Re: [Wikimedia-l] An Open Letter to Wikimedia Foundation BoT

2016-02-19 Thread Siko Bouterse
 Ido, Ori, Sydney, Shani, Ben, Delphine, Gayle, thank you for your boldness
and wisdom in this thread. I know how rarely some of us speak on this list,
and I appreciate you raising your voices here, now. I need to believe that
the power of the collective leadership that so many volunteers and staff
are showing here will ultimately be strong enough to ensure that the
Wikimedia Foundation has the leadership that its mission deserves.
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[Wikimedia-l] Another goodbye

2016-02-11 Thread Siko Bouterse
Dear friends and colleagues,

I’ve had the amazing privilege of serving this movement in a staff capacity
for the past 4 ½ years, but I’ve now decided to move on from my role at the
Wikimedia Foundation.

Transparency, integrity, community and free knowledge remain deeply
important to me, and I believe I will be better placed to represent those
values in a volunteer capacity at this time. I am and will always remain a
Wikimedian, so you'll still see me around the projects (User:Seeeko),
hopefully with renewed energy and joy in volunteering.

This movement has become my home in so many unexpected ways, and I’m truly
honored to have learned from so many of you. It was an amazing experience
to have partnered with smart, bold, and dedicated community folks to
experiment with projects like Teahouse, IdeaLab, Inspire, Individual
Engagement Grants, and Reimagining Grants. I’ve seen you create some really
incredible content, ideas, tools, programs, processes, committees and
organizations, all in the service of free knowledge.

I expect my last day to be Thursday, February 25th. I have full confidence
in Maggie Dennis's abilities to lead the Community Engagement Department,
and I trust that my team will remain available to support the community’s
needs for grants and other resources throughout this time of transition.

Much love,
Siko

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Help decide Future IdeaLab Campaigns!

2015-12-07 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi Pine,
Some quick answers to your questions:

1. The initial results of the Inspire Campaign themselves were largely very
good (see:
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/05/28/what-we-learned-from-the-inspire-campaign/).
As for the projects funded as a result of the campaign, though, they're
still running and so we expect to have analysis of their impact completed
towards the end of this fiscal year (by June 2016), after all grantees have
reported back.
2. Yes. See Jethro's FAQ # 2 for the fuller answer:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Future_IdeaLab_Campaigns#FAQ

Cheers,
Siko


On Mon, Dec 7, 2015 at 1:04 PM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Jethro,
>
> Two questions:
>
> (1) How are the results looking from the Gender Gap campaign in IdeaLab?
>
> (2) If WMF does this again, will the campaign be designed and resourced in
> a way that doesn't disrupt the other grants process flows? I have painful
> memories of what happened in the PEG process last time. I hope that, with
> the addition of interns or other HR shuffles, the other grants process
> flows can continue normally.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Pine
>
> On Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 3:25 PM, Chris Schilling <cschill...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>
> > Hey everyone,
> >
> > I invite you to help decide what topics should be considered for future
> > IdeaLab campaigns, which generate novel proposals for improving and
> > addressing community needs on the Wikimedia projects to which you
> > contribute:
> >
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Future_IdeaLab_Campaigns
> >
> >
> > You can offer feedback and your own campaign topics through a survey
> > conducted through AllOurIdeas <
> > http://www.allourideas.org/idealab_campaigns>
> > in addition to participating on the IdeaLab talk page.
> >
> > I’m looking forward to seeing your feedback and exploring potential
> > directions we can take IdeaLab campaigns for next year!
> >
> > With thanks,
> >
> > Jethro
> >
> > --
> > Chris "Jethro" Schilling
> > I JethroBT (WMF) <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:I_JethroBT_(WMF)>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thoughts on carrying the Wikimania conversation forward

2015-10-12 Thread Siko Bouterse
On Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 10:40 PM, Liang-chih Shang Kuan <
shangkua...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I want to kindly ask a follow up on the issue Isabella Apriana has
> mentioned - "...it's not official yet for Montreal, but seems like
> there's nothing we can do about 2017 now because community discussion is
> expected to focus on 2018-2021."
>
> Is that true? Should all the bid team except Montreal stop to spend their
> energy for the 2017 bid anymore, or should they keep contact the local
> venue and service providers to have a better research on their bid?
>
> I personally really want to have another Wikimania in Asia (if so, I won't
> have big jet lag issue, haha), I see WMID is putting some lot of efforts of
> their organization on the bid process (I was having a meeting with them for
> 2 hours to know better about the venue situation in Bali), so I ask this
> question. Just want to make sure how the follow up should go for the
> bidders before the community consultation in November to prevent burned out
> and reduce feeling of frustration.
>

Hi Liang. Confirming here that we've asked anyone who is considering
hosting Wikimania (for 2017 or any other year) to be in touch with Ellie
Young directly before putting any more energy into a bid.  Hope this is
clear now - thanks!


>
> Best,
>
>
> Liang, Wikimedia Taiwan
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[Wikimedia-l] Thoughts on carrying the Wikimania conversation forward

2015-10-05 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi folks,

Just letting you know that I’m reading the recent Wikimania-focused mailing
list threads with interest, as the Community Resources team is now on-point
for funding and coordinating WMF’s involvement in Wikimania.

A couple of first thoughts to share:

1. WMF has learned from past Wikimanias that we need to do our
due-diligence on venue etc before the host team and location is announced.
One reason for this is that we have a limited budget for Wikimania, and
doing a site visit before the host is finalized helps us ensure that we’re
able to support the costs of the event in a given location. Ellie Young is
headed to Montreal in 2 weeks and based on what she learns from that visit,
we’re aiming to give the steering committee what they need to confirm
selection before the end of 2015. That said, we recognize that
communications around this haven’t gone as planned, and we are looking into
improvements…(see thought 2)

2. We, too, would like to see the movement building towards a shared vision
of Wikimania! It is great to see so many people, in true Wikimedian-style,
thinking about big-picture questions of participation, representation, and
content at Wikimania. Knowing that mailing list discussions have their
limits, here’s how my team is thinking about collecting feedback more
systematically for this going forward:

We’ll be launching a community consultation in November to help build
towards more shared vision and process improvements for Wikimania 2018 -
2021. Two key inputs we’ve been thinking about using to launch that
conversation are 1) responses from the survey of last Wikimania’s attendees
and 2) the steering committee’s recommendation for host selection going
forward.

We’re still regrouping from the latest Resources Consultation, and will
begin planning for a Wikimania Consultation next week, so after that we’ll
be able to share more information about what this consultation will look
like and the exact timeline. Meanwhile, suggestions and open questions that
you’d like to see resolved via this consultation are most welcome in this
thread. My hope is that a consultation will help broaden participation in
these conversations and get us from input to action.

Warm regards,
Siko

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Reimagining Wikimedia Foundation Grants

2015-09-04 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi again,
Thanks to the 100+ people who have shared feedback via the survey and talk
page discussion so far!

Reminder: The consultation period closes on 8 September 0:00 UTC.

This is the last weekend to add your thoughts to the conversation before we
begin to analyze all feedback and plan next steps. Looking forward to
incorporating your ideas, so please do come share them if you haven't had a
chance to do so yet!

Warm regards,
Siko

On Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 6:14 PM, Siko Bouterse <sboute...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation would like your feedback about how we can
> reimagine grants to better support people and ideas in the Wikimedia
> movement.
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Reimagining_WMF_grants
>
> We’ve been discussing the idea with the grants committees and are now
> running a survey and collecting feedback on Meta-wiki. Office hours will
> also be held in Hangouts and IRC starting at the end of August.
>
> Please share your feedback on the idea here, and help make it better:
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:IdeaLab/Reimagining_WMF_grants
>
> You can learn more about this consultation, including dates for office
> hours, here:
>
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Reimagining_WMF_grants/Consultation
>
> Feedback is welcome in any language.
>
> Warm regards,
> Siko and the Community Resources team
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Reimagining Wikimedia Foundation Grants

2015-08-18 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi all,

The Wikimedia Foundation would like your feedback about how we can
reimagine grants to better support people and ideas in the Wikimedia
movement.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Reimagining_WMF_grants

We’ve been discussing the idea with the grants committees and are now
running a survey and collecting feedback on Meta-wiki. Office hours will
also be held in Hangouts and IRC starting at the end of August.

Please share your feedback on the idea here, and help make it better:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:IdeaLab/Reimagining_WMF_grants

You can learn more about this consultation, including dates for office
hours, here:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Reimagining_WMF_grants/Consultation

Feedback is welcome in any language.

