[IGFmaglist] Newcomers to the IGF

Marilyn Cade marilynscade at hotmail.com
Tue May 10 10:53:27 EDT 2016


Laura, I think the Newcomer ribbons are actually quite helpful to newcomers at ICANN, as that motivates more seasoned attendees to speak to them and be friendly and welcoming.


From: Laura.Hutchison at nominet.uk
To: Igfmaglist at intgovforum.org
Date: Tue, 10 May 2016 13:56:58 +0000
Subject: [IGFmaglist] Newcomers to the IGF









Hi all,
 
One of things that we discussed at the MAG meeting in Geneva was ways in which we could encourage new people to participate in the IGF and how was could make the meeting as
 accessible and welcoming as possible for these newcomers.  We talked about having introductory sessions and also possibly having a mentor scheme with members of the MAG. 

 
I would like to suggest that when the IGF opens for registrations one of the fields on the registration form should ask people to flag if it is their first meeting.  This would
 firstly provide stats on how successful we’ve been in encouraging new participants which would be useful in itself even if we don’t do anything else with the information.  Secondly, it would allow for the flexibility to target the newcomers with briefing material
 or welcome packs in advance to help support their participation and answer any questions they might have.  It would also mean that we could mark newcomer badges in some way (as ICANN do at their meetings) to encourage other delegates to support and talk to
 them.  
 
I’d welcome MAG members thoughts on this and other ideas for making the IGF as accessible as possible for newcomers.
 
Kind regards
Laura
 
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