We all know Wikipedia, but… Who make it and Why!?

Wikipedia is a social enterprise, which is an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and/or environmental well-being, rather than maximising profits for external shareholders.

Wikipedia is a free, collaboratively edited and multilingual Internet encyclopedia which is supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. It has 22 million articles that are collaboratively written by volunteers all around the world!! Almost all of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the site. It has about 100,000 regularly active contributors with editions in 285 languages. It has become the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet having an estimated 365 million readers worldwide.

A Social Enterprise can be seen as an alternative proposal to the social welfare crisis. It is a business that relaunched a perspective where is prevailing values such as reciprocity, sustainability and solidarity through a united civic effort. Therefore, acting as a recomposition of the link between “economic” and “human” where the protagonist are the people who is acting working on their own project that, in this case, is “open” to everybody 🙂

Wikipedia, generated its own identity through a group of associatiated people. It has become a vehicule to produce socialization, through the creation and multiplication of social exchange. It generates interaction and foster cooperation, social ties and solidarity among not only the people involved in the proyect but the whole society that is everyday using the information wikipedia is providing.

Therefore, Wikipedia as a social enterprise is creating an equal knowledge access opportunities  for everybody!

Let’s share your knowledge, Let’s be part of Wikipedia!!

 


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