Warm regards,
Siko and the Community Resources team

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Reimagining Wikimedia Foundation Grants

2015-08-18 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi all,

The Wikimedia Foundation would like your feedback about how we can
reimagine grants to better support people and ideas in the Wikimedia
movement.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Reimagining_WMF_grants

We’ve been discussing the idea with the grants committees and are now
running a survey and collecting feedback on Meta-wiki. Office hours will
also be held in Hangouts and IRC starting at the end of August.

Please share your feedback on the idea here, and help make it better:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:IdeaLab/Reimagining_WMF_grants

You can learn more about this consultation, including dates for office
hours, here:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Reimagining_WMF_grants/Consultation

Feedback is welcome in any language.

Warm regards,
Siko and the Community Resources team

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[Wikimedia-l] New Inspire Campaign report

2015-05-29 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi all,
We've published a report and blog post sharing some more findings from our
recent Inspire campaign:
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/05/28/what-we-learned-from-the-inspire-campaign/
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Spring_2015_Inspire_campaign
As always, your thoughts are welcome (preferably on the discussion page or
in blog comments, for easy tracking).
Warm regards,
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[Wikimedia-l] Announcing Marti Johnson as WMF Program Officer for Individual Grants

2015-05-04 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi all,
Following up on the announcement about a new structure in the Community
Engagement team,[1] I'm happy to say we've now got a new program officer to
support WMF's Individual Engagement Grants program. Please see below for
more details. This month, Marti Johnson will be taking over for both the
IEG and TPS programs.[2] Grantees and committee members will be introduced
to Marti soon, as her onboarding to both programs begins :) Meanwhile, I
trust you will help make her feel welcome.
Warmly,
Siko

[1]
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2015-February/076864.html
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mjohnson_(WMF)

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Subject: Announcing Marti Johnson as Program Officer for Individual Grants
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Hi all,

I'm excited to announce that we've got a new Program Officer for Individual
Grants. Please join me in congratulating Marti Johnson as she transitions
to this role!

Marti joined WMF as Project Coordinator in the Grantmaking and Programs
(later turned Community Engagement) department in September 2014. She
quickly demonstrated that she’s a strategic thinker who brings deep respect
for communities, a facility for organizing systems that foster creativity
and collaboration, and the warmth and generosity needed to support
individuals to do their best work.

In her new role, Marti will be responsible for the Individual Engagement
Grants and Travel and Participation Support programs. She reports directly
to me.

I’m delighted to have Marti move into the Community Resources team to put
her talents to work, particularly for supporting our Individual Engagement
Grantees and taking IEG to the next level over the coming year. Among other
things, Marti will be working on creating more robust mentorship systems
and a broader network to support grantees, while continuing to offer direct
support herself to the IEG grantees, proposers, and committee.

We’ve begun a transition period in which Marti is working to hand-off her
role in supporting Luis and the Community Engagement team while beginning
to assume her new responsibilities in Community Resources. Marti has
already taken on responsibility for Travel and Participation Support, this
week she will be onboarding our new crop of Inspire grantees in IEG, and
over the course of May I’ll be handing all day-to-day operations for IEG to
her as well. More information will be coming from Lynette later this month
about the backfill for Marti’s former Project Coordinator position. Many
thanks to Lynette for bringing Marti to WMF and supporting her move to this
new role :)

Here’s a bit more about Marti, for those of you who haven’t yet had a
chance to get to know her:

Inspired by a senior paper on agrarian community in American literature,
Marti took her first job after college coordinating Community Supported
Agriculture on an urban organic farm.   A year of service as an AmeriCorps
volunteer led to a decade managing collaboratively driven resource
conservation projects on California farmlands.   She gained extensive
experience with grants management, including proposal and report writing,
grantmaking, contract oversight and coordination of budgets ranging from
hundreds to millions of dollars.  Marti specialized in facilitating
community-based processes and played a lead role in coordinating a
private-public alliance which was awarded California’s highest honor for
environmental and economic leadership.  She gained a reputation for
building meaningful collaboration--and among other tools, she relied
heavily on wikis she built with MediaWiki software to do it.  After moving
to San Francisco, Marti was very excited to join WMF and offer skills in
community coordination, collaborative strategy-building and grants
management in the context of Wikimedia projects.  In her free time, Marti
likes to backpack, write and take long walks in Golden Gate Park.  She has
recently been working toward a goal to read through the complete works of
Shakespeare (about 75% complete!) and welcomes read-aloud collaborators.

Congratulations and welcome to Community Resources, Marti!

Warm regards,
Siko

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing Inspire Campaign Grantees

2015-05-01 Thread Siko Bouterse
  
 - Wellington Wikipedia Meet Up - With Childcare
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Wellington_Wikipedia_Meet_Up_-_With_Childcare
  !
 
 - Just for the record
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Just_for_the_record
 - Let's fill the gender gap Workshops
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Let%27s_fill_the_gender_gap_Workshops
  
 - Empowering Afrodescendant women in Wikipedia
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Empowering_Afrodescendant_women_in_Wikipedia
  
 
  What’s next:
 
  We hope you'll continue to engage with these projects as they begin work
 in
  coming months and offer your experience and ideas!
 
  Meanwhile, our regularly scheduled grant programs continue :)
 
  A number of ideas and grant proposals from the campaign are still in
  development. Over the coming year, we'll continue to encourage people to
  make changes based on feedback and our Project and Event Grants
  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:PEG and Individual Engagement
  Grants https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG programs will be
 happy
  to continue to receive new or adjusted proposals aimed at increasing
 gender
  diversity during regular funding cycles along with all other topics.
 
  A full analysis of the Inspire campaign is in progress, and in coming
 weeks
  we'll be sharing findings from a traffic analysis and a participant
 survey.
  Stay tuned for another update in mid-May on what we learned from the
  Inspire experiment, what worked, what didn't, and recommended steps for
 the
  future.
 
  Many thanks to all of you that contributed to this campaign with
 proposals,
  ideas, feedback and suggestions!
 
  Cheers,
 
  The Inspire Team
 
  --
  Alexandra Wang
  Program Officer
  Project  Event Grants
  Wikimedia Foundation http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home
  +1 415-839-6885
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Ask questions, give feedback on six annual plan grant proposals for the FDC!

2015-04-08 Thread Siko Bouterse
On Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 7:34 AM, Pine W wiki.p...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi Luis (wow, I didn't expect to see you here at this hour!)

 I was referring to the qualifications, benefits and limitations of the
 different kinds of grant programs. The way that they're structured provides
 some ups and downs for affiliates when we have the option to choose among
 grant types. FDC/APG's structure recieved a lot of attention in the past
 few years. I think it would be good to take a step back and look
 collectively at the grants programs, and to think about how to engineer
 them with today's environment, goals and tools for affiliates, small teams
 and individual grantees in mind; and to think about transition points among
 grant types.

 I would love to talk with you more about this at the Wikimedia Conference
 if possible (:


As WMF continues to focus on integration as a major theme in 2015, we'll
certainly be giving the big picture of all our grantmaking structures,
impact assessments, etc some further thought. Any updates to grant programs
would happen in consult with the committees and broader community, so you
can expect that the program officers and I will be having more
conversations on this topic with you all over the coming year (no sudden
changes, lots of measured thought).
Cheers,
Siko



 Pine
 On Apr 7, 2015 11:20 PM, Luis Villa lvi...@wikimedia.org wrote:

  On Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 11:13 PM, Pine W wiki.p...@gmail.com wrote:
 
   Just noting that annual plans can go through APG or PEG, but the
   qualificattions and scope are different. Some chapers choose to
 continue
   with PEG funding becuase it is more flexible. The main limiter on PEG
   funding is that it  will not pay for full time permanent staff; however
   according to Meta it may pay for part time or temporary staff.
  
   APGs and PEGs for annual plans are usually recurring, but PEG funds a
   variety of programs in addition to annual plans.
  
   This is the kind of conversation that I hope Luis and his team will be
   considering holistically in the next several months.
  
 
  Katy of course is part of my team, so we're here, having a conversation
 :)
  Can you elaborate a bit, Pine? You've done a good job answering MZ's
  question, so I'm not clear what conversation you meant to highlight -
  simply suggestions on how to improve the pages MZ linked to, or...?
 
  Luis
 
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement: A new structure for WMF Community Engagement

2015-02-19 Thread Siko Bouterse
 forward to the day when my worlds find more space on Wikipedia,
 when
   80% of the globe is represented by far more than 20% of the edits, when
   much more than 15% of our contributors can self-identify as women. Till
   then, I’ll keep fighting notability one article at a time...[6]
  
   So thank you for sharing your worlds with me, and no thanks for turning
  me
   into an obsessive Wikimedian. :-) As I have learnt with you, I know I
  have
   done so with trust, and as I have challenged you, I hope I have done so
   with respect. I look forward to continuing our friendships and
 obsessions
   on a wiki near you.
  
