Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2017

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Our strategic direction: Service and Equity

By 2030, Wikimedia will become the essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge, and anyone who shares our vision will be able to join us.

We, the Wikimedia contributors, communities, and organizations, will advance our world by collecting knowledge that fully represents human diversity, and by building the services and structures that enable others to do the same.

We will carry on our mission of developing content as we have done in the past, and we will go further.

Knowledge as a service: To serve our users, we will become a platform that serves open knowledge to the world across interfaces and communities. We will build tools for allies and partners to organize and exchange free knowledge beyond Wikimedia. Our infrastructure will enable us and others to collect and use different forms of free, trusted knowledge.

Knowledge equity: As a social movement, we will focus our efforts on the knowledge and communities that have been left out by structures of power and privilege. We will welcome people from every background to build strong and diverse communities. We will break down the social, political, and technical barriers preventing people from accessing and contributing to free knowledge.

Catch up on the process

There are three cycles of discussions. The first cycle ended on 18 April 2017. The team is now organizing information and adapting the process based on the feedback received. The next cycle is set to begin on 5 May 2017.

You can now read the text of the strategic direction that emerged through this process. If you agree that this is the right way for the Wikimedia Movement to move forward, you are invited to endorse it.

Read more


Current updates

WMF-Agora-Language selection-crop 3492D1-right.svg Katherine Maher sends weekly summaries of what is happening around the movement strategy process. You can also sign up to receive news on your talk page.

About the four tracks

There are many different groups in our movement, who engage with information in different ways. In order to understand their needs and perspectives better, the core team has organized "tracks" of research and dialogue with different audiences. You may identify as belonging to several groups and you are welcome to participate in more than one track.


Organized groups

Track A

This group includes Wikimedia movement affiliates, organized movement committees including the Funds Dissemination Committee and Affiliations Committee, staff members at the Wikimedia Foundation, the Foundation Board of Trustees, and other organized or semi-organized groups that help support the movement.


Individual contributors

Track B

This group includes individual contributors, such as editors, curators, and volunteer developers, across different languages and Wikimedia projects.

Higher awareness regions

Formerly tracks C and D

This group includes existing and new readers of our projects, and existing and potential partners, in countries or languages where we are well-known (and have high reach in terms of awareness and usage).


The process

WMF-Agora-Language selection-crop 3492D1-right.svg The core strategy team has prepared a process in collaboration with a Steering Committee of long-time volunteer Wikimedians.

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The team

WMF-Agora-Language selection-crop 3492D1-right.svg Many groups of people from across the movement are working together to organize the strategy process (and you can be one of them!)


Frequently asked questions

WMF-Agora-Language selection-crop 3492D1-right.svg Answers to more questions are available in the Frequently asked questions.


Suggest improvements

(English) You are invited to discuss the process and ask more questions on the talk page.

See also