[Wikimedia-l] WMF Medium Term Plan: We welcome your comments! 5-20 April

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[Wikimedia-l] WMF Medium Term Plan: We welcome your comments! 5-20 April

Katherine Maher
Hi everyone,

I'm pleased to announce the first draft of the Wikimedia Foundation’s
[1] We intentionally designed a process that will enable the Foundation’s
medium-term plan and Movement Strategy to work together. You can find more
information about the Foundation’s planning process
and how it connects to the Wikimedia 2030 movement strategy process. [2]

*Your feedback*
Between now and 20 April, we are requesting comments and questions from all
parts of the community. We are looking for feedback on whether the outcomes
we hope to achieve are appropriate given the strategic direction of
Wikimedia 2030. We want to know: are these the right “big things” to
accomplish in the next 3-5 years? We would also like feedback on whether
our overall metrics are appropriate and aspirational enough given our
ambitious vision. Are we setting the right targets for how we will measure
our progress?

Please leave all comments and questions on the talk page of the Medium-Term
Plan’s Meta page[3]:

*Next steps*
After we receive comments and feedback on the draft plan, we will make a
final round of updates before publishing it again on Meta-Wiki at the end
of May. In subsequent years, we intend to update the plan on an annual
basis to adapt to new information, changes in our environment, and the
things we learn along the way.

The Wikimedia Foundation has spent the last several months creating a
medium-term plan that will support the Wikimedia 2030 strategic
direction.[4] This plan represents the work the Foundation will do within
the global movement so Wikimedia becomes the essential infrastructure of
the ecosystem of free knowledge. Through this process, we are integrating
the strategic direction pillars of Knowledge Equity[5] and Knowledge as a
Service[6] into our programmatic goals to better align our work to the
larger movement. The Foundation is also working on identifying some of the
structural changes that might be necessary to support our programmatic
work, and will do so in dialogue with the movement strategy process.

*Foundation medium-term goals*
The Wikimedia Foundation will focus on two medium-term goals to support the
strategic direction:

*Grow participation globally, focusing on emerging markets. *We will expand
the use of Wikimedia sites, projects, and products, across the globe, with
a focus on increasing engagements in low-awareness or low-use geographies
and languages, in order to bring the number and diversity of our users in
line with rates of overall internet usage.

*Modernize our product experience. *We will make contributor and reader
experiences useful and joyful; moving from viewing Wikipedia as solely a
website, to viewing the Wikimedia ecosystem as a collection of knowledge,
information, and insights with infinite possible product experiences and

*Thank you!*

We hope that you all will provide your insight and thoughts to help the
Foundation build this plan and continue to make progress toward our
strategic direction!


4. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20

Katherine Maher (she/her)

Executive Director

Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
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