[IGFmaglist] Newcomers to the IGF

Marina Sokolova sokolova at data.minsk.by
Wed May 11 02:16:04 EDT 2016


I support the idea as well + IGF newcomers' booth in the Village Square

Marianne Sakalova

2016-05-10 17:59 GMT+03:00 Ginger Paque <virginiap at diplomacy.edu>:

> 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:
>>
>>> 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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