Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2018-20/Overview/Timeline

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Open call for participation in 9 Working Groups Candidates assessment and selection Announcement of WG members and first in-person meetings Set-up continuation, WG diversification process Scoping WG work with community input round Materials and research analysis, including in-person discussions and online community feedback round WG and community discussions conclusion, drafting recommendations, including in-person discussions and online community consultation Move from recommendations to the implementation
12 June–2 July 3–19 July Wikimania 2018 July–October November 2018 – February 2019 March–June 2019, Wikimedia Summit 2019 July–October 2019, Wikimania 2019 November 2019 – June 2020


  • In 2016, Wikimedia turned 15 and we started wondering about the next 15 years.
  • In 2017, the movement embarked on a participatory and adaptive Movement Strategy Process, to define what Wikimedia will look like in 2030, and how we want our projects, our communities and the free knowledge ecosystem to evolve. The first major milestone was the publication and endorsement of the Strategic Direction.
  • In 2018, we started to explore how we can update our structures and programs so that we can successfully and strongly advance in our Strategic Direction. Movement organizations began to incorporate the concepts of Knowledge Equity and Knowledge as a Service in their strategic and annual plans. In addition, a coordinated, exploratory process was initiated at WMCON 2018 to define what structural changes are necessary for the movement to be ready for the future.
  • In late 2018, Working Groups have been established to develop concrete recommendations for structural changes in 9 Thematic Areas.
  • In August 2019, these recommendations will be presented as a first draft for the movement to engage, to bring in more perspectives and to refine them.
  • At the end of 2019, the implementation of these recommendations will begin. It will be an iterative, adaptive process that is build according to the specifics and needs of the recommended structural changes.
  • In mid 2020, we will be able to see how our movement structures have started to change to support the movement on our way towards becoming the essential infrastructure in the ecosystem of free knowledge.

Working Groups timeline[edit]

The timeline for the process takes into account movement events (e.g. Wikimania, Wikimedia Summit) as well as general planning procedures in our movement. All Working Groups are expected to tweak the timeline according to their own needs and expectations.

Working Groups Timeline 2019
  1. June-July 2018: Call for Working Group members.
  2. August–November 2018: Working Groups set-up, agreement on working mode, definition of support needs, and first steps on content exploration.
  3. Until March 2019: Working Groups develop the scope of their work, define guiding questions and engage in community conversations for refinement.
  4. Wikimedia Summit (end of March 2019): The scope of their work is reviewed and revised, bringing many different perspectives in, so that they can then move into analysis.
  5. April-August 2019: Analysis of data, research, and outputs of community conversations; development of recommendations.  
  6. Wikimania 2019 (August 2019): First draft of the recommendations are presented and revised with the participants and broader community.
  7. September–October 2019: Input from research and community conversations support harmonization and finalization of recommendations into one coherent set.
  8. November-December 2019: Recommendations are presented and can be ratified; continue to design implementation and iteration; Working Groups dissolve.
  9. 2020: Implementation begins; implementation structure and support set-up.

The timeline is subject to change depending on the progress of the conversations and workstreams. Steps in the process will not happen simultaneously for all Working Groups. Some might be faster, and some might need more time, especially if they have strong interdependencies with other groups.

Community Conversations timeline[edit]

Community Conversations timeline

On FAQ page you can find explanation how to read the Community Conversations timeline.

Strategic Conversations[edit]

Event Date Location Core Team participants Working Groups participants
Wikimania August 14-18 Stockholm, Sweden Nicole Ebber, Kaarel Vaidla, Mehrdad Pourzaki, Tanveer Hasan, Bhavesh Patel, Anna Rees
WikiIndaba June (tba) Abuja, Nigeria tbd
Wikimedia Hackathon May 17-19 Prague, Czech Republic ./.
Creative Commons Summit May 9-11 Lisbon, Portugal Nicole Ebber, Kaarel Vaidla
re:publica May 6-8 Berlin, Germany Nicole Ebber Alice Wiegand (Advocacy)
Wikimedia+Education Conference 2019 April 5-7 San Sebastián, Spain ./.
Internet Freedom Festival April 1-5 Valencia, Spain ./.
Wikimedia Summit March 29-31 Berlin, Germany All Core Team
IberoConf February 8-10 Santiago, Chile Tanveer Hasan
Wikimedia Foundation All Hands January 27-Feb 2 San Francisco, USA Nicole Ebber, Kaarel Vaidla, Jodi McMurray, Tanveer Hasan
Wikisammelan Kolkata 2019 January 11-13 Kolkata, India Tanveer Hasan
GLAM Wiki Conference November 3-5 Tel Aviv, Israel Anna Lena Schiller, Kaarel Vaidla
Mozilla Festival October 26-28 London, United Kingdom Nicole Ebber, Bhavesh Patel
Technology Conference October 22-25 Portland, Oregon, USA no Core Team, but WG representatives
WikiConference North America October 18-21 Columbus, Ohio, USA Jodi McMurray
CEE Meeting October 13-15 Lviv, Ukraine Kaarel Vaidla, Tanveer Hasan
Northern Europe Meeting October 6-7 Stockholm, Sweden no Core Team representatives
Wikiconvention francophone October 5-7 Grenoble, France Kaarel Vaidla
WikiCon October 5-7 Sankt Gallen, Switzerland Nicole Ebber
Wikimania July 18-22 Cape Town, South Afrika Nicole, Kaarel, Jodi, Bhav, Anna Lena, Douglas, Anne