Meet the Committee that is helping define the Wikimedia movement’s future!

Wikimedia is made up of thousands of people around the world working together toward a common goal. The Wikimedia movement has grown to more than 300 language projects and nearly 200 affiliates, but there is no shared document that defines the roles and responsibilities of the movement. And this is the document that the Movement Charter Drafting Committee (MCDC) is working to create.

What is a “Movement Charter”?

The Wikimedia 2030 Strategy recommendations identify the implementation of decision-making bodies to better balance our global movement, but how do we get there? First we need to define what makes Wikimedia, well, Wikimedia. This is where a global governance document is needed. The Movement Charter aspires to fill the gap – establishing “a common framework for decision-making.

Why does the “Movement Charter” matter?

It is currently difficult to collaborate between the Wikimedia project communities, the two hundred affiliates and the Wikimedia Foundation. Communication between these groups is often lacking or limited, and there is practically no way for them to make a common decision together. 

The lack of collaboration may often lead to disagreements. In one common example, the way that the Wikimedia organizations spend the movement’s money is often not approved by the communities or even by other affiliates. There is an urgent need for a collective way to make decisions, and this is what the Movement Charter Drafting Committee is working on.

What has happened so far?

Last year was busy. In January 2021, nearly 200 Wikimedians met to discuss setting up an Interim Global Council. Those eight hours of conversations covered the interim council structure, its representation in our movement, the selection of members, and the timeframe. There was a lack of clarity about the next steps, however, leading to several months of proposals and discussions.

Who is working on it now?

During Global Conversations in June 2021, Wikimedians from across the movement agreed on convening a Drafting Committee of 15 members to fulfill the task. Those members were jointly elected or appointed by the communities, affiliates and the Wikimedia Foundation.

The Movement Charter Drafting Committee (MCDC) was officially announced on 1 November 2021. Since then, the Committee has been regularly meeting every two weeks to discuss and assign tasks: in between these meetings they work asynchronously on the tasks. Some of the major milestones the MCDC  has achieved are establishing a set of principles and an internal decision-making process, hiring a facilitator and starting to draft the outline of the Movement Charter. 

Currently, members are convening in several smaller groups (called “subcommittees”) to focus on certain tasks. One of the major current tasks is drafting an outline for the Movement Charter, which will broadly determine what it will contain. 

Meet the Drafting Committee

Meet the current MCDC members:

Username + namePhotoCountryLanguage(s)
Anass Sedrati (Anass Sedrati)WikiArabia '19 40.jpgMorocco / SwedenArabic-N, French-N, English-4, Swedish-4, Spanish-3, Berber-3
Anne Clin (Risker)Wikimania Portraits - London - Adam Novak 02.jpgCanadaEnglish-N, French-2
Ciell (Ciell)WCN2016 DSC3048.jpgNetherlandsDutch-N, English-3, Deutsch-2
Érica Azzellini (EricaAzzellini)WikidataCon 2019 - 2019-10-34 - Questions.jpgBrazilBrazilian Portuguese-N, Portuguese-5, English-4, Spanish-2
Georges Fodouop (Geugeor)Users Peoples From WikiIndaba 2018 04.jpgCameroon / BelgiumFrench-N, English-2
Jamie Li-Yun Lin (Li-Yun Lin)Wikimedia Summit 2019 - Portrait Li-Yun Lin (3).jpgTaiwan / FranceChinese-N, English-4, French -2
Jorge Vargas (JVargas WMF)Vargas, Jorge September 2016.jpgColombia / USASpanish-N, English-N, Japanese-2
Manavpreet Kaur (Manavpreet Kaur)Manavpreet Kaur.jpgIndiaPunjabi, English, Hindi
Michał Buczyński (Aegis Maelstrom)WMPL Wroclaw 2019 RD 033.jpgPolandPolish-N, English-4
Pepe Flores (Padaguan)Faces of the Commons 2019 (46910209495).jpgMexicoSpanish-N, English-4, Français-2
Ravan J Al-Taie (Ravan)Ravan J. Al-Taie.jpgIraqArabic, English, Kurdish
Reda Kerbouche (Reda Kerbouche)WikiArabia '19 184.jpgAlgeria / RussiaAlgerian Arabic-N, Arabic-N, Shawiya-N, French-4, Russian-4, English-3
Richard (Nosebagbear)Nbb Trout.jpgUnited KingdomEnglish-N
Richard Knipel (Pharos)Richard Knipel at Regional Ambassadory training, 2011-07-07.jpgUnited StatesEnglish-N
Runa Bhattacharjee (Runab WMF)Bhattacharjee, Runa Jan 2019.jpgIndiaBengali, English, Hindi

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