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1  Preparatory Process / Draft schedule/programme / Suggestions on Interactivity on: May 14, 2008, 11:10:57 AM
Agreeing that more interactivity should be introduced to the IGF sessions, which was again expressed at the Open Consultations meeting by Mr. Nitin Desai yesterday, hereby I am presenting briefly some ideas on upgrading the interactivity of sessions of the IGF:

General comment:
- Plenary sessions with 1000+ people can not be fully interactive
- Therefore special care should be given to workshops and side event panels
- Finally, the opportunities of the online space and web2.0 tools should be used to maximum
- In all cases, youth representatives should be asked for suggestions for interactivity, as they are the masters of creative approaches
- The organisation of Village Square / Fair is a must, as this is the interaction hub

Plenary sessions:
- Taking some interventions by the audience/participants well in advance (even prior to IGF) to be integrated with the plenary debates
- Taking interventions from the audience in real-time with strictly limited time allotted (2 minutes) (as was the case for Critical Resources session in Rio which was moderated in an excellent way in terms of the questions)
- Considering email/chat interventions as well: either read by someone, alike with the Open Consultations, or even shown on a separate video beam so that both audience and the panellists can see (though that might also drag the attention from the discussion)
- Introducing debate-like parts of plenary sessions, with involvement of the audience: pros vs. cons, with listing both pros and cons online (shown on some beam) as they are identified from the debate by the moderator, but also as suggested by the audience (prior to or during the session, through chat/email or even piece of paper) to support the debate and assist the debaters
(debates could not only bring about important pros and cons on an issue, but can also be highly dynamic and engaging sort of session)

Workshops and sessions:
- Introducing models such as simulations within groups, role-play games (exactly - games: games are not only for kids!), and other
- Involving the youth in suggesting the formats and organising the sessions:
  . the youth representatives should be encouraged to suggest ideas for formats of sessions;
  . the organisers of the workshop/open forum/best practices sessions should be advices to use more interactive approach, and could be given the assistance of some chosen youngsters with idea and suggestions (and even facilitation and organisation on the spot), related to the topic and original idea of the organisers.
(non-conventional interactive approaches commonly introduced by youth have shown to be very productive also when performed by the elder participants; GK3 even in KL in December has brought up several examples; but also some sessions of the WSIS Tunis)
Online space
- The easiest way of the remote participation are Web2.0 tools, including forums, wikis, hypertext comments on proposed documents, etc.
- The Announcement space should be given online, allowing each player/organisation to present the achievements and plans within 700-1000 words
- A team of people should be in charge of planning and implementing the online discussion fora which would involve both the people present at the IGF and those accessing remotely
- The team would also be in charge of making digests or picking out the key inputs and idea introduced online and presenting at the IGF sessions (though the participants themselves will already be encouraged to use some idea during their performance)

Village Square / Fair
- Village or Fair (or whatever titled) should be well taken care of this year again: it was one of the most important segments throughout WSIS process; the contacts and networking resulted with countless cooperation and joint activities
- A space for the Announcements should be given to all the interested organisations, with allotting 10-15 minutes each to present their achievements and plans; whoever is interested might come by and listen (this was one of the well implemented idea of the GK3 even in KL)
- List of participants (people and organisations) should be available in advance on the web, with the option of uploading profile of organisation and of the delegates online (with photo) for each participating actor; the exact plan of the Village should be shown bit in advance as well. This would ease and speed up meeting among the actors, and would allow targeting potential partners prior to coming to IGF.

Best regards,

   Vladimir Radunovic

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