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Q1: ISOC Chapters

Chapter activity as reported in the monthly newsletter appears to come only from a few chapters. Do you think that ISOC chapters are outmoded? If not, what activities do you think chapters should be involved in and, with regard to those activities, what should the Chapter-Headquarters working relationship be like? How do you see ISOC relating to chapters of developing nations in the near future?

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6 Responses to “Q1: ISOC Chapters”

  1. Comment by: Franck   
    March 29th, 2006 at 12:56 am

    If you look at a couple of chapters web site you see that chapters are quite active and publish quite often, may be not neccessarily in the english language.
    However, ISOC could start by learning the activities the chapters are doing and then build a network of contacts to help in the circulation of information. The monthly newletter is good but for the moment ISOC has a passive role, and should move towards and active role in seeking information. I understand the task is more complicated and require more resources indeed.
    Also we, as chapters, do not measure the impact of the monthly newsletter. May be some of this information could be passed to a larger public outside ISOC membership. it would help drive membership too as well as provide some feedback.
    I understand the relation between ISOC and its chapters needs to be strengthened especially in common action or actions sponsored by ISOC.
    [may be more later, still testing this blog system...]

  2. Comment by: Artur Serra   
    March 30th, 2006 at 6:27 am

    Local chapters are not outmoded but they need to adapt themselves to the changes in the Internet community.My experience is that local chapters gather the pioneers of Internet in the community and their activities should focus in keeping this innovation role in their community.
    This combination of innovation and community impact is critical for developing nations. Usually the local chapter gather the people that introduce Internet in their community. Local Chapter is the human interface of Internet in our communities. ISOC should take care of them even more.

  3. Comment by: Bill St.Arnaud   
    March 30th, 2006 at 2:01 pm

    I don’t think the chapters are outmoded, but a new relationship may be required between the chapters and ISOC itself. Chapters are important for bringing together a community of interested citizens to address local issues. But I think it is important that these same interested parties can also work directly with ISOC on pan-national or international issues.

    It also may be worthwhile to build chapters based around specific communities of interest rather than on national geographic structures.

    In any event I would look to the ISOC executive and board for further guidance on this subject as there are probably many other issues that may not be obvious to an outsider.

  4. Comment by: Richard Bell   
    April 6th, 2006 at 7:31 am

    The ISOC chapters have played a very valuable role in helping to harness local knowledge and inputs at the country level in the past. Having as broader base of participation in discussions at all levels be they by country or community, can only be a good thing.

    The challenge, as with all institutions that wish to survive in the long run, will be for the activities and functions of chapters to continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of the Internet community as the Internet itself evolves. I think the inputs, energy and drive of Chapter organizers, the executive, and the board will be very helpful in this evolutionary process.

  5. Comment by: David Isenberg   
    April 16th, 2006 at 8:07 am

    A local (Massachusetts) politician once said, “All politics is local.” Even in the age of the global Internet; political decisions derive from relationships among people who actually know each other. For this very reason, many ISOC meetings are held face to face. (And, I suspect that face to face meetings are the most productive!) Until there are Internet apps that permit interactions as rich as face to face interactions, ISOC Chapters will remain important sites of local interaction. ISOC-central should encourage (a) the formation of new Chapters around interest groups of all kinds, (b) frequent face to face meetings of Chapters, (c) active on-line presence of (and interaction among) Chapter members. I’d like to see the ISOC Active Chapters Page, and the home pages of the individual Chapters become much more vital, real-time oriented, news and opinion oriented places that reflect the active issues of the Internet community in all its glorious diversity and vitality. I’d like to see the ISOC Chapters VP become a more active position. I’d be willing to relax the Chapter bylaws regarding funding so that ISOC-central might assist the Chapters with grants and other strategic funding to encourage new Chapter formation and existing Chapter vitality.

  6. Comment by: Yan Baoping   
    April 27th, 2006 at 8:09 pm

    1. I don’t think the chapter model is outmoded, however, while chapters developing on their own, we should start to build the cooperation mechanism between chapters.
    2. Chapters have different relationships with their governments and communities, thus, ISOC need to be aware of its relationship with the chapters and fully support the activities of local internet communities.
    3. According to how active the chapters are, ISOC should take action to consolidate all resources and build information sharing channels.
    4. ISOC should establish channel to obtain feedbacks, such as improve Blog function, and make it available to public. It is not recommended to spend major resource in developing News Letter with outdated information.