We have more or less 4 months to the "dead-line", big part of this time is
going to be spent by most of us to the fundraising..
The amount of ideas, projects and information that been share here - was
very little.. We still don't have ideas from chapters or the foundation..
and no information about grants and global plans.
I'm starting to get worried.. 4 months is nothing - to plan, make a
connection, build budget, get sponsors and ext'...
The 10th Wikipedia anniversary can be a huge celebration week\month, and can
be only one day press release celebration. We have the opportunity to gain
more publicity, arrange public events and bring Wikipedia to the front.
let's don't miss it.
If anyone have practical ideas - please share them soon!
As a charitable foundation the best use for a 10 year party is to showcase
our work and our activities, rather than an ostentatious celebration. Have
that afterwards maybe!
I'd be glad to see a 24 hour editathon or a 3 day "drop in and edit" hosted
event - book out some place in major cities worldwide, stuff them with
simple event-hired PCs, buy a mass 72 hour subscription to key online
sources and repositories for the event, put up A/V and presentations on our
work, have a couple of guest speakers on each of the 3 days -- and invite
people in off the street to celebrate, enjoy some nibbles and a party, -----
and edit or learn!
Hi folks -
I know things have been quiet on this list from the Foundation side over the past few months, and we know all too well that there's not much time between now and the magic date: January 15, 2011!
Supporting Wikipedia 10th anniversary planning has largely fallen into the global development/communications section of the Wikimedia Foundation. Of course nothing will be possible without lots of broad support from our thousands of global volunteers and our chapters, as well as other partners (new and old!) and sponsors to help kick things off in style, for Wikipedia's 10th year.
Right now there are a couple of major considerations here at the Foundation, and I thought I'd start by sharing those major sections. Some areas need a lot more input from the community than others, but in all cases we want to share everything that's being planned (our ideas, your ideas, strategies, practices etc) so we can openly collaborate and try innovative ideas.
I see these as the three major areas of planning for Wiki 10 - leading up to, and during the year starting Jan 15:
1. Global celebrations
(chapters and volunteer groups around the world hosting events, parties, and local festivities)
2. A 'free' birthday celebration in San Francisco
(A Foundation-driven party on January 15, probably open to the public and acting as a central focus for festivities here in the Bay area)
3. On-wiki festivities and celebrations
(Any number of great ideas to mark the 10th anniversary, on en:wp or other wikis - which may include tie-ins with the upcoming annual fundraiser)
We'll have more to say about each of these areas early next week, and hopefully we'll add more areas or fill those sections out soon. I'd like to use this list as a central planning space, but I'm sure there will also be on-wiki discussions taking place.
The Foundation also has a small budget to provide reasonable grants to chapters or other volunteer groups around the world to support celebrations. The conditions for receiving those grants won't be too complicated, and we hope to get that process underway soon.
Although the Foundation is largely focussed on hosting a party and helping to support activities, we want to help coordinate a central on-wiki space where all activities from chapters, project reps etc can be shared so we can create a global 'at a glance' page with all planned activities.
We also plan to post our plans for a local party in the next week or two, so you can see how we're pulling the pieces together, what partners we're talking to, and generally share our information so you have a party template to use (if you're looking for one :)
I'm glad to see some other discussions underway on the list already - hopefully we can start adding more. Please share more of your ideas and we'll get started with the planning.
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