Wikipedia for Peace Berlin 2017
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A peace project in Berlin from July 4th to July 18th 2017! You can apply via the Workcamp Database. We think that Wikipedia needs more and better content on social movements, justice and peace in general. So we started up Wikipedia for Peace, which is a community project organized by Wikimedia and Service Civil International. The project is organized as a "workcamp", where people from different backgrounds come together for about two weeks to write and edit content about topics related to peace on Wikipedia. The project took place for the first time in 2015 in Vienna (for more info see Wikipedia for Peace 2015). Wikipedia for Peace 2016 was organized from August 10-21 in Jenbach (Austria), with 15 participants from all over the world and with a special focus on environmental justice. Wikipedia for Peace 2017 Berlin will have a focus on persecution and refuge.
What is Service Civil International?
Service Civil International (SCI) is a peace organization and is one of the biggest non-profit networks of volunteering organizations. The first SCI workcamp was organised in 1920 close to Verdun (France) by the Swiss pacifist Pierre Cérésole. Through workcamps SCI wants to increase international understanding and wants to create awareness for people with fewer social opportunities, global inequalities, sustainability and a responsible use of resources. In SCI workcamps people from different countries, cultural and social backgrounds work together between two and four weeks for a local non-profit initiative. The Austrian branch was founded in 1947, is based in Vienna and is almost exclusively run by a bunch of motivated volunteers.
How is it funded?
Wikimedia Germany supports the project with 5.300 EUR, which is used for food, accommodation, internet access, an excursion and maybe other small project-related costs. We got an additional funding of 250 EUR from Berliner Tafel. Participants pay their own travel costs to the project venue. SCI workcamps are usually low-budget projects, in which we intentionally try to live a simple and sustainable lifestyle with simple home-made cooking and simple accommodation.
I like the idea. How can I support it?
There are a lot of different ways to support the project:
- Participate! You can participate by registering at the workcamp database of SCI!
- Contribute from afar: Our participants will write in a lot of different languages (...) and it would be great for them to have feedback from people working in the Wikipedias of these languages. You can also contribute by working together with us on improving/writing the articles we want to focus on this year (see our Article list for 2017).
- Start up your own Wikipedia for Peace camp: In 2017 we would like to see the project happening in more parts of the world and around more topics (e.g. gender equality, civil rights, demilitarization, refugee movements, LGBT rights, etc.). If you would like to organize one of these, get in touch with User:Shikeishu who is the coordinator of the project and can support you in your organizing process. Teaming up with your local chapter of Wikimedia and Service Civil International will definitely help as well.