   With appreciation and gratitude,
  
   Anasuya
  
   p.s. You can find me in the future at my enWP user page (User:Anasuyas
   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Anasuyas) or (dare I say it) on
   Facebook. Longer diatribes on liff, the universe and everything can be
  sent
   to anasuyaATsanmathi.org
  
   [1] Neil Gaiman, American Gods (Chapter 8)
  
   [2] Urgent Action Fund, a funder of women’s human rights defenders, has
   this book on sustainability:
  
  
 
 http://urgentactionfund.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/06/WTPR-Final-Book.pdf
  
   [3] And look forward to dancing together on the beaches of a future
   Wikimania…
  
   [4] Sometimes frustrating, sometimes unbelievable, sometimes somewhat
   insane; but yes mostly, generous beyond belief, and always, joyous. :-)
  
   [5] More Neil Gaiman, from The Sandman:
   https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Sandman#A_Game_of_You
  
   [6]
  
  
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Key_theme_-_Global_South,_WMF_Metrics_Meeting_February_2015.pdfpage=20
   Ask Florence (User:Anthere) for _that_ story!
  
  
   On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 2:15 PM, Lila Tretikov l...@wikimedia.org
  wrote:
  
   
Dear Wikimedians,
   
Among the WMF’s top priorities for 2015 is strengthening our
 engagement
with Wikimedia editors and volunteers. Today we are taking the first
  step
by bringing together the people who know our communities best and
  asking
them to break barriers and improve engagement. Everyone at the WMF
 who
carries responsibilities directly related to the communities will
 join
  a
new Community Engagement department.
   
I have asked Luis Villa to lead the Community Engagement organization
  as
the Senior Director of Community Engagement, reporting to me.
 Promoting
from within the WMF for this critical role will allow us to leverage
  the
knowledge and experience with our communities and reinforce the
  strengths
of our people.
   
Luis’s experience with communities is lengthy and deep. He has been
involved in open communities since the late 1990s, from communities
 as
small as the Lego Mindstorms hackers to those as large as Mozilla. He
worked in open communities as a lawyer, a programmer, a bugmaster, an
engineering lead, a community leader, and a board member. Luis has
performed exceptionally within the Foundation and supported some of
 our
most fruitful community engagements. The Grantmaking, LE, Education,
Community Advocacy and Community Liaisons teams will join the new
   Community
Engagement department [2] under his leadership.
   
Unfortunately, Anasuya Sengupta -- our beloved leader of grantmaking
 --
will be leaving us due to personal health concerns at the end of
 March.
   We
will invite you soon to celebrate her time with us, her work at the
 WMF
   and
the deep insight she brought to the Foundation. We are saddened to
 see
   her
go. The team she has nurtured will provide an important foundation
 for
   our
upcoming work.
   
Siko Bouterse will move up to lead  the day-to-day work of the
   Grantmaking
team as Director of Community Resources, supervising all department
  Grant
programs and the Global South strategy. Siko has been instrumental in
innovating programs at the WMF, including initiatives like the
   Teahouse[1]
and the IdeaLab[2] combining vision with strong support for volunteer
community, tough decision making, and great project management
 skills.
   
These changes are an opportunity to improve the coordination of our
  work
supporting the communities. To accelerate this, I have asked Luis to
  lead
an internal “tiger” team to better understand the needs, concerns and
priorities of our volunteers, and to develop recommendations for
 future
programs. This work will be shared with all of you as it becomes
   available.
   
Please join me in congratulating Luis and Siko and in supporting our
teams. The Wikimedia communities are what makes the projects strong,
unique, and irreplaceable. This is the next step forward in our
 support
   to
them, and in service of our mission.
   
   
Lila
   
   
   
[1] As Director of Community Resources, Siko will oversee the
 IdeaLab,
Annual Plan Grants, Project and Event Grants

[Wikimedia-l] Help launch the Inspire Grants Campaign in March 2015

2015-02-03 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi all,

During March we will be running an Inspire Campaign to proactively source
and support new projects aimed at addressing Wikimedia’s gender gap:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire_Grants_%E2%80%93_Gender_gap_campaign

Our goals are two-fold:

1. Experiment with running scalable themed campaigns in IdeaLab to incubate
more initiatives aimed at having a focused collective impact.

2. Proactively support community initiatives aimed at increasing gender
diversity in contributors to, and content of, Wikimedia projects.

Why are we piloting with a gender gap theme? A variety of initiatives are
needed to increase diversity and reduce systemic bias on Wikimedia
projects, but so far these haven’t emerged organically at scale. Without
taking time to focus together on increasing gender diversity in our content
and contributors, this trend is likely to continue. WMF’s Individual
Engagement Grants and Project and Event Grants could support such
initiatives, and we're interested to learn how specifically inviting
proposals in this area can have an impact.

March is WikiWomen’s History Month, and it’s a great time to focus extra
attention and energy together on addressing the gender gap.

We need your help! We’re looking for volunteers to join our team in the
following roles:

1. Community organizers:  Spread the the word about the campaign to your
local communities, maintain a friendly space in IdeaLab, facilitate
development of ideas and project teams. (March)

2. Translators: Translate campaign content and gender gap resources into
your language. This is a global campaign, so all languages are welcome.
Some languages we’d particularly like to be able to support include:
Spanish, Arabic, Malayalam, Telugu, and Ukrainian. (February and March)

3. Funding committee: Facilitate development of ideas to grant proposals,
support idea-creators to improve proposals, greenlight projects for funding
via either Individual Engagement Grants or Project  Event Grants. (March
and April)

If you’re interested in any of the above roles, please signup under
“Participants” on the planning page or email Siko or Alex by February 10th.


https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire_Grants_%E2%80%93_Gender_gap_campaign#Get_involved

Warm regards,
The Inspire Team

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Why WMF should reconsider the 3-month gender gap project-related decision

2015-01-09 Thread Siko Bouterse
On Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 6:22 AM, Jens Best jens.b...@wikimedia.de wrote:

 Sorry to interrupted, just a short question.

 I'm looking for statistics of how many project ideas/requests were
 submitted in the past. How many volunteers and WMF-employees were and are
 involved in evaluating all these submissions and so on.

 Can anybody provide me with a link or any other kind of reliable
 informations on that?

 best regards

 Jens Best



Hi Jens,
Some quick stats:

*PEG handles about 20 proposals per month

*IEG handles about 30 submissions per round (of those requested, we
ultimately funded 7 projects in the latest round)
*2 program officers, 1 grants administrator, and several other staffers are
advising or otherwise touching some portion of these grants to a much
smaller degree. 16 members on each committee (give or take a couple
members) are involved in reviewing proposals.




 2015-01-08 15:13 GMT+01:00 Leigh Thelmadatter osama...@hotmail.com:

  I dont think the issue is the idea of encouraging projects that increase
  the participation of women, but rather the message that everything else
 is
  getting shoved aside.
 
  I dont see this as sexism and playing that card is counter-productive.
 
  What I suggest is that instead of saying that for three months everyone
  else is  sidelined, focus on inclusion.  If there arent enough or good
  enough projects for addressing the number of women participating in
  Wikipedia, perhaps we should look into why. Perhaps also look into the
  Foundation directly reaching out to women's groups for collaborative
  purposes.
 
  But the OP does have a point. By telling certain groups we are not
  interested in you right now you are playing an us-against-them game
 and
  quite probably causing more harm than good.
 
 
  Leigh
 
 
   Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 09:03:40 -0500
   From: nawr...@gmail.com
   To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
   Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Why WMF should reconsider the 3-month gender
  gap project-related decision
  
   You certainly put a lot of time and effort into being wrong. Any first
  year
   undergraduate writing course will tell you that to make an argument you
   need to address the counter-arguments, which you have failed even to
   mention. Diversity of contributors isn't a social justice goal, or
 even a
   cultural engineering goal. It is aimed squarely at increasing the
  diversity
   and caliber of content. Not only does the small proportion of women
 mean
   that millions of them with huge amounts of expertise to contribute are
   unheard, it also means that their perspective and approach are
   underrepresented or missing entirely.
  
