Training modules/dashboard/slides/12114-creating-a-support-team-and-finding-help

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Creating a support team and finding help[edit]

If you don’t have much experience yourself or would like more support, consider finding a partner or ally to be either available in-person or for online support. Typically the best tactics for finding partners will be:

  • Wikimedia outreach communities, like WikiProject Women Scientists, Art+Feminism and Black Lunch Table, have developed fairly extensive training packets and networks of support for event runners with limited experiences. Connecting with one of these communities and participating in one of their trainings will help connect you with best practices, and find a network of support.  
  • Contacting a local Wikimedia affiliate. Editathons are frequently a core program strategy for local Wikimedia affiliates.
  • Asking local professional communities that may have experience; for example, in many parts of the world, library communities will have individuals with experience teaching Wikipedia contribution through events like #1lib1ref and Art+Feminism or participating in the Wikipedia Education Program.

If you find support from others, consider splitting the activities and roles listed throughout this training among collaborators. For example, one person might focus on communications, while another person can focus on training and supporting newcomers, while another person can focus on developing on-wiki worklists or resources.