Diversity Conference #DivCon

The international Wikimedia Diversity Conference 2013 organised by Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. tool place this weekend – 9th/10th November 2013 – in a great location – GLS Campus – in Prenzlauer Berg quarter in Berlin. You can follow the Tweets with the hashtag: #DivCon.

The Diversity Conference was dedicated to promoting diversity in the Wikipedia community. The two key goals were:

  • Establish a sustainable dialogue with collaborators in Wikimedia Chapters, the Wikimedia Foundation and the international communities to frame the issue of diversity in the context of Wikimedia.
  • Connect, multiply and create successful initiatives for increasing gender and other types of diversity in Wikimedia.

I was honoured to open the conference with the first presentation in which I focused on the findings from our German diversity project called “Wikipedia Diversity”.

You can find my slides on SlideShare:

and the notes taken by participants in Etherpad: https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/openinnovation

Also me and the great activist Netha Hussain from India, have organised a workshop on designing diversity. It turned out to be a great, collaborative session in which all participants presented their current diversity-promoting activities, identified current problems and underrepresented groups and worked together on possible solutions. We took a broad look at diversity, encompassing not only gender issues, but also geo-diversity, language-diversity as well as occupational and educational diversity as sub-dimensions of the socio-demographic diversity of Wikipedians.

You can view the etherpad notes on this one here: https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/design-diversity

It was a great event with many dedicated and like-minded people who want to contribute to change and promote diversity. It was great to be part of the event and get inspired by the many great diversity-enhancing activities from around the globe.

I am really looking forward to new projects and collaborations in 2014!!!

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