[IGFmaglist] Newcomers to the IGF

Wisdom Donkor wisdom.dk at gmail.com
Tue May 10 10:56:55 EDT 2016


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On Tue, May 10, 2016 at 1:56 PM, Laura Hutchison <Laura.Hutchison at nominet.uk
> wrote:

> Hi all,
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> I’d welcome MAG members thoughts on this and other ideas for making the
> IGF as accessible as possible for newcomers.
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> Kind regards
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> Laura
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> *Laura Hutchison*
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