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User group meeting 2024-02-09

User group meeting 2024-02-09

Round of introductions

Everybody introduced themselves.

Brief history of the user group

Ainali gave a brief history of the user group.

Workshop on roles and responsibilities

The following notes are ideas from the participants to be used as input for future definition of roles (and should not be considered as decisions made during the call).

What aspirations do we hope for with Wikimedians for Sustainable Development?

  • Coordinated group, monthly or yearly structured programs -- so many opportunities for growing the topical areas, future projects for the year
    • Media
    • Education projects focused on Sustainable Development
    • More campaigns (beyond Wiki for Human Rights, Wiki Loves Earth)
  • Identifying more of the topics for impact to work on
  • Regular off-wiki climate and sustainability activism/lobbying/advocacy as a network
  • Collect some more best practices of sharing learning materials for training around Sustainable Development
  • Coordinating between people who are working on similar topics / areas
  • Partnership between user groups and projects already happening in other affiliates.
  • Come up with new sustainability campaigns, like Wiki for Human Rights and Wiki Loves Earth
  • Create space for future knowledge leaders around Wikimedia to be visible
  • How can we bring a perspective that helps Wikimedia projects make sense in local communities?

What would we like to see more of from Wikimedians for Sustainable Development?

  • How can the user group share more communication between stakeholders?
  • Monthly meetings and a bit of a calendar of opportunities for campaigns
  • Looking for funding from other networks (beyond the Wikimedia Foundation) with something like other groups to
    • Providing support to find funds elsewhere
  • What if we had a conference or network meeting that helped people share their experiences from a Wikimedia perspective
  • * Conference on sustainability development topics
  • Get funding to the user group to give micro-grants to organizers of projects within the user group scope
  • Establish legal entity
    • Have a bank account
  • Collaborate on-wiki on content - perhaps focus on one SDG per month

Can we define some roles for those things?

  • Co chairs?
  • Project planner - role that plans what should happen when
  • Communicator
  • Evaluations analyst
  • Partnership person
  • Leading discussions online on topics and summarizing the discussions

Next steps

  • Ainali and Sadads review the strategies and synthesis into suggestions for roles and next steps