Task force/Recommendations/Alliances and partnerships 1

    From Strategic Planning

    Recommendation: Alliances 1 - "Free-culture alliance"

    Outline

    Question/Problem

    Are alliances with external groups desirable for the Wikimedia Foundation to undertake and if so: with whom; what kind; and how?

    Strategy

    It is recommended that the Wikimedia Foundation lay the groundwork for a formal "free-culture alliance" with other organisations with whom it already has strong community, ideological and professional ties.

    Assertion

    Alliance(s) with other organisations are important and positive (answering "are alliances desirable?")

    Sub assertion

    The WMF cannot fulfill its vision acting alone

    Fact

    Fact

    Sub assertion

    Certain other organisations have both compatible missions and cultures with (many of whom we are already working with to some degree).

    Fact

    Organisations like the EFF, Creative Commons and the FSF have all (previously and/or currently) worked closely with the WMF on legal issues and share fundamental principles summarised as "free culture"

    Fact

    Organisations like OpenStreetMap, StatusNet and OLPC have (previously or currently) worked closely with the WMF on content sharing and have common fundamental principles, organisational structures (non-profit, utilising crowdsourcing).

    Assertion

    By their nature, Alliances can only be with a limited range of organisations (answering "with whom?")

    Sub assertion

    An alliance is a relationship of mutual trust and based on shared principles

    Sub assertion

    The Wikimedia community has strongly held principles on certain issues, any alliance partner must also share these principles.

    Fact

    We have a statement of Values that sets out core requirements we hold for ourselves and would look for in any ally.

    Fact

    The WMF legal framework is of a Charitable/non-profit/foundation and allies would need to be too

    Fact

    "free-culture approved" is key to the WMF and it would also need to be the case for allies both legally and ideologically.

    Assertion

    That an alliance with likeminded "free-culture" organisations would be loose, but deep, and be a network of alliances, not a hub-spoke system.

    Sub assertion

    An alliance is a wide-ranging and long-term relationship

    Fact

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    Sub assertion

    Organisations that are able to ally with the WMF could/should be able and willing to also ally with each other

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    Sub assertion

    Because of the nature of the Wikimedia community, and probably the nature of the stakeholders of other alliance partners, it would be difficult to have firm/specific/legally-binding alliance goals.

    Assertion

    (answering "how?")
    

    Sub assertion

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