Diversity: Sue Gardner Has Big Plans To Bring New Voices To Wikipedia
In a post about the event, Gardner attributes some of the issues with achieving a more diverse contributor base to a learning curve. Currently, the site requires contributors to know a minimal amount of programming to be able to edit content on the site. However, as Citizen J reports, Gardner announced that "Wikipedia is about to release a new visual type of editing to make the platform accessible and attractive to more contributors." Closing the gender and diversity gap is something that Gardner has taken on as one of Wikimedia's missions. That, and she hopes to drive the site to reach one billion users in the next 5 years.
As one of Forbes' Most Powerful Women, Gardner has made a name for herself in the digital media world. She has been a part of the media for some time, as a former employee of the CBC, and as a member of The Society for News Design, The Online News Association, Women in Film and Television, and the Canadian Association of Journalists and Canadian Women In Communications. In her talks, she draws from her extensive experience in the field to share the current trends in online collaboration and citizen-driven media, as well as helping her audiences predict what to prepare for in the future.