I think that we should look more to each other as well as to other movements to guide us.
I have two standing proposals for people in the Wikipedia movement to help each other - peer review and outreach review. By peer review I mean that all Wikimedia groups should review other Wikimedia groups. As an example of how this could work, I wish that all chapters receiving funds would review the funding requests of at least two other chapters, so that everyone's work gets some peer review. For outreach review, I mean to say that I wish that anyone doing Wikipedia outreach to non-Wikimedia people would review the outreach efforts of others. These are very similar, just that peer review is a responsibility of groups and outreach review is a responsibility of individuals who speak on behalf of the movement.
If we managed these things internally, then I would like to tap into other organizations' structures. The biggest name I know for aligned international grassroots online activism is the en:Open Knowledge Foundation, which is transitioning into a name change to be called "Open Knowledge". The Electronic Frontier Foundation is trying to start a community network in the United States as of April 2014; in the past they have consciously not wanted to do this. The Free Culture Foundation has tried to do this, Creative Commons some years ago thought that they wished to do this, the Open Society Foundations support these things but do not actually host any network, and other organizations have their own started efforts.
I would like to see these grassroots networks better connected because we all have similar projects and a common goal. I have no idea how communication could be coordinated across networks, and even communication is a problem in any one network. However, Open Knowledge does the best communication and community management of any of the organizations I have seen. Blue Rasberry (talk) 17:20, 28 April 2014 (UTC)
- Thanks for your notes. FYI Bluerasberry WMNL is in contact with ambassadors of OKF in the Netherlands and is in contact with the Netherlands Linux user group assocation. My intention is to build a collaborative network of like minded organisations and connect with GLAM partners and educational institutions. Ad Huikeshoven (talk) 19:23, 9 May 2014 (UTC)
Boards survey results
In my view the Board governance survey results are particularly interesting - what should the next steps be? I've moved discussion across from the research page to here...
Discussion / next steps