Hoi,
I very much appreciate the format ... This program has shown its quality
over the years and is unafraid to ask what matters most. It is why people
will work together well. It is because it is about their agenda and the
agenda holds the items they care for.

Wonderful !
Thanks,
      GerardM

On 20 October 2015 at 11:24, Nicole Ebber <nicole.eb...@wikimedia.de> wrote:

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