Hi all,

Please have a look at the timeline for the Wikimedia Conference
2016[1], which already incorporates the feedback from last year: This
year, we will work closer with the participants when we create the
programme. In the registration, we will ask for concrete needs for
capacity building support, and possible contributions to the
programme. This is why the registration process will start earlier
than in the years before.

We are now in the process of finalising the grant proposal and publish
it by the end of the week. Of course, we have calculated with a higher
number of User Groups than this year. In the proposal, we will give
more details on the the program design process.

To ensure an impact oriented conference, we need different formats and
target group specific sessions. We have identified four cornerstones
that complete the program:

* One overarching movement theme. WMCON brings together movement
stakeholders to discuss the future of the movement. We have to make
the most of the this unique opportunity where this group of affiliate
and WMF representatives is gathering in one place and have them work,
think, talk, listen, and learn together. For inspiration, we will also
consider to invite external key note speakers.
* Capacity building. The culture of shared learning is slowly
increasing among movement entities. We are getting better at learning
from each other’s mistakes and successes, but there is a lot of room
for improvement. Working and learning sessions will be built according
to the participants needs; speakers will come from within and outside
of the movement.
* Facilitated social activities. Only a safe space in a creative,
trustful atmosphere will enable a good, effective working environment
that includes newbies and old hands alike. We will create more moments
of sharing, of social exchange and provide guidance for side events
and evening sessions.
* Wildcard and must-have topics. Since the agenda design process
starts early, we will leave some space in the schedule for urgent
movement issues that might come up in the time between January and

Further information will follow in the next weeks. We are looking
forward to your contributions.

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2016

On 20 October 2015 at 02:18, Kacie Harold <khar...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hi Pine,
> I recall that several representatives at the User Group meetup at the WMCON
> last spring noted that they would like to see more sessions that focused on
> the needs of smaller affiliates, and I am glad that you brought it up.  It
> would be great to start a list of the kinds of session topics or training
> that smaller affiliates would like to see, as well as ways in which the WMF
> can provide the attention or support you felt was lacking in previous years.
> Cheers,
> Kacie
> On Sun, Oct 18, 2015 at 3:00 AM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> It's nice to see the recent momentum in the formation of user groups. Can
>> Affcom shed some light on what may be causing the burst of announced
>> formations?
>> Relatedly, I'm wondering if the number of UGs is now so high that the
>> budget and/or programmatic capacity of WMCON will be a bit stretched to
>> accomodate all of the UGs in addition to the larger affiliates. I was
>> thinking that it would be good to have a track at WMCON devoted to small
>> affiliates, but now I'm starting to wonder if there are so many of us, with
>> interests and concerns hopefully now more visible on WMF's radar due to our
>> increased numbers, that it would make sense to have separate conferences for
>> the large and small affiliates so that undivided attention from WMF can be
>> given more evenly to both size classes of affiliates for the duration of a
>> conference. Any thoughts about those options, from Affcom, WMF, WMDE, or
>> others?
>> Pine
> --
> ----
> Kacie Harold
> Interim Program Officer - Project and Event Grants
> Wikimedia Foundation

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