Submissions/A thousand flowers

From Wikimania 2014 • London, United Kingdom

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 2014 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this August.

Submission no. 1007
Title of the submission

A Thousand Flowers

Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)

Presentation followed by discussion

Author of the submission

Rich Farmbrough

E-mail address

Special:EmailUser/Rich Farmbrough


Rich Farmbrough

Country of origin

Mostly UK

Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)


Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

Presentation will consist of approx 20 slides and 2200 - 2500 word transcript which will take about 20-22 minutes to deliver.

While a "good start" has been made to delivering "all the worlds knowledge, to everyone, free", there are existential risks to the mission, which can only be addressed by unleashing the power of the community, both the Wikimedian community and the wider community. The presentation looks at the risks and outlines thirteen measures that can be taken over the coming years to help deliver the ideals of the movement, and more.

Risks: An outline of seven risks to the project with a brief commentary on why some of them are not significant and which one is most critical.

Ways forward: The key technical and community goals we need to meet to mitigate the risks, and a roadmap of when they are likely to become critical.

Community 1: How the community can encourage the changes and growth required. Disenfranchised groups we need to address. How we can become more productive without having to work harder (or even differently). Being kind. What we do (almost) really well, and why we need that last 1%.

Community 2 Subject matter experts – support, references, role. Corporate memory. Expert systems. Evidence lead programs Interface with other bodies permissiveness Moving to the next level Axillary channels and services. Risks of gamification

Technology: Potential of our existing systems. Bottlenecks. How technology has made things harder. When good rules go bad. Enclaves replication. Synchronisation. Example:Graphics and graphs.

Delivery - where we need Foundation help. Role of the chapters and external organisations. Academic support, Legal issues and how to reduce their impact.

Discussion: Who can help? Short term fixes. Other ideas. Issues and queries Potential pitfalls.Downsides. Side benefits. Any other matters arising – discussions to continue during and after Wikimania

  • 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)
Slides will be provided in advance as will transcript. If anyone wants to translate the transcript before Wikimania, please contact me in plenty of time.
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