The First Step Together – Implementing the Movement Strategy recommendations

The time has come to put Strategy into work and everyone’s invited.

The 2030 Movement Strategy Design Group and Support Team are very excited to kick off implementing the Movement Strategy recommendations with you. We are inviting communities and affiliates to discuss which recommendations should be prioritized for implementation in 2021 and what initiatives they want to work on. This is the first step together in implementing our 10 year strategy. 

The recommendations are available in different formats – a brief summary, full length text, audio, and summary videos –  and in a variety of languages. Here is a one-page overview of how to get involved in the transition to implementation and interesting podcasts with brilliant Wikimedians to get inspired 🙂

To organize your own prioritization event in September and October, indicate on our talk page or send us an email.

Wikimedians sorting amongst many great ideas in September 2019. There once were 89 recommendations!!! Now there are 10. In September to October 2020 discuss with your community what your priorities for implementation are.
Photo by Sailesh Patnaik – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Over the past two years, the Wikimedia movement has come together to create recommendations for shaping its future. There are 10 exciting recommendations and close to 50 recommended changes and actions or initiatives. Not everything can be implemented at once. The goal is to create an 18-month implementation plan with the prioritized initiatives that we will be working on in 2021. To get to this plan, we need to have local discussions in our communities first; whatever local means to you and however you define your community.

How we got here
In July and August, a diverse group of 18 Wikimedians came together to design the way for co-creating the implementation plan. Many thanks to community members who further enriched these discussions and helped improve the plan. The Movement Strategy recommends that local communities directly shape decisions that impact them, and the Design Group took this into serious consideration.

What’s next
The virtual Transition events to implementation are meant to highlight priorities that matter locally, regionally, and thematically. There is also the need for global discussions and movement-wide alignment,  for which we will come together in late October and November. 

The spirit of implementation is one of collaboration and experimentation. We encourage project and online communities, everyone, to see what ideas in the recommendations they want to experiment with to address knowledge equity and knowledge as a service, see our strategic direction.

  • September and October 2020: Host a virtual workshop, share your results with the Support Team. Find a suitable date and time, and invite everyone, especially groups usually underrepresented – like women, LGBTQ+ folks, indigenous communities, people of colour – and active online editors. Think “local” and regional. Discuss your priorities for implementation in 2021. 
  • November: Let’s talk global. Cross-cutting thematic discussions and global events will bring us together to plan the way forward. 
  • There will be concurrent on-wiki engagement and options for asynchronous participation 
  • December: An implementation plan for the first 18 months of implementation will be co-created based on overlap of priorities. 
  • January 2021: The implementation plan will be used to globally coordinate some aspects of implementation while at the same time, local and regional experiments can unfold.

For now, indicate on our talk page when you will be hosting a prioritization event in September and October. We will be sharing the reporting template and guidance very soon. You can also send us an email at strategy2030@wikimedia.org with your interest or if you have any questions or comments.

Working group participants in Harmonization Sprint, 2019
Remember when we used to be able to meet in person? Picture from a rare in-person meeting in Tunisia in September 2019 to bring the recommendations together.
Photo by Sailesh Patnaik – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0