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Submissions/Volunteer engagement in the Wikimedia movement

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2015.

Submission no.
Title of the submission
Volunteer engagement in the Wikimedia movement
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Panel discussion
Author of the submission
Winifred Olliff (WMF staff) can organize the panel, but panelists will be volunteers and staff from Wikimedia chapters, user groups, and other programs and organizations.
E-mail address
Wolliff (WMF)
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Foundation
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
WikiCulture is a volunteer culture. Wikipedia, the Wikimedia movement, and all of the Wikimedia projects, are built by a highly motivated group of volunteers from around the world. Volunteer engagement is a strategy that looks at how volunteers work together with organizers to achieve common goals. This is a proposal for a panel discussion around volunteer engagement in the Wikimedia movement, that will include people organizing volunteers in different parts of the world to do both online and offline work for the Wikimedia movement and projects.
From my work with project leaders, Wikimedia chapters, Wikimedia user groups, and other organizers, I know this is something that many people in the Wikimedia movement are thinking a lot about right now, and I want to take advantage of that momentum by exploring some ideas about what volunteer engagement means in different contexts.
The panel could explore some questions like:
  • What does "volunteer" mean in a Wikimedia context?
  • How do Wikimedians work as volunteers both offline, and online? Are their pathways between online engagement and offline engagement?
  • What motivates volunteers to do different kinds of work for the movement? What motivates them to do different kinds of work over time?
  • As organizers, how can we help volunteers do their work and stay motivated? What tools do volunteers and organizers need to do their work better?
  • As organizers, how do we find and engage the right volunteers to move our work forward?
WikiCulture & Community
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
Coming soon.
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  7. --Muriel Staub (WMCH) (talk) 18:29, 23 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  8. --Claudia.Garad (talk) 13:36, 24 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]
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  10. --Jcornelius (talk) 21:08, 27 Februamry 2015 (UTC)
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