Top Topics for Strategy Discussions in the Portuguese-Speaking Community

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Since March 2019, the online and in-person Portuguese community for Wikimedia has been participating in the discussions around the movement strategy for Wikimedia 2030 on various channels. In this post, you will read a summary with the most relevant topics across all thematic areas.

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What did the Spanish community discuss during Strategy Conversations 2019?

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During 2019, Wikimedia volunteer communities have been discussing the future of our movement in the second stage of the Wikimedia 2030 movement strategy process. In the case of the Spanish speaking community, about 80 volunteers joined a Telegram group, one of the many channels available.

Over more than three months, from late-March to June, the community focused on sharing feedback in online conversations about what structural changes they would like to see to support the future of our movement. 

But, what does our community actually want? In this post, I offer a short summary of the most central ideas shared over this period. These ideas are relevant for actors across the movement, including affiliates, online editing communities, the Wikimedia Foundation, and other groups. To be successful in this change, we will all have to work together to bring these ideas to fruition, both within and beyond the strategy process. 

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“We are at a turning point”: Donatien Kangah Koffi tells us about the Wikimedia community in Côte d’Ivoire

Wikimedia in Côte d’Ivoire is a long story and one that we don’t hear enough about! After a first part dedicated to the three Strategy Salons held in Abidjan, the second part of this interview leads you to discover more about the history of the Ivorian User Group, and about Donatien Kangah Koffi’s participation to one of the Strategy Process Working Groups, Capacity Building. His insights are a great way to understand how local and international stakes come together, through the lens of a singular experience.

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Wikimedia Portugal participation on Strategy process in 2019

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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.

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Côte d’Ivoire imagines Wikimedia in 2030 : Interview with Donatien Kangah Koffi

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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.

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Holding a Strategy Salon in Caracas

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Venezuelan Strategy Salon, 2019
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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.

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My experience as a Strategy Liaison for the Spanish speaking community in 2019

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Everything started on a rainy day in the airport. Rain poured us and the propeller of the plane started moving while Ingrid Bergman… well. It wasn’t that way.

It was a sunny day in sunny Valencia. It was April and we were celebrating the Internet Freedom Festival, an event held yearly in my city. It wasn’t Ingrid Bergman or Humphrey Bogart, but Liang, Board member of Wikimedia Taiwan and Strategy Liaison for the Mandarin-speaking community, who I found there. He was the first person from my team that I met. He was coming to Valencia with more members of Wikimedia Taiwan to talk about Chinese Wikipedia and also about censorship. It was a good experience to train myself in my new role as Strategy Liaison for the Spanish-speaking community and also arranging the first Strategy Salon I was going to see: some festival attendants and some local Wikimedians had arranged a meeting to talk about the future of our movement.

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Being a Strategy Liaison for the Portuguese speaking community in 2019. What was it like?

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Since the beginning of this year, I have been a Strategy Liaison on behalf of the Wikimedia movement strategy process for the Portuguese community on all Wikimedia projects. It’s been a great opportunity to learn different aspects about the community in which I have been a volunteer for years. Talking to the community about itself means having access to the many different points of view on the projects, and also to a large set of possible ways to work toward a better future.

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