*Summary: Cycle 2 discussions have started on Meta-Wiki and a wiki near
The core team and working groups have completed reviewing the more than
1800 thematic statements we received from the first discussion. They have
identified 5 themes that were consistent across all the conversations -
each with their own set of sub-themes. To be clear, these are not the
final themes! They are just an initial working draft of the core concepts.
There are more conversations yet to come.
Starting this week, you are invited to join the online and offline
discussions taking place on these 5 themes. This round of discussions will
take place between now and June 12th. You can discuss as many as you
like; we ask you to participate in the ones that are most (or least)
important to you.
For each theme, we are asking five questions. These questions are intended
to help us understand the impact of these potential themes and the
tradeoffs we will have to make. To succeed in any strategic venture, we
must not only declare what we will do, but also what we will not! If you
have research and other citable data related to your opinions, please
include them! Finally, we ask that you participate in an honest and
Each theme has a page on Meta-WIki with more information about the theme
and how to participate in that theme's discussion. Here are the five major
themes, and their brief descriptions:
*== Healthy, inclusive communities == *
By 2030, the Wikimedia volunteer culture will be fun, rewarding, and
inclusive for both existing contributors and newcomers. We will welcome new
volunteers to our movement and mentor them to ensure that they have a great
experience and continue to engage in the projects. People from every
background will feel included in an ecosystem of unique groups and
organizations that deepen connections with each other. As a result, our
movement will grow both in size and in character, as our projects flourish
from the healthy community we cultivate together.
*== The augmented age == *
By 2030, the Wikimedia movement will collaborate with learning machines to
help our volunteers be much more creative and productive. We will use
prediction and design to make knowledge easy to access and easy to use with
novel, humanized, intelligent interfaces. Volunteers will collaborate with
machine translators to deepen the quality and quantity of content in more
languages – at a heightened pace and scale. We will curate knowledge in
structured and interactive formats that enhance and reflect the way people
learn and contribute — beyond the browser, the app, and the encyclopedic
format. We will embrace technological innovation as the most viable path
toward meeting our vision.
*== A truly global movement == *
The Wikimedia movement will turn our attention to the places in the world
that were underserved during the first 15 years of our history. We will
build awareness of Wikimedia and make it more useful to people. We will
overcome barriers to accessing knowledge, so more people can freely share
in the Wikimedia projects. We will support communities in underserved parts
of the world and make space for new forms of contribution and citations
that meet global knowledge traditions. By 2030, we will be a truly global
*== The most respected source of knowledge == *
By 2030, Wikimedia projects will be regarded as the most trusted,
high-quality, neutral, and relevant source of free knowledge in the world.
We will uphold the accuracy and verifiability of our content by integrating
high-quality secondary sources and supporting the existence of reliable
sources in society. We will improve public understanding of the processes
that make Wikimedia reliable, and we will invite experts to join us and
share their knowledge. We will surface the most relevant information to
people when and where they need it. We will expand the depth of knowledge
available, while upholding our standards for verifiable, neutral and
*== Engaging in the knowledge ecosystem == *
By 2030, the Wikimedia Movement will have dramatically improved the
quality, diversity, and global availability of free knowledge by working
with diverse institutions and organizations that collaborate toward free
knowledge for all. Wikimedia content, technology, and communities will be
embedded in formal and informal learning throughout the world, in
partnership with the world’s leading institutions in education, the arts,
entertainment, civil society, government, science, and technology. Through
strategic partnerships across our movement, we will build a diverse new
generation of knowledge providers and seekers who will build and care for a
growing body of freely accessible knowledge. We will make Wikimedia an
integral part of a global knowledge ecosystem.
On the movement strategy portal on Meta-Wiki, you can find more information
about each of these themes, their discussions, and how to participate.
We also have efforts underway to collect feedback from people who are not
currently involved with Wikimedia - and may not even have internet access.
We will be summarizing how we’re collecting this information, and the
perspectives themselves, and sharing them on Meta-Wiki as they become
One more thing - hopefully you are already aware that we are in the final
days of the community selection process for the Wikimedia Foundation's
Board of Trustees!
If you are eligible to vote and have not already done so, please consider
doing so before voting ends at 23:59 (UTC) on Sunday, 14 May 2017. You can
find out more information about the candidates and how to vote on
. Thank you!
مع أطيب التحيات (Arabic translation: “Best regards”)
PS. A version of this message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki.
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