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?
Read 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 organise the event?
Read our blog post "How to become WikiStage Event Organiser?"
How to get the license?
To get the license you should simply click on this link:
and apply to get the license to become a WikiStage organiser.
How to choose the name for your WikiStage event?
Read our blog post "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.
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 are the information that I should provide to WikiStage?
-Send us information about the speakers - a speakers biography, profile photo and profiles to their social media so we can create their profile on our website
-Inform us regularly about preparations and the most important information about the event (place, date, topic, speakers, number of attendants etc.)
-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 organiser?
What would they do differently?
How can WikiStage improve in general?
How can we improve our support for organisers?
-We are creating an album especially for your event on our website. This will contain all the great pictures you gathered during this day. Send us the photos and we will upload them on the website.
Can I communicate with other organisers?
Of course, you can join our Community group and add your team members. Here you can ask other organisers 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.