Wiki Movement Brazil User Group/Report/2023/Capacity Exchange

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Report of activities for 2023 - Capacity Exchange

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Second quarter report (Apr-Jun)

Welcoming a new project and a new team

Wiki Movimento Brasil (WMB) has been increasingly active in strategy-implementation projects, with funding from Movement Strategy Implementation Grants and with a focus around making our movement more inclusive and equitable. One of these strategy-implementation projects is the Capacity Exchange, a proposed platform for capacity building within the Wikimedia Movement. The Capacity Exchange project started in 2021,[1] and works towards the implementation of Recommendation 6: Skill and leadership development. Since June 12, the project has been coordinated by WMB[2] and we have already welcomed the team that will be working on this project.

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Third quarter report (Jul-Sep)

Implementation of the outreach plan

CapX poster at Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2023
CapX poster at Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2023

The communication, visual identity, and graphic resources of the Capacity Exchange (CapX) have been designed with a transcultural approach: how to localize project communication while maintaining a global identity? To ensure that people can access information about CapX in their own languages, cultural translation has been a key practice. On the other hand, protocols and methodologies for executing the communication plan activities have been developed to ensure the quality of project deliverables managed by facilitators.

A next step in this transculturalization process is to enhance the accessibility of communications. While we already have a mobile-friendly page, we are yet to implement resources designed for individuals with visual impairments, such as those who are blind. The presence of WikiBlind on the CapX advisory committee will assist in deepening our accessibility efforts.

Establishing the Capacity Exchange page on was a pivotal element of the communication plan. The challenge, which persists, is to create a page with content that is globally relevant but can also be tailored to various contexts. Planning, content creation, and posting activities have been completed. However, the translation of the page into different languages remains to be accomplished, as does a way of allowing voluntary listing of individuals interested in the project.

The promotion of the Capacity Exchange at three significant international Wikimedia events, namely the Primer Congreso Internacional Wikimedia, Educación y Culturas Digitales (WECUDI)[3], Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2023[4], and WikiConvention francophone[5], has facilitated the project's dissemination and the formation of potential global partnerships.

At WECUDI, connections with Wikimedia Argentina and the Wikimedia Foundation were strengthened, and interactions with individuals and Wikimedian initiatives in Uruguay, Bolivia, and Peru were established. These discussions centered on a strategic approach for global capacity development while also embracing a Global South perspective. Project objectives, activities, and the meta page were promoted through brochures in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. Visual communication materials, including stickers and posters, fostered engagement with attendees.

During the Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2023, community facilitation was led by a member of Wikimedia LGBT+ who also sits on the CapX Advisory Committee. Contacts were established with Wikimedians from Eastern and Central Europe, with discussions focusing on a global strategy for local capacity development, emphasizing diversity and inclusion. Project information was shared via brochures and an informative poster in English. The availability of translations in key languages spoken by event participants enhanced reception.

Lastly, at WikiConvention francophone, community promotion was led by a member of the Igbo Wikimedians group, also a CapX Advisory Committee member. Contacts were made with Wikimedians from the French-speaking community, and discussions revolved around a global approach to local capacity development with a focus on diversity and inclusion. Project materials were distributed via brochures in French, with special emphasis on translation to foster community integration. Verbal communication helped engage potential partners at the event.