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Multiplier Effect principle for Sustainable Internet Governance Capacity Building

Today after the workshop on Capacity building in Room 11, I and a colleague of mine approached Jovan for a 'corner' conversation. We had this idea of how do we utilise 'the multiplier effect' in capacity building.

Diplo and other IGCBPrograms have trained a couple of people closing to 4000 people. When I looked in the room, we were not more than 30 people (fellows and alumni) and not sure the other 3970 were on line following by remote participation. We were trying to discuss how to have almost every one sensitised about IG, how we can have capacity building for as many people as possible in IG issues.

I thought of an idea, I wante to call ''The multiplier effect” where we go through the fellows of the different capacity building programs to disseminate the information they been able to attain to other groups of society. This would work miracles since these capacity building programs don't have resources to give every human being training chances, not atleast in the near future.

I then asked my neighbour whether the different programs like Diplo could come up with more aggressive measures to keep their fellows committed to the cause. I know some of these programs have community websites where fellows and other community members can discuss issues of IG importance but still the participation there doesn't count up to the graduations.

When I attended the cybersecurity workshop in room #9, I picked up some thing from Vladimir's speech which drove me to thinking. Can't we, as diplo fellows, at least the ones reading this blogpost, start up something in our local communities to 1) Remain committed and close to each other, and 2) Disseminate the knowledge we have attained? I remember we have been having hot and serious discussions in the classroom blogs & HT entries, and I believe it would be a better way to revive them atleast at local levels.

This evening I have been charting with one of my fellow alumna in Internet Policy course of 2011, Juan, who is still committed to IG issues and taking his students in that direction. He by the way sent his regards and wished the entire Diplo family a happy stay in Baku.

I am thinking, in Uganda, where we have more than 10 ( if am to estimate) diplo alumni we could start up some thing, closely directed by the community at diplo and getting help from other already established organisations for the same cause, like ISOC Uganda chapter, etc. I don't know what your view is on this; @Sarah Kiden from Uganda, do you think it is a feasible approach?

For the other community members, do you believe in this 'multiplier effect'? Do you think it can reduce the capacity building gaps already existing in the society?

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Comment by Sarah Kiden on November 13, 2012 at 2:36pm

Wow! Thomas, this is a good blog post and the ideas raised are great too. I agree with you about having many alumni who in fact 'sit' on their knowledge after their training, and this does not apply to Diplo alone. We need to find ways of sharing this knowledge with our communities. I started something in my department (University ICT Services) that has picked up and surprised me because I was not sure it would work.

After attending a training/conference/workshop, I always share a summary of what transpired during the meeting in a brief report, but make it more interactive in the monthly department meetings where time is spared for innovations and any new ideas. We could try this approach and have everyone share with those around them, who will in turn share with those around them etc. You will be surprised at how much knowledge we can share with people around us. What do you think?

Comment by Trevor A. Phipps on November 8, 2012 at 3:26am

Tom...

I like the multiplier effect principle....We should try and identify DIPLO alumni in our respective communities/regions and see what is possible. 

Thanks for the insight

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