How to team up with successful professionals on the Internet governance field?
The Internet governance "usual suspect" has a lot to gain by reaching out to new faces. By sharing his knowledge, inspiring, offering wisdom and leveraging and connecting professionals who are serious about a specific subject.
Most of the times, however, he is so busy finishing reports, meeting deadlines and caught up in homeostasis that it is not realistic to expect proactivity on that side. Unless he is running some type of capacity building activity, but that is another thing.
How to do that?
On the Internet Governance Forum, you may be attending in person or remotely.
Most will be attending remotely because of travel costs. It is likely that there is a remote hub next to you. Check the list here:
Go to one of these hubs, meet the organizers. They will be glad you showed up.
If there is no such hub, you can still follow up with other tools. Get ready for the webcasts, but most importantly work on your Twitter presence. This is a wonderful tool to connect to people. Get TweetDeck, Seesmic or Hootsuite and start playing - it is not difficult. For some ideas, check the blog of Chris Brogan
. I talked to him last year on how to design a social media strategy for the IGF and he is possibly the best person to give advice in this area.
Strengthen your skills on what you are discussing. Read more. Write more: start with blog posts, forum discussions and try to prepare some short papers. Do not be afraid of asking the wrong question. Of saying something wrong. If you keep your mind (and ears) open, the community will be helping you with constructive criticism, pointing more links.
We have one month left for the IGF in Vilnius. There will be many interesting talks under #igf10 - let's have everybody teaming up!