   And yes, the same is true for others - not only African-Americans, but
   Africans. Not only people of Indo-Asian descent, but the people of
 the
   Indian subcontinent itself. This is not an American movement, yet the
   global south is deeply under-represented, and the WMF has been
 working
   for years to address this issue. This is, again, because diversity of
   contributors matters for the breadth and depth of coverage in our
  projects.
   The goal of the Wikimedia movement is the sum of all human knowledge,
 not
   the sum of knowledge held by white men between 15 and 35 living in
 Europe
   and North America.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF is shutting down grantmaking for good projects for 3 months for no reason

2015-01-06 Thread Siko Bouterse
On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 10:59 PM, Lodewijk lodew...@effeietsanders.org
wrote:

 Actually, the experiment is whether such a campaign would drive more
 successful grants, as I understand it. It works from the assumption that
 such grants would have a positive impact. I'm happy to go with that
 assumption though.

 I still strongly disagree with this initiative, but especially the way it
 is executed. I'm glad to hear that all time-sensitive requests can still
 apply during this period - that would probably be quite a few requests.

 I'm still in the dark as to why this has to be a three month program (that
 is a very long period of time to put everything on hold for an experiment)
 and not just 2-4 weeks. Then you could actually commit to quicker
 run-through times in the program, etc. Reducing the time frame would reduce
 the damaging side effect significantly.


The campaign itself will only run for a month - in my experience with past
open calls for IEG, you really do need more than 2 weeks to get the word
out and get new ideas not only started but also developed w/ enough
community input that we rely on to assess which grants should move forward.
But in addition to the actual campaign itself, we need to bake in enough
time to prepare for it beforehand and get funded projects started
afterwards. There is significant staff effort behind the scenes for any
grantmaking we do, and in my experience even quick pilots take time to prep
and wrapup.

I'm hearing your concerns loud and clear, still, and agree it will be
interesting to see how many truly time-sensitive requests will come up
during this period. If the campaign is deemed a success worth repeating and
we also find we're over-stretching those involved (staff and volunteers)
because many non-theme focused projects need to be concurrently considered
(this is a big concern for me, and something we'll be keeping a close eye
on), that could be data-driven rationale for resourcing grantmaking
differently in next year's annual plan.

Siko



 Lodewijk

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  Did you not see the bit about experimental?
  Cheers,
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  * Siko Bouterse wrote:
  Why the gender gap? Although we’ve committed to supporting and
  increasing gender diversity, so far these kinds of projects haven’t
  emerged organically at any meaningful scale. In the first half of this
  year, IEG and PEG have spent only 9% of funds on projects aiming to
  directly impact this gap and less than ? of our grantee project leaders
  have been women.
  Without taking time to focus on increasing gender diversity in our
  content and contributors, this trend is likely to continue.
 
  What evidence is there that spending more on gender gap will have any
  measurable impact on gender gap? I also note that you say projects
  have not emerged. That sounds like people do not actually have ideas
 how
  to impact gender gap with money. Could you identify a couple of
  projects that would have considerable impact on gender gap but that
  have been refused funding in the past due to a lack of focus on gen-
 der
  gap?
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF is shutting down grantmaking for good projects for 3 months for no reason

2015-01-06 Thread Siko Bouterse
On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 2:37 AM, Anders Wennersten m...@anderswennersten.se
wrote:

 Thanks Siko, also from me.

 I do hope that  you use this time to really learn of the dynamics of
 grants/impact, by following up of earlier experience and also in defining
 expectations targets etc in a specific area

 For me an eyeopener was a program run in Sweden by WMSE to get more female
 contributors.  It was funded from outside WMF and primary involved
 workshops for Wikipedia writing, in a form we are all familiar with. The
 workshops was run in different middlesized towns and got a very limited
 attendance, 3-15 persons, whereof only a tiny fraction stayed on as
 Wikipedians after the workshop.   I got annoyed at first noticing it cost
 something like 100-200 dollar per participant, and 20 times as much to get
 the one among them who stayed on  but only making some 50-100 edits. I saw
 it as a truly waste of money (not WMF though).

 But then I learned that those activities attracted more media attention
 than any other program having been run by WMSE, there must now be between
 30-50 coverages in local and nationwide papers and radio stations.  And the
 funding body saw this as a thundering success, and has given even more
 funding for a second year. And then something happened as a result from
 this media coverage, more female editors has now a year later turned up!

 Anders


Thanks for sharing this example, Anders. We're definitely going to learn a
lot from this experiment, as I am from this discussion, and will be sharing
back findings too :)

Your point about media interest as well as longer term impact is super
important. While we do need to be able to demonstrate some short-term
impact, I also think that for many of the grants we make the impact can
really only seen much more clearly in the longer term. So following up well
after the pilot is over will also be important.

I don't usually think that media coverage alone = thundering success (like
you, I'd probably have been disappointed at first with the early outcomes
you mentioned). But I do see that one possible outcome for campaigns like
this is increased media coverage which in turn could result in longer term
impact by bringing in more people to the projects. Will be on the lookout
for this - glad you mentioned it!

Siko




 Chris Keating skrev den 2015-01-06 10:53:

  Thanks for the details Siko!

 Going back to the original message in this thread - I would indeed be
 concerned if the WMF was shutting down grantmaking for good projects for 3
 months for no good reason.

 However that's not really what's happening. It's more that non-urgent
 grantmaking is being postponed; and there is a good rationale for it (one
 more about wanting to experiment with grantmaking styles, than about the
 gender gap being a special case).

 Makes sense to me.

 Chris


 On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 6:59 AM, Lodewijk lodew...@effeietsanders.org
 wrote:

  Actually, the experiment is whether such a campaign would drive more
 successful grants, as I understand it. It works from the assumption that
 such grants would have a positive impact. I'm happy to go with that
 assumption though.

 I still strongly disagree with this initiative, but especially the way it
 is executed. I'm glad to hear that all time-sensitive requests can still
 apply during this period - that would probably be quite a few requests.

 I'm still in the dark as to why this has to be a three month program
 (that
 is a very long period of time to put everything on hold for an
 experiment)
 and not just 2-4 weeks. Then you could actually commit to quicker
 run-through times in the program, etc. Reducing the time frame would
 reduce
 the damaging side effect significantly.

 Lodewijk

 On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 6:47 AM, Peter Southwood 
 peter.southw...@telkomsa.net wrote:

  Did you not see the bit about experimental?
 Cheers,
 Peter

 -Original Message-
 From: wikimedia-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org [mailto:
 wikimedia-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Bjoern Hoehrmann
 Sent: 06 January 2015 05:48 AM
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF is shutting down grantmaking for good
 projects for 3 months for no reason

 * Siko Bouterse wrote:

 Why the gender gap? Although we’ve committed to supporting and
 increasing gender diversity, so far these kinds of projects haven’t
 emerged organically at any meaningful scale. In the first half of this
 year, IEG and PEG have spent only 9% of funds on projects aiming to
 directly impact this gap and less than ? of our grantee project leaders

 have been women.

 Without taking time to focus on increasing gender diversity in our
 content and contributors, this trend is likely to continue.

 What evidence is there that spending more on gender gap will have any
 measurable impact on gender gap? I also note that you say projects
 have not emerged. That sounds like people do not actually have ideas

 how

 to impact gender gap with money

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF is shutting down grantmaking for good projects for 3 months for no reason

2015-01-06 Thread Siko Bouterse
On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 12:17 PM, MF-Warburg mfwarb...@googlemail.com
wrote:

 Sorry if this was already answered and I overlooked it, but will there be
 something like a special form of advertising this campaign in order to
 attract many requests that propose to do something about the Gender Gap?


Great question. Current thinking is to do the usual announcing on mailing
lists, blog/social media, village pumps, etc, as well as experimenting with
running Central Notice banners. Would like to attract folks from various
wikis who have interest in this theme and ability to lead a project in
their community, beyond the usual (relatively small) slice who regularly
participate in lists like these or in the usual grantmaking discussions on
meta-wiki. And although outside media could help bring total newbies to
contribute ideas, discussion, and other forms of participation, it is
pretty darn important to have at least 1 experienced Wikimedian on a funded
team in order to lead and execute a useful community project, so
in-movement (particularly on-wiki) promotion is a priority. Any
thoughts/suggestions would be welcome!


 2015-01-06 21:11 GMT+01:00 Siko Bouterse sboute...@wikimedia.org:

  On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 2:37 AM, Anders Wennersten 
  m...@anderswennersten.se
  wrote:
 
   Thanks Siko, also from me.
  
