Dear all,

Thank you for your engagement and input. It’s been great seeing so much
attention on movement strategy and collaborative efforts for building our
future. Here are a couple of follow up responses and clarifications.

As pointed out in my previous email, the documents we recently shared are
recommendation drafts. They are not final, and not complete, but working
documents that are currently being refined by the working groups. Some
answers still read like stubs that are longing for further development,
others are very detailed and will become more focused over the next few
weeks. We still decided to publish everything at once, to give everyone a
full picture of the variety of topics and offer an insight into multiple
progress levels.

I would also like to reiterate that movement values, priorities and
community conversation processes are high on our radar. A recommendation to
change the existing license model, for example, will not just go through a
quick approval process, but lead to a deeper exploration into the reasoning
behind it: What problems are we trying to tackle, and what could be ways to
mitigate them? Such recommendation would then rather suggest to look into
different measures to ensure indigenous knowledge is included in the
Wikimedia ecosystem, deploy research and further consultation, instead of
rushing to a quick fix.

The working groups are taking input that they gathered at Wikimania and via
different movement channels and incorporating it into the next iteration of
their recommendations. These documents will then serve as a basis for
harmonization across working groups.

The input that we are gathering comes in on different levels. Some of it
targets structural level changes or emphasizes specific principles or
values, while other feedback is more on the programmatic side or already
addressing implementation. Structural input will continue to be  considered
in forthcoming iterations of the recommendations. Programmatic input will
be documented and taken forward to inform the implementation.

We wanted to get the English drafts out as soon as possible and the
translations on a rolling basis, so that Wikimania participants could read
and prepare to engage in person. Over the next few weeks, we will do
targeted, public outreach to online project communities in multiple
languages. We are soliciting feedback to shape the overall direction of the
recommendations through mid-September. Working Groups are already working
on identifying gaps and overlaps with other groups to prepare for

At the harmonization sprint in Tunis on 20-22 September, we will bring 3
representatives from each Working Group together to work to develop a more
coherent set of recommendations. The group will be supported by
facilitators and external advice, as well as the core team. We have also
invited María Sefidari, Katherine Maher, Ryan Merkley, Valerie D’Costa
(Wikimedia Foundation) and Abraham Taherivand (Wikimedia Deutschland) to
the sprint. They contribute expertise and experience from their work and
leadership in the movement and beyond. They will be active listeners and
can challenge recommendations by pointing out risks and consequences on the
organizational and movement level. They also participate as the
representatives of organizations that may be impacted by the
recommendations. Involving them early is important so they can anticipate
any possible changes for their staff and programs, and plan for

Our aim is to release recommendations in November 2019, and present them to
the Board of Trustees for approval in December. We will need the legal
authority of the board for some of the recommendations, while others will
then be further delegated to other community mechanisms and structures for
approval or further consultation.[1] There will be additional public
consultation activities around implementation that will be discussed and
owned across the movement.

We have chosen the working group model to ensure that the process that
embarks to make significant changes to our movement structures is owned by
the community. Members of the nine working group were selected by a
steering committee and the groups were established in July 2019.[2] Group
members come from different parts of the movement, e.g. from different
regions and languages, from individual contributors and organized groups,
and with different volunteer and staff roles, incl. Wikimedia Foundation
staff and board.

The groups are doing an amazing job. With many of them being volunteers, or
doing this work on top of their regular jobs, creating the draft
recommendations is a huge achievement. They first needed to form, storm and
norm as a group and figure out how to best work together across time zones,
languages, and contexts. They then took a deep dive into the substance and
identified the scope of their work and the specific questions to tackle for
us as a movement to advance in our strategic direction. The development of
recommendations has started in spring this year, and – aside from many
online calls, asynchronous work and scarce in-person meetings – included
incorporating community conversations and external expertise. It is only to
the hard work of these groups that we finally have something tangible in
front of us that we can all react to and help further improve to build our
future together.

Please join us in thanking, celebrating and supporting them, rather than
rushing to conclusions or arguing  over details. Please contribute in good
faith, and in a constructive way.

Let me know if you have further questions.

Best wishes,


On Wed, 21 Aug 2019 at 13:13, Yaroslav Blanter <> wrote:

> And this is the core problem of the whole process (which has been pointed
> out by multiple people from the very beginning)
> Cheers
> Yaroslav
> On Wed, Aug 21, 2019 at 12:27 PM Jeff Hawke <>
> wrote:
> > Andy
> >
> > On Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 7:41 PM Andy Mabbett <>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > On Mon, 19 Aug 2019 at 09:55, Jeff Hawke <>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > > the WG then collate them and decide the final form of the
> > > > recommendations, to be implemented by the WMF
> > >
> > > This seems to be missing a rather crucial intermediate step; the one
> > > where the recommendations are accepted, or not, by the wider Wikimedia
> > > community.
> > >
> >
> >  That step is not mentioned at
> >
> >
> > ?
> >
> > Jeff
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