Wikimedians of Colorado User Group/wmsummit-2019/candidates

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This year appears to be all about movement strategy. Who wants to discuss some strategy?!

How to select the delegates The Wikimedia Conference is all about participation. To make the conference a success it will be essential for the invited affiliates to deliberately select their delegates. Participants should come to Berlin to learn and to share, but also to bring the information and learnings back home. We are seeking delegates who will be actively engaged before, during and after the conference and can represent their affiliates. Ideal delegates are those who are

  • involved in the decision making processes of the organization,
  • striving to help shape the future of the movement,
  • or partnerships specialists,
  • or program leaders.

To increase diversity and have more diverse points of view present at the Wikimedia Conference, we advise affiliates to send at least one non-male participant per organization/group.

Participants should be eager to shape movement conversations; people with passion for partnerships with institutions, funders and like-minded organizations as well as people striving to improve their affiliates’ impact. Please don’t overthink it, consider this food for thought while making your choices.

Candidates for Colorado User Group representative to Wikimedia Summit 2019[edit]

Please introduce yourself and how you have participated in or plan to participate in Wikimedia and the Colorado User Group, and answer the following in your statements, as these questions will be asked on the signup form:

  1. How does your affiliate work support the Strategic Direction? How does the Strategic Direction support your affiliate work?
  2. What movement structures need to change to support you do your work better? What structures help you? What structures hinder you?

Also consider:

  • Are you interested in the event training event: Training of Trainers? (you may or may not get in as it's pretty small, but still worth noting)
  • What experience do you have with other events (organising and/or attending)?
  • Are you able to fully participate in the summit if selected? (required)

To apply, copy and paste the following (sans nowikis):

=== {{U|Your name here}} ===

Candidate statement here! Introduce yourself, etc.

''Questions:

# '''How does your affiliate work support the Strategic Direction? How does the Strategic Direction support your affiliate work?'''
#: Answer here.
# '''What movement structures need to change to support you do your work better? What structures help you? What structures hinder you?'''
#: Answer here.
# '''Are you interested in the event training event: [[Learning and Evaluation/News/Training of Trainers Berlin 2019|Training of Trainers]]? (you may or may not get in as it's pretty small, but still worth noting)'''
#: Answer here.
# '''What experience do you have with other events (organising and/or attending)?'''
#: Answer here.
# '''Are you able to fully participate in the summit if selected? (required)'''
#: Answer here.


Isarra[edit]

Hi, I'm Isarra, I'm a dev, and I very, very occasionally organise things, but I'm really bad at it because it turns out I am in fact not better than fish. You've probably met me if you go to at least half the colorado events on average, and might also know me online as that lunatic threatening to completely rearrange your furniture in the middle of the night revamp the mw user interface.

Questions:

  1. How does your affiliate work support the Strategic Direction?
    We have events which alert readers that they can get involved, bring in and encourage new editors, and support existing editors. By participating in WMCON we share our perspective, and bring back the larger movement perspective to share locally.
    How does the Strategic Direction support your affiliate work?
    The focus on Service and Equity provides infrastructure, support and reminders of how much work we still must do to engage a diverse community in working on wikipedia, wikidata etc.
  2. What movement structures need to change to support you do your work better? What structures help you? What structures hinder you?
    The main structures supporting us at present are the foundation funding our function as editors & travel to conferences, and the helpful, timely and encouraging direct email messages from Pharos. A more flexible, multi-channel notifications approach (via talk pages (with hints on how to easily track them for this purpose), emails, and other communications channels as indicated by local groups) would help. See e.g. Talk:Wikimedians_of_Colorado_User_Group#Wikimedia_Affiliates_Data_Survey
  3. Are you interested in the event training event: Training of Trainers?
    I'll skip it and leave it to the more outgoing people who have some hope of pulling all this off in the first place. Even if it would potentially be useful if we inexplicably get more events with random people organising things for us. Except given that this actually has happened already, maybe we do need this...
  4. What experience do you have with other events (organising and/or attending)?
    I've been to conferences large and small, attended and helped organise various sorts of meetups on occasion, and to this day it all baffles me how people actually find the time and energy to pull a lot of this off as some sort of hobby. Like... just... what? I haven't even found the time to overhaul Vector this year.
  5. Are you able to fully participate in the summit if selected? (required)
    Totally, assuming I don't hit my head again or something. Which I am absolutely not ruling out.

I don't know. -— Isarra 17:55, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

Edited: made possibly worse. -— Isarra 05:56, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
Edited items focused on User-group as a whole, to help lend some perspective ★NealMcB★ (talk) 21:51, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

Comments[edit]

If anyone wants to add anything we should probably be addressing as well, or other comments.