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2023:Program/Education/7RKRBB-Seniors write Wikipedia - how to keep them engaged in the long term run?

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Title: Seniors write Wikipedia - how to keep them engaged in the long term run?


Lucie Schubert

Education Programs and Programs for Community Manager in Wikimedia Czech Republic. Freelance trainer, facilitator & coach in field of (non-formal) education & sustainability.

Jan Beránek

Programs for Editors Coordinator & trainer in Wikimedia Czech Republic.

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Room: Room 326

Start time: Sat, 19 Aug 2023 14:55:00 +0800

End time: Sat, 19 Aug 2023 15:15:00 +0800

Type: Lecture

Track: Education

Submission state: confirmed

Duration: 20 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description

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Wikimedia Czech Republic started the Senior Writing Wikipedia programme in 2014. While the core principles remain the same, over the years we have introduced a number of additional features and innovations to keep seniors engaged in the community for the long term. How do we make the magic happen?


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What are the founding elements of the Seniors Write Wikipedia programme? How do we involve seniors in all the programmes in Wikimedia Czech Republic? What are the results of the programme? How comes, we are still in love with the programme?

Session objectives: To get familiar with how the programme works in the Czech Republic. Be inspired to experiment with this target group in your own reality. Understand how such programmes and projects support the 2030 Wikimedia movement strategy in multiple and effective way.

Keywords: #Education #Lifelong learning #Inclusion & diversity #Filling gaps on Wikipedia

Further details

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Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

The programme Seniors write Wikipedia is THE programme where we actively and long-term contribute to diversity a) of the community b) of the content at Wikimedia projects.

We run this programme in essential collaboration with other partners and stakeholders - with libraries, with trainers, lecturers and volunteers from the community. We are actively sharing the knowhow and the triggers we found on the way.

Future - the future is now. If we don’t work on the future today, there will be no future. If we don’t engage the nowadays seniors, they might be gone in few years and we will miss their unique life experience at Wikipedia. The future is often about learning from past. We learn with them, they keep learning new skills with us up to their late years. The programme is definately helping to fulfil the movement strategy.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Everyone can participate in this session

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Tick Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand