What is WikiStage?
WikiStage is an open and global community to share Ideas for Change. We provide a stage for the world's most interesting questions. With great events and useful videos, we work to improve education and help strengthen democratic debate in our societies.
The format that we use are filmed short talks: WikiTalks. These talks are recorded at WikiStage events because we know that web videos can be powerful, yet, there is nothing that can ever replace the difference it makes when you bring curious people together to create meaningful connections at a real-life event.
We support a network of volunteers and event organizers around the world and we have grown into a network of more than 100 events organizers in 15 countries.
What is a WikiTalk?
We challenge you to share your insights with us and the world - with a short WikiTalk.
The WikiTalks are at the very heart of WikiStage.
These talks are recorded at WikiStage events because we know that web videos can be powerful, yet, there is nothing that can ever replace the difference it makes when you bring curious people together to create meaningful connections at a real-life event.
The video of your talk may help to stimulate others to build on your ideas. A great talk has the potential to inspire people many years after it has been recorded.
Use the short time on stage to focus on one clear message or lesson. To help you focus your thoughts and to help the users to quickly find the right talk, we ask you to formulate one specific question for your talk. The idea of a WikiTalk is rather to give an introduction and make your audience curious to find out more.
What is your connection with Wikipedia?
We are often asked: what is our link with Wikipedia and why did we choose the name “WikiStage” in the first place?
Find out more in our blog post "Your WikiTalk on Wikipedia".
What is the difference between WikiStage and TEDx?
Once a year, the TED event in California gathers a group of very influential people to spread ideas on Technology, Entertainment and Design. That is very different from our vision for WikiStage – we want to create a stage for you! Instead of spreading ideas from a few to many, with WikiStage, we believe that many should share with many, and we aim to have WikiTalks in many languages, and not just have most talks in English. You, or the experts and artists you know, have something to bring to the world – and that is why we offer the WikiStage to you as organiser, speaker or as a guest in the audience who wants to enjoy a great show! It is very important to us to keep the prices for WikiStage events at an accessible level and to make it easy for people to get a license.
How to organize a WikiStage event?
You like the idea of organizing your own WikiStage event?
We love that and we would like to help you to get started. Read here how to get the license to organize your own event "How to become WikiStage Event Organiser?"
How to get the license for a WikiStage event?
To get the license you should simply click on this link:
and apply to get the license to become a WikiStage organiser.
How to find sponsors for your event?
Even though finding sponsors is just one piece to the event puzzle, it’s vital for your event. For many event organizers, potential sponsors are hard to find. Providing sponsorship involves a lot of hustle compared to other organizational initiatives. But this doesn’t have always to be so difficult.
Follow our 4-step guide that will help you find sponsors:
How to find sponsors for your event?
How to choose the name for your WikiStage event?
If you are planning to organize a WikiStage Event yourself you probably wonder: how will I call my WikiStage event? This blog post will help you decide: "How to choose the name for your WikiStage event?"
What kind of support do I get from WikiStage?
Your event will be promoted on our Facebook page that has 34.000 followers and in our Community Facebook group. Beside organisers from around the world, in this group are all people who attend our events and follow our work. Here you can easily find audience for your WikiStage event. The second great thing is that, in this group you can communicate with other organisers and exchange advice and experience regarding organisation.
If you have any questions during your preparations, our Event Coordinator will always be there to answer you and give you the best possible advice and support.
After your event is finished, the WikiTalks from your event will be uploaded on our YouTube Channel, as well as on our website www.wikistage.org, so your event can be watched in many different countries in the world.
One great news is that, with a bit of luck, the WikiTalk from your event could be on Wikipedia! Recently, we entered into official partnership with Wikipedia - which means that we will make our videos available to the media database behind Wikipedia: the Wikimedia Commons. This way, your event will have even greater audience.
What are the steps before and after the event?
Before the event:
- add your team members to WikiStage Community group
- create a profile on our website
- create profiles for speakers
- invite your team members to create profiles
- inform us regularly about the preparations and exact date of your event
- keep your Social Media accounts active and send us the content you want us to share
After the event:
- let us know how many people attended your event
- give us feedback (read under "How can I improve WikiStage" question)
- upload the WikiTalks on our YouTube Channel
- add videos and event photos to your event page on www.wikistage.org
- let us know are you interested to renew your license and organize the 2nd edition of your event
How to manage a Facebook event page?
The first step is to get a great number of likes and followers, so as many people as possible can find out that a WikiStage event is coming to their city or near by.
Educate your audience what is WikiStage and inform them about all details of your event. Post regularly, on a daily basis, information about the place of the event , about speakers and the topic.
Send content from your event page that you would like us to share on the main WikiStage Facebook page to our Event Coordinator .
What is the usual length of a WikiTalk?
We recommend 9 minutes. Some talks are a couple of minutes longer. If the speaker has more to say, we recommend breaking it down to several separate smaller talks. It's not forbidden that the talk is longer than 20 minutes but in this case, it won’t be published as WikiTalk on our channels.
How can I improve WikiStage?
Provide us a feedback. We are working hard on our growth and your feedback is of great value for us.
How did the audience and the speakers like the event?
What did they learn from the experience as organizer?
What would they do differently?
How can WikiStage improve in general?
How can we improve our support for organizers?
How can I get in touch with other organizers?
You can join our Community group and add your team members too. Here you can ask other organizers for advice, find participants, speakers for your event or organising team members.
How to upload WikiTalks to WikiStage YouTube Channel?
Provide us the email (it has to be gmail) of the person who will upload the videos and we will add him as "Admin" of our YouTube Channel.
After the videos are uploaded on YouTube, we will add them on our website, and create a page for your event.
What is the maximum number of attendees at WikiStage Café events?
WikiStage Café is a smaller type of WikiStage event. It can be organized in a cafe, library, etc. Usually, WikiStage Café events have up to 100 attendees.
Can there be more than one WikiStage event in the same city?
Yes, of course. WikiStage is growing really fast, so there are many cities where already a few WikiStage events have been organized or are in the preparation. How to avoid confusion between two WikiStage events in the same city? Choose a specific name for your event. You can read more about it here. If there is one more event in the preparation in your city, we will put you in touch with another organizer so you can coordinate with him/her to be sure you are not organizing the event at the same time.
Are WikiStage events free of charge?
WikiStage is a non-profit organization. Usually, WikiStage events are free, but there are some exceptions when organizers are charging the entrance to the event. This is the case when organizers didn't manage to collect enough of funds from the sponsors or when they want to cover costs for their next event edition. This means that when you pay the ticket for the WikiStage event, it's for the event purposes, not for the organizer's personal profit.