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I think we should put Wikipedia in the center of our strategy in developing the Transformap community. In particular by encouraging alternative communities to engage more on Wikipedia, make their alternatives more visible there. This would involve
- improving Wikipedia pages that are connected to the things the maps of alternative economies describe/map,
- improving connections between Wikipedia pages across languages,
- connecting our own knowledge sources (wiki atlas of maps, taxonomy server) when, and only, relevant.
Basically some kind of an informal alternative economies/transition Wikipedia task force (on the longer term - let’s dream - a Wikipedia article series on alternative economies could then emerge/be proposed).
This would be extremely beneficial to Transformap’s mission (generally) but also to its concrete technical deployment, while multiplying its outreach manyfolds.
I believe students could be a very good target to engage and therefore academic staff:
- Craig Borowiak
- other researchers of the solidarityeconomy.us mapping: Maliha Safri, Olivia Geiger, and Marianna Pavlovskaya.
Concrete //todo: co-design 2/3 actions people can do and insert it in
It could be useful to list Wikipedia articles that cover the broad topic of alternative economies. Three things may benefit from being a bit differentiated:
- articles that are more theoretical (about alternative/diverse/community economies)
- others more centered on the different forms of alternative economies themselves: e.g. solidarity economy, commons, sharing/collaborative economy, gift economy. Maybe focusing on the more ‘obscure’ (i.e. with less documentation on Wikipedia).
- articles/paragraphs focusing on specific practices: community gardening, urban foraging, dumpster diving, cloth swapping, item sharing, community caring (senior, youngsters), community energy, community libraries, micro libraries, etc. We could potentially engage with Shareable’s community (and beyond) on that dimension.