Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is a three-person committee that has supported the program team in devising this program. They will continue to provide this support throughout the course of the program and will select which projects will receive funding in line with selection criteria which they themselves have defined.
Hajdi Barz (she/her) is a founding member of the feminist Romani archive RomaniPhen e.V. She tackles racism, sexism, feminist solidarity, education and empowerment in theory and in practice. Through her engagements in academia, political education and fighting for remembrance and equality, she wants to help raise, highlight and elevate the resources and the beauty of her communities.
Juliana Kolberg (no pronouns) is Executive Director of Projects at xart splitta e. V. and co-founder of the online platform The Living Archives. Juliana’s areas of focus include the critical interrogation and decolonial empowerment of knowledge (re)production in marginalized communities. Juliana’s expertise also extends to the areas of dis/ability, queerness and intersectionality as a whole.
Victoria Kure-Wu (she/her) is an expert in user experience design. She builds concepts for digital interfaces between humans and computers. She shares her knowledge in various anti-racist projects and spaces. She is a volunteer Wikipedia author where her activities include being involved in the annual worldwide Asian Month in November.
The Program Team has four members (all employees of Wikimedia Deutschland) – Riham, Anna, Cin and Chris. We will be working on this program together with the network neue deutsche organisationen – das postmigrantische netzwerk e.V., with the help and support of the Board of Trustees and colleagues from Wikimedia Deutschland – such as the Events team, Finance, and the Communications department.
We are a majority white team in a white organization. That said, we bring a range of different positionalities, lived experiences and privileges or experiences of discrimination to the table. We want to improve our awareness of structural forms of discrimination and to break down discrimination. We have therefore decided as a team to undergo a supervised learning and reflection process on the subjects of discrimination, marginalization and racism. During this process, we will reflect on established practices and develop new approaches that will aid us in working with marginalized knowledge in a manner that interrogates discrimination. However, we are aware that this does not guarantee we won’t make mistakes. We will be guided and supported through this learning and reflection process by Dr. Andrés Nader.
Our goal is to work towards greater equity in Free Knowledge. As a team, we want to contribute to marginalized knowledge becoming Free Knowledge in spite of barriers and to play a role in supporting and encouraging people in this endeavor. Consequently, our aim with re•shape – A Wikimedia program to support knowledge equity is to create a space that will offer people and communities who have been negatively affected by racism the resources to engage with Free Knowledge and Free Knowledge platforms. Ultimately, it is the funding recipients who will decide which content they wish to publish or not publish under a Free License.
Riham (she/her) and Anna (she/her): We are your points of contact throughout the program and are in charge of the content of re•shape – A Wikimedia program to support knowledge equity. We are more than happy to answer any questions you might have about the application process and the program timeline. While developing the concept, we worked closely with the Board of Trustees. Riham will also be involved in the selection process, working with the Board of Trustees and a representative of the neue deutsche organisationen – das postmigrantische netzwerk e.V. During the project period, we will be focusing in particular on non-material support and on planning and running events.
Cin (no pronouns) and Chris (he/him): We look after all things finance and budget and are also involved in organizational duties, preparing materials and planning and running events.
neue deutsche organisationen – das postmigrantische netzwerk e.V. (ndo)
The ndo is a nationwide network of nearly 200 charities, organizations and projects. Our members are the descendants of labor migrants and refugees, Sinti and Romani people, the people of the African diaspora, and Jewish, Muslim and other community advocates who seek to foster dialogue. Some of us refer to ourselves as People of Color (PoC) or Black Germans, ‘hyphenated Germans’ or something else altogether. What connects us: We see ourselves as a post-migrant countermovement against racism and in favor of an inclusive Germany.
We strive to counteract social division. As a network, we are committed to furthering the visibility, participation and equal opportunities of our members. We do this by engaging in debates or providing a pool of experts for media, politicians, foundations and more. We communicate our views through events, press interviews and position papers:
- We demand an inclusive understanding of belonging.
- We want social policies that work for everyone, not a politics of integration.
- People of Color and Black people must gain more adequate representation.
- We require radical reforms to the education system.
- Civic engagement must be promoted.”
Wikimedia Deutschland e. V.
Wikimedia Deutschland was founded in 2004 by volunteer Wikipedia community members and is part of a global movement (Wikimedia Movement) which advocates for Free Knowledge. As a charitable organization with over 100,000 members, we have been supporting the creation, collection and dissemination of free content since our inception by supporting volunteers on Wikimedia projects, developing free software, and advocating for equal access to knowledge and education at every level of society. We call the equitable access to knowledge-making Knowledge Equity. There are many technical and social obstacles that we must overcome on the journey to achieving our goal, as well as decision-making processes that need restructuring; to that end, Wikimedia Deutschland wants to devote more of its resources to people whose knowledge is marginalized as a result of barriers and an uneven distribution of power.
The Wikimedia Movement
Wikimedia Deutschland is one of several subsidiary organizations of the charitable Wikimedia Foundation, which is headquartered in the USA. We call these organizations chapters. The Wikimedia Movement is made up of a large number of people, chapters, organizations, projects and communities who advocate for Free Knowledge worldwide. Our Movement Strategy 2030 sets out the values, goals and strategic approaches of the Wikimedia movement for the next few years. There are many and various groups within the Wikimedia Movement that are taking different approaches and strategies working in and with marginalized knowledge, such as Whose Knowledge and AfroCrowd.
The Wikimedia Projects
When most people hear of Wikimedia for the first time, they think of Wikipedia. Some people even equate the two. In reality, Wikipedia is simply the most well-known of the many Wikimedia projects. But Wikipedia has many other sister projects, such as Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource – all operated by the Wikimedia Foundation. All these projects have one more thing in common: Their content is created and maintained exclusively by volunteers who also shape and manage all governance processes and other aspects of self-organization.
Tel.: (030) 577 116 22-0
Mailing address: re•shape – Ein Wikimedia-Programm zur Förderung von Wissensgerechtigkeit, Wikimedia Deutschland – Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V., Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24, 10963 Berlin