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Participate in decisions: At the general assembly of Wikimedia Deutschland, important decisions on the future of the organization are made.
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More than 70,000 Members – a strong Foundation

Wikimedia 70,000 members are supporting us in our advocacy of Free Knowledge.

The number of people who continually support us in our work is growing from year to year – as of March 2019, we count more than 70,000 members. They not only give an important foundation to our objectives, but also actively shape the organization and its future, as could be seen at the general assemblies held in Karlsruhe and Berlin in 2018:

More than 250 visitors and members came together in May at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medien in Karlsruhe. Through an interactive exhibition space, short lectures and open discussions, they were able to get to know the world around Wikipedia and Wikimedia more closely.

In December, the 23rd general assembly was held in Berlin. In addition to the election of a new volunteer supervisory board, major decisions on the future of the organization were also made. In future, members will have a direct say in the strategic direction of the organization within the framework of the general assembly. In this context, the general assembly decided on the strategic directions for the three fields of action (volunteers, technology, conditions), which will significantly shape Wikimedia's work in the coming years.

A further innovation is the decision of the members to meet only once a year for the general assembly from 2019 onwards. It will then become part of an entire Wikimedia weekend – for the first time on 15 and 16 June 2019 in Berlin. On Saturday we invite members, partners, friends, volunteers and the public to the big day of Free Knowledge to get to know the organization and the Wikimedia projects a little better. The formal general assembly takes place on Sunday and will thus conclude the first Wikimedia weekend.

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