What Wikimedia can learn from the Quakers

Sue Gardner has written three blog posts on what Wikimedia can learn from the Quakers. Gardner is interested to see what values and practices the Quakers and Wikimedians share, and whether there are things the Quakers do, that the Wikimedians might usefully adopt. There is a reading list about Quakers in Gardner’s first post, an elaboration on the following practices in the second post:

  • Everybody who’s part of the movement shares responsibility for helping it succeed.
  • Nobody gets to sit on the sidelines and watch things fail.
  • Setting the right tone is critical for success.
  • Sometimes you have to kick out difficult people. Maybe.

Finally, there is a summary of expected behaviors of meeting attendees, clerks, and committees in Gardner’s third post.


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