Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2018-20/Overview

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The purpose of the Wikimedia 2030 Strategy Process is to address complex challenges and seize the opportunities for the Wikimedia movement, now and in the future. It is a process initiated by the Wikimedia Foundation, seeking broad affiliate and community involvement on a global scale.

The first part of Wikimedia 2030 set out with the question: What do we want to build or achieve together over the next 15 years? In a participatory process, we defined the Strategic Direction: 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. This direction must make us rethink who we are and who we want to become as a global movement. It should lead us to a thorough inquiry into our current state of the movement, which is diverse, often organically grown, and consists a global body of individual volunteers, contributor, developer and/or organizer communities, expanding and emerging regional and thematic collaboratives as well as diverse range of movement organizations from smallest user groups to biggest chapters and the Wikimedia Foundation.

The current stage of Wikimedia 2030 is about determining how the movement needs to update its programs and structures so we can ultimately meet the goals laid out in the Strategic Direction. Movement organizations and groups work individually on contextualizing and applying the Direction in their own programmatic work. Product and program support will continue to be provided by the key organizations’ departments along the priorities and needs of projects and individuals. Working Groups define the changes needed on the structural level in an exploratory, adaptive and participatory process, lead by the Core Team (Timeline). The outcome of current process will be a set of recommendations to answer the questions as well as an agreement on how to implement these recommendations. They will then also inform the programmatic and individual work and projects.

The next stage will focus on the implementation of recommended changes. There will be room for experimentation and prototyping, and each step will be monitored and evaluated carefully. This approach will enable the movement to revise and iterate the steps as well as the recommendations themselves, if needed. The steps will no longer be sequential, but can run in parallel. For some topics, it might take a shorter time, while others are more complex or depend on the outcomes of other recommendations.