Thanks Nico P for this. I agree this is a great opportunity and I agree with your framework. Also related, Nico E and I had a meeting with two of the coordinators of Chapters/SIGs in ISOC - Kyle and Christine. Summarising and answering some of the queries posed by Nico P; they said that each Chapter/SIG could receive 1, maybe 2 grants. What I understood is that SIGs are considered global groups and therefore projects should deal with transnational/ transregional issues (where Chapter have more regional focus). They also mentioned that while the grants are awarded to the SIG there is a choice of who participates - meaning either all organisations participate, or only those who are interested. We also need to keep in mind that the grant application closes on the 15th May, so we need to act quickly if we want to use this opportunity.
In terms of topics, two ideas from my side.
1) I think 'exchange of experience' is highly under rated. I think if we had the means to spend time in understanding each other's organisations and our practices better we would learn a lot. I mean a more long term, funded exchange, where maybe we can visit each other and learn on site. I have spoken to many of you and each time I learn something new and applicable to solve an issue we have. These conversations however are usually rushed, over email or over coffee at a Summit. I think we could propose an exchange program between CNs, and then highlight a few key issues (I propose one below) that we can address and create some sort of outcome with (Best practices?Golden tips?Benefits of CNs?).
2) in term of topics to discuss (or exchange experience on) I am personally very interested in the issues/challenges of creating a just governance structure (and business structure) that is sustainable and people-centred. In our South African context the "just" refers specifically to the inequality that permeates South Africa's social-economic context, but I think its also relevant to all CNs. Its about finding practical, sound ways to practice