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2023:Program/Let's Connect/C8NUGA-Let's Connect x LDWG Learning Clinics: Communication skills for collaborative leadership

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Title: Let's Connect x LDWG Learning Clinics: Communication skills for collaborative leadership


Jan-Bart de Vreede

I am the chair of Wikimedia Nederland and involved in several projects which foster cooperation within the movement such as Wikimedia Europe and the great Capacity Exchange project (both can be found on meta). I am also the co-host of the quarterly Wikimedia Europe and Friends meetings (together with the excellent Alice Wiegand and Philip Kopetzky). In a previous life I was a member/chair of the Wikimedia Board of Trustees.


The program creates an open and safe learning space for any Wikimedian that is part of an organized group to share and/or learn different skills ( organizational / interpersonal / grant related / learning & evaluation …) with other peers to add value and contribute collectively to the community. The purpose is to develop skills further, share knowledge and promote human connections and mutual support between different groups and communities in alignment with the Movement Strategy.

Leadership Development Working Group

The Leadership Development Working Group (LDWG) is a global, community-driven working group responding to the Movement Strategy recommendation “Invest in Skills and Leadership Development.” View our work and members on our Meta-wiki page: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Leadership_Development_Working_Group/Working_Group.

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.

Chinmayee Mishra

Pretalx link

Etherpad link

Room: Room 324

Start time: Wed, 16 Aug 2023 11:15:00 +0800

End time: Wed, 16 Aug 2023 13:15:00 +0800

Type: No (pretalx) session type id specified

Track: No (pretalx) track id specified

Submission state: confirmed

Duration: 120 minutes

Do not record: false

Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

What is this Learning Clinic for? Be introduced to skills that foster communication and empathy needed for collaborative leadership and manage potential conflicts. Learning outcomes: Participants will become more aware of the importance of good communication skills that can support collaborative leadership and mitigate conflict or transform it in a positive way.

Description[edit source]


The workshops would be based on these learning methods: Hands-on exercises for people to learn some basic skills with a practical application Learning from peer examples. We will be bringing in community experiences that can be useful for learning and the interactive exercises we will hold.

Audience: Maximum 35 community members that are part of organised groups (ie. affiliates or groups of organisers). It would be great to have a mixture of organisers from emerging formal and non-formal groups, as well as those of larger more experienced affiliates.

These workshops will be done in collaboration between the Let's Connect working group (led by community members and supported by the Wikimedia Foundation https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Knowledge_Sharing/Connect/Team) and also with the support of the Community Development team at the Foundation and the Leadership Development Working Group: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Leadership_Development_Working_Group).

Further details[edit source]

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

Diversity: Let's Connect is based on the principle that we all have knowledge and skills to share, no matter how much experience in the Movement or the size of the group/affiliate. In this workshop series, we will work with community sharers that are diverse and that are often not showcased in skills-sharing spaces, particularly in regions that today are underrepresented in many Movement spaces. The topics in themselves also touch upon issues of diversity. For instance, differentiated approaches are needed to effectively bring in newcomers from underrepresented groups and discuss concepts of leadership and the skills involved in building these forms of leadership that are closely tied to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Collaboration: Let's Connect is based on the notion of peer learning and sharing as a form of human interaction, and collaboration. It is the essence of the program and was born out of Movement Strategy discussions around this need. The learning methods it promotes on a daily basis through multiple Learning Clinics, 1:1 connections, and our skills directory are based on the values of collaboration.

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?

  • 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