(obs.: this is a broader group for everybody. If you are part of the Diplo delegation, please also join this group: Diplo@IGF2010
which is specific for DiploFoundation activities)
Are you interested in the Internet Governance Forum 2010 in Vilnius, Lithuania? Here are some practical ideas and suggestions to start. Feel free to continue the discussion on the forum.
1. Workshop organization
One of the great ways to connect and share ideas, promoting your projects, vision and work is the organization of a Workshop.
website indicates that the deadline for workshop proposals is 15 April
Example of a workshop held in IGF09. Credit: Seiiti Arata
To make your proposal, contact your partners and start drafting! Remember that according to the first draft of the programme paper
(a must-read!) your proposal must include many different points of view:
Workshops are designed to explore detailed issues related to the main themes from different perspectives. As in previous years, workshops must include a balance of stakeholders and viewpoints in order to be accepted into the programme.
The aim of the best practice sessions is to demonstrate, in a multi-stakeholder environment, some of the best practices that have been adopted with regard to the key IGF themes in general and to the development and deployment of the Internet in particular. The sessions can have either a thematic or a country focus. The presentations should be based on a common template. Presentations should not only cover practices that were successful, but also focus on challenges and mistakes. Thus, ‘lessons learned’ are an important output of these sessions. The aim is to provide a space to discuss what constitutes a ‘best practice’ and share relevant information that can be transferred to other situations and strengthen capacity-building activities.
To the extent possible, workshops topics that are closely related will be scheduled as a single collaborative workshop. Willingness to cooperate is a prerequisite for selection. Preference will be given to focused workshops relating to the IGF main themes and cross-cutting priorities.
The following suggestions were made regarding workshops:
• A workshop wiki to facilitate rapid reporting should be set up;
• At least one young person should be included on each panel;
• Moderators should be experts in their fields with some skill in organizing a debate;
• Young people should be asked to moderate remote participation for workshops.
Note that the deadline to finalize the list of speakers for your event is 30 May, according to the IGF website
2. Become a volunteer as a resource person
Also according to the www.intgovforum.org
, the deadline for expressing interest as a resource person is arriving: 30 April. You may write to email@example.com about your interest. There is no format to be followed.
3. Grow bigger ears
To be sure the information related to the IGF2010 gets caught in your radar, be sure to:
a. Create your profile
in this community here: http://www.diplointernetgovernance.org/main/authorization/signUp?
and then register as a member of the IGF2010 group: http://www.diplointernetgovernance.org/group/igf2010#
b. Follow "Internet Governance Capacity Building" on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/igcbp
c. Follow IGCBP on Twitter: http://twitter.com/igcbp
d. Follow "Internet Governance Forum" on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IntGovForum
e. Follow "IGF2010" on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IGF2010
f. Follow "Intgovforum" on Twitter: http://twitter.com/intgovforum
Doing all these steps, you can be sure you won't miss anything!
To start connecting with other members, be sure to fill your profile details. This is how you will be found by others with interest to network and organize events and workshops, inviting you as a speaker and other partnerships.
Check this link on some ideas for creating an interesting profile (and avoiding the common mistakes):
[Tutorial] How to create an effective profile for great online networking