Get prepared for the Movement Charter feedback sessions

The Movement Charter Drafting Committee (MCDC) is happy to announce the upcoming community wide consultation period to collect feedback on the sections of the Movement Charter. 

At the 2022 Wikimedia Summit, the MCDC presented their first drafts that covered three sections: The Preamble, Values & Principles, and Roles & Responsibilities (intentions statement). MCDC integrated the feedback and produced updated versions of these drafts. The updated versions of the Movement Charter sections will be published on Meta after translations on November 14.   

The first community-wide consultation on the Movement Charter draft content will take place from November 20 to December 18, 2022. The MCDC and representatives thereof will interact with community members via different channels to collect feedback. The consultation periods are in accordance with the existing Movement Charter timeline.   

“Ask Me Anything about Movement Charter” sessions 

Three “Ask Me Anything about Movement Charter” sessions have been scheduled to ensure that people are well informed to fully participate in the conversations and are empowered to contribute their perspective on the Movement Charter. During these sessions, people will learn more about the Movement Charter – its goal, purpose, why it matters, and how it impacts their community. MCDC members will attend these sessions, which will be organized and facilitated by the Movement Strategy and Governance (MSG) team. 

The “Ask Me Anything about Movement Charter” sessions accommodate communities from different time zones. While the presentation part of the sessions will be recorded and shared afterwards for those who were not able to attend, the conversation part of the sessions will not be recorded for privacy reasons. A report of the conversations will be shared on Meta and on Movement Strategy Forum. Below is the list of planned events: 

You will find the details of the onboarding sessions on the Meta page

How to provide feedback? 

After the “Ask Me Anything about Movement Charter” sessions, the four weeks from November 20 to December 18, 2022 will be dedicated to collecting feedback from the community. There are different ways to engage with the MCDC and share feedback on the drafts and propose amendments or changes. Interested people can participate by: 

Regional facilitators of the Movement Strategy and Governance team will reach out to communities via different channels closer to the start of the feedback cycle. 

What happens after the first community wide consultation period? 

After receiving feedback through multiple platforms and planned sessions, MCDC will thoroughly review the suggestions and catalog them per relevance. The committee will then incorporate the suggestions in the drafts, keeping it supportive of overall movement entities and their growth.

Movement Charter Ambassadors Program 

What is the Movement Charter Ambassadors Program?

The Movement Charter Ambassadors Program is an opportunity to support individuals and groups in consulting their communities about the Movement Charter’s draft. The program has been designed in connection with the Movement Charter community consultation cycle. It is expected to serve as a resource and an opportunity for the communities to better engage with MCDC. 

The goal of the Movement Charter Ambassadors Program is to ensure that all voices in the Movement are heard, especially those from emerging communities. Community members are included and engaged in the Movement Charter community review process. 

Who can join the Movement Charter Ambassadors Program?

Anyone can be a Movement Charter Ambassador. Movement Charter Ambassadors are individuals or groups helping to ensure that their communities are engaged in the community review process, that their communities fully understand the Movement Charter content, and can easily provide their feedback. 

Movement Charter Ambassadors can help in various ways:

  • Organizing community review conversations (online/offline) in their communities, collecting their feedback, and reporting back on Meta-Wiki.
  • Translating the Movement Charter content to ensure its accessibility in their own language/s. 
  • Distributing Movement Charter-related announcements in their communities.

Apply for a grant! 

Dedicated funds are available to support interested people who intend to engage their communities in Movement Charter. More details on how to apply for the grant are here.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://diff.wikimedia.org/2022/11/01/get-prepared-for-the-movement-charter-feedback-sessions/
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this topic looks important. we should use this thread to post updates on this, as it develops.

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I think this program is very important especially in emerging communities. Most people do not really know more about the Movement Charter so initiatives like this will help others better know what is going on and how they can get involved.

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Indeed, let’s use this post to share more information about this first round of community consultation for the Movement Charter!

From November 20 - December 18, the Movement Charter Drafting Committee in partnership with the Movement Strategy & Governance team at the Wikimedia Foundation are organizing a community consultation period. The focus of this consultation period will be content around:

  • The draft text of the Preamble chapter (Meta, Forum)
  • The draft text of the Values & Principles chapter (Meta, Forum)
  • The statement of intent for the Roles & Responsibilities chapter (Meta, Forum)
    • The draft text of this chapter will be shared in the Spring 2023

Interested people can participate by:

Across all avenues for engagement - whether live or asynchronous, written or spoken - we expect every participant to abide by the Universal Code of Conduct and the Friendly Space Policy.

What’s next?

After the consultation period wraps up in late December, the Movement Strategy & Governance team will collate all the feedback from the various channels (conversations, Meta, Forum, survey, etc.) and produce a synthesis for both the Movement Charter Drafting Committee and the community to review. The report is expected to be released by the end of January 2023.

Also, this is not the only chance to provide feedback on the Movement Charter. The remaining chapters will be published in April 2023, with another round of community consultation in May 2023.

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yes, this is excellent info and an excellent helpful overview. thanks @NPhan_WMF !