Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2018-20/Transition/Design

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The Design Group[edit]

Thanks everyone for your interest and nominations. Based on votes and selection criteria, we are happy to announce the Wikimedia 2030 Movement Strategy Transition Design Group.

Movement Strategy Transition Design Group

The Design Group is tasked with creating an open and inclusive transition process where the entire Wikimedia movement can take part in implementing the 2030 movement strategy recommendations. Transition will take place online from September to November and the Design Group will create these events taking into consideration different dynamics for participation, such as time zones, languages, translation requirement, and access to technology. The design group will be supported by a small support team.

The Design Group discussions will be open and on-wiki. All interested individuals are encouraged to participate in the discussions as reviewers, and later in the actual transition events. If you were nominated or have already expressed your interest, we will reach out to you regarding participation as a reviewer.

Please let us know if you would like to participate in the design discussions as a reviewer.

Design Group selection criteria[edit]

Online engagement with a large number of diverse participants from across our movement will be both beneficial and challenging for the upcoming transition events. Therefore, the Wikimedia Foundation is convening a design group to collaboratively shape the implementation planning process, which will be done through a series of virtual events.

The composition criteria for the design group have been created by the Movement Strategy Core Team members and Wikimedia Summit organizer who have supported the transition design. These are based on the lessons learned from the Phase II of the Movement Strategy. Involved individuals are:

They are also the people who have made a final decision regarding the composition of the Design Group based on the composition criteria.

Note: There is awareness regarding the fact that the group of people who worked on setting up the Design Group does not contain rich diversity of the perspectives we have in the movement and is lacking in other aspects (e.g. no gender balance). At the same time it felt to be too complicated to first put together a more representative selection committee for the design group. We are trying to be transparent regarding how the process has been set up and how the people have been selected and hopefully a more representative Design Group will be able to ensure inclusiveness that captures better the diversity of perspectives in our movement as we move forward with the transition.

Nomination by the groups[edit]

The idea for the design group is to bring together community members reflecting different parts and regions, i.e. perspectives of the movement (CEE, ESEAP, Indaba, Iberocoop, North America, South Asia, WikiArabia, WikiFranca), representatives from the EDs and chairpersons groups, and WMF staff. The design group will have project management and facilitation support.

For the Design Group, the ask was made for one individual nomination from most of the groups. As the implementation will be highly dependent on the established organizations of the movement, a difference was made for the EDs group (group of executive directors of the affiliates) and the Wikimedia Foundation, which will have 3 seats each in the Design Group.

Nomination guidelines communicated to the groups

  • The task will be to work with a diverse group of 17 people from across the movement to design how the process of online events will be set up.
  • The nominee should be familiar with the Wikimedia movement, interested in strategy, and ideally an active online contributor from the projects OR from an underrepresented community.
  • The work is scheduled to begin in the final week of June, with an orientation, and planned to conclude by mid-August.
  • During this time, you will meet 6 times virtually as a whole group for two hours each time, and you will be expected to carry out some asynchronous work in between meetings.
  • Please also consider diversity criteria during the nomination. Traditionally we have lacked prolific online and technical contributors in the discussions, and there has been an inclination towards male participants and those from high-income “Western” countries. We hope that you can help us bring a more diverse range of perspectives into design discussions.

Diversity matrix[edit]

This is a basic matrix that was created to evaluate diversity in the transition design group. Ideally all the perspectives are covered and where the selection needed to be made, this matrix served as a guideline. Also an approach to involve people who cover multiple perspectives in the matrix was taken to facilitate shared understanding and richness of the discussions.

Region Engagement Role Other
CEE Chapter Board member Gender balance
ESEAP Committee Contributor External perspectives
Iberocoop Project community Organizer Specific expertise
Indaba Technical contributor Other
North America User Group Staff
South Asia WMF

Additionally the agreed principles for selection included:

  • In case of multiple candidates, the preference to be given:
    • People with better contacts with the online/technical communities, as this has been a gap in previous stages of the process.
    • Candidates who help to achieve a wider linguistic diversity in the group.
    • Candidates who are currently located in the region they are representing.
    • Candidates that add a unique expertise or perspective.
  • It was decided that no Wikimedia Foundation staff member should serve on the seats other than the ones allocated to the organization to ensure better representation from communities.