- Continue discussing and developing topics and issues of the Wikimedia Conference 2017
- Thursday, August 10 (one day before Wikimania starts officially)
- from 9:00 until 17:00
- Sheraton Hotel (where Wikimania takes place), room Joyce and room Fréchette
- Whom to contact?
For a report on this day and its sessions, please check the report on Meta.
, the Program and Engagement Coordinator
(PEC) for the Wikimedia Conference, invites you to the WMCON Follow-Up Day at Wikimania 2017
! It will take place on the 10th of August in the Sheraton Hotel, where Wikimania 2017 takes place. The day is hosted by Wikimedia Deutschland
and designed to be a space for participants of the Wikimedia Conference and other interested people to discuss topics of the Wikimedia Conference and develop them further.
See also our Grant Proposal for the Wikimedia Conference 2016 (+2017) and the concept of the Program and Engagement Coordination
The Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Deutschland jointly agreed on WMDE being the host to organize and facilitate the conferences in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Starting in 2015, the conference can be organized with a long-term perspective, specific goals and with proper involvement of all affected parties. For the first time, Wikimedia Deutschland hired a Program & Engagement Coordinator (PEC) whose primary assignment is to support the program development and liaise with the participants and speakers throughout the year. The PEC creates opportunities at subsequent conferences, like Wikimania, in order to move forward with plans, activities, learnings and conversations.
Are you joining us?
For an easier planning, please sign here. We're really looking forward to seeing you!
Please sign here (--~~~~)
- --Cornelius Kibelka (WMDE) (talk) 16:27, 10 July 2017 (UTC)
- Christian Humborg, Wikimedia Germany
- --Gereon K. (talk) 17:11, 19 July 2017 (UTC)
- Islahaddow (talk) 06:01, 20 July 2017 (UTC)
- --Raimund Liebert (WMAT) (talk) 07:45, 20 July 2017 (UTC)
- Grijz (talk) 10:23, 22 July 2017 (UTC)
- --Nicola Zeuner (WMDE) (talk) 19:05, 24 July 2017 (UTC)
- --Tim Moritz 10:09, 2 August 2017 (UTC)
- --Veronika Krämer (WMDE) (talk) 10:18, 3 August 2017 (UTC)
- Anne Kierkegaard (WMDE) (talk) 10:09, 4 August 2017 (UTC)
- Time permitting, i'll join for one or two sessions. Effeietsanders (talk) 14:22, 4 August 2017 (UTC)
- Hogne (talk) 14:32, 4 August 2017 (UTC)
- Volunteer support might be particularly valuable for small m:Wikipedias in the languages of Russia communities. --Frhdkazan (talk) 05:43, 6 August 2017 (UTC)
- --Vojtěch Dostál (talk) 13:01, 7 August 2017 (UTC)
- --KHarold (WMF) (talk) 16:59, 8 August 2017 (UTC)
- John Weitzmann (WMDE) (talk) 14:16, 9 August 2017 (UTC) will join for selected parts
- NickK (talk) 14:55, 10 August 2017 (UTC)
- Rosiestep (talk) 18:59, 10 August 2017 (UTC)
What are the topics to be discussed?
There will be around six 90 min workshops, 3 per track, between 9:00 and 17:00.
||Short introduction by Cornelius
Conferences in the Wikimedia movement
Facilitation: Kacie Harold (WMF) In this session, we will discuss how to balance the demand for funding for regional, thematic and national conferences with the limited annual budget that we have for FY 17-18. The goal of the session is to gather input from conference organizers about how to prioritize funding decisions in the coming year. In the second half of the session, we will identify common challenges that conference organizers face when planning events and share ideas about what resources and support would help event organizers overcome these challenges.
- Discussion about how to work around limitations in funding for conferences - i.e. regional and thematic events every two years. What can we do to support groups during the years when they cannot have a conference?
- Small group discussions on common challenges that conference organizers deal with. What kinds of resources or support would be helpful for conference organizers?
UPDATE: Please add your ideas to the notes from the session.
Communications Committee Update
Facilitation: Greg Varnum (WMF)
Learn about the upcoming changes being made to the Wikimedia Foundation Communications Department's committee based activities based on input collected from volunteers. Also an opportunity to provide input on the next steps and contribute your ideas for future activities.
Volunteer Support: What makes the difference?
Facilitation: Veronika Krämer & Raimund Liebert We as Volunteer Supporters support community projects and needs in many ways. But have you ever wondered what would happen without this support? In this session, we take a closer look at the core roles of Volunteer Support and share approaches on how to shape a Volunteer Support that really matters.
EU Advocacy: Next steps in the process
Facilitation: Dimitar Dimitrov
At the beginning of this year 20 European chapters, user-groups and communities contacted their national Ministries to start a conversation on the current EU copyright reform. This was a phenomenal geographic coverage that beats the one of campaigns ran by organisations like Greenpeace and Amnesty International. In several countries the letters sent were followed-up by further meetings between volunteers and government officials.
As the Member States governments are now starting to draft compromises in order to find a common position on the EU copyright reform, it is time to contact them again and follow-up with another letter proposing possible additions to the text.
In parallel, it is also time to contact the members of the European Parliament's Legal Affairs committee, who will be voting on the copyright reform on 10 October.
Together we will:
- Localise letters to Member States governments.
- Look for volunteers in countries where we still don't have an active community.
- Plan the engagement of MEPs who will vote on the EU copyright reform.
Facilitation: Frans Grijzenhout (WMNL) and Tim Moritz Hector (WMDE)
Being a board member in a non-profit-organisation can be a challenge - and this goes for the Wikimedia affiliate organisations as well. Therefore we started an annual board member training focused on organisational development, governance and volunteer work. Target group are recently elected affiliate board members. These trainings are highly valuated by the attendees and all the learning materials are published on meta for further use with board members all over the movement.
The central question during this session is: what kind of support do board members need and would like to receive. We will address three issues:
- What are the issues, topics and challenges of board members that can be moulded into a training sessions?
- Can we create more training resources and improve the use of it?
- Are there other ways of helping new board members, for example by introducing a peer system or other way of interpersonal contact?
See also: Board Member Support
Partnerships in the Wikimedia Movement
Facilitation: Global Reach & Partnerships team & Nikki Zeuner
Based on the discussion at the Wikimedia Conference 2017, we will provide each other with updates on partnerships and discuss how to move forward with furthering partnerships in the Wikimedia Movement.