Nice. Thanks for the reminder Fabrice! I signed up to attend both and put in a proposal as well:


On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 12:07 PM, Fabrice Florin <> wrote:
Hello friends of community engagement … and greetings from Bali!

I’m on vacation here through the end of the week, but just took a break from my yoga retreat to submit these session proposals for Wikimania 2014, since the deadline is today:

* Growing a Culture of Kindness
Presentation - 30 mins.

* How Can We Make Wikipedia Better?
Presentation - 30 mins.

If you plan to go to Wikimania this year and you are interested in either of these sessions, please sign up at the bottom of the submission pages to let the organizers know of your interest.

The first proposal was inspired by my time here in Bali, where kindness is deeply engrained into the culture and everyone goes out of their way to help each other out. It got me thinking of what it would take to grow the same type of widespread gentleness into our own Wikipedia culture, which still suffers from a pervasive lack of civility from some of its members. I don’t claim to have the right answers on how to make this cultural shift happen, but I would like to engage community and foundation members to think more together about what can be done to grow a kinder culture, over time.

The second proposal is based on my 2-year photo project to collect ideas on how to improve Wikipedia from community and team members for one. You can see the full gallery and a video here:



P.S.: I will not respond to emails on this account until I return to work next Monday. But if you see any serious issues, feel free to make any tweaks to the submissions, as needed.


Fabrice Florin
Product Manager
Wikimedia Foundation

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