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Submissions/Sharing nice: Teaching large enterprises how to change knowledge management with open collaboration

After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2015 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this July.

Submission no.
Title of the submission
Sharing nice: Teaching large enterprises how to change knowledge management with open collaboration
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
Chris Koerner Ckoerner
E-mail address
Country of origin
United States of America
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Mercy, Self
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

This proposed session has the goal of sharing the experiences and lessons learned in leveraging an open collaborative platform like MediaWiki inside a hierarchically-organized organization.

An 'anyone can edit' philosophy also removes the need to lead with traditional 'fear' decision making. You remove the need to control the process - a complicated workflow, staunch approval processes, bottlenecks, allow only certain people can edit, hide information from different areas of your organization, etc. These and other improvements become apparent to the culture of an organization.

These changes can empower co-workers and enable new developments at a quicker place and with more participation than other means.

I'll discuss the use of MediaWiki and its inherent philosophy inside of a traditionally top-down and highly bureaucratic industry: health care. I'd like to share my experiences running a wiki along side of 'traditional' enterprise knowledge management tools like SharePoint and traditional CMS systems like Drupal.

The key takeaway is that MediaWiki, and the philosophy it contains, can be used to overcome traditional issues - knowledge in a silo, fiefdoms, and high-friction barriers to contributions - that plague traditional organizations. MediaWiki can provide a powerful platform for organizational change and progress. I hope to encourage other organizations to approach their work in a new way - the wiki way.

I'd also like to touch on the idea of Mediawiki as a project of the Wikimedia movement and how it touches in areas sometimes very far outside of official projects and programs. These insights can lead to improvements in various industries and in the approach Wikimedia takes in developing and supporting third-party uses of MediaWiki and related efforts.

WikiCulture & Community
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
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  1. Mglaser (talk) 17:41, 13 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Daniel Mietchen (talk) 02:02, 15 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Mrjohncummings (talk) 05:23, 16 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  4. I would love to hear more about the organizational side of engaging with Wikimedia as a partner in the health sector. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:22, 19 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]
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