Project:Wikimedia Strategy 2017/Cycle 2/Healthy, Inclusive Communities

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Theme: Healthy, Inclusive Communities

By 2030, the Wikimedia volunteer culture will be fun, rewarding, and inclusive for both existing contributors and newcomers. We will welcome new volunteers to our movement and mentor them to ensure that they have a great experience and continue to engage in the projects. People from every background will feel included in an ecosystem of unique groups and organizations that deepen connections with each other. As a result, our movement will grow both in size and in character, as our projects flourish from the healthy community we cultivate together.

Sub-themes[edit]

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This theme was formed from the content generated by individual contributors and organized groups during cycle 1 discussions. Here are the sub-themes that support this theme. See the Cycle 1 Report. The source document of the 1800+ thematic statements will be released soon.

  • Community health
  • Community engagement & support
  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Gender diversity
  • Internal communication
  • User engagement
  • New users
  • Experienced users
  • Readers

Insights from movement strategy conversations and research[edit]

Insights from the Wikimedia community (from first discussion)[edit]

  • Coming soon

Insights from partners and experts[edit]

  • Coming soon

Other Research[edit]

Findings from Wikimedia user analytics[edit]

  1. 220,000 people contribute monthly: https://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/TablesWikimediaAllProjects.htm
  2. Representation is skewed: https://web.archive.org/web/20161024063241/https:/stats.wikimedia.org/wikimedia/squids/SquidReportPageEditsPerCountryOverview.htm
  3. En-wiki editor retention decline: File:Monthly active editors.enwiki 2016-06.svg
  4. En-Wiki monthly user retention: File:Enwiki.monthly user retention.survival proportion.svg

Information on Wikimedia affiliates and organized groups[edit]

  1. Wikimedia affiliates and organized groups: m:Wikimedia movement affiliates
  2. 100+ affiliates around the world: File:Wikimedia Capters and WMF Maps.svg

Past community engagement and donor research[edit]

  1. Gender gap remains: m:Community Engagement Insights
  2. Reader motivations: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1702.05379.pdf
  3. Editor motivations: File:Editor_Survey_2012_-_Wikipedia_editing_experience.pdf
  4. Money raised by the foundation: File:FY1516DonationsByContinent.png
  5. Donor motivation survey: File:Wikimedia 2014 English Fundraiser Survey.pdf

Research from other sources[edit]

  1. "The Future of Free Speech, Trolls, Anonymity, and Fake News Online", Pew Research Center: http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/03/29/the-future-of-free-speech-trolls-anonymity-and-fake-news-online/
  2. "Online Harassment", Pew Research Center: http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/10/22/online-harassment/
  3. "The Agency, The New York Times, "From a nondescript office building in St. Petersburg, Russia, an army of well-paid “trolls” has tried to wreak havoc all around the Internet": https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/magazine/the-agency.html
  4. "Lithuanian Elves Combat Russian Influence Online", AP: https://apnews.com/27ce7f001bde4ccb9415ce4a0de74af1/lithuanian-elves-combat-russian-influence-online
  5. Underrepresented topics remain that way: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-12-22/how-woke-is-wikipedia-s-editorial-pool
  6. 84% of Wikipedia articles focus on Europe and North America: http://www.markgraham.space/blog/geographies-of-the-worlds-knowledge

Questions[edit]

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These are the main questions we want you to consider and debate during this discussion. Please support your arguments with research when possible.

  1. What impact would we have on the world if we follow this theme?
  2. How important is this theme relative to the other 4 themes? Why?
  3. Focus requires tradeoffs. If we increase our effort in this area in the next 15 years, is there anything we’re doing today that we would need to stop doing?
  4. What else is important to add to this theme to make it stronger?
  5. Who else will be working in this area and how might we partner with them?

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