[African Wikimedians] Movement Strategy update - Summaries from January and February conversations

Hi everyone,

The movement strategy transition team is happy to share summaries from follow-up discussions that took place in January and February.

The aim of the discussions was to come up with objectives for implementing each initiative or cluster of initiatives that communities had previously prioritized. The needed steps as well as challenges and anticipated resources were also discussed to varying degrees.

We kindly ask you to review the summaries [1] by March 15, particularly for initiatives that are a priority for you and your community, and to help finalize the draft plan. This is also where we invite you to indicate your interest to be part of working groups that will be convened for each initiative to take the work forward. More information below.

Quick recap

In November [2] and December [3], the Movement Strategy team hosted global conversations to identify priority areas for collaboration in 2021. Distributed governance, resources for underrepresented communities, improved user experience, addressing content gaps, and facilitating skill development in the movement were among the top priorities.

Our promise had been to host at least one follow-up discussion for each initiative. Thanks to your participation and support from community members and affiliates from around the world, this was successfully achieved.151 people participated in large discussions for the Interim Global Council and 90 for hubs. An average of 60 people participated in each of the other follow-up discussions that took place from January 22 to February 7.

Commitment to equity in decision-making

Distributed leadership, global governance, and inclusive decision-making were key threads in the movement strategy recommendations. This has been reiterated in local and global discussions since and the Wikimedia Foundation is committed to supporting the realization of this vision and the establishment of a Global Council - by the way of an interim council that will draft the Movement Charter. The exact structure and set up of this Interim Global Council will continue to be shaped by communities in virtual and on-wiki discussions.[4]

Next steps

Until March 15, we invite community members, affiliates, and strategy enthusiasts from the whole movement to help finalize the first ever implementation plan for movement strategy:

  • How can the stated objectives become realistic and inclusive steps for implementation?

  • Did the discussions miss anything?

You can continue to indicate on meta, under respective initiative sub-pages [5], if you would like to take part in the next steps of developing the initiatives and in their implementation. In upcoming months we are planning to convene working groups with contributing community, affiliate, and Wikimedia Foundation staff members to be tasked with scoping their respective initiative and taking the work forward. We will keep everyone who has indicated their interest on meta in loop and will share more specific information regarding ways to participate in our future updates.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Support Team with your questions, comments, or ideas at strategy2030{{at}}wikimedia.org

On behalf of the Support Team,

Kaarel

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Transition/Follow-up_events

[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Transition/Global_Conversations/Report

[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Transition/Global_Conversations/Report/December

[4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Transition/Global_Conversations/Report/January

[5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Transition/Discuss