Liam, that is true, originally I submitted an idea because of the specific
topic of the campaign, which later on evolved into a more generic project
which could potentially address other kind of issues. BUT, without the
original hook, perhaps I would have never submitted anything.

I hope the inspire campaign doesn't mean that it is the only way to do
things. I wish to see chapters playing a role in the grantmaking process,
assisting specially with internationalitation which seems a long standing
issue.

Cheers,
Micru

On Fri, May 1, 2015 at 11:35 PM, Liam Wyatt <liamwy...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Congratulations on bringing to the surface these 16 project ideas!
> I'm looking forward to seeing how these specific projects go, and also to
> seeing if they can become replicable models for future activities and help
> solve the broad gender-gap problem.
>
> When the "inspire campaign" was first announced I was critical - not of the
> importance of the topic - but whether the method of "focusing attention on
> only one topic" was a good idea. By focusing grants on one topic, would
> that be beneficial to that topic or would it simply be detrimental to all
> other topics?
>
> It seems the answer is that SPECIFICALLY INVITING people to apply for
> grants on a specific topic DOES draw out many and various good ideas.
> Without that specific invitation, it is likely that only a proportion of
> these would ever have been submitted, and an even smaller number actually
> funded.
>
> Furthermore, it don't believe any of the grant applications that were
> underway on other topics were delayed or negatively affected because of
> this project.
>
> So, congratulations WMF grants team on trialling an innovative and tricky
> idea. Let's hope the 16 projects prove to be successful!
>
> -Liam / Wittylama
>
>
> wittylama.com
> Peace, love & metadata
>
> On 1 May 2015 at 23:01, Alex Wang <aw...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
> > Hi All,
> >
> > Today we're pleased to announce a new group of grantees working to
> increase
> > gender diversity in Wikimedia projects.
> >
> > In early March, we announced the Inspire campaign
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire>, an initiative
> > led
> > by WMF’s Community Resources team to generate new ideas to address
> > Wikimedia's gender gap. From 266 ideas came 42 grant proposals eligible
> for
> > consideration. After careful review by a committee of volunteer
> Wikimedians
> > and gender-focused experts, 16 projects have been recommended and
> approved
> > for funding.
> >
> > The projects are experimenting with a variety of strategies: organizing
> > events and leveraging professional communities, institutions and
> > partnerships to create quality content, researching gaps in both content
> > and contributors, and testing approaches for training and mentorship to
> > better support gender diversity on-wiki. Overall, we’re particularly
> > pleased to see projects looking at gender in multiple ways as they work
> to
> > improve Wikipedia’s gender diversity across various contexts, and to be
> > supporting some returning grantees as well as many new project leaders
> who
> > identify as women or allies for increasing gender diversity.
> >
> > You can also read more about the campaign and each funded project on the
> > Wikimedia Foundation blog
> > <http://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/05/01/meet-the-inspire-grantees/>.
> >
> > The funded projects are:
> >
> >
> >    - Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity
> >    <
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Wikipedian_in_Residence_for_Gender_Equity
> > >
> >    - Gender gap admin training
> >    <
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Gender-gap_admin_training
> >
> >
> >    - Survey women who don't contribute
> >    <
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Survey_women_who_don%27t_contribute
> > >
> >
> >    - Wikipedia Gender Index
> >    <
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/WIGI:_Wikipedia_Gender_Index
> > >
> >
> >    - Wikipedia Buddy Group
> >    <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Wikipedia_Buddy_Group
> >
> >    - Wiki Edit-a-thon Work Parties
> >    <
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Wiki_Edit-a-thon_Work_Parties
> > >
> >    - More Female Architects on Wikipedia
> >    <
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/More_Female_Architects_on_Wikipedia
> > >
> >
> >    - Linguistics Editathon series: Improving female linguists'
> >    participation and representation on Wikipedia
> >    <
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Linguistics_Editathon_series:_Improving_female_linguists%27_participation_and_representation_on_Wikipedia
> > >
> >    - Wikipedia edit-a-thon for the Aphra Behn Society
> >    <
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Wikipedia_edit-a-thon_for_the_Aphra_Behn_Society
> > >
> >    - Wikineedsgirls
> >    <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Wikineedsgirls>
> >    - Gender in East Asia Wikipedia Editing
> >    <
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Gender_in_East_Asia_Wikipedia_Editing
> > >
> >    - Full Circle Gap Protocol: Addressing the Unknown Unknowns
> >    <
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Full_Circle_Gap_Protocol:_Addressing_the_%E2%80%98Unknown_Unknowns%E2%80%99
> > >
> >    - 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
> > Skype: alexvwang
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