   I do hope that  you use this time to really learn of the dynamics of
   grants/impact, by following up of earlier experience and also in
 defining
   expectations targets etc in a specific area
  
   For me an eyeopener was a program run in Sweden by WMSE to get more
  female
   contributors.  It was funded from outside WMF and primary involved
   workshops for Wikipedia writing, in a form we are all familiar with.
 The
   workshops was run in different middlesized towns and got a very limited
   attendance, 3-15 persons, whereof only a tiny fraction stayed on as
   Wikipedians after the workshop.   I got annoyed at first noticing it
 cost
   something like 100-200 dollar per participant, and 20 times as much to
  get
   the one among them who stayed on  but only making some 50-100 edits. I
  saw
   it as a truly waste of money (not WMF though).
  
   But then I learned that those activities attracted more media attention
   than any other program having been run by WMSE, there must now be
 between
   30-50 coverages in local and nationwide papers and radio stations.  And
  the
   funding body saw this as a thundering success, and has given even more
   funding for a second year. And then something happened as a result from
   this media coverage, more female editors has now a year later turned
 up!
  
   Anders
  
  
  Thanks for sharing this example, Anders. We're definitely going to learn
 a
  lot from this experiment, as I am from this discussion, and will be
 sharing
  back findings too :)
 
  Your point about media interest as well as longer term impact is super
  important. While we do need to be able to demonstrate some short-term
  impact, I also think that for many of the grants we make the impact can
  really only seen much more clearly in the longer term. So following up
 well
  after the pilot is over will also be important.
 
  I don't usually think that media coverage alone = thundering success
 (like
  you, I'd probably have been disappointed at first with the early outcomes
  you mentioned). But I do see that one possible outcome for campaigns like
  this is increased media coverage which in turn could result in longer
 term
  impact by bringing in more people to the projects. Will be on the lookout
  for this - glad you mentioned it!
 
  Siko
 
 
  
  
   Chris Keating skrev den 2015-01-06 10:53:
  
Thanks for the details Siko!
  
   Going back to the original message in this thread - I would indeed be
   concerned if the WMF was shutting down grantmaking for good projects
  for 3
   months for no good reason.
  
   However that's not really what's happening. It's more that non-urgent
   grantmaking is being postponed; and there is a good rationale for it
  (one
   more about wanting to experiment with grantmaking styles, than about
 the
   gender gap being a special case).
  
   Makes sense to me.
  
   Chris
  
  
   On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 6:59 AM, Lodewijk lodew...@effeietsanders.org
 
   wrote:
  
Actually, the experiment is whether such a campaign would drive more
   successful grants, as I understand it. It works from the assumption
  that
   such grants would have a positive impact. I'm happy to go with that
   assumption though.
  
   I still strongly disagree with this initiative, but especially the
 way
  it
   is executed. I'm glad to hear that all time-sensitive requests can
  still
   apply during this period - that would probably be quite a few
 requests.
  
   I'm still in the dark as to why this has to be a three month program
   (that
   is a very long period of time to put everything on hold for an
   experiment)
   and not just 2-4 weeks. Then you could actually

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF is shutting down grantmaking for good projects for 3 months for no reason

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF is shutting down grantmaking for good projects for 3 months for no reason

2015-01-05 Thread Siko Bouterse
know by January 31st if you would like to join this campaign committee
focused on funding gender diversity!*

Those of you who don’t choose to join this first campaign committee will
get a few months break from reviewing new proposals. But you will still be
needed on the PEG and IEG committees to follow up with existing IEG and PEG
grantees, reading reports and offering support and advice to them as those
projects continue to move forward.

As IEG and PEG committee members, we hope you will support this experiment
by spreading the word in your communities, mentoring projects and grantees,
and helping us learn how we can improve the campaign model. We will be
publicizing the campaign in January and February with the aim to launch the
campaign March 4th and to make decisions on grants in April.

Let us know if you have questions, concerns, or ideas!

Wishing you a warm end to 2014 meanwhile and looking forward to connecting
with you in the New Year.

Cheers,
Siko and Alex

[1] http://www.knightfoundation.org/opencontests/
[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire_Grants_%E2%80%93_Gender_gap_campaign


On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 5:39 PM, Siko Bouterse sboute...@wikimedia.org
wrote:

 First day back from vacation, I'm drafting response as we speak, just
 haven't sanity-checked enough to hit send yet :) Will soon!

 On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 5:35 PM, Risker risker...@gmail.com wrote:

 BumpingI do not see any response on this mailing list from the
 Grantmaking team, and I can't actually find very much about this entire
 plan on the Grants portal at Meta (which may say more about the grants
 portal than about the dissemination of the plant).

 However, since this is something that has the potential to affect a lot of
 Wikimedians (individuals, chapters, and other affiliated groups)...as well
 as women (apparently)... it would be really nice to see what is going on.
 Some people have mentioned that they received an email.  Perhaps it could
 be forwarded to this mailing list?

 Risker/Anne

 On 3 January 2015 at 13:35, Lila Tretikov l...@wikimedia.org wrote:

  For everyone here: I've asked our Grantmaking team to comment and
 clarify
  the details of this plan.
 
  On Sat, Jan 3, 2015 at 9:32 AM, Lodewijk lodew...@effeietsanders.org
  wrote:
 
   Answering to Teemu and Chris:
  
   I do think that the for Wiki Loves Monuments and Wiki Loves Art it is
  safe
   to claim that if we organize it the way we would always do, it would
  still
   tip the gender balance in our community a little more to the female
 side.
   However, I disagree that this should be a main consideration, because
 I
   think that would be true for so many outreach projects. Focusing on
 that
   would be a pity and a distraction imho. Also, for most participants we
   don't know the gender, and we don't want to know the gender (because
  asking
   for it alone can scare people away) - except for a sample of them, who
   happen to answer the survey afterwards. All data on that is quite
 shaky.
  
   If necessary, I could easily make a case why WLM is a wonderful
 gendergap
   project - the point is that I don't want volunteers to waste their
 time
  on
   making such cases, but rather let them be innovative, come up with new
   ideas instead of rebranding existing ideas on something like the
  gendergap.
   My problems are more fundamental than 'I can't get money for my
 specific
   project'.
  
   So Chris: yes, these people do a lot for reducing the gender gap in
 our
   projects. Also, Wikimedia organizers tend to hop between projects -
 their
   next might be more focused on a topic that is popular with women, if
  their
   current idea isn't yet. Drawing them into a topic in a positive way
 (what
   we do is cool! Join us!) tends to be more successful than telling them
  they
   are not allowed to do other stuff (we won't fund you at all unless
 you do
   this specific theme).
  
   Prioritisation sounds great, but that only works that way if you have
 one
   clearly defined pool of resources, that you can actually control.
 What do
   you think is the major bottle neck in organizing activities in the
   Wikimedia movement? In my experience, that is not money, or even WMF
  staff
   capacity (even though it is a limiting factor sometimes), but the
 primary
   bottle neck is volunteer organizers (or editors). And volunteer time
 is
  not
   a resource you can easily 'control'. If you want to influence it, the
  most
   effective way is by persuading the volunteers why another angle is
 more
   interesting, more fun, more effective.
  
   Best,
   Lodewijk
  
  
  
   On Sat, Jan 3, 2015 at 6:11 PM, Chris Keating 
  chriskeatingw...@gmail.com
   wrote:
  
Like Bence, I would be interested to see how this kind of
 experiment in
   WMF
grantmaking works out. And also like him I would be a little
 surprised
  if
something like this is implemented with no notice period.
   
A couple of responses to Lodewijk's post

[Wikimedia-l] Upcoming help sessions for drafting Individual Engagement Grant proposals

2014-09-18 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi all,
As we announced earlier this month[1], September is the month to apply for
an Individual Engagement Grant[2]. The deadline to submit a proposal is
September 30.

To help you turn your ideas and projects into successful proposals, we’re
hosting a few IdeaLab Proposal Clinics in Hangouts and IRC this month.[3]
The first one took place on September 16. Newcomers had a chance to talk to
current and past grantees, as well as WMF Grantmaking staff, to workshop
ideas and strengthen their proposals.

If you have an idea you would like to submit, but feel unsure about how to
draft or finalize your proposal, join a session! There are three events
left before the deadline:

* IRC office hours in #wikimedia-office - Sept 23, 1600 UTC (Tuesday)
* Hangout - Sept 25, 1700 UTC (Thursday) [4]
* Hangout - Sept 28, 1700 UTC (Sunday) [5]

Join us next week to discuss your ideas, and bring any questions you have
about IEG!

