Communities, processes, and supporting organizations

General

WikiPeace humbly takes the challenge of enabling and facilitating a productive collaborative process, involving individuals and organizations of the global Peace building community, to create a comprehensive as possible body of knowledge , which will present a rich and complex understanding of what Peace and Peace building is about.
At times, the knowledge will present unambiguous information, such as the e-mail address of some organization or a year a Peace hero was born, at times the knowledge will be dependent on context and perspective, and at times these perspectives will hold tensions or be conflictual.

WikiPeace takes upon itself to deal with this span of objectives through suitable constructs, effective process (see below), and based on fundamental values.

To allow this, the main constructs related to the developing and maintenance of WikiPeace are communities and supporting organizations.


WikiPeace communities

The natural constructs fit for collaborative work are communities. In this context, a community is a social unit with commonalities such as norms, culture, values, customs, and mission, but without rigid organizational borders and hierarchy, allowing diversity and multiplicity in identities, perspectives, and organizational affiliations.

Community of contributors

The knowledge in WikiPeace is based on the collaboration of individuals and and organizations, contributing formal and informal, diverse knowledge regarding Peace and Peace building. The authority of granting membership to an individual or organization, is with the community of reliability trustees, while consulting with the community of value trustees when needed. Registered contributors will communicate with editors to integrate new, or update existing, information and knowledge in WikiPeace.

Community of editors

WikiPeace editors hold the common mission of maintaining a high and consistent level of readability and usability of contents throughout WikiPeace. The members of the community of editors will have permission to directly edit the contents of WikiPeace.

The community will also deal with issues of prioritizing writing and editing various parts of the content, including identifying and discussing conflicts and trade-offs - technical, conceptual, and value-related.

Community of translators

WikiPeace translators hold the common mission of maintaining a high and consistent level of lingual accessibility of contents throughout WikiPeace - as many people speaking as many languages as possible. The members of the community of translators will have permission to directly edit the contents of WikiPeace.

As part of this mission, the community manages and monitors the manual translation efforts, as well as automated systems and services.

The community will also deal with issues of prioritizing translation of various parts of the content, to various languages, including identifying and discussing conflicts and trade-offs - technical, conceptual, and value-related.

Community of
reliability trustees

WikiPeace reliability trustees hold the common mission of maintaining a high and consistent level of reliability of factual contents in WikiPeace. The community of reliability trustees will have the authority to manage memberships of individuals and organizations in the community of contributors, while consulting with the community of value trustees when needed.

Community of
value trustees

WikiPeace value trustees hold the common mission of maintaining alignment of WikiPeace with the fundamental values it is based on. This mission applies to content, meta-content (e.g. structure of pages, hierarchy of pages), and processes within the WikiPeace project (e.g. prioritizing, conflicts withing communities and between communities, decision making processes) and relations of WikiPeace with the supporting organizations and other individuals and organization (e.g. potential influence of funders, implications of technologies).

Community of
strategy trustees

WikiPeace strategy trustees hold the common mission of developing the strategic plan for WikiPeace, assuring and monitoring the alignment of WikiPeace operation with this strategic plan.

The community will include representative members of all other WikiPeace communities.

WikiPeace processes

WikiPeace supporting organizations

WikiPeace is project of the Middle East Peace University (MEPU) initiative.

The main supporting organization of the MEPU initiative is Salam B'yachad - partnership for the study, research and training for Peace ("Salam B'yachad") - a non-profit organization registered in Israel, with the purpose of being a formal, legal and financial platform for the MEPU initiative.