[IGFmaglist] Newcomers to the IGF

Ginger Paque virginiap at diplomacy.edu
Tue May 10 10:59:45 EDT 2016


I agree with Wisdom, Marilyn and Laura, and would like to raise again (I
can't remember who suggested it initially) the possibility of an IGF
newcomers' booth in the Village Square. This could serve as a focal point
for outreach, IGF information, and orientation for first timers.

Thanks, Ginger

Ginger (Virginia) Paque
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On Tue, May 10, 2016 at 9:56 AM, Wisdom Donkor <wisdom.dk at gmail.com> wrote:

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