Dear all,

It’s my pleasure to be writing to you about the Movement Strategy. We have come 
together over the past 3 years to develop our Strategic Direction [1] and then 
the recommendations [2] to guide our collaborations and future. So many of you 
contributed to the process — some for only a part, and others throughout the 
entire process. With the recommendations complete, our focus now shifts to 
implementing the recommendations in a collaborative, open, and transparent way. 

To make the transition from the publication of the recommendations to their 
implementation, we need to do some planning. It’s a 10-year strategy, with 
dozens of initiatives, dependencies, and connected goals, to be delivered in a 
more distributed, deliberative, and open collaborative model than ever before. 
We’ll need to work together to define how we prioritize, sequence, resource, 
and support each initiative. 

So much of our work is done online, but a lot of strategic work also happens in 
person. We can’t do that now, and so we’ve had to adapt to engage broadly, and 
in inclusive ways.  To create this plan, movement-wide virtual events will kick 
off in September. We will use the Movement Strategy principles [3] as a guiding 
framework to ensure the planning will be inclusive and empowering for our 
diverse range of communities, without leaving anyone behind.

As a result of the pandemic, we lost the chance to work together in-person on 
the transition to implementation at the Wikimedia Summit in Berlin [4]. Yet we 
gained an opportunity to include a higher number and a more diverse profile of 
participants. Engaging with online contributors, technical developer 
communities, and smaller user groups throughout the process will be a key 

Successful virtual engagements with a high number of diverse participants are 
difficult to do well. Therefore, a Design Group will collaborate to prepare for 
the virtual transition discussions. This group will consist of community 
members reflecting different parts and perspectives of the movement, including 
representatives of regional collaboratives (CEE, ESEAP, Indaba, Iberocoop, 
North America, South Asia, WikiArabia, WikiFranca), the EDs and chairpersons 
groups, and WMF staff.

Anyone who is interested can contribute. Regular summaries of the preparation 
work and design discussions will be published on meta so that anyone interested 
will be able to share insights and help improve the process, even if not part 
of the Design Group itself. 

I look forward to: 
Working with many of you at the virtual transition events.
Ways  to participate and the schedule of events will be determined by the 
Design Group. The current plan is to start the virtual transition discussions 
with the movement in September.
The virtual events is where major discussions will take place on sequencing, 
prioritizing, and resourcing the recommendations across the movement.
Seeing those of you interested participate in the open review of the transition 
The task will be to review the work of the Design Group and share your 
perspective, enriching the thinking to improve the events.
Open review will happen in parallel to the work of the Design Group from the 
end of June to the end of July / beginning of August.
Having nominations from different movement groups and collaboratives (mentioned 
above) for the Design Group.
The task will be to design as a group how the transition process of online 
events will be set up.

Want to know more?
We have put together a placeholder meta page [5] and will keep updating it as 
more information becomes available.
Join office hours with the Movement Strategy core team on Wednesday. June 10 @ 
17:00 UTC (Google Meet <>) [6] or Thursday. 
June 11 @ 08:00 UTC (Google Meet <>) [7] to 
share any comments and ask questions.
Our email channel is always open: 

Ryan Merkley
Chief of Staff, Wikimedia Foundation



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