2023:Program/Governance/MGKTKU-Bridging the gap

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Title: Bridging the gap


Johan Jönsson

Manager, Product Ambassadors, Wikimedia Foundation. (Volunteer: Swedish Wikipedian since 2004. Admin, checkuser, photographer. Occasionally active outside of Swedish Wikipedia and Commons. Writes about Wikipedia, trying to explain what we do to the general public.)

Chris Koerner

Senior Movement Communications Specialist, Wikimedia Foundation. I help keep Diff, our community news and event blog, humming along.

Pretalx link

Etherpad link

Room: Room 311

Start time: Thu, 17 Aug 2023 15:30:00 +0800

End time: Thu, 17 Aug 2023 16:00:00 +0800

Type: No (pretalx) session type id specified

Track: Governance

Submission state: confirmed

Duration: 30 minutes

Do not record: false

Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

This panel will discuss all the relationship between the Wikimedia Foundation and the Wikimedia communities: why we sometimes don’t agree, what we could do about it, and what work is happening behind the scenes at the Wikimedia Foundation.

Description[edit source]

The Wikimedia Foundation and some of the Wikimedia communities, or part of the Wikimedia communities, sometimes find themselves in opposition to each other. The common goal is the same, but how we see getting there differs. This panel of 3–4 persons will discuss the reasons for this gap and the shared understanding or lack of shared understanding. Why do we end up here? Do we perceive what is happening differently? A good number of Wikimedia Foundation staff have been active in the community longer than they have been part of the Foundation; how does this affect their ability to work with everyone involved?

The focus will be on the work behind the scenes at the Wikimedia Foundation trying to bridge that gap – an open, honest conversation.

Further details[edit source]

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

It’s central to how we can collaborate. A functional relationship between the Wikimedia Foundation and the various Wikimedia communities is key to how we move forward, and avoid spending our energy disagreeing on how to do so.

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