User:Fabrice Florin (WMF)

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Fabrice Florin
Movement Communications Manager, Wikimedia Foundation
"Let's be kind to each other."
Fabrice Florin

About me

I work on the Wikimedia Foundation's communications team, where I manage the Wikimedia blog and movement communications. Prior to that, I worked for three years as product manager at WMF, coaching our multimedia and editor engagement teams to build new software tools to improve the user experience on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia sites -- such as Notifications, Thanks, Beta Features, Media Viewer and other multimedia features.

Before joining the Wikimedia movement, I founded and led NewsTrust.net, a nonprofit social news network, which was acquired by the Poynter Institute in 2012. Our news literacy tools help people find good journalism online, in order to make more informed decisions as citizens.

My previous ventures include: Handtap, a wireless content provider; shockwave.com, a web entertainment site at Macromedia; Apple Computer's Multimedia Lab, a research and development group; and Videowest, a producer of rock journalism. Read more about my career on LinkedIn.

I am the producer of "Hackers", a documentary about the heroes of the computer revolution -- and the 'hacker ethic' which made the Wikimedia movement possible. I was also elected an Ashoka Fellow for my work as social entrepreneur. My work has been widely covered by the mainstream and independent press, including the BBC, Atlantic Monthly, the Guardian, Huffington Post, Le Monde, Newsweek, the New York Times, Scientific American, Time, the Washington Post, Wired and many more.

Note this is my work account, my personal account is here.

I look forward to collaborating with you and other Wikipedians!

My work

I manage the Wikimedia blog and movement communications at WMF.

My focus for the blog is to improve contributor workflow for community members and WMF teams -- and provide editorial guidance for contributors. I am also working to increase the availability, distribution, and timeliness of movement communications between the WMF and the broader community. I believe that better communications are really important to grow our movement -- and I advocate a 'culture of kindness' to help make that happen.

Here are some of the projects I managed in my first three years at the Foundation:


Disclaimer: I work for or provide services to the Wikimedia Foundation, and this is the account I try to use for edits or statements I make in that role. However, the Foundation does not vet all my activity, so edits, statements, or other contributions made by this account may not reflect the views of the Foundation.

Contact me

Videos[edit | edit source]


How can we make Wikipedia better?[edit | edit source]

At recent Wikimania conferences, I asked some of our community members for ideas on how to improve the Wikipedia and our free knowledge movement. Their responses were diverse and inspiring -- and we hope to implement some of these ideas in the future.

You can also view this video in other file formats on YouTube and on Vimeo -- or in the photo gallery below.


Photos[edit | edit source]

How can we make Wikipedia better?[edit | edit source]

I love to develop new products based on ideas from our community. For the past few years, I have asked Wikimania conference participants for their suggestions on how to improve Wikipedia. Thanks for the inspiration -- and keep them coming!

For more community ideas, check out my full photo set on Flickr. For the best viewing experience, watch them in slideshow mode.


Editor Engagement Roundtable[edit | edit source]

To improve Wikipedia's editor engagement tools with the help of our community, I hosted this roundtable discussion at the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco on June 22, 2013. We brainstormed a variety of new features together, and gained many new insights from these conversations. Learn more about this Roundtable.

Learn more about the Roundtables community engagement program. A full photo set of this roundtable is available here on Flickr (for the best viewing experience, see this slide-show).


Multimedia Roundtable[edit | edit source]

Photos from our Multimedia Roundtable at Wikimania 2013 in Hong Kong on Thursday, August 8th, 2013. Learn more about this Roundtable.

Learn more about the Roundtables community engagement program. For more info on this Multimedia Roundtable, check out this report.


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