Wikipedia for Peace:
A Centenary of
Action for Peace #44
Together with other movements for International Voluntary Service, SCI is celebrating its centenary this year. We want to look at these 100 years of peace activism, within SCI and elsewhere – what movements evolved, who were/are the activists?
Wikipedia has the potential to democratise knowledge – to make it accessible to everybody. SCI sees this democratisation of knowledge as a contribution towards global justice, and we see a lot of similarities in Wikipedia culture and SCI culture.
That is why SCI Poland is joining efforts to edit Wikipedia together with volunteers from Wikimedia Poland. Writing and editing Wikipedia articles, one also needs the skills to do research, to verify information, and work with sources – skills that become more and more important due to the surge of fake news.
For three days over a prolonged weekend, 7 volunteers from different places in the world took part in the online workcamp. Together, they could edit Wikipedia in different languages: Polish, English, German, Armenian, Russian, Bengali and Dutch.
An experienced Wikipedian from Wikimedia Polska prepared workshops which touched upon technical topics such as how to edit or write articles in Wikipedia, as well as on the culture among Wikipedia volunteer editors and the values of the Wikipedia community.
Long-time activists from SCI Poland gave inputs on SCI and its history and shared their experience. Many discussions arose on peace and peace activism in different times and places. As in every workcamp, there were also many joyful moments of sharing and connecting!