Dear Marie and Jesus,
(Dear Thomas, will you kindly ask Marie to ensure she is registered in this forum and receives this message? I wrote separately to her and Jesus last week, but am not seeing her name on this CI platform yet. Thank you.)
In the hopes that Jesus will be able to be with us next week, I am writing again to the two of you with respect to Session 7, having to do with Constitutions and By-laws.
Attached is the most current version of the agenda for next week's GC4DA consultation. You have been slotted as facilitators for Session 7.
This is a critical session and we realize that one hour is pretty short. But we hope it will yield some solid trends in thinking. As we go through the rest of the agenda, more clarity may emerge.
I will explain our overall methodology in Session 4., Warren, Rafael and I discussed how to most benefit from everyone's thinking in such a short time frame. We hope that you as facilitators can start off the discussion with an overview of some of the many types and lengths of Constitutions and By-laws. I attach four sets of Constitutions, Statues or By-laws from like-minded organizations. I have many more on file if you would like to see others. You might make some comments about your perspectives on these legal documents.
Then, after this 8-10 minutes introduction, there will be a short Q&A to clarify the issues at hand. We will then move into small group discussion. You would ask participants to work either at their tables or, if you think a regional or thematic discussion might be more effective, you could take that approach. For 18-20 minutes, the small groups would discuss either the same questions, or different ones. For example, is there a specific model that seems to be most relevant (eg, ALAIC, ECREA, IAMCR)?
Then, each group will be invited to report out and any clustering of ideas. Hopefully, some consensus will be reached.
I am writing similar messages to the Facilitator(s) of each session.
Before Tuesday, we will send all the handouts that will be in the participants' binders, including these attachments.
Feel free to share this message with others, and to be in touch with each other.
FYI, I also attach the most current Participants List.
Thank you and hope you are having a good weekend. We look forward to seeing you in New York.