The Sustainable Development Goals correspond well to Wikimedia's vision and our role as a global movement with a unique resource. The Wikimedia volunteers, the affiliates, the Wikimedia Foundation and the projects themselves arguably have an important role to play to achieve the goals. By inviting the SDGs as a thematic framework for Wikimania 2019, we hope to give food for thought and discuss how the Wikimedia movement can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Wikimedia is a part of something larger, a global movement, and we develop our projects not for profit but rather to contribute to a greater good. Presenting our work within the framework of the Global Goals will increase understanding of what effects our work have had since we started and will have in the future.
As with the SDG’s, the current Movement Strategy is lasting until 2030. The Wikimedia Movement Strategy process has put focus on free knowledge as a service and on knowledge equity. This is an opportunity to stop and think about how we can achieve our strategic goals and move in the identified direction long term. We continuously need to discuss how the choices we make at the local level have a global impact, and vice versa.
We need to have awareness of and consider how technical trends bring both benefits and drawbacks to the Wikimedia projects. As more people in the world come online and digital content is growing, we must discuss those who are not visible and are excluded from engaging in the sum of all knowledge.
Our hope is that this theme can help Wikimedians across the world consider the long-term impact and what the future has in store for us as a movement. Wikimania is an opportunity to bring people with different perspectives together and contribute with a range of knowledge and skills to identify the challenges that lie ahead and come up with solutions to help us solve those challenges.
We hope to achieve a conference format which calls for participants to share the high level impact of their activities, instead of highlighting past or completed projects. We believe that this theme will help get us there.