Wikimedia Product/Perspectives/Trust/Accountability



A key factor in building and maintaining trust is holding ourselves accountable for the human dynamics in our Movement and on our platform. That is, in the coming years, we must not only recognize the various ways that bias undermines the growth of our Community, we must also actively cultivate trust-building practices across cultures, within communities and between individuals. This is a strategic imperative because only by examining our assumptions, behaviors and norms (as a mostly northern, mainly western, largely male movement) will we be capable of recognizing all possible forms of knowledge, expertise and notability.  To this end we must develop facility with navigating between the cultural, social and transactional factors that foster or undermine trust. Accountability must become a pillar of this socio-technical platform, built by the Movement, modeled by the Foundation, and maintained by each Community and contributor.    


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