Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2017/Updates/10 March 2017 - Update 10 on Wikimedia movement strategy process

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Message from Katherine Maher[edit]

This message, "March 10: Update on Wikimedia movement strategy process (#10)", was sent by Katherine Maher on 10 March 2017.

Hi all!

It’s the 10th update! According to English Wikipedia, the traditional gift for a 10th anniversary is tin and aluminum. So, here is a photo of some art taken during Wiki Loves Art Netherlands that features a Ta'zīya made from bamboo and aluminum foil: File:WLANL - MicheleLovesArt - Tropenmuseum - Taziya (R-1045A-C).jpg

Ta'zīya made from bamboo and aluminum foil

And now, on with the update!

Feedback requested[edit]

This week there are two items in particular on Meta-Wiki that would benefit from your thoughts:

  • What should every participant in the strategy discussions know? The briefing document still needs your comments and input to help answer that question.
  • There have been very few comments on the basic premises that should be mutually agreed upon by all participants and used as the basis of arguments. Once the discussions start, the premises will be fixed, so we would like to invite you to review them now.

All Tracks[edit]

Track A (Organized groups) and Track B (Individual contributors)[edit]

  • The Core Team spent last week in Seattle with Nicole and Jaime A., onboarding them as Track Leads and working through the details of launching Tracks A and B by March 14th.
  • Nicole sent 240 emails to invite organized groups to prepare to host discussions. So far, 29 have signed up to be Discussion Coordinators.
  • The Core Team and Track Leads posted the toolkit for coordinating community discussions on Meta-Wiki and are finalizing the discussion guide and discussion prompts.
  • Nicole published the charter for the Track A Advisory Group and started to reach out to potential members.
  • The Core Team discussed types of movements, and how different movements are organized, as examples for the strategy briefing on Meta-Wiki.
  • They also proposed a process to read, interpret, and summarize the expected volume of ideas from the consultation in an efficient manner.
  • Guillaume has begun onboarding the 19 part-time language coordinators who will be supporting discussions with their language communities. Jan Eissfeldt is leading the group of Asian language coordinators. The coordinators have already started translating strategy materials and planning the outreach to their communities. The coordinators are looking for additional volunteers to assist them in their and other communities.

Track C (Partners and readers in higher awareness regions) and Track D (Partners and readers in lower awareness regions)[edit]

  • The proposed process for Track C has been published on Meta-Wiki. We welcome your thoughts and feedback on the Track’s talk page.
  • Track Leads have developed a job description for a contract Project Assistant to support research, event management, and general coordination. If you are interested or have a referral, please apply!
  • The Core Team and Track Leads received some great recommendations on experts to consult across most regions. The team is discussing how to best collect your recommendations and will share an update next week.
  • The Core Team is reviewing research proposals from two potential research partners to support survey research and desk research.
  • Track D is talking to Reboot, the firm we have worked with for the New Readers project, about coordinating the overall track research. They are interviewing local research firms for Egypt, Indonesia, and Brazil. They expect to have a final arrangement by middle of next week.
  • The proposed process for Track D will be posted on Meta-Wiki in the coming week.

Next steps[edit]

  • Final preparations for launch of Track A & B discussions, including posting discussion guide and prompts, strategic direction definitions/examples, summary pages/templates on Meta-Wiki, and process map (currently being designed by the Communications department).
  • Plan and host orientation sessions for paid and volunteer coordinators and translate pages to prepare for launch.
  • Publish program outline for the Strategy Track at Wikimedia Conference and finalize schedule.
  • Identify and select Track C & D research firms and consultants.
  • Continue building out the list of experts and developing the expert interview guide for Tracks C & D.

Thank you for joining us for the tenth update - happy weekend!