Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2018-20/Recommendations/Iteration 1/Advocacy/6

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Common positioning[edit]

R6: The advocacy priorities of the Wikimedia movement are clearly articulated through a shared, highly visible and living document.[edit]


The Wikimedia Movement is many things to many different people from many different cultures, but we are all loosely drawn to one or several aspects of what the Movement stands for – globally and locally. However, these intrinsic elements that draw us into the movement are currently implied rather than overt. That leads to situations where communities have long and exhausting discussions about advocacy activities, arguing if this is something in the scope of their community or not. Also, the question if our movement should take part in advocacy at all, arises repeatedly.


A living document inspired by the concepts of a letter of intent or a manifesto can declare what the movement think is its core and what it stands for (and what doesn't stand for). It can clearly define and set boundaries about what we do, why we do it and what we want to achieve by doing this. Such a document can also shift western centric definitions by a collective intent. It allows people, organisations and entities that are not currently part of, or aware of, the open movement, the opportunity to see if their goals align with ours, or not.

On the other hand it allows us to clearly and easily decide to stand up for causes that we believe in and take action. It gives people within the movement collective purpose, and allows and legitimate them to articulate what that purpose is.