Wikimedia Foundation Values
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This page describes the Wikimedia Foundation's Values. It is the result of extensive discussions and its language was crafted to reflect the main themes that came up and to ensure that the values worked well together. In order to preserve these qualities, you are encouraged to suggest changes on the talk page.
We are in this mission together
We do this because:
- We solve problems better through collaboration.
- We learn to understand and trust each other.
- We find joy, belonging, and connection in doing things together.
In practice, this means:
- I support my colleagues whenever I can, and ask for help whenever I need it.
- I communicate honestly, clearly, and with empathy.
- I drive to reach decisions and move forward with a shared agenda and clear accountability.
We strive for excellence.
With leaps and bounds as well as stumbles and false-starts, we seek to continually improve ourselves, our projects, our communities, our world. With initiative and experimentation, we iterate our way toward making the world a better place, an excellent place. With curiosity and humility, we learn from our mistakes as well as our successes. We are duty-bound to steward our resources and deliver exceptional products and services.
We welcome and cherish our differences.
The sum of all knowledge for every single human being; we can’t do that by leaving people out. Our vision is about more than providing universal access to all forms of knowledge. It’s about creating an inclusive culture. It’s about inviting others to join in and thrive with us. It’s about embracing human diversity. It’s about saying, “We see you and you belong with us.”
Our differences are precious; they make us smarter, stronger, more humble. They balance our biases and weaknesses. They open our minds. We do our best work when we understand a problem from all its perspectives.
We encourage others to do what we can’t, and we help them succeed. When voices are absent, ignored, or silenced, we seek them out. We are welcoming hosts, caring neighbors, and equitable allies. We don’t fear difference. We welcome it with curiosity, delight, and hope.
We engage in civil discourse.
Our words have power. What we say has consequences. Engaging in civil discourse requires kindness, care, respect, tact, empathy, trust, and safety. It is key to getting, giving, and receiving good information. We must create space where people feel safe to express themselves and be heard. This is true especially when we disagree. If we do not understand what the other is feeling, we are still open-minded to where they are coming from.
We strive for empathy; we accept no less than civility.
We are inspired.
We are guided by a vision of a better world. We are taking on a huge challenge. We revere what has come before and are in awe of the work ahead. It brings us hope. It fills us with wonder.
When we are inspired, we play and laugh together. It’s not about one big party, it’s about making space for new ideas and new connections, making space for creativity. Inquisitiveness arises when we’re having fun. It’s ok to wonder, to ponder. We don’t need to take ourselves too seriously.
When we are inspired, we do excellent work.