Hi, folks. Here is an update on the meetings we had and the feedback we shared with WMF
regarding the 2030 movement. Thanks to those of you who participated!
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From: Kelsi Stine-Rowe <kstinerowe(a)wikimedia.org>
Sent: Monday, November 11, 2019 2:00:29 PM
To: Kelsi Stine-Rowe <kstinerowe(a)wikimedia.org>
Subject: Affiliate update on Wikimedia 2030 movement strategy
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Hello Strategy Liaisons!
It has been a while since we last connected; I am pleased to be able to reach out today
with some updates on the movement strategy process. Since Wikimania, the Working Groups,
Core Team, Affiliates and online communities have been working hard to take our strategy
work forward and continue developing draft recommendations  for structural change in
our movement. Here’s what we’ve been up to as well as what you can expect for Affiliate
engagement over the next few months.
tl;dr: Strategy salons enabled rich community discussions around the world - see the
results of your efforts here . We also have a new timeline  that will take us
through the end of this part of movement strategy. There will be a final, 5-week period of
movement conversations around the recommendations in early 2020, an endorsement phase, and
then our movement will transition to implementing these ideas.
At the end of September, we concluded our strategy salon series  to engage Affiliates
in strategy discussions with their member communities around the world. In total we held
over 40 salons in 35+ countries. Every Affiliate who led a salon published a
summarizing their community discussion, and groups in East and South East Asia and the
Pacific (ESEAP), Tchad, Ghana, and others published additional
 of their successful events.
Across all of our salons, Capacity Building, Partnerships, Diversity, and Community Health
were our most popular thematic areas for discussion. All of the community feedback from in
person and online conversations has now been reviewed, summarized, and analyzed by the
Core Team with help from the Strategy Liaison contractors . It will shortly be reviewed
by members of the working groups, known as connectors, in order to integrate these ideas
into the final rounds of draft recommendations. A special, warm thank you to everyone who
took the initiative to organize and lead strategy salons, we are so impressed by the
vibrant discussions that you enabled!
What Else We've Been Up To
In August 2019, the working groups published their first round of draft recommendations
, the result of over a year of hard work building the ideas that will shape the future
of our movement. The full list of 89 was published online and also presented at Wikimania.
All nine strategy sessions at Wikimania were widely attended by members from the online
and affiliate communities interested in giving their feedback on the work in progress.
In mid September 2019, 25 working group members gathered in Tunis, Tunisia for a
Harmonization Sprint to begin bringing these 89 ideas together into a semi-final list.
This event was not as successful as we had hoped in taking the recommendations forward,
but it created an important opportunity for discussions around principles and goals to
guide the recommendations process afterward.
Following this, working groups continued refining and making small adjustments to the
recommendations. At the end of October, the nine thematic working groups dissolved, and a
smaller subset of working group members have chosen to stay on as writers, connectors, and
reviewers to help prepare the final content. Connectors, in particular, are tasked with
helping to cite community content in the final recommendations and sharing back with
communities how their ideas have been used.
We have a new timeline  that will take us through the remainder of this phase of
movement strategy. Early next year, we will have a final 5-week period of community
conversations that will give online communities and affiliates a chance to read and
discuss the synthesized draft recommendations before they are finalized and presented to
the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees as the completed product for this phase. The
Core Team will also develop an endorsement process for movement stakeholders to indicate
their support of the recommendations.
Starting with the Wikimedia Summit in April 2020, Affiliates and the Wikimedia Foundation
will begin discussions around implementing these recommendations in a way that makes sense
for their organizations and stakeholders.
Thank you one again for your continued interest and involvement in our process. We’ll be
following up again by the end of the year with updates on what to expect for 2020 and how
to engage. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to me on social media or over
email with further questions.
Community Relations Specialist, Movement Strategy
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