This is a friendly reminder that The Community Development team
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Calls> at the Wikimedia
Foundation is hosting our first ever community call on Wednesday, February
23, 2022 from 15:00 - 16:00 UTC on Zoom
We want to thank those who have expressed interest in speaking during this
call, we had an overwhelming response. Unfortunately we were only able to
choose 3 speakers from the community. We will be sending invitations to
those who have been selected to participate in the meeting shortly. At this
time sign ups for speaking during the call has closed.
To join in the community call:
To attend the call, please find the link here
Please ensure you have zoom downloaded on your personal device prior to
We are excited to see and hear from you in our first ever Community
Development community call!
The Community Development team
Program Support Associate
Applications for the WikiLearn: Online learning pilot
officially closed. Applicants will receive acceptance emails by January 18,
2021 with onboarding information. The launch date for the Online learning
pilot is February 1, 2021. For those who were not able to apply or were not
selected this time for an online learning pilot, you will still be able to
access all curriculum outlines and knowledge after the pilot has been
If you have previously applied, please submit or resubmit an email address
due to an error on the application to comdevteam(a)wikimedia.org or complete
this quick form.
The Community Development Team
The Community Development
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Development> team at the
Wikimedia Foundation is launching the WikiLearn (Online Learning Pilot)
capacity-building project. This project will deliver two courses over an
8-week period that will begin on February 1, 2021. Courses are free to take
part in and will be hosted on Moodle <https://moodle.com/>. During this
pilot project, each course will be taught, and assignments are to be
prepared, in English. At the end of the pilot, we will be making course
materials available for anyone interested in self-study, and for
The two courses we will be launching on February 1, 2021, are:
Identifying and Addressing Harassment
This course will focus on developing skills that will help volunteers
respond to on- and off-wiki harassment.
This course will combine scheduled sessions and independent study.
The weekly commitment of this course is 2-3 hours per week.
Target Audience: Volunteers with administrator or other advanced user
intensive course will provide an in-depth curriculum on how to develop
meaningful programmatic and organizational partnerships within the movement
and with external partners.
This course will consist of scheduled sessions and individual
assignments with a weekly total commitment of up to 6 hours.
Target Audience: Volunteers with intermediate-level experience
contributing to Wikimedia projects and beginner-level experience with
building partners with Non-Wikimedia groups and organizations.
To ensure our small team can provide each learner individual support, we
are limiting each course in this pilot to 40 participants. We ask that all
interested applicants commit to attending weekly for the full course.
All efforts will be made to ensure that scheduled sessions are time-zone
friendly to the greatest number of enrolled participants. However, with the
wide distribution of volunteers, that may not always be possible.
Applications open Today (December 15, 2020) and will close on January
Successful applicants will be notified on January 18, 2021.
The first session for each course will be held on February 1, 2021.
To Take Part in the Online Learning Pilot:
To participate in the Partnership Building online course, fill out this
To participate in the Identifying and Addressing Harassment Online course,
fill out this application form
For more details on the Online Learning Pilot, please see our Meta page.
Feel free to ask questions on the project Talk
page or contact us at comdevteam(a)wikimedia.org.
The Community Development Team
Thank you so much for joining this list. I'll introduce myself first, as
one of the administrators, along with Volker. I'm the Engineering Manager
of Fundraising Tech, but I'm both professionally and personally interested
in this topic. It's an interesting tension at the Foundation that
environmental sustainability is necessarily relevant to the work we're
doing, as no one will care about the sum of all knowledge if no one's left
to read it, and also necessarily tangential, as our projects are
Last week, I attended a fascinating talk by Dr. Bentley Allan
<https://politicalscience.jhu.edu/directory/bentley-allan/> and Dr.
Benjamin Zaitchik <https://eps.jhu.edu/directory/benjamin-zaitchik/> about
how a lot of the current models
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_assessment_modelling> used to
predict environmental changes based on human activity depend on deeply
faulty data and assumptions. They were proposing a model that was more
localized and dependent on political realities, as opposed to current
models that are more global and macro.
With that tidbit, I'd love to hear from you! What interests you about
environmental sustainability at the Wikimedia Foundation? Please also tell
us how you'd like to see this list used. We're currently trying to decide
on some norms.
Maggie Epps (She/Her)
*Wikimedia Foundation *
Join Us: WorkWithUs <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Work_with_us>
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