Great breakdown B. I for one hope to spend some time tomorrow or friday sounding out some institutions to see if they want to host a "backstage pass" event. I'll report on progress. Of course, as you say, it is one thing for WM-au to say "this is what we shall do" and quite another for people to actually do it. So, the role of WM-au it, as you rightly put it, to support those people who have the motivation to drive things on.
-Liam On 11/19/08, Brianna Laugher <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > Hi, > > I have been thinking about how we will plan and map our activities. I > can see basically four strands for activities: > 1. Outreach > 2. (WMF project) content focussed > 3. Community-strengthening > 4. Support/admin tasks > > 1: Outreach > Primarily aimed at increasing the awareness of people outside our own > community of the Wikimedia projects and free culture concepts. These > activities can be targetted at specific audiences (eg educators) or > the general public. > Could be public events (Wikipedia Academy, talks, publications) or > private (talking to particular groups at their request). Lobbying > activities might fit under here too. > > 2: Content focussed activities > Primarily aimed at improving and expanding content of one or more > Wikimedia projects (or MediaWiki development). > Could be online only (eg "Australian Collaboration of the Fortnight" > on enwp, although this is not a WMAU activity), or in real life events > such as Wikisource scan parties, attending events to write about for > Wikinews, photography events for Wikimedia Commons, booksprints for > Wikibooks. > Could also include partnering with appropriate groups to push their > content into Wikimedia. > > 3: Community strengthening > Primarily aimed at increasing goodwill and sense of community among > Australian Wikimedians. > eg. Meetups. Lots of content focussed activities can also have a > community-strengthening component (just by working together). > > 4: Support/admin. > Keeping up with legal and WMF requirements, responding to members and > potential members, press, merch, fundraising, legal (hopefully not > :)), producing publications. > Obviously some of these also cross over, eg press and fundraising can > also be outreach. > > > The good thing about content-focussed and community-strengthening > events is that they can (and IMO probably should) be mainly driven > just by one or a few people's enthusiasm. WMAU can assist where events > need to intersect with "the real world" (eg organising a venue, > possibly advertising). > So I guess our role there is to try to encourage and empower people to > organise such events, in a bottom-up fashion. As well as reach out to > institutions where appropriate. > > I would also like to see us set up a small grants scheme, for members > to get reimbursement for concrete Wikimedia-beneficial activities, eg > printing brochures for a stall, travel costs for speakers. > For this I think we can basically copy the approach of Linux Australia > <http://linux.org.au/projects/grants/> although probably revise down > their $ limits. I imagine this would get looked at after the AGM. > > So I guess I see a lot of our tasks for the next few months being > support/admin tasks, setting up things like accepting donations, > ?organising merch, getting all the basic kinds of documents we need > written. > > There are heaps and heaps of great ideas already at > <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Australia/Activities> and I > am sure there are more out there in people's heads. My question is, > how can we know where we should begin? > > My personal preference is for activities where members are willing to > contribute time/effort to make them happen. :) > > cheers > Brianna > > > > -- > They've just been waiting in a mountain for the right moment: > http://modernthings.org/ > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaau-l mailing list > Wikimediaaufirstname.lastname@example.org > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaau-l > -- Email - [EMAIL PROTECTED] Phone - +61 (0)434 056 914 Skype - Wittylama Wikipedia - [[User:Witty lama]]
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