Diplo staff is already checking different hotel options for the 2009 delegation. So we need your help here to make a good choice.
We would like to find a place where we could have together the Diplo staff, the fellows and also our friends.
From the practical point of view, this would make all logistics much easier.
But most importantly, when everybody is together, the integration is much better. You may remember that in past years there were lots of simulations on negotiation, diplomatic training, and also future scenarios on Internet governance held by our friends from IISD - Tony Vetter and Maja Andjelkovic.
Diplo delegation in 2006 (IGF Athens) brainstorming at the hotel - very late night...
... and also before breakfast (did we mention that a capirinha party happened on the previous night when the brainstorm session was over?)
Diplo group and friends in 2007 Rio....
... and last year, in Hyderabad, after the successful Net Neutrality workshop (with a continuation planned for 2009)
This year there are many ideas being developed. And to be sure we can have everyone around, we need your confirmation:
Do you already know that you are going to Sharm, and already found financial support from your contacts?
In that case, if you would like to stay in the same hotel as Diplo (we always choose a budget place - no worry) please help our staff doing the reservations.
The sooner you confirm, the better chances we have to stay all together and have a memorable, fun and productive time in Sharm.
p.s. If you already have your financial support to go to Sharm, please reply to this topic or get in touch with Seiiti Arata and/or Vladimir Radunovic.
p.s.2 In case you have not yet obtained a fellowship, keep interacting through the www.diplointernetgovernance.org
because we will soon share some ideas on how to do it. I am interviewing some people who will share their experience and ideas - in case you would like to be a volunteer and be interviewed on the topic of your experience as a fellow, please send me a message.