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2023:Program/Equity and Community Health/CWB7LR-Kickstarting a Leadership Development Network

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Title: Kickstarting a Leadership Development Network


Nada Alfarra (User:Nada kareem22)

I am a junior doctor. I have managed to finish my degree requirements while volunteering to enrich the digital content for children with the Dadd Initiative in Germany. In the last 7 months, I have dedicated my efforts as a member of the Leadership Development Working Group (LDWG), which focuses on defining leadership in the Wikimedia context, building a leadership development plan, and implementing that plan. June - July 2022, I have also managed to participate in a pilot renowned project to celebrate Arabic Wikipedia Day by facilitating sessions to teach editing basics to newcomers. Being part of the broader movement is a consequence of my work as a Wikipedia editor. I have conducted and co-organized numerous workshops to bridge the gender gap, document the writings of authors, update guidelines, and add missing images to Wikipedia. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nada_Alfarra.jpg [Jan bio ] I am fairly new to the movement and joining the Leadership Development Working Group is my first major contribution outside of editing. I have been organising and facilitating trainings for a couple of German as well as international student organisations, which is how I got in touch with the idea of leadership development. Outside of the movement I am studying Biochemistry and recently launched a blog, definedtaste.com, where I write about my obsession with food science and trivia that Wikipedia is not the right place for.

Jan Lukas Hobrock

Pretalx link

Etherpad link

Room: Room 309

Start time: Fri, 18 Aug 2023 10:00:00 +0800

End time: Fri, 18 Aug 2023 10:30:00 +0800

Type: No (pretalx) session type id specified

Track: Equity, Inclusion, and Community Health

Submission state: confirmed

Duration: 30 minutes

Do not record: false

Presentation language: en

Abstract & description

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In this interactive session, you are invited to discover ideas for implementing leadership development initiatives in your community. The Leadership Development Working Group will share the leadership development plan and host a brainstorming session to identify ways to bring leadership development to life. Part of the LDWG’s vision for this is a Leadership Development Network that we would like to discuss with you. You’ll be the first to join!


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Leadership development is necessary for the health and sustainability of our movement. The Leadership Development Working Group, a global, community-based group of 15 community members, spent the last year responding to Movement Strategy’s Invest in Skills and Leadership Development. We drafted a leadership definition and leadership development plan with the purpose of bringing alignment, awareness, and support to this topic. Now, we would like to share our work with community members and invite you to join us in pursuing leadership development initiatives.

In this workshop, we will present the leadership development plan we’ve drafted and host a brainstorming session to discover avenues for the implementation of this resource. We will use this opportunity to kickstart a “Leadership Development Network” and invite you to be a founding participant of this network. The session objectives include:

  • Encouraging and supporting community members interested in pursuing leadership development initiatives
  • Informing community members about the leadership development work we have been working on over the last year
  • Beginning a network of community leaders interested in developing leadership in themselves and others
  • Paving the way for contextual implementation

This session is for anyone interested in movement leadership development and looking to take action on this topic. For example, you may be a facilitator or trainer wanting to help others develop leadership skills; an affiliate or group leader wanting to continue developing or pass on their knowledge; or a new leader eager to grow their abilities. By “leader,” we refer to individuals and groups across the movement – from affiliates and informal groups to organizers, trainers, and those focused on on-/off-wiki governance.

For more information about our work, please visit our meta-wiki page where we share the leadership definition and monthly updates: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Leadership_Development_Working_Group/Content

Further details

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

Our session’s focus is on leadership development, which is at the core of promoting diversity, collaboration and the future of our movement. With more effective leadership, we imagine a movement that is inclusive and equity-centered, where collaborations are productive and positive, and where our communities are healthy and sustainable.

This session directly relates to the future of Wikimedia by addressing our movement’s 2030 Movement Strategy (recommendation 6: Invest in Skill and LS Development). Our working group is in itself an example of the power of diversity and cross-cultural collaboration. As a group of 15 community members from different regions, roles, and professional backgrounds, we have learned many lessons from our year of working together across time zones, languages, cultures, and communication styles. We hope to share our reflections about this with the participants of this session.

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

Average knowledge about Wikimedia projects or activities

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

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