[Wiki Loves Monuments] Request for input: Wiki Loves-training

Zana Strkovska 777.zana at gmail.com
Fri Nov 7 12:08:43 UTC 2014

Hi Lodewijk,

I signed myself as willing to help, and I wrote a note in "Target group". I
have more idea on how to help, but wanted to see how this initial idea will
be accepted from the others.

Username: Violetova


2014-11-06 23:20 GMT+01:00 Lodewijk <lodewijk at effeietsanders.org>:

> Hi all,
> This is a quite early stage idea, so please don't shout me down for not
> having specifics yet :)
> Looking back at the past few years of Wiki Loves Monuments, Wiki Loves
> Earth and now also Wiki Loves Africa (all built upon the same philosophy
> <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Monuments/Philosophy>),
> it stroke me that there is so much being learned in different countries,
> but that we are not always effectively sharing that among ourselves. Even
> if we share, it doesn't seem that the best practices make it actually to
> the implementation - I think there's room for improvement here, and that
> this could increase the outcomes (in many different ways) and reduce the
> costs (especially in volunteer organizing time).
> In the first year that we organized the competition on a global scale, we
> had a very effective meeting (May 2011
> <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2011/May_Meeting>)
> with a bunch of people from countries that indicated they wanted to
> organize WLM later that year. Although much was to be improved, it helped
> to build an effective network of people helping each other to organize
> effective competitions - sharing skills, tools and inspiration. The
> discussions there were in my opinion a major component in the success of
> the competitions in 2011 and 2012 (in 2012 we also had a shorter meeting in
> Amsterdam).
> At the same time we have seen the many challenges to get together an
> effective international team. While I want to applaud the wonderful work
> done by volunteers nationally and internationally, I had the impression
> that both at Wiki Loves Earth and later at Wiki Loves Monuments, a better
> international coordination could have helped the competition.
> I would like you to ponder a bit with me, and think whether it would be
> useful to organize again a training meeting for a variety of organizers
> around the world, where skills and experiences can be transferred, best
> practices can be shared, the network of organizers internationally can be
> strengthened and the international coordination can be given a push in the
> beginning.
> First of all, please think whether this would be a good idea, and if so
> what should be the goals, realistic outcomes and what kind of organizers
> should be joining definitely. After that, we can draft up the budget, the
> pro's and con's and consider whether this would be a wise investment of our
> time and money. Don't worry just yet if it is realistic to request the
> money etc - that is a separate discussion.
> My initial attitude is positive yet somewhat critical (I know it's going
> to be expensive, but I think if there is enough support, it could be worth
> it) and I very much look forward to your thoughts. Your input would be
> highly valued on this page
> <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2015/Training> on
> Wikimedia Commons.
> Looking forward to your very valuable thoughts,
> Lodewijk
> PS: I am very happy to help organize such a training to help future
> competitions, but please don't think I will join the international team
> again :) Just want to be realistic.
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