Wiki Strategies is not alone in helping clients engage with online communities. The consultants listed here are doing good work in this area, and engage ethically and respectfully with projects like Wikipedia. Today, many consultants offer expertise in online communities and social media; but those who truly embrace the policies and norms of those communities are rare, and bring a great deal of value to the table. We are proud to recommend the following consultants; in fact, we often call upon their expertise ourselves.
Groupaya helps groups work better together to create their desired future. Kristin Cobble and Eugene Eric Kim, Groupaya’s cofounders, have over three decades of combined experience helping Fortune 500 companies, startups, nonprofits, foundations, government agencies, and grassroot movements solve meaningful, wicked problems collaboratively.
STELLARESULTS is a reputation management firm that serves Chief Executive Officers, Chief Communications Officers and Chief Marketing Officers of Fortune 500 corporations by helping them better understand Wikipedia’s valuable role of providing useful information to influence decision making. Stella Yu is CEO & Principal Advisor. She applies nearly 20 years of marketing communications experience coupled with Wikipedia expertise to advise on ethical practices of Wikipedia page development, content editing, monitoring, corporate policy, and conflict resolution.
John Wallin co-founded WikiStrategies in 2009; sold his interest in 2011 and is now an independent consultant. A professional writer who has worked in the computer hardware and software industry for more than 20 years, he became interested in wikis and collaborative editing in about 2006. An early member of WikiProject Oregon, he helped build it into a leading example of successful Wikipedia project collaboration. To date, there are nearly 11,000 articles tagged as part of WikiProject Oregon, a number than grows by hundreds each month. In addition to his interest in writing about the history and culture of his adopted state of Oregon, Wallin is working to help non-profit and educational institutions understand the role Wikipedia as part of a social media strategy.
Lori Byrd Phillips is a museum studies graduate student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where she is researching the potential of Wikipedia to increase accessibility to museum content and engage new perspectives in the interpretation of cultural heritage. Phillips has served as Wikipedian in Residence at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis since August 2010, initially as an intern and more recently as part-time staff, when she took on the title of Web Content Specialist. Beginning in 2012, Phillips will serve as the United States Cultural Partnerships Coordinator for the Wikimedia Foundation, where she will build upon the work of the GLAM-Wiki initiative, an international community of Wikipedians who assist cultural institutions who wish to collaborate with Wikipedia.
Based in Washington, D.C., Sarah Stierch provides consulting services for cultural and historical organizations and individual artists. Stierch’s services vary from new media strategic planning and execution, fundraising development, historical and artistic research, and curatorial services. Stierch recently served as the Wikipedian in Residence at the Smithsonian Institution, developing the first programming of its kind within the organization and developing a partnership program that is being replicated within the institution. Focus areas include women in free/open source software, minority representation and research in cultural organizations, and unique and innovative technologies that lend themselves to the missions of the organizations she serves.