Talk:Learning and Evaluation/News/Learning Days for Wikimedia Conference 2017/Leadership Development track

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Few questions related to the "Leadership Development Dialogue"[edit]

Hi, @JAnstee (WMF): & @MCruz (WMF): I am in the middle of translating the slide of leadership dialogue into Chinese, and I am confused with few terms. It will be wonderful if you can explain the following ideas to me. Thank you in advance!

  1. People who drive collaboration -
    1. "People who work on overarching themes" - who are these people? Does this mean the ones who talk about strategy?
    2. "Community service volunteers" in the offline organizers - who are these? Does this mean the ones who work in the local library or museums and help new readers to understand Wikipedia?
  2. Mentors and changemakers -
    1. "cabals" in the memo - in the dictionary, the word stands for "gangs", what is that being used in the community? Is there an example?

--Liang(WMTW) (talk) 21:56, 4 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]


Hi Liang,
Apologies for the delay in responding. I am responding to your questions below:
1. "People who work on overarching themes" - who are these people? Does this mean the ones who talk about strategy?
In some cases it does mean people working on Wikimedia movement strategy; in other cases, it just means people who work on specific themes, like Women in Science, Art + Feminism, WikiProject Medicine, etc.
2. "Community service volunteers" in the offline organizers - who are these? Does this mean the ones who work in the local library or museums and help new readers to understand Wikipedia?
These are people who work offline to organize chapters and user groups, also people who work in museums, archives and other types of GLAMs, people who work in education organizations, in any volunteer capacity beyond online contributions.
3. "cabals" in the memo - in the dictionary, the word stands for "gangs", what is that being used in the community? Is there an example?
We don't remember using this word. Essentially, we don't promote cabals. One of the goals of the Leadership Development Dialogue is to be more transparent and open about opportunities, so it doesn't appear like it only happens in cabals. Cabals here would be interpreted as closed groups, not open or transparent, and something that should be avoided completed in the way we develop opportunities for leadership.
I hope this is clearer now. Please do let me know if you need more clarification! Best, María (WMF) (talk) 23:24, 27 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]