Cheers,
Siko

[1]
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2014-September/074239.html
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Events#Upcoming_events
[4]IdeaLab Clinic II. Join via Hangout:
https://plus.google.com/events/cvk8hivoih04ifc6pp3sl0se6s8?hl
[5] IdeaLab Clinic III. Join via Hangout:
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open call for Individual Engagement Grant proposals

2014-09-09 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi Nasir,
We've heard this from one other user, but have been unable to reproduce the
bug so far. I'm going to connect you to the team so we can trouble-shoot
off-list. Thanks for testing!
Siko




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 Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 23:06:31 +0600
 From: Nasir Khan nasir8...@gmail.com
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 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open call for Individual Engagement Grant
 proposals
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 Dear Siko,

 Create a new idea button is not working in the
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Ideas page and Try a new
 tool to create your proposal button in the
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG page.

 I faced this form the Firefox and Chrome browser in Windows 8. is it only
 me who is facing this issue?



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 On Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 11:26 PM, Siko Bouterse sboute...@wikimedia.org
 wrote:

  Greetings! The Wikimedia Foundation Individual Engagement Grants program
 is
  accepting proposals for funding new experiments from September 1st to
 30th.
  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG
 
  Your idea can improve Wikimedia projects by building a new tool or
 gadget,
  organizing a better process on your wiki, conducting research on an
  important issue, or providing other support for community-building.
 Whether
  you need $200 or $30,000 USD, Individual Engagement Grants can cover your
  own project development time in addition to funding for a team to help
 you.
  The program has a flexible schedule and reporting structure, and
  Grantmaking staff are there to support you through all stages of the
  process.
 
  Do you have have a good idea, but you are worried that it isn't developed
  enough for a grant?  Put it into the IdeaLab, where volunteers and staff
  can give you advice and guidance on how to bring it to life. 
  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab  Also, IEG will be
 hosting
  three Hangout Sessions for real-time discussions to help you make your
  proposal better - the first will happen on September 16th. 
  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Events#Upcoming_events
 
  For inspiration, you can read more about past projects 
  https://blog.wikimedia.org/tag/individual-engagement-grants/ that
  received
  funding or review open proposals 
  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG#ieg-reviewing. We are
 excited
  to see some of the new ways your grant ideas can support our community
 and
  make an impact on the future of Wikimedia projects.
 
  Submit your proposal in September! 
  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG#ieg-apply
 
  Warm regards,
  Siko
 
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[Wikimedia-l] Open call for Individual Engagement Grant proposals

2014-09-02 Thread Siko Bouterse
Greetings! The Wikimedia Foundation Individual Engagement Grants program is
accepting proposals for funding new experiments from September 1st to 30th.
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG

Your idea can improve Wikimedia projects by building a new tool or gadget,
organizing a better process on your wiki, conducting research on an
important issue, or providing other support for community-building. Whether
you need $200 or $30,000 USD, Individual Engagement Grants can cover your
own project development time in addition to funding for a team to help you.
The program has a flexible schedule and reporting structure, and
Grantmaking staff are there to support you through all stages of the
process.

Do you have have a good idea, but you are worried that it isn’t developed
enough for a grant?  Put it into the IdeaLab, where volunteers and staff
can give you advice and guidance on how to bring it to life. 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab  Also, IEG will be hosting
three Hangout Sessions for real-time discussions to help you make your
proposal better - the first will happen on September 16th. 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Events#Upcoming_events

For inspiration, you can read more about past projects 
https://blog.wikimedia.org/tag/individual-engagement-grants/ that received
funding or review open proposals 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG#ieg-reviewing. We are excited
to see some of the new ways your grant ideas can support our community and
make an impact on the future of Wikimedia projects.

Submit your proposal in September! 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG#ieg-apply

Warm regards,
Siko

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Need help with your IEGrant proposal? Join a Hangout today

2014-03-19 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi all,
A follow-up reminder that we're hosting another Individual Engagement
Grants proposal clinic Hangout tomorrow.

What: WMF grantmaking staff and IEG committee members will spend an hour
answering specific questions about IEGrant proposals, helping people create
their proposals, etc.  If you'd like to get or give advice about grant
proposals for this program in real time, please join us!

When: Wednesday 19 March 2014, 1700 UTC

Where: https://plus.google.com/events/cml60dffci2vpk7trq3sfsnho9s

We're hosting one additional session next week before the March 31 proposal
deadline for IEGrants, and are also happy to make ourselves available to
answer proposers' questions via other channels upon request, so please
don't hesitate to reach out:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Events#Upcoming_events
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG#ieg-contact

Warm regards,
Siko


On Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 1:41 PM, Siko Bouterse sboute...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 Hi all,
 Just a reminder that we're hosting the first of 4 Individual Engagement
 Grants proposal clinic Hangouts today, and it will begin a few hours from
 now.

 What: WMF grantmaking staff and IEG committee members will spend an hour
 answering specific questions about IEGrant proposals, helping people create
 their proposals, etc.  If you'd like to get or give advice about grant
 proposals for this program in real time, please join us!

 When: Friday, 7 March 2014, 0100 UTC (Note: This is still Thursday in many
 time zones)

 Where: https://plus.google.com/events/chbmi5iegel2kru9irbgveinoqk

 We're hosting 3 more of these before the March 31 proposal deadline for
 IEGrants, on different days and times to accommodate various timezones, so
 if today doesn't work well for you please consider joining in one of the
 coming weeks:
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Events#Upcoming_events

 And, as always, we're happy to take questions via the usual wiki-channels
 anytime - these sessions are just an experiment in providing some extra
 fast help, with voice :)

 Hope to see you there,
 Siko

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG

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[Wikimedia-l] Need help with your IEGrant proposal? Join a Hangout today

2014-03-06 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi all,
Just a reminder that we're hosting the first of 4 Individual Engagement
Grants proposal clinic Hangouts today, and it will begin a few hours from
now.

What: WMF grantmaking staff and IEG committee members will spend an hour
answering specific questions about IEGrant proposals, helping people create
their proposals, etc.  If you'd like to get or give advice about grant
proposals for this program in real time, please join us!

When: Friday, 7 March 2014, 0100 UTC (Note: This is still Thursday in many
time zones)

Where: https://plus.google.com/events/chbmi5iegel2kru9irbgveinoqk

We're hosting 3 more of these before the March 31 proposal deadline for
IEGrants, on different days and times to accommodate various timezones, so
if today doesn't work well for you please consider joining in one of the
coming weeks:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Events#Upcoming_events

And, as always, we're happy to take questions via the usual wiki-channels
anytime - these sessions are just an experiment in providing some extra
fast help, with voice :)

Hope to see you there,
Siko

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG

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[Wikimedia-l] Call for Individual Engagement Grant proposals and committee members

2014-02-28 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi all,

The Wikimedia Foundation and the Individual Engagement Grants Committee
invite you to submit and review proposals for community-led experiments to
improve Wikimedia!

Individual Engagement Grants support individuals and small teams to
organize projects for 6 months. You can get funding to turn your idea for
improving Wikimedia projects into action, with a grant for online community
organizing, outreach and partnerships, tool-building, or research. Funding
is available for a few hundred dollars up to $30,000.

Proposals for this round are due 31 March 2014:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG

We're also seeking new committee members to help review and recommend
proposals for funding. Candidates are invited to sign up by 9 March 2014:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Committee

Some examples of projects we've funded in the past:

*Organizing social media for Chinese Wikipedia ($350 for materials)[1]

*Improving gadgets for Visual Editor ($4500 for developers)[2]

*Coordinating free access to reliable sources for Wikipedians ($7500 for
project management, consultants and materials)[3]

*Building community and strategy for Wikisource (EURO 1 for organizing and
travel)[4]

You can read more on the WMF blog:

https://blog.wikimedia.org/tag/individual-engagement-grants/

Hope to have your participation in this round!

Best wishes,

Siko


[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Build_an_effective_method_of_publicity_in_PRChina

[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Visual_editor-_gadgets_compatibility

[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/The_Wikipedia_Library
[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Elaborate_Wikisource_strategic_vision

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2014-02-28 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi all,

The Wikimedia Foundation and the Individual Engagement Grants Committee
invite you to submit and review proposals for community-led experiments to
improve Wikimedia!

Individual Engagement Grants support individuals and small teams to
organize projects for 6 months. You can get funding to turn your idea for
improving Wikimedia projects into action, with a grant for online community
organizing, outreach and partnerships, tool-building, or research. Funding
is available for a few hundred dollars up to $30,000.

Proposals for this round are due 31 March 2014:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG

We're also seeking new committee members to help review and recommend
proposals for funding. Candidates are invited to sign up by 9 March 2014:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Committee

Some examples of projects we've funded in the past:

*Organizing social media for Chinese Wikipedia ($350 for materials)[1]

*Improving gadgets for Visual Editor ($4500 for developers)[2]

*Coordinating free access to reliable sources for Wikipedians ($7500 for
project management, consultants and materials)[3]

*Building community and strategy for Wikisource (EURO 1 for organizing and
travel)[4]

You can read more on the WMF blog:

https://blog.wikimedia.org/tag/individual-engagement-grants/

Hope to have your participation in this round!

