Hi Katherine,

Thanks for sharing this update.

I have two general questions, not directed at anyone in particular, but
perhaps you or someone from the strategy leadership could comment.

1. The five themes articulate grand visions, but I wonder how realistic it
is that progress toward these visions could be provided with the necessary

For example, there have been many initiatives on growing communities over
the years, and it's unclear to me if any of these initiatives have led to
significant and sustained increases in content contributors (who are human

Changing focus to financial resources, I think that there is significant
room for improvement in the design and speed of our interfaces but
financial resources for design, engineering, and research paid staff have
been insufficient to close the gap between Wikipedia and other online
destinations such as Facebook and Google. My impression is that Wikipedia
is 10 to 15 years behind Facebook and Google in terms of our ease of use.

My question is, how could we dramatically expand our human and financial
resources so that we could have a realistic hope of achieving the goals
articulated in the strategy themes?

2. It seems to me that the Wikimedia universe has always had some tension
between priorities, such as privacy and transparency. I see similar tension
in these themes between the goal of having "projects flourish from the
healthy community we cultivate together" and the goal of "upholding our
standards for verifiable, neutral and comprehensive knowledge." The
verifiability and neutrality of content are frequently in dispute, and it
seems likely to me that this will always be the case. I am wondering how we
reconcile our goals of verifiable and neutral information, supporting the
value of freedom of expression, and cultivating healthy communities. I've
struggled with these questions myself and I don't think that there are
definitive answers, but perhaps someone involved in the strategy process
could talk about how to address situations where strategy goals are in
tension with each other.

Thank you,


On Fri, May 12, 2017 at 1:25 PM, Katherine Maher <kma...@wikimedia.org>

> Hi all,
> *Summary: Cycle 2 discussions have started on Meta-Wiki and a wiki near
> you![1]*
> The core team and working groups have completed reviewing the more than
> 1800 thematic statements we received from the first discussion. They have
> identified 5 themes that were consistent across all the conversations -
> each with their own set of sub-themes.[1] To be clear, these are not the
> final themes! They are just an initial working draft of the core concepts.
> There are more conversations yet to come.
> Starting this week, you are invited to join the online and offline
> discussions taking place on these 5 themes. This round of discussions will
> take place between now and June 12th.[2] You can discuss as many as you
> like; we ask you to participate in the ones that are most (or least)
> important to you.
> For each theme, we are asking five questions. These questions are intended
> to help us understand the impact of these potential themes and the
> tradeoffs we will have to make. To succeed in any strategic venture, we
> must not only declare what we will do, but also what we will not! If you
> have research and other citable data related to your opinions, please
> include them! Finally, we ask that you participate in an honest and
> respectful manner.
> Each theme has a page on Meta-WIki with more information about the theme
> and how to participate in that theme's discussion. Here are the five major
> themes, and their brief descriptions:
> *== Healthy, inclusive communities == [3]*
> By 2030, the Wikimedia volunteer culture will be fun, rewarding, and
> inclusive for both existing contributors and newcomers. We will welcome new
> volunteers to our movement and mentor them to ensure that they have a great
> experience and continue to engage in the projects. People from every
> background will feel included in an ecosystem of unique groups and
> organizations that deepen connections with each other. As a result, our
> movement will grow both in size and in character, as our projects flourish
> from the healthy community we cultivate together.
> *== The augmented age == [4]*
> By 2030, the Wikimedia movement will collaborate with learning machines to
> help our volunteers be much more creative and productive. We will use
> prediction and design to make knowledge easy to access and easy to use with
> novel, humanized, intelligent interfaces. Volunteers will collaborate with
> machine translators to deepen the quality and quantity of content in more
> languages – at a heightened pace and scale. We will curate knowledge in
> structured and interactive formats that enhance and reflect the way people
> learn and contribute — beyond the browser, the app, and the encyclopedic
> format. We will embrace technological innovation as the most viable path
> toward meeting our vision.
> *== A truly global movement == [5]*
> The Wikimedia movement will turn our attention to the places in the world
> that were underserved during the first 15 years of our history. We will
> build awareness of Wikimedia and make it more useful to people. We will
> overcome barriers to accessing knowledge, so more people can freely share
> in the Wikimedia projects. We will support communities in underserved parts
> of the world and make space for new forms of contribution and citations
> that meet global knowledge traditions. By 2030, we will be a truly global
> movement.
> *== The most respected source of knowledge == [6]*
> By 2030, Wikimedia projects will be regarded as the most trusted,
> high-quality, neutral, and relevant source of free knowledge in the world.
> We will uphold the accuracy and verifiability of our content by integrating
> high-quality secondary sources and supporting the existence of reliable
> sources in society. We will improve public understanding of the processes
> that make Wikimedia reliable, and we will invite experts to join us and
> share their knowledge. We will surface the most relevant information to
> people when and where they need it. We will expand the depth of knowledge
> available, while upholding our standards for verifiable, neutral and
> comprehensive knowledge.
> *== Engaging in the knowledge ecosystem == [7]*
> By 2030, the Wikimedia Movement will have dramatically improved the
> quality, diversity, and global availability of free knowledge by working
> with diverse institutions and organizations that collaborate toward free
> knowledge for all. Wikimedia content, technology, and communities will be
> embedded in formal and informal learning throughout the world, in
> partnership with the world’s leading institutions in education, the arts,
> entertainment, civil society, government, science, and technology. Through
> strategic partnerships across our movement, we will build a diverse new
> generation of knowledge providers and seekers who will build and care for a
> growing body of freely accessible knowledge. We will make Wikimedia an
> integral part of a global knowledge ecosystem.
> On the movement strategy portal on Meta-Wiki, you can find more
> information about each of these themes, their discussions, and how to
> participate.[2]
> We also have efforts underway to collect feedback from people who are not
> currently involved with Wikimedia - and may not even have internet access.
> We will be summarizing how we’re collecting this information, and the
>  perspectives themselves, and sharing them on Meta-Wiki as they become
> available.[2]
> One more thing - hopefully you are already aware that we are in the final
> days of the community selection process for the Wikimedia Foundation's
> Board of Trustees![8]
> If you are eligible to vote and have not already done so, please consider
> doing so before voting ends at 23:59 (UTC) on Sunday, 14 May 2017. You can
> find out more information about the candidates and how to vote on
> Meta-WIki: https://meta.wikimedia.org/?curid=10240438. Thank you!
> مع أطيب التحيات (Arabic translation: “Best regards”)
> Katherine
> PS. A version of this message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki.[9]
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> movement/2017/Cycle_2
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> movement/2017/Participate
> [3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> movement/2017/Cycle_2/Healthy,_Inclusive_Communities
> [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> movement/2017/Cycle_2/The_Augmented_Age
> [5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> movement/2017/Cycle_2/A_Truly_Global_Movement
> [6] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> movement/2017/Cycle_2/The_Most_Respected_Source_of_Knowledge
> [7] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> movement/2017/Cycle_2/Engaging_in_the_Knowledge_Ecosystem
> [8] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
> elections/2017/Board_of_Trustees
> [9]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> movement/2017/Updates/12_May_2017_-_Update_16_on_Wikimedia_
> movement_strategy_process
> --
> Katherine Maher
> Wikimedia Foundation
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