Wiki- ... who? Brands, Titles and Representation in policy matters
Recently, at the first Wikimedia Workshop on Public Policy (W2P2) in Madrid, it was discussed how public policy people in the movement handle titles, denominations, brands and so on when it comes to political communication. It seems notorious that people and organisations outside the Wikiverse misunderstand who can speak for whom within the Wikimedia movement, or sometimes even actively disregard that if that suits their needs. This also relates to the suggested re-branding of the Wikimedia Foundation to the “Wikipedia Foundation” (with branding implications also for the other organisations and structures in the movement).
In this session we want to continue the Madrid discussion and as some tough questions like: Is there a separate Wikimedia Movement, distinct from the communities of Wikipedia, Commons and the other projects? And if so, where’s the dividing line and what are the connections? And what does it all mean for our communication in public policy matters?
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This session will address the conference theme — Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals — in the following manner:
Represenation and ways of communication are basic dimensions of advocacy / public policy work. Thus, this session does not directly relate to specific UN SDGs, but indirectly to at least all those mentioned on the Space's info page (4, 5, 8 -10, 16, and 17) and to Wikimedian work in general.
At the end of the session, the following will have been achieved:
- The discussion that started in Madrid will have been advanced and broadened
- … also including voices that are usually not so involved in advocacy / public policy work
- Possibly an overview of different approaches to representation and usage of denominations can be generated for everybody to use in their various settings and projects.
Video on Commons
- John Weitzmann
- Lilli Iliev (WMDE)
- John Weitzmann (WMDE)
- Lilli Iliev (WMDE)
Affiliation/country (if any)[edit | edit source]
- Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. (German Chapter)
Each Space at Wikimania 2019 will have specific format requests. The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a:
- Workshop to identify and try to solve problems
The session will work best with these conditions:
medium-sized room with u-shaped or round-table seating
up to 25 probably; should have a general idea of doing public policy work as Wikimedia(n), about the re-branding ideas at WMF and also about WM communities and their structures
should be feasible, although workshop part might be tricky; publication under CC BY 4.0 or later is possible as long as participants are fine with that