[CEE Meeting Workshop] Movement Strategy Grants Co-creation workshop

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Together with @AAkhmedova_WMF and @BPipal_WMF we would like to present the Wikimedia Central and Eastern European community with the possibility of applying for the Movement Strategy Implementation Grants (MSIG). Wikimedia Movement is growing. In recent years it has created a Movement Strategy that, with its Strategic Direction, is supposed to guide the movement to a sustainable future. To help with implementing the Strategy, Wikimedia Foundation has created a grants programme called “Movement Strategy Implementation Grants”.

Movement Strategy Implementation Grants support projects that take the current state of a Movement Strategy Initiative and push it one step forward. This way, all initiatives are implemented collectively, one step at a time, from research and planning to development and launch. The projects supported by these grants can be big or small, but all of them must make a case to advance one initiative. Building on the years of Movement Strategy work, there are 10 recommendations, 45 initiatives, and 8 prioritized clusters (file). These require considerable planning for effective implementation. The Movement Strategy Implementation Grants provide the support you need for your implementation plans, projects, and activities that target specific initiatives.

Firstly, in a group of 10-15 people, we will give a presentation about the Movement Strategy and the Implementation Grants programme. Later, we will present several grant applications from the CEE region and run a discussion with the people present. We will ask them what they like about the proposal and what would they change about it to better suit their communities. As the final exercise, we would like to split the attendees into smaller groups (around 3-4 people) and give them several minutes to work on an example grant application that will later be presented to the whole group. The attendees will have dedicated time to Q&A on each other’s draft grant proposals and connect with each other for future collaboration.

Our proposal aims to introduce people to the idea of the Movement Strategy Implementation Grants. We also plan to help people with the process of co-creation and brainstorming, which allows small groups (even unknown before), to start creating something useful for the entire group and the community to which this group serves.


Optional space for collaborative notes. Anyone can take notes and add their comments here.

:pen:Pre-workshop survey for participants: [CEE Meeting '22] MSIG co-creation - pre-workshop survey

:memo:MSIG/Community Engagement Package: Grants:MSIG/Community Engagement Package - Meta

:paperclip:The list of all Movement Strategy Initiatives, which are part of the Movement Strategy Implementation: Movement Strategy/Initiatives - Meta

:open_file_folder:Presentations available here:

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What do we want to put money towards?

  1. Creating learning resources/instructions, like videos that explain how to make each type of grants. No buzz-words allowed. ELI5
  2. Flowchart to help you figure out what you’re looking for (small quiz)
  3. Templates (examples) for each type of grant
  4. Link to video that explains how to use that specific grant
    1. List of everyone who received that grant in the past so can talk to them about how to use that grant (EU grants do this, so can follow that format)
    2. Name of contact within Foundation
  5. Regional conferences to share how to use the resource.
  6. [A way to get feedback on why an application might be rejected]

Other problems folks wanted to work on

  1. More diversity in expressing cultural approaches to topics that depend on the cultural heritage (ex: historical places, international law, social science related topics)
  2. Information about processes that take place, institutional structures within the movement, decision makers within them. There is no resource that explains how all of this works.
  3. Instructions for dummies when it comes to grants processes. (Including videos).
  4. To increase the number of active editors



Thank you everyone for joining this workshop :clap: :partying_face:! We would like to ask you to fill in the post-workshop survey, so we can continue our collaboration and support you in thinking further about your project ideas related to Movement Strategy Implementation Grants (MSIG) after the CEE Meeting 2022. Here comes the link: [CEE Meeting '22] MSIG co-creation post-workshop survey

Have a wonderful continuation of the conference!


Group #5 Notes:

What specific challenge will your project be aiming to solve?

  • Conditions where affiliate members interact with affiliate leadership primarily from a place of distrust. One factor that may contribute to these conditions distrust is a lack of awareness or interest in Movement Strategy. Efforts to be transparent around decisionmaking and spending do not necessarily resolve this issue.

What opportunities do you plan to take advantage of to solve the problem?

  • Change outreach strategies from the usual places (village pumps) to support people to contribute and participate to activities aligned with Movement Strategy.
  • Presenting information about Movement Strategy to volunteers in a significantly different way (in terms of language, in terms of detail, and level of abstraction of concepts)

What specific activities will be carried out during this project?

  • Outreach via village pumps hasn’t yielded great results. Doing more interactive sessions via roundtables.
  • International exchanges to support interregional discussions around these challenges
  • Connecting existing projects to Movement Strategy. Acknowledging that there is already great work happening that supports certain aspects of movement strategy.
  • Fundamentally changing the language that we use to interact with communities around movement strategy. If the high-level language is inaccessible or off-putting, reframe it, or make it more specific, such as about specific initiatives rather than the more abstract recommendations.

Chris S