Submissions/The Brazil Catalyst Program: learnings, challenges and opportunities for the Wikimedia Movement

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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. 1077
Title of the submission
The Brazil Catalyst Program: learnings, challenges and opportunities for the Wikimedia Movement
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
presentation (followed by discussion)
Author of the submission
Oona Castro
E-mail address
Ocastro (for the program initiative), and Oona in the Portuguese Wikipedia as personal/editing account
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Ação Educativa (Wikimedia Foundation's grantee in Brazil)
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

The Brazil Catalyst Program started back in 2011/2012 as a WMF initiative in order to foster wikimedia projects' growth in the Global South. Narrowing focus implied moving the program into a movement partner's initiative, supported by WMF through its Grants Program. By the time of Wikimania, we'll have 2,5 years complete (considering the first period, in WMF), and we'd like to share achievements, learnings, challenges and opportunities of such program in Brazil. What are we aiming at? The path hasn't been easy and many challenges emerged. Among the main topics, we intend to roughly approach, during 20 minutes, leaving 10 minutes for debate:

  • Very short history of our program;
  • Metrics for the Portuguese projects;
  • How was the process of approaching possible partners and choosing one;
  • Conflicts emerge: finding and sharing a common agenda (movement partner, WMF, wikimedians, usergroup);
  • Can we reach an agreement?
  • Importance of involvement of Wikimedia organized communities and challenges regarding that;
  • Limitations on what we can really do for projects and communities;
  • Current challenges and how we have been facing them;
  • Main achievements so far;
  • How can we improve our work?

We hope bringing those elements to the table will help the Wikimedia movement reflect on how local partnerships can help our movement to grow, having in mind the challenges and conflicts that emerge throughout the process. We also want to get community feedback on it. We hope we can discuss how to improve our work and find room for a very honest debate on costs and benefits brought by this experimental model, which not only brings challenges, but also opportunities for the culture and growth of our movement.

  • 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?
probably, yes.
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