[Wikimedia-l] Kicking-off the Chapters Dialogue project

Itzik Edri itzik at infra.co.il
Mon Jul 22 11:26:04 UTC 2013

Great work Nicole and good luck with this project. I hopes that every
chapter will do his best to support this project by interviewing, and share
ideas, needs and goals.


On Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 2:19 PM, Nicole Ebber <nicole.ebber at wikimedia.de>wrote:

> Dear Wikimedia friends,
> we are now ready to kick-off the Chapters Dialogue[1] project and I
> would like to give you an update about the current situation and the
> next steps.
> The Chapters Dialogue is a structured assessment of chapters needs,
> goals and stories combined with a stakeholder survey. The goal is to
> gain an overview in the universe of Wikimedia chapters and their
> numerous stakeholders (WMF, FDC, AffCom, WCA, local communities) and
> to uncover existing stories about how the chapters define themselves
> and their roles in the international movement and what interests they
> have and what challenges they might face. It will not only allow us to
> reflect the status quo of our roles and relationships, but will enable
> us to actively shape them in the future.
> For the next six month, we will collaborate with Design Thinking[2] &
> User Research expert Kira Krämer who will facilitate the collection of
> stories and insights. She has three years professional experience with
> the Design Thinking methodology, both running projects based on the
> user-centered approach and teaching the method to different types of
> organizations. Kira is not a Wikimedian which provides us with a
> neutral perspective of a researcher, without a personal Wikimedia
> history and agenda. Together, we will design, realise and evaluate the
> project.
> == What will happen? ==
> We have listed a first collection of questions and topics we would
> like to discuss with chapters and stakeholders on the Chapters
> Dialogue talk page[4].
> On top of that, we will start getting in touch with stakeholders and
> chapters to ask for their input, feedback and ideas directly.
> You can also meet us at Wikimania in Hong Kong: We will be present at
> the Wikimania pre-conference from August 6 on and in the Chapters
> Village[3] throughout the whole conference. We have planned following
> activities:
> * inform about Chapters Dialogue
> * discuss and exchange with as many people as possible
> * collect feedback, ideas and inspiration
> * conduct the first stakeholder interviews
> * conduct at least three test-interviews with chapters
> * open discussion round on Thursday (pre-conference, tbc)
> * thematic meet-up in the Chapters Village on Saturday at 3.30 - 4.00 pm
> [4]
> From mid August, after adjusting the project according to the
> collected feedback, we will start interviewing chapters, either
> on-site and in person or via video conferences. We would really love
> to be able to interview as many chapters as possible and are hoping
> for your collaboration in arranging dates and meetings.
> We are quite excited about now finally kicking-off this project and
> look forward to working together with Kira and a lot of Wikimedia
> people to make it a success. Come and join the discussion, contribute
> your knowledge and curiosity, engage, discuss, participate – we’re
> looking forward to meeting you.
> You can either engage on the talk page or get in touch directly with
> Kira (kira.kraemer at wikimedia.de) and me.
> Cheers,
> Nicole
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Chapters_Dialogue
> [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design_thinking
> [3] https://wikimania2013.wikimedia.org/wiki/Chapters_Village
> [4]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Chapters_Dialogue#Draft_research_questions_for_the_Chapters_Dialogue
> [5]
> https://wikimania2013.wikimedia.org/wiki/Chapters_Village#afternoon_coffee_break:_15:30.E2.80.9316:00
> --
> Nicole Ebber
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