Best wishes,

Siko


[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Build_an_effective_method_of_publicity_in_PRChina

[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Visual_editor-_gadgets_compatibility

[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/The_Wikipedia_Library
[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Elaborate_Wikisource_strategic_vision

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[Wikimedia-l] Reimagining Travel and Participation Support grants

2013-12-11 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi all,
We've published an analysis of the Travel and Participation Support
Program.[1]

This program is a partnership between WMF, Wikimedia Deutschland, and
Wikimedia Switzerland to fund travel for Wikimedians to attend
non-Wikimedia events.[2]  After 2 years of operation, we wanted to learn
what's working and what's not.

Some key findings from the report include:

Opportunities:

*Travel funding provides opportunities to deeply connect participants to
the movement and each other.
*Participation Support demonstrates an opportunity to reach a range of new
Wikimedia grantees, including women and participants in the Global South.

Recommendations:

*The volume of requests and grants made in this program must be increased
in order to fully realize its potential; the scale of use is too small with
the current scope and setup.
*Program pages should be redesigned for ease-of-use and if possible with a
bit of joy.
*Publicizing the program should be a priority; blogs, social media, and
on-wiki promotional campaigns to spread awareness of the program could help
boost the number of requests.
*Simpler application methods should be investigated in order to keep the
process open to a range of applicants.
*Scope expansion for the program should be considered, particularly to
include Wikimedia events.

We hope to use the data in this report as a starting point to reimagine
if/how we can better support Wikimedians to travel and participate in
events.  Please have a look at the findings and share your thoughts and
ideas on the talk page:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Participation_talk:Support/Analysis

Warm regards,
Siko

1. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Participation:Support/Analysis
2. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Participation:Support

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[Wikimedia-l] Open call for Individual Engagement Grant proposals and committee members

2013-08-01 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi all,

The Wikimedia Foundation and the Individual Engagement Grants Committee
invite you to submit proposals for grants of up to $30,000 to support
6-month projects that improve the Wikimedia community. These grants fund
individuals or small teams to organize, build, create, research or
facilitate something that enhances the work of Wikimedia’s volunteers.

The deadline to submit a proposal for this round is 30 September 2013:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG

We’re also seeking new committee members to help review and recommend
proposals for funding. The round 2 committee will be finalized 31 August
2013:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Committee


You can read more about what the previous round of grantees have been
working on here:

https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/08/01/ieg-learnings-call-new-proposals/

Hope to have your participation!

Best wishes,
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[Wikimedia-l] Open call for new ideas in the Grants:IdeaLab

2013-07-11 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi all,
We've updated the Grants:IdeaLab to make it easier to find and share ideas
for projects to improve Wikimedia, and connect with potential
collaborators.  Please come have a look and share your ideas!

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab

Some of the ideas being collaboratively developed in the Lab may be turned
into Individual Engagement Grant proposals (IEG Round 2 open call starts
Aug 1).

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[Wikimedia-l] Announcing Round 1 Individual Engagement Grantees

2013-03-29 Thread Siko Bouterse
 Selector
extension for MediaWiki makes the use of this script online
increasingly possible. Because Benny’s project will rely on the
availability of this extension on all Javanese Wikimedia projects, the
start of this grant depends on the WMF Internationalization team’s
completing its scheduled deployment in coming months. We would also
like to see more discussion and input from other members of the
Javanese community demonstrating the potential of this project, and
will be working with Benny to figure out how to support those
conversations while we await the deploy.

The new grantees will begin work on their projects in the coming weeks
and they’ll be sharing progress and learnings with us all along the
way. Please visit their pages on Meta-Wiki for complete project
information and updates.[1]

Thanks to everyone who participated in this round!  We look forward to
seeing even more of your ideas and input in preparation for round 2,
which begins on August 1st.[14]

Warm regards,
Siko Bouterse, on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation and the IEG committee

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG#ieg-engaging
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG#ieg-learn
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Committee/Workroom/Review/All
[4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Committee#ieg-members
[5] 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Committee/Workroom/Review#review-rubric
[6] 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Build_an_effective_method_of_publicity_in_PRChina
[7] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Replay_Edits
[8] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/The_Wikipedia_Library
[9] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/The_Wikipedia_Adventure
[10] 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Consolidate_wikiArS_to_involve_art_schools
[11] 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Elaborate_Wikisource_strategic_vision
[12] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/MediaWiki_data_browser
[13] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/MediaWiki_and_Javanese_script
[14] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab

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[Wikimedia-l] Introducing Ellie Young as Conference Coordinator

2013-03-27 Thread Siko Bouterse
Pardon the cross-posting from WMF staff list - I expect this role will be
of interest to many here too.  Welcome, Ellie!

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Date: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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To: Staff All wmf...@lists.wikimedia.org


Hi all,

Please join me in welcoming Ellie Young, who is taking on the role of
Conference Coordinator as an annual contract with WMF.[1]

As you may know, WMF's support for Wikimania in recent years has been
spread across a variety of staff members who have other core
responsibilities.  With this new contract, we're creating a single point of
contact to act as liaison between WMF and the Wikimania organizing team, to
ensure that we're able to provide the host team with focused support where
help from WMF is needed.

Ellie brings with her a lot of experience in event planning for open
culture communities.  She worked as Executive Director of USENIX
Association for over 20 years, where she and her team supported several
international conferences hosted by volunteers each year.[2]  She also
currently serves on The Ada Initiative's Board of Advisors and has been an
activist for the democratization of educational materials most of her life.

Fun things we’ve learned about Ellie:  Both sets of her grandparents helped
build the Panama Canal, and each generation since has had a pilot or two
doing transits of the ships. She has been to every country in Latin America
and the Caribbean except Brasil. You can often catch her hiking in the SF
East Bay Hills with her adorable mini-poodle, Jack.

As Conference Coordinator, Ellie will be facilitating and supporting the
work of the Wikimania host team and making sure there is good continuity
and knowledge-transfer as the conference moves to new hosts year-over-year.
 She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be sometimes working
from the SF office (sitting on the 3rd floor near HR). Ellie would like to
hear from you on all things Wikimania, so please do stop by or email her
anytime!

Huge thanks to all staff and volunteers who helped us craft this role and
interview candidates.

Welcome, Ellie!

[1] http://hire.jobvite.com/Jobvite/Job.aspx?j=o1k2Wfw3c=qSa9VfwQ
[2] https://www.usenix.org

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[Wikimedia-l] IEGrants Committee

2013-02-13 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi all,
I'm happy to announce selection of the first members of the Individual
Engagement Grants Committee, who will be serving through February
2014.  This committee will review proposals for IEGrants and make
recommendations for funding to WMF.

Committee members:

Ansumang
Bobrayner
Doc James
Gryllida
Harold Hidalgo
Ilario
Isaac Kosgei
MikyM
Netha Hussain
Ocaasi
Pine
Raystorm
Steven Zhang
Thehelpfulone
Tomo suzuki
Wittylama
WWB
Whym

More information about the committee:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Committee

Introductions from committee members:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab#idealab-introducing

Congratulations to the new members, and many thanks to everyone who
participated!


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[Wikimedia-l] New grants program for individuals

2013-01-15 Thread Siko Bouterse
*Hi all,
I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new grantmaking program at the
Wikimedia Foundation: Individual Engagement Grants. These grants will
support Wikimedians as individuals or small teams to complete projects that
benefit the Wikimedia movement, lead to online impact, and serve the
mission, community, and strategic priorities.  This new program is intended
to complement WMF’s other grantmaking programs as well as the grants that
chapters and affiliate organizations provide.

The first round of proposals will be accepted from now until 15 February
2013.  We’re also seeking committee members to help select the first round
of grantees.  Please help spread the word to other lists!

To get involved, share your thoughts, submit a proposal, or join the
committee:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG

For more information on all of WMF’s grantmaking programs:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Start

Best wishes,*
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcing the Individual Engagement Grants program

2013-01-15 Thread Siko Bouterse
*Hi all,
I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new grantmaking program at the
Wikimedia Foundation: Individual Engagement Grants. These grants will
support Wikimedians as individuals or small teams to complete projects that
benefit the Wikimedia movement, lead to online impact, and serve the
mission, community, and strategic priorities.  This new program is intended
to complement WMF’s other grantmaking programs as well as the grants that
chapters and affiliate organizations provide.

