(Re)Introducing Movement Strategy - The Recommendations

Here is another text that helps explain how all the 10 Recommendations of the Movement Strategy work towards our goals (and work together) - Part 1 of 2:

10 Recommendations → Our Key Areas of Work

Movement Strategy involves 10 interdependent and mutually reinforcing areas of work - these are called Recommendations. We - all of us inside the Wikimedia Movement - cannot pursue these in isolation. Pursuing these will bring us together. Below, we present these Recommendations in relation to each other. This presentation describes how each area of work will help us achieve Knowledge Equity and Knowledge as a Service.

Our Movement is ​people-centered. To make everyone feel included, we are making changes in our culture and structures to address the needs and challenges of the present. And we are making these changes to address the needs and challenges of emerging and future participants, as well. We are committed to embracing diversity and improving user experience. For inclusive and healthy participation, we will ensure safety for all.

Our Strategic Direction requires recognition of our accountability to each other. Building equitable decision-making requires an evolution of Movement-wide structures and policies. This demands new thinking about how resources are generated, allocated, and used with transparency and accountability. If we are to achieve equitable, empowered, and distributed decision-making, investment in skills and leadership development is essential. Shared power comes with a shared responsibility to improve ​coordination across stakeholders and ​knowledge management across the Movement.

The continuous production of high-quality content has always been and will continue to be the focus of our Movement. To attain Knowledge Equity and Knowledge as a Service, we will consider the ​impact of our content more strategically and ​innovate how it is collected, presented, and consumed. We will explore and integrate new formats of capturing and sharing knowledge into existing and new domains.

We aspire for global impact. We envision our Movement as self-aware and dynamic - able to continuously ​learn, evaluate​, iterate, and adapt. This way our Movement will be able to welcome and include diverse perspectives, which moves us closer to sharing the sum of human knowledge.

Ensuring the sustainability of our Movement entails protecting, honoring, and distributing our human and financial resources. This Recommendation is both a starting point for and the result of pursuing the other 9 Recommendations. We need to ensure the sustainability of our Movement by:

  • improving user experience,
  • providing for safety and inclusion,
  • sharing power,
  • coordinating,
  • sharing internal knowledge,
  • investing in skills and leadership,
  • evaluating the impact of our content,
  • innovating, and
  • learning as we go.

The sustainability of our Movement is also a result of making strides in those 9 other areas of work.

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Here is another text that helps explain how all the 10 Recommendations of the Movement Strategy work towards our goals (and work together) - Part 2 of 2:


The Movement Strategy is very ambitious. We are aiming to make our work more inclusive and equitable in the years ahead. We cannot be ‘essential’ to anything if we are not equitable. Platform technologies make Wikimedia possible. People make Wikimedia powerful.

Recommendations break this work up into 10 areas. They are:

1. Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement

  • Create people-centered approaches to generating and sharing resources

2. Improve User Experience

  • Enable everyone to contribute to and consume knowledge in Wikimedia

3. Provide for Safety and Inclusion

  • Ensure that our communities are healthy and safe so that all people can contribute to and consume free knowledge

4. Ensure Equity in Decision-Making

  • Share responsibility and accountability in decision-making and resource allocation

5. Coordinate Across Stakeholders

  • Deepen engagement with spaces for communication and collaboration

6. Invest in Skills and Leadership Development

  • Build the capacities of Wikimedia individuals and organizations and support new leadership

7. Manage Internal Knowledge

  • Ensure internal knowledge is easy to capture, find, consume, and adapt for diverse purposes

8. Identify Topics for Impact

  • Understand the impact of our work and the potential for abuse; improve coverage of key topics

9. Innovate in Free Knowledge

  • Expand free knowledge content and formats

10. Evaluate, Iterate, and Adapt

  • Monitor, analyze, and learn from our activities so we can be deliberate and nimble - so we can minimize risks and maximize opportunities

Read more about each one and find out about some of the programmes and projects (we call them Initiatives) we need to work on so that we can make progress.

More than 40 Initiatives → A Level Deeper

Each Recommendation is further broken down into what we call “Initiatives”. These are more detailed areas of work we need to engage in together across the Movement. Some of this work needs to be coordinated. Some of it needs to happen in localized contexts. All of it requires people working together. So… join us! To dive deeper into the Initiatives, please click here.

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This draft will be used to update Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2018-20/Recommendations - Meta. This is part of an effort to update the introduction to Movement Strategy (see (Re)Introducing Movement Strategy - Back to the Basics) and to have a landing page for all Movement Strategy initiatives (see Sharing Meta page drafts of Movement Strategy initiatives for review).