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Governance & Leadership. Information on the Boards member training 2018[edit]


With the help of experienced wikimedians and professional trainers we will discuss the following subjects:

  • Timely and responsive communication between board members and the different stakeholders (potentially) connected to your affiliate.
  • How to reap the benefits of forward planning. How deep must you go? The proper use of budget and resources.
  • How to establish good governance at your local affiliate. Responsibilities, decision making, delegation.
  • Conflict management. How to deal with conflicts, both pro-active (how to prevent) and re-active (how to deal with an existing conflict).

Focus of the training[edit]

  • The objective of this fourth Boards training workshop is to support affiliates by improving the skills and competences of their board members.
  • Knowledge and skills of individual board members and the quality of the board improves which will lead to better understanding of the role of the board and their responsibilities (and vice versa).
  • The Board will work more effectively, which will lead to more informed decision making.
  • Improved network of individual board members (e. g. closer connection between board members from different countries and trustful relationships), establishing constant cross-board relations leading towards more cooperation and knowledge sharing between boards.


The initiative for this training was taken by Tim Moritz Hector (WM Deutschland) and Frans Grijzenhout (WM Nederland). The other members of the project board are Mattias Blomgren (WM Sweden) and Doug Taylor (WM United Kingdom).

Whom are we inviting / subscription[edit]

  • You can register for the workshop via the general registration form for the Wikimedia Conference. Registration is open between November 29 and January 15, 2018.
  • Registrations for the Boards Training Workshop are confirmed, at least, on a regular basis (with a pause between Christmas and New Year’s Eve).
  • Contact cornelius.kibelka(_AT_)wikimedia.de if you have any questions.
  • The training will be open for board members of Wikimedia affiliates.

Logistics / Location and costs[edit]

  • The training will be held in the two days preceding the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin and run parallel to the pre-conference. We will use the same venue.


  • The presentations of the sessions will be made available on the talk page.
  • All materials developed and used for this training will be published for further use. [1]
  • Information about previous trainings in 2014[2] [3], 2016 [4] and 2017[5]


  • The workshop will start at 12:00 (noon) in room "Britz" at the Mercure Hotel Tempelhof Airport, which is also the venue for the main conference. There will be signs guiding you to the right room.

Wednesday 18 April 2018[edit]

12:00 – 13:00 session 1: introduction

  • Introduction to the training
  • Subjects: Objective of the training. Introductions and expectations. Get to know each other
  • Trainer: Doug Taylor (WMUK)

13:00 – 13:30 lunch

13:30 – 15:30 session 2

  • Title: How to communicate effectively with different stakeholders
  • Subjects: Timely and responsive communication between board members and with other stakeholders such as WP users, volunteers, partner institutions
  • Form: Workshop
  • Goal:
  • Trainers: Rémy Gerbet (WMFR) and Pierre-Yves Beaudouin

15:30 – 15:45 tea break

15:45 - 17:45 session 3

  • Title: How to reap the benefits of forward planning
  • Subjects: Strategic and/or annual planning. Purpose. How deep must we go? Can we do it: Budgeting and resources: time & money.
  • Form: Introduction and workshop
  • Goal:
  • Trainer: Astrid Carlsen (WMNO)

17:45 - 18:00 closing, wrap up

Thursday 19 April 2018[edit]

9:00 – 14:30 session 4 (including coffee break and lunch)

  • Title: How to establish good governance
  • Subjects: Good Governance and Community Engagement. My role and my tasks as a board member. Experiencing roles. Overview of tasks. Job description for my board position
  • Form: Workshop
  • Goal:
  • Trainer: Ana-Maria Stuth (Akademie für Ehrenamtlichkeit Deutschland)

13:00 – 13:30 lunch

13:30 - 14:30 session 4, part II

  • Title: How to establish good governance

14:30 – 14:45 tea-break

14:45 – 17:00 session 5

Slides from the Conflict Engagement for Humans workshop at the WMCON2018.
  • Title: Conflict management
  • Subjects: Pro-active and reactive conflict management. Listening... Consensus building
  • Form: Workshop
  • Goal:
  • Slides:
  • Trainer: Asaf Bartov (WMF)

17:00 – 18:00 session 6

  • Title: Evaluation and follow up
  • Subjects: Share the lessons learned. Use the training results at your local affiliate. Use of extended network.
  • Trainer: Doug Taylor (WMUK)


This is a list of the confirmed participants.

Name Organization Function
Frans Grijzenhout Wikimedia Nederland Chair of the Board
Satdeep Gill Affiliations Committee Member
Rehman Abubakr Wikimedia Community User Group Sri Lanka Founder/President
Habib Mhenni Wikimedia Tunisia User Group Co-founder, Spokesman
Toni Ristovski Shared Knowledge (Macedonia) Board Member, Treasurer
Jorge Gemetto Wikimedia Uruguay Treasurer
Juan Quintero Santacruz Wikimedians of Colombia User Group Culture Coordinator
Xabier Cañas Yarza Basque Wikimedians User Group Secretary
Nahid Soltan Wikimedia Bangladesh Secretary
Doug Taylor Wiki Project Med Secretary
Abhishek Suryawanshi New England Wikimedians
Shih-Ching Yang Wikimedia Taiwan Board member
RYU Cheol Wikimedians of Korea Director
Coenraad Loubser Wikimedia South Africa Board Member