an invitation to a Discussion Coordinator training and is responsible for inviting people to the discussion, hosting the discussion and summarizing the results. All organized groups should have received an email with more information and the link to sign up for becoming a Discussion Coordinator. A toolkit including a briefing and a discussion guide are being prepared to support and facilitate the organized groups' conversations.