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.
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.
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.
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.
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.