The first round of proposals will be accepted from now until 15 February
2013.  We’re also seeking committee members to help select the first round
of grantees.  Please help spread the word to other lists!

To get involved, share your thoughts, submit a proposal, or join the
committee:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG

For more information on all of WMF’s grantmaking programs:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Start

Best wishes,*
Siko

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF grants for individuals

2012-12-17 Thread Siko Bouterse
On Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 11:42 PM,
sgard...@wikimedia.orgwikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org
 wrote:


  Anasuya will be responsible for running all grantmaking processes (for
  both individuals and entities) and for helping movement entities, like
  chapters and thematic organizations, to develop and mature. Reporting
  to Anasuya will be Asaf Bartov, Jessie Wild, Oona Castro and Siko
  Bouterse, as well as a Senior Program Officer for the FDC (a new
  position that will be filled within the next month or so).
  * The Senior Program Officer will be responsible for facilitating the
  FDC process, which recommends funding allocations for the largest and
  wealthiest Wikimedia organizations such as Wikimedia Germany and
  Wikimedia France.
  * Asaf continues to be responsible for the Wikimedia Grants Program,
  supporting younger, smaller Wikimedia organizations like Wikimedia
  Venezuela and Wikimedia Mexico, and for finding non-Wikimedia
  organizations that we can fund to carry out good programmatic
  activities in developing countries, particularly where there are no
  chapters.
  * Jessie will be responsible for evaluation and learning for all our
  grantmaking --- both helping us internally optimize our processes, and
  helping us and the grant recipients assess organizations? development
  (for Anasuya) and the impact of the programs funded by movement
  dollars (for Frank).
  * Oona will continue to run the Brazil program. Consistent with the
  Narrowing Focus plan, she is actively seeking a partner to continue
  the work in Brazil within a grants structure similar to the one we
  recently negotiated with CIS in India.
  * Siko is taking over responsibility from Asaf for all funding for
  individuals. This will make it possible for us to grow our individual
  grant-making, and it will also free up Asaf to do more small
  organization development. Siko will also be responsible for
  documentation and analysis of all grants except the ones funded by the
  FDC. It?s important for us to grow grantmaking to individuals because
  individuals create 99% of the value in the projects. They do it with
  practically no funding, but in some cases a little money will be able
  to make something great happen.


Hi all,
As Sue mentioned, we're looking at growing WMF's grant-making to
individuals.  This allows us to accomplish the goals of narrowing focus (on
WMF's capacity as grant-makers, in this case), while finding new ways to
support projects led by individual community members. Some more specifics
are on meta:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Individual_Engagement_Grants
Please share your thoughts on-wiki if possible.
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] September Fellowship News

2012-10-01 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi all,

The August edition of the Fellowship News is now available on meta-wiki:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fellowship_News

Project highlights in this issue include:

Dispute Resolution Project - Steven Zhang compiled results of the August
trial at the Dispute Resolution Noticeboard, and a Request for Comment on
an easier way to file dispute resolution requests is underway.

WikiWomen's Collaborative Project - Sarah Stierch and volunteer WikiWomen
around the world launched the WikiWomen's Collaborative, a social media
initiative connecting women who currently edit or aspire to edit Wikipedia.

Help Pages Redesign Project - Peter Coombe completed a redesign of English
Wikipedia's main help page and usability tests are being run to compare
users' experiences with it. Results will be compiled and a redesign
proposal will be brought to the community for discussion.

Small Wiki Editor Engagement Project - Tanvir Rahman launched the new help
page system on Bangla Wikipedia with pages that teach editors about new
article creation and other popular editing activities. Metrics are still
being collected but it appears article creation has already nearly doubled.

Teahouse Project - The Teahouse team refined automated invites and finished
improvements that surface hosting activity. The Teahouse pages are going
through a redesign to simplify the space for new editors, and we're looking
at creating a new volunteer maitre d role.

Come read all about it in this issue of the Fellowship News!

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] July Fellowship News

2012-08-01 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi all,
The July edition of the Fellowship News is now available:

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fellowship_News

Topics covered include all current fellowship projects:
*Fellowship Program updates
*Dispute Resolution
*Gender Gap
*Help Page Redesign
*Small-Wiki Editor Engagement
*Teahouse
*Translations

Come learn what we've been up to this month!
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcing the Fellowship News

2012-07-07 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi all,
I am pleased to announce that the first monthly edition of the Fellowship
News is now available on Meta-Wiki!

Come learn what the Wikimedia Fellows have been working on in June:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fellowship_News

Projects covered in this edition include:
*Dispute Resolution
*Gender Gap
*Help Pages Redesign
*Small Wiki Editor Engagement
*Teahouse
*Translations

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcing 2 Community Fellows

2012-05-17 Thread Siko Bouterse
It is my great pleasure to introduce two new Community Fellows in the
Wikimedia Fellows Program: Tanvir Rahman and Steven Zhang.

Tanvir Rahman is a Wikimedian who serves the movement locally and
globally, both on- and off-wiki. Tanvir has been an active editor of
Bengali Wikipedia since 2009, he holds administrator rights on
multiple projects and he was elected a steward in 2011. He also
volunteers on the Small Wiki Monitoring Team, the Countervandalism
Network, as an OTRS agent, and is a translator for translatewiki.
Tanvir helped found Wikimedia Bangladesh and organizes local outreach
activities to raise awareness for Wikimedia and bring new editors to
the projects.

In his fellowship project, Tanvir will be experimenting with on-wiki
strategies to encourage and grow the editing community on small
language versions of Wikipedia, with specific focus on the Bengali
Wikipedia. Smaller projects have different needs and challenges than
the large language communities and may require different approaches to
engage with editors. By focusing on a community like Bengali
Wikipedia, which has about 50 active editors per month and sees 10 new
editors per month, Tanvir hopes to learn more about the basic editing
infrastructure needed to encourage new editors in new or small-scale
projects.

Steven Zhang is a Wikipedian with a passion for resolving on-wiki
disputes and helping others do the same. He has been contributing to
the English Wikipedia since 2008 and has been particularly active in
dispute resolution forums, including the Wikipedia Mediation Cabal.
Steven is studying a Certificate IV in Mediation at Open Colleges, and
over the past year he has made it his mission as a volunteer to
recruit more editors to join dispute resolution efforts. In 2011, he
helped create the dispute resolution notice board, an entry point for
mediating disputes on the English Wikipedia. Steven has noted that
there aren’t enough active participants to resolve all of the disputes
that arise on Wikipedia each day, and he believes that dispute
resolution processes could be streamlined to make them more accessible
and efficient to all editors who need them.

For his fellowship project, Steven will be analyzing community
feedback and dispute resolution activity in order to build a deeper
understanding of what is effective and what needs improvement in the
current systems. He will also be developing a guide for new editors
who want to get involved in resolving on-wiki disputes.

Steven and Tanvir will be documenting their work on-wiki and on the
Foundation blog. You can learn more about their projects and how to
get involved by visiting:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Fellowships/Fellows

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcing Community Fellow Peter Coombe

2012-04-12 Thread Siko Bouterse
It is my pleasure to introduce our newest Wikimedia Community Fellow of
2012, Peter Coombe. As a fellow, Pete will be working with the community to
improve help documentation on English Wikipedia. He’ll be leading a 6 month
effort and taking a data-driven approach to reorganize and rewrite key help
pages in order to make them more usable for new and experienced editors
alike.

Pete comes to the fellowships program with an impressive resume. He’s been
editing English Wikipedia as The
wubhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:The_wubsince 2005, he’s an
admin with over 75,000 global edits, and an active
member of Wikimedia UK. Pete volunteered on the Social Media Team in the
2010 Fundraiser, and worked as a Production Coordinator in 2011. He’s got a
B.A. and M.Sci. with honors in Natural Sciences from the University of
Cambridge, and much experience breaking down complex topics into clear
written information. He’s participated twice in a program at Cambridge to
create online teaching and learning modules on advanced materials science
and engineering topics. He’s also worked at The Helpful Book Company,
publishing books that teach senior citizens how to use computers.

Pete’s talent for making the complex seem simple, combined with his
experience A/B testing in the fundraiser and 7 years editing Wikipedia,
make him a great fit for his fellowship project. To follow his work or get
involved in the redesign project, please visit his project
pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Help_pages_redesign_project.
More info about Pete and his project are also on the WMF
bloghttp://blog.wikimedia.org/2012/04/12/help-is-on-the-way-announcing-community-fellow-peter-coombe/.
Welcome, Pete!
-- 
Siko Bouterse
Head of Community Fellowships
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

sboute...@wikimedia.org
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