[IGFmaglist] Newcomers to the IGF

Shita Laksmi slaksmi at hivos.org
Wed May 11 03:00:58 EDT 2016

I support this idea but would like to highlight a resource issue. 

Indonesian CSO during IGF 2013 in Bali had this idea. There was one (actually half) booth that we provide for Indonesian CSOs to learn about IGF. IGF was very new for Indonesia at that time --still is until now. There was a whiteboard provided. 

But this requires resources to stay in the booth and providing answers to variety of questions (or no question at all). We did not manage well, though the first day was quite full. 

This idea can be realized into a great initiative when we can dedicate resource persons for this booth (with specific subject expert matter) and continuous promotion so that people can go there. I am suggesting we can work with local organizers/ committee on this. Host country mentioned that they will have a specific resource for social media engagement, I suggest we can work with it. 

Thank you, 

Shita Laksmi 
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From: "Marina Sokolova" <sokolova at data.minsk.by> 
To: "Virginia Paque" <virginiap at diplomacy.edu> 
Cc: "MAG-public" <Igfmaglist at intgovforum.org> 
Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 1:16:04 PM 
Subject: Re: [IGFmaglist] Newcomers to the IGF 

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: 



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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 


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