Hey,

Just a reminder. We are starting in 10 mins. Do join in!

Thanks
Nitika

On 29-Mar-2012, at 8:54 AM, Hisham wrote:

> Hi Folks
> 
> Reminder about the IRC later today (9pm IST on March 29th.)  Join in using 
> this link: http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=#wikimedia-office.
> 
> As I had indicated earlier, what we will do going forward is to publish an 
> opening statement - which is below.  We'd like to have a rich discussion 
> around these topics for 45 minutes and then throw it open for 15 minutes for 
> any other topics that anyone wants to discuss.
> 
> There have been more than 22 outreach sesssions (English + some Indic 
> languages) across India over the past 2 1/2 months.   We have been working on 
> constantly every component of outreach.  
> 
> * Pre-session work - building supporting material (documents, presentations, 
> handouts etc), evaluating different ways of conducting an effective outreach, 
> using different ways to reach out to organisations with the proposal to 
> conduct a session etc.
> 
> * Session work - adopting different techniques of doing  outreach, how do we 
> get participants more involved during the session, how to filter out the 
> folks so that we do the editing session only with the  genuinely interested 
> participants, how to balance between practical and theoretical aspects of 
> training, how much information to give out in one session etc.
> 
> * Post-session work - how do we provide editing support to the participants, 
> how do we collect their contact information, how do we keep in touch with 
> them on regular basis, how do we invite them to join other Wiki projects, how 
> do we track their edit count - soon after the session, after 1 and 3 months 
> of conducting the session etc.
> 
> We'd like to discuss these.  In the IRC, the following will be covered:
> 
> * Indic Outreach: How can we do more outreach session in Indic langauges in 
> particular? / Can regional communities work to translate supporting material? 
> / How do we provide more support to different language communities to conduct 
> these sessions? 
> 
> * More Outreach:  If we are doing 7 outreach session in one month right now 
> is there a way of us doing 10 every month? / Can we find more community 
> members who will be willing to conduct these session? / For community members 
> who are interested to conduct outreach sessions but think they lack 
> confidence - is there a way we can help them? 
> 
> * Better Outreach: Can we find some volunteers who will be willing to "adopt" 
> these newbies and give them support? . 
> 
> I'd strongly encourage all those folks who have been actively involved in 
> conducting these sessions over the past 2 months to join this IRC. It will be 
> great if you could share your first hand experience with the wider community 
> on what worked, what didn't, what we could have done better etc.  I 
> especially do want to ask Indic Wikimedians to join because we desperately 
> need more outreach sessions in Indic languages.
> 
> We will also briefly address the early stages of the communications work - 
> which are the storytelling and Wikipatrika support that was announced 
> yesterday.  Given it's early days on communications, I'd prefer this IRC stay 
> largely focussed on outreach since there is so much to work through there.
> 
> See you all there!
> 
> Apologies for sending this note this morning and not last night as I had 
> promised.  
> 
> 
> hisham
> 
> p.s. There is a (tiny) possibility that I might be slightly late but you'll 
> all be in Nitika's safe hands.  I shall try and my level best to be on time.
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