[Wgco] IGF WGCO: Next Meeting and Newcomers Track

Anja GENGO AGENGO at unog.ch
Fri Oct 21 11:48:18 EDT 2016

Dear All,
I hope this email finds you well! 
I have been asked by Segun to help in scheduling the doodle poll for 
planning the next meeting of this Group. With posting the poll details 
below, I am also using this opportunity to brief you about the IGF2016 
Newcomers Track, and kindly ask for your advise on specific questions, 
details below as well.
Planning the next WGCO Meeting: Week of 24 October
Please find the link to doodle poll here, for planning the next virtual 
meeting during next week. I believe agenda and other details will be sent 
shortly by the Co-Coordinators. 
Newcomers Track
As the MAG officially approved the implementation of the Newcomers Track 
(proposal came from the IGF Secretariat and 2 MAG members, Bianca and 
Luara) for this year's IGF, your  assistance in advising how to conduct 
the most effective outreach would be much appreciated. Let me please 
remind on the core substance of the program and on our proposal for the 
outreach plan, for your review. 

The main goal of the Newcomers Track is to make it easier for the IGF 
participants, who are Newcomers, to understand the entire IGF process. 
This will mean explaining to the Newcomers, by the IGF experienced 
colleagues, the following topics: what is the IGF; how it functions; what 
is the MAG and who are MAG members; what is the IGF Secretariat; what is 
the community intersessional work including the notions on DCs and NRIs; 
what are the Open Consultations and finally, what is the annual IGF 
meeting, all in a context of a substantive work process happening 
throughout the year, ever since the earliest IGF beginnings. A special 
focus should be put on the ways of engagement with the IGF. 

Therefore, during the Day 0, a 90-minutes long session will be organized 
to reflect the above indicated questions. As the High Level event will be 
hosted probably in the second half of the day, after lunch, strategically 
speaking, it would be better to organize this session before lunch time. 
Of course, we understand there is a risk of not having many Newcomers 
on-site yet (as just being Newcomers, maybe the importance of the Day 0 is 
not well known to everyone). 

During the meeting days, during lunch breaks, called 'Knowledge Cafes' 
will be organized. These will be informal, very relaxing, gatherings for 
coffee or even pocket lunch with experienced colleagues from the IGF 
community. 45-minutes long IGF-talks will be focused on various IGF 
issues, starting from the procedural ones to the substantive ones. We are 
in a process of identifying 4 topics, where members of the IGF community, 
from different stakeholder groups and regions, could help. In any case, we 
can have 2-4 colleagues that will spend some time with the Newcomers, 
dinking coffer and answering questions and networking. These knowledge 
coffees would involve colleagues that can speak other UN languages than 
English, so that we can maybe do some groupings around languages and make 
more than one group per day. 

Outreach plan. Having said this, we believe good outreach is important, if 
we want to make people aware of the Newcomers program, so that they can 
book their schedule and come. 

One of the ways is to reach out on every 2 weeks from now, to the 
registered Newcomers, and inform them about this and ask if they will 
attend Day 0. We will invite them to sign up to a Newcomers mailing list 
(also have an option to opt-out), where we will be posting all relevant 
IGF information. 

The second way is to make a webinar, that will reflect the Newcomers 
program and the agenda of it, making the Newcomers become interested in 
attending the session, before the meeting starts. 

We will also adjust the online IGF schedule, so that it has a separate 
field where colleagues could identify themselves as Newcomers, indicating 
their interests, and the community could support them by reaching out to 
them. This will mean that we should make good outreach plan toward the 
wider IGF community, asking for a collaboration on this. 

We would appreciate a lot if you could provide us with your feedback on 

Best regards, 

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