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Q11: Chapters and organizational members

What changes would you like to see in the way ISOC and chapters support each other and the way chapters interact with other chapters? What changes would you like to see in the way ISOC and organizational members support each other and the way organizational members interact with other organizational members? What changes would you like to see in the way Chapters, organizational members, individual members, and the global organization support and interact with each other?

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2 Responses to “Q11: Chapters and organizational members”

  1. Comment by: Ganesh   
    March 26th, 2008 at 2:37 am

    - Create a global online community of chapters/members/organizations
    - Member Exchange programmes between different chapters
    - Chapter level awards/functions/conference to enable grass root level participation

  2. Comment by: Alejandro   
    March 30th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Chapters: we need to continue to intensify the links among Chapters. These have to be concrete, with the undertaking of common projects, the sharing of educational and lobbying materials esp. in languages other than English, shared participation in each others’s events and conferences, and other bottom-up and “horizontal” initiatives and collaboration among Chapters.

    Chapters-ISOC. A continuation of the Chapter Development Program, with more involvement of chapters and recognition ot how gradual a transtiion will be to full compliance, as well as of the Sphere projeect, will be welcome by Chapters. The project funding program is a good component of the ISOC-Chapters interaction. The regional meetings and teleconferences need higher participation by chapters. Some of this is contingent on funding, some in continuing to develop the value equation for Chapters.

    Chapers-Organizational members. We need to start in 2008 to sort out a new, more intense relationship between chapters and organizational members, with long-term views developed, and short-term value aggregated in a rapid manner simultaneously. We need to explore in detail what Chapters and organizational members share as goals and where we differ. A realistic analysis will enrich ISOC and help avoid unpleasant surprises down the road.

    Individual members. Individual members must be given, and must give, more ways to interact with both Chapters (making it attractive to join ISOC through a chapter but not precluding pure individual membership) and organizational members, as well as with staff projects.

    The progress made in wikis and other “social” infrastructures in English should be measured by mid-year or 3Q 2008 in order to decide whether ISOC staff should put in more effort into English-only or into several collaboration projects in different languages. Chapters, organizational members, and individual members who share a language would do well to start some of these collaboration projects on their own, with minimal but clear rules that allow for transparent support from others and from staff, and can provide examples for the way forward. This should happen in 2008 and be measured in 2009 for deciding the further course.

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