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Do you want a fellowship for the Vilnius IGF meeting? Read this.

Hey friends! Hope you're doing fine.

I'm getting some dozens of emails, Facebook and Twitter messages asking for the same thing: fellowships for the IGF Vilnius meeting.

So instead of replying to each individual, I thought it would be more transparent and efficient to write a blog post.

One thing that I love about the Internet is that people I never corresponded with can reach me easily and ask for the fellowship. There are friends I have perhaps seen sharing some interesting articles on Facebook or Twitter. But some of them I never saw.

So here is my question to those looking for fellowships: what have you been doing lately on internet governance?

It is sad when I see that people seem confused on how to leverage their passion. They stay quiet on the rich spaces of the Internet and only speak up to ask for things, but do not know how to use their voice, potential and dreams to OFFER and share value.

Check this video from Seth Godin as it says so much:


So allow me to provoke you: what have you been doing lately that would make you deserve a fellowship? How do you see your participation in the IGF Vilnius as an experience that will enrich you and your community?

Let's dream together. Let's write and share. Let's DARE to make mistakes along the way, but never let fear or laziness block our way to make things happen.

To be able to DARE, we have first to CARE.

If there is no specific Internet goverance that you are PASSIONATE about (whether multilingualism, net neutrality, freedom of expression, privacy, development...), then it will be difficult or impossible for you to CARE.

If you do not CARE, then it will be very difficult to be excellent. There are too many ordinary people out there, repeating the same rap and using the same jargon of "bottom-up multistakeholder new solutions to new problems".

Find your passion. Blog about it here. Join the groups and promote discussions. Talk to Raquel, Marilia and Ginger on how to take part in Remote Participation opportunities.

p.s. Last year I also wrote about fellowships using the empty cup v. full cup analogy: http://www.diplointernetgovernance.org/profiles/blogs/do-you-make-t...

So what are YOUR ideas and strategies to care, to act and shake things around?

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