Last September, Wikimedia Portugal had the opportunity to host a Strategy Salon with its members and guests. This blog post will tell us how their experience went and bring some of the chapter’s history.
This is the first part in an ongoing series on the function and value of lists in the Wikimedia moment by Alex Stinson.
Successful editathons, campaigns, contests and projects within the Wikimedia movement often start with a list: something to engage, focus and build attention for participants in the activity. Almost every topic area benefits from a list: the Gender Gap (Women in Red or Art and Feminism), other underrepresented knowledge projects (Black Lunch Table or Afrocine), complete sets of knowledge identified by experts (i.e missing butterflies) as well as common topics on Wikimedia projects (like WikiProject Military History’s coverage of destroyers in Majestic Titans).
Founded in 2014, Wikimedia Côte d’Ivoire is one of the most dynamic User Groups in French-speaking Africa. Workshops, trainings: volunteers on site are deeply engaged for free knowledge in a country where the digital transition is a huge challenge. No wonder then that this motivated group was eager to participate in the ongoing international reflections about the Wikimedia 2030 strategy. Their goal: share specific issues and concerns from the perspective of a country of the Global South, and thus contribute to shape a more inclusive Wikimedia movement for the future.
In this interview with Donatien Kangah Koffi, president of Wikimedia Côte d’Ivoire, we talked about the strategy salons organised in Abidjan, and more generally about the challenges and hopes of the Ivorian community.
I am writing to let you know that Val D’Costa, Chief Community Engagement Officer, is leaving the Wikimedia Foundation. I also want to share some changes we’re making around how the Foundation organizes staff in the Community Engagement department.
Val joined us last January, bringing nearly three decades of experience launching and growing international initiatives in emerging markets. With the Wikimedia 2030 movement strategy as a guide, Val and her team drafted an ambitious new vision for the work of Community Engagement—focused on decentralization of power and resources, safe and welcoming spaces, equitable collaboration, increased language and cultural fluency, dedicated programs for groups such as women and young people, and expansive partnerships in service of free knowledge.
On November 5th, The Official State Gazette (BOE) published the Royal Decree-Law 14/2019 (link), which was passed on October 31st, whereby the General State Administration reserves the right to suspend, exceptionally and precautionary, the transmission of data and the connection to Internet claiming reasons of public order.
According to Chapter IV, modification of the Law 9/2014 of General Telecommunications, the State reserves the right to take over any types of infrastructure, network, service or digital resource that may affect public security within the framework of national defense. The power of immediate action is granted to the Government of Spain for the closure of websites and other services through the Ministry of Economy and Business, as well as the control and operation of all networks during transitory periods described as exceptional. No prior judicial requirement is needed.
Last July 25th, Wikimedia Venezuela hosted a Strategy Salon in Caracas. The Library of the Venezuelan Central University received about 30 people in two shifts to discuss about Strategy Wikimedia 2030.
The objective of the gathering was to exchange ideas about Wikipedia in Venezuela, focused on two thematic axes in the framework of the strategic direction of the Wikimedia movement: Capacity Building, and Advocacy. It was moderated by Óscar Costero, president of the Civil Association Wikimedia Venezuela. Óscar is a member of Capacity Building Working Group, so he is very interested about the lack of editors living in the country and its effects on Wikipedia.
I am Erica, and I am the manager of the Community Relations Specialists—a team that for years has connected the communities and the Wikimedia Foundation teams to discuss and collaborate on products, features, projects, and more.
Since joining in 2013, among other things, I’ve had the privilege of assisting in hiring several people (some of them with plenty of experience of our communities, like me).
Here are the few things that I wish I had known back in the day as a candidate, and that I’d like everyone to know now about applying for a job at the Foundation.