Task force/Alliances and Partnerships/Weekly Report 01

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Week 1 Activities: starting Monday 16 November

Two main questions:

What kinds of partnerships/alliances are there (and whether this taskforce should deal with them)

  • Academic
    • Researching Wikimedia
    • Using Wikimedia in education
  • Business
    • Trademark usage (raw)
    • Trademark usage (mission oriented)
  • Philanthropic/non-profit
    • Best dealt with in the "financial sustainability taskforce? Witty lama 20:33, 15 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Technology
    • Technical support (hardware, human resources)
    • Technology support (code)
  • Media/Arts/Culture
  • Political
    • Copyright law

What is the difference between an alliance and a partnership

  • My understanding is that an alliance is a long-term relationship that is characterised by a agreeing with each others values (e.g. WMF and the EFF), whilst a partnership is a specific relationship around a particular project for mutual benifits (e.g. WMF and Orange). Witty lama 20:33, 15 November 2009 (UTC)
Agree with this basic definition. Alliance implies joint efforts to advance in the same direction, implies a common forward momentum and a broad set of things exchanged. Partnerships are usually more narrowly defined, with a definite timeframe. Delphine (notafish) 01:25, 16 November 2009 (UTC)