Here is an update on the Wikimedia Summit process and planning. I will share more
information as it is made available to me. For now, our meeting has been pushed from April
until May, and it will be virtual.
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From: "Cornelius Kibelka" (via wmsummit-list Mailing List)
Subject: [Wikimedia Summit 2020] Preparing a virtual Wikimedia Summit
Date: March 20, 2020 at 3:02:04 PM EDT
To: Wikimedia Summit Participants mailing list
Thank you for your patience in these unique times. The good news is: there will be a
virtual Wikimedia Summit. We need time to plan, design, and work with you all on
preparation. We are currently looking at dates in May, and will keep you informed as we
move forward. This means, you can let go of the blocked dates in your calendar, 3-5
The virtual Wikimedia Summit will be the first in a series of virtual events that move
from engaging with the recommendations and closing phase 2 of Movement Strategy and
transitioning into implementation, phase 3. These events will be held over a period of
30-60 days after the Summit.
For the virtual Wikimedia Summit, we won’t change the participant structure. We would like
to use the Summit framework to engage with movement organizations and groups, and work
with them on creating an understanding of the recommendations, taking their local or
thematic contexts into account. The following virtual events after the Summit will be
focusing on implementation, and will be tailored to meet the needs of different movement
stakeholders. We will work with experienced facilitators and co-design the events with the
respective target groups from across the movement.
We have never hosted such a virtual conference – so it’s something completely new for us,
and maybe also for you. We aim for a program that is focused on interaction and
participation, and not one-directional. I want to give you some insights into what we are
To use the “virtual in person” most efficiently, we will ask participants to prepare
To accommodate different time zones, we aim to hold repetitive sessions at different times
To accommodate language difficulties, we are looking into subtitling or language specific
We want to pay special attention to engaging everyone equally, and find ways to support
the diverse contexts and habits of people working together online.
Please understand that’s all we have to share at this point, and we will keep you all
updated with news and next steps. We hope you and those around you are well. Please all
take good care of yourselves.
See you on the Internet :)
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