Social Media One-Night Stand

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Social Media One-Night Stand at Wikimania

  • Wednesday, July 18, 19:00 – 20:30 at Cape Sun Hotel, Cape Town, London room
  • With Andrew Lih (@fuzheado) and Sree Sreenivasan (@sree)

How might we more effectively use social media to further Wikimedia's mission globally and locally?

Join this hands-on workshop with social media guru Sree Sreenivasan (former chief digital officer of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University) and veteran Wikimedian Andrew Lih as they march through social and mobile strategies via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp and other platforms for community engagement. Come share your own strategies and success/failure stories for using social media with your own communities.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Anyone interested in furthering their social media and mobile skills, or the Wikimedia movement, personally and professionally. Especially geared towards Wikimedia movement leaders and chapter/user group heads wanting to make a higher impact and engagement with their community of readers and potential volunteers.

SPEAKERS: Lih and Sreenivasan have worked with multiple notable NGOs and GLAM institutions, including the The Met Museum, United Nations (headquarters, UNHCR Geneva & UNHCR Kenya), Pulitzer Prizes, Smithsonian Institution, U.S. National Archives, and the Global Teacher Prize, which gives US $1 million to one K-12 teacher in the world (nominations open now). They are co-founders of Digimentors, a new kind of consultancy of strategists and doers:


  • What's working - and what isn't in 2018 in social, apps and more
  • Best practices for Wikimedians from working with GLAM institutions and NGOs
  • How to cut through the noise using innovative tools and strategies
  • Tips and tricks for communicating with your Wikimedia community and local readers


Andrew Lih

Sree Sreenivasan

About Andrew and Sree

Andrew Lih and Sree Sreenivasan have been at the forefront of teaching technology and digital skills to journalists and other professionals since 1994 when they were on the faculty at Columbia Journalism School. After two decades as professors – Andrew at Columbia, Hong Kong University, USC and American University; Sree at Columbia – they now work together teaching, training and consulting around the world. In 2018, they launched Digimentors, a new kind of digital consultancy - strategists, trainers and coaches - and doers:

  • Andrew is the author of “Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World’s Greatest Encyclopedia” and is the winner of multiple grants to help GLAM institutions expand their impact with collaborations with the Wikimedia movement. He has been to every Wikimania conference and is part of the Wikimania steering committee. He was named Citizen Archivist of the Year in 2016 by the U.S. National Archives and the winner of a 2018 Knight Prototype Grant for Art + Technology for the Wiki Art Depiction Explorer, a project with the Smithsonian Institution to use Wikidata properties to hold descriptive metadata about artworks.
  • Sree been Chief Digital Officer of major institutions in multiple industries: City of New York (working at City Hall); Columbia University; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (leading a 70-person team that helped keep the 150-year-old institution relevant in the smartphone age). He was named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2015; the world's most influential Chief Digital Officer by CDO Club in 2016; and one of Poynter’s 35 most influential people in social media in 2010.