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Q8: 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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8 Responses to “Q8: Chapters and organizational members”

  1. Comment by: Michael Nelson   
    March 12th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I would like to see the Internet Society more closing integrate the activities of its organizational members, its chapters, and its individual members. In particular, I believe that ISOC could more effectively use social media, such as Linkedin and Twitter, to strengthen the personal networks between ISOC members and leverage the impressive global social network that we have built over the years.

  2. Comment by: Andy Linton   
    March 13th, 2010 at 4:06 am

    I’d like to see ISOC work with the chapters to develop the Next Generation Leaders program and where ISOC chapters are seen as a natural source of expertise on technical and policy matters in a country or a region.

    If we can run a successful Next Generation Leaders program I’d expect in due course to see the graduates of that program heavily involved in their own local chapters, governance of ccTLDs, the Board of Trustees of ISOC and in similar positions in ICANN, the RIRs and other Internet governance groups.

    We might want to consider how other entities handle this. For example, Lead International ( talks about themselves as “LEAD is an international non-profit organisation with a fast growing network of 2000 leaders in more than 90 countries. Our shared mission is to inspire leadership for a sustainable world.”

    Perhaps our Internet Champions have many characteristics in common with these advocates?

  3. Comment by: Eduardo Diaz   
    March 14th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    [EN] Ideally, one global meeting or several regional meetings should be held per year. ISOC Regional Managers (IRMs) should contact chapters at least once per month, preferably visiting them. Information gathered in these interactions should be shared at the ISOC Global level to identify individual chapter needs and opportunities for multi-chapter initiatives. Regional chapter lists will facilitate communication within the region membership. ISOC, through the IRMs, should stimulate discussions using the regional and global chapter lists.

    These interaction not only will help ISOC Global understand the needs of individual chapters but it will offer a real ISOC Global face to some members that most probably would like to interact but there is a language barrier, or think that ISOC Global is just too far to reach. They will also provide an opportunity for chapters to share ideas and experiences, and work together.

    Organizational members could support the process by facilitating individual member participation in multi-region events, such as the ISOC Global meetings, or their own events. This may be by sponsoring ISOC chapter meetings or sponsoring chapter member’s meetings within their organization’s events. Organizational members will also benefit by the direct interaction with the chapters, and by the results the additional interaction between chapters will produce.


    [ES] Idealmente, una reunión global o varias reuniones regionales deben celebrarse al año. Los Gerentes Regionales de ISOC (IRM) deben ponerse en contacto con sus capítulos al menos una vez al mes y mejor aun visitarlos. La información recogida en estas interacciones debe ser compartida con ISOC Global para identificar las necesidades individuales y oportunidades de los capítulos lo que podría resultar en la creación de iniciativas a través de múltiples capítulo. Se deben crear listas para los capítulos de cada región lo que facilitaría la comunicación entre los miembros de la región. ISOC, a través de los IRMs, debería estimular el debate entre los capítulos utilizando las listas tanto regionales como globales.

    Estas interacciones no sólo ayudará a ISOC Global a entender las necesidades de los capítulos individuales, sino que ofrecerá una cara real de ISOC Global a algunos miembros a los cuales probablemente le gustaría interactuar, pero que por barreras del idioma o pensar de que ISOC Global esta demasiado lejos de ellos no lo hacen. También será una oportunidad para los capítulos para compartir ideas y experiencias, y trabajar juntos.

    Miembros Organizacionales podrían apoyar el proceso facilitando la participación de los miembros individuales en varios eventos de la región, tales como en las reuniones de la ISOC, o de sus propios eventos. Esto puede ser mediante el patrocinio de reuniones de ISOC o mediante el patrocinio de reuniones de miembros de los capítulo dentro de los eventos de su propia organización. Miembros Organizacionales se beneficiarían de la interacción directa con los capítulos, y de la interacción que se creará entre los capítulos.

  4. Comment by: Eva Frolich   
    March 17th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    My understanding is that the chapters are very different and work very differently. Some has a close relationship with ISOC, some has not. Some are cooperating with other chapters, some are not. Some are very active, some are dormant.

    ISOC should seek of having active chapters. Thereby bottom-up influence will happen through participation in hearings/questionnaires/etc. There is still a need for education of various non-internet parts of the society and chapters should be able to play a vital role in the education.

    Exchange of information between chapter and chapters-ISOC creates dynamics.

  5. Comment by: Leonard St-Aubin   
    March 18th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Greater involvement of the Chapters and members, as foreseen in the 2010-12 Plan, is the right direction. Currently, a number of Chapters are inactive. Chapters could play an important role in their respective regions or countries in sensitizing local governments and constituencies to the importance of Internet standards and policy issues and developing consensus on the way forward. They could also play a vital role in spreading awareness of the “user-centric Internet” principles. Chapters, together with regional bureaux can become important “feeder” groups for ISOC diversity and geographic and linguistic diversity over time.

  6. Comment by: narelle clark   
    March 21st, 2010 at 6:46 am

    We have so many opportunities to use organisational members and chapters. In ISOC-AU we have met with other chapters on a range of issues, and have worked with a number of organisational members when writing government and other submissions, holding conferences and workshops, user consultations and more.

    I will work to encourage other chapters to work more closely together, and share strategies on a range of things: administration, fund raising, and many other activities. Even, dare I say, to get closer to ISOC itself!

    Every time an organisational member hosts one of its own high profile people in a local region, another opportunity to increase the profile of the chapter, the organisation and the individual arises, facilitating specific areas of understanding, both cultural and technical. Working to get the lines of communication open further, and even to assist in this type of effort would be one of my aims, and to couple this with more formal ISOC conferences and meetings.

  7. Comment by: Lawrence Lessig   
    April 1st, 2010 at 8:11 am

    I want to see and learn more before I make a judgment about this. I don’t consider myself expert in ISOC’s organization. I am expert in the values enabled by the Internet. But I am an admirer of both that organization and those values.

  8. Comment by: Richard Woundy   
    April 5th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I have directly observed the interaction of ISOC and its organizational members within the Advisory Council meetings, which are a good forum for discussions, I would like to see the meetings evolve from ISOC program status reports to two-way dialogues, perhaps through collaborative projects between ISOC and its organizational members. This could take the form of a technology collaboration aligned with one of ISOC’s strategic initiatives, or take the form of funding, in-kind support, or personal participation in an Enabling Access project. As a side-effect, I believe this will change the interactions among organizational members, as more members participate in efforts outside of Advisory Council meetings.

    With regards to the chapters, I would like ISOC to assist more chapters to become active and healthy (where it can help). The key is to keep individual members interested in what is going on within their own chapters. Here are four ideas to generate enthusiasm at the local level: (1) providing educational opportunities, either using local experts or using live streaming of remote experts, (2) starting ISOC-funded projects with local opportunities for fundraising and volunteerism, (3) coalescing around shared objectives and/or concerns about local Internet issues (e.g. government moves related to copyright enforcement), and (4) creating opportunities for communicating and ‘networking’ with other folks interested in Internet issues (e.g. through chapter microsites/blogs, chapter pages on social media sites, as well as chapter meetings).

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