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Community Onboarding Pilot Program ICANN60 Update

ICANN60 marked the beginning of the second year of the ICANN Community Onboarding Pilot Program (COP). In our two pre-ICANN60 meetings with participants of the COP, we agreed to use our face-to-face meeting in Abu Dhabi to take stock of progress to date and to identify future opportunities.

Before getting into the details, here is a bit of background about what the program is and what it aims to accomplish. The COP seeks to improve ICANN community newcomer engagement and retention rates. Representatives from ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) work collaboratively to create the materials and tools to enable a supportive environment for newcomers. Participating SOs and ACs are represented by a mentor and one or two mentees. They engage in capacity development activities and knowledge and experience sharing.

In Abu Dhabi, the group recognized the need for the COP to continue trying to bridge the gap that currently exists between newcomers and those who actively contribute to ICANN's advice and policymaking activities. The materials developed in the program will help newcomers better navigate the ICANN environment by providing a roadmap within different communities. The materials can also serve as a resource for those who are currently participating in ICANN and who wish to develop more in-depth knowledge about specific communities.

We also agreed to improve overall communication and the process for selecting program participants. To this end, we will help maintain a robust Wiki space and increase the frequency of blogs and other materials published. Moving forward, both the process and the decisions concerning the selection of program participants will be determined by each respective community.

Over the coming weeks, the COP participants will work collectively to identify and set both individual and common objectives, with the end goals of building additional structure around program activities, and promoting mechanisms to foster the effective engagement of newcomers.

To view the list of ICANN60 participants, the activities within the program, and the onboarding materials created, please visit the program Wiki space here.

Community Onboarding Pilot Program ICANN60

ICANN60 Onboarding Program Participants


    Alfredo Calderon  03:44 UTC on 09 November 2017

    My expectation would be that these materials / resources could be available on Learn platform (online). Different courses would be available for 'newcomers' or 'fellows'. An advantage is that tracking, assessing success in completing onboarding materias could be possible. Also, an intimate environment to discuss ideas, clarify doubts, and have a record of interactions that can be a research tool to enhance materials as time goes by. I do suggest that each powerpoint (slide deck) have an audio track (MP4) to enhance the information displayed. As a First time Fellow ICANN60, I do believe these Onboarding by constituency can eventually become part of a Portal where prospects can make a more savy decision on how and where whithin ICANN his/her volunterism would be more effective.

    Gangadhar Panday  21:13 UTC on 12 November 2017

    I want to contribute in making capacity building resource materials, particularly in scripting and video making. best wishes

    Alfredo Calderon  03:15 UTC on 14 November 2017

    Excellent Gangadhar. I agree that the resources should contemplate different learning styles when designing resources / matetials to engage newcomers and even serve as refreshing exposure for those already involved in ICANN constituencies.

    Alfredo Calderon  01:47 UTC on 15 November 2017

    I would also be interested in participating as a 'mentee". I believe my insights as a newcomer, ICANN60 Fellow, and an actual volunteer in some ALAC (from NARALO) could be valuable in some constituencies. As commented by Gangadhar, an area that needs refining is the consideration of multiple intelligences and learning styles when studyng materials. In addition to the integration of various interactive resources to let prospect volunteers where they can better service ICANN. Let's think in terms of "sefl-assessment spots" where individuals can assess how capable or skills they may actually have to better serve or contribute to PDP, advising, or candidly providing an objective point of view as an end-user.

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