Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2018-20/Transition/Discuss/Invest in Skills and Leadership Development
Global approach for local skill development
Create a systematic, global approach to skill development for local communities, their people, and their organizations. This requires us to:
- Establish a methodology that maps assets and needs and generates aggregated data for deploying skills development initiatives based on real needs.
- Establish a service that facilitates connecting/matching peers across the Movement for teaching and learning skills (e.g. peer-learning, networking, and pooling of information from partners and allies).
- Encourage a diversity of methods, including training, mentoring, consulting, online learning, peer-to-peer support, and events.
- Create incentives for skill development (online and offline) through the recognition of skills (e.g. through open badges).
Leadership development plan
Create a systematic, globally-coordinated leadership development plan. This requires us to:
- Establish a process to understand and model leadership according to skills necessary in each context.
- Deploy tools or processes based on existing volunteer engagement that support communities in identifying potential leaders.
- Invite potential leaders from other social movements to diversify and enrich the Movement through sharing experiences.
- Provide training options (e.g. online, in-person) at local and regional levels to allow individuals to acquire leadership skills relevant to their communities.
- Create an outline of the roles and skills that contextually encourages self-governance and ensures subsidiarity to empower communities.
Skill development infrastructure
Invest in new or existing technological infrastructure which facilitates learning of skills through functional, collaborative, real-time tools and quality content. This requires:
- A user-friendly, searchable, multilingual, multi-format, curated platform to host learning resources (e.g. tutorials, videos, online training, etc.).
- Learning resources (e.g. “learning packs”) directed to individuals and organizations joining the Movement to encourage self-directed knowledge acquisition and development of skills within our practices and roles.
- Learning packs required to understand issues that relate to scalability, sustainability and other areas considered in the Wikimedia Movement Strategy recommendations.