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Revision as of 10:13, 12 March 2011


Workshop, in Berlin, Germany



Global Melt - Best Practices in Community Leadership for global peer-driven movements


Global Melt is a workshop for members and leaders of global peer-driven movements to explore what our movements have in common, share what we have learned, and discuss solutions and ideas for our respective communities and joint actions.

Goals and Outcomes

Global Melt will be the beginning more deliberate inter-organizational collaboration, of shared action plans, and shared resources. Our immediate goal is to troubleshoot one concrete issue that is common to all participating organizations. We will conclude the workshop with a deeper understanding of running local, community-organized events that contribute to organizational goals in meaningful and sustainable ways.

Participants are looking to develop tools that makes their work more efficient, more effective, and more impacting. Rather than building resources in isolation or continually investing in event strategies from scratch, we can gain more by pooling resources and ideas.

Possible shared resources include:

  • Local planner handbook - How can we communicate best practices to better inform and inspire local organizers?
  • Event calendars - How can we coordinate calendars of events from our organizations and community members?
  • Event and agenda formats - How can we learn about other event formats and adapt them to our purposes?
  • Facilitation practices - How can we grow the network of experienced, collaborative facilitators?
  • Documentation and communication platforms - What tools and methods are effective for documenting and promoting events?
  • Contact database - How can we map and connect community members and contributors across projects?
  • Evaluation of venues, vendors, and public partners - How can we collect organizational and logistical experiences from hosting events?
  • Event funding sources or templates - How can we generate resources to help local organizers bootstrap their events?


  • Sunday, March 27: welcome and dinner (evening)
  • Monday, March 28: workshop (all day)
  • Tuesday, March 29: workshop (morning)

The meeting will take place after the Wikimedia Chapters meeting and Wikimedia Foundation board meeting to ensure attendance from members of those groups. Expected attendance is 20-30 people.

Confirmed Participants


  • Foundation Board: SJ Klein
  • Movement roles working group at WM Foundation: Jon Hugget, Barry Newstead
  • Chapters Committee at WM Foundation: Lodewijk Gelauff
  • Wikimedia Deutschland: Mathias Schindler

Creative Commons

  • CC HQ
  • CC Germany: Markus Beckedahl
  • CC Poland: Alek Tarkowski


  • Mark Surman
  • Alina Mierlus
  • William Q
  • "Dees" (Mozilla Labs)
  • Mary Colvig
  • Pierros Papadeas

P2PU and Mozilla:

  • Pippa Buchanan


  • Claudia Rauch

Global Voices

  • Solana Larson

Freie Universitat Berlin

  • Leonhard Dobusch


  • Allen Gunn


  • Ryan Ozimek

Open Design City

  • Jay Cousins

The Prototype Project

  • Nadia El-Imam

Translate Wiki

  • Siebrand Mazeland

Free Culture Incubator

  • Ela Kagel

Transparency International


Location and Accommodation

Workshop Venue: studio70. Kottbusser Damm 70, 10967 Berlin, Germany. +49 30/61625173

Accommodation is organized by participants. A few recommended places:

  • Best Western Euro-Hotel Berlin. Hermannplatz/Sonnenallee 6 (5min walk to venue). 50-70EUR/night.
  • Michelberger Hotel. Warschauer Straße 39 (15min subway ride). 70EUR/night.
  • Motel One Mitte. Prinzenstraße 40 / Moritzplatz (15min subway ride). 50-65EUR/night.
  • IMA Lofts. Ritterstrasse 12-14 (15min subway ride). 55-80EUR/night.
  • Baxpax. Skalitzer Strasse 104 (15min subway ride). 8-30EUR/night.
  • Die Fabrik. Schlesische Straße 18 (15min subway ride). 18-40EUR/night.

Long-term goals

  • Learn from each other.
  • Start/build relationships.
  • Plant seed for bigger meeting.
  • Scope this by protoyping *one topic*
  • Bigger event then uses same process on more topics

Reading Material