A somewhat shorter email this week:
*First, thank you!*
Thanks to everyone who commented on the prototypes from the Community
Process Steering Committee. As a reminder, these are draft proposals for
*how* we structure the upcoming strategy discussion. The goal is to be
inclusive of our whole movement, and give participants many ways to
participate, on- and off-wiki.
Prior to starting this work, we heard from many people that they wanted to
be involved in designing the process, not just the strategy itself. This is
that opportunity! Please make sure to comment if you are interested in
sharing your ideas. We welcome everyone’s input and hope to hear from many
more of you.
*Summary of this past week*
Track A (Organized community groups) and Track B (Individual contributors).
- We posted the second version of process prototypes for Track A & Track
B on Meta, incorporating suggestions from the Steering Committee. Main
- Adding more support, including a designated Track A lead
- Adding a Beta rollout to the Track A design (20 February−1 March)
for groups to test and give feedback on the toolkit
- Expanding the timeframe for the first round of discussion.
- We have begun building a facilitator toolkit and context for group
discussions, based on input from the Community Process Steering Committee.
- We are discussing how to reach more people, more effectively. Our goal
is to inform as many members of the movement about upcoming strategy as
possible, so community members are aware of the ways they can participate.
We’re working to identify how to do this.
- We have requested the Community Process Steering Committee extend
their engagement period by two weeks, to provide additional input on the
toolkit and discussions framing.
- The Community Engagement department is reviewing candidates for the
Language Specialist Strategy Coordinators. We have many strong candidates,
but have some gaps. Please help us find candidates  for:
- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Vietnamese, Malayalam
Track C (High reach markets) and Track D (Low reach markets)
- We discussed potential Track C leads and scheduled time with extended
strategy group to better define Track C.
- Juliet Barbara, Toby Negrin, and Caitlin Virtue from the Foundation
will help lead Track D. We’ll share more information soon about how you can
participate in its development and implementation. More information will be
posted on Meta-Wiki.
- The C and D working groups began reaching out to experts and advisors
for insights on opportunities for the movement.
- The working groups are developing methods for identifying like-minded
organizations and experts in knowledge to engage in upcoming Track C and D
- Finalize the process for Tracks A & B, incorporating your input.
- Finalize the plan for each Track's first phase of movement-wide
discussions - including selection of topics and questions to help
facilitate effective discussions.
- Finish initial version of facilitator toolkit for group beta testing.
- Propose initial framing for discussions for review by the Community
Process Steering Committee
- Confirm all track leads and groups, related responsibilities, and
- Propose objectives for Wikimedia Conference 2017 in Berlin and begin
designing the strategy track with conference facilitators.
- Build to launch strategy, notifying as many community members as
In the spirit of informing more people, we will send a brief, monthly
update message tomorrow to a wide variety of community lists and forums.
Alright, that’s it! But before I go, please check out the prototype designs
on Meta-Wiki, and leave comments. This is your opportunity!
PS. A version of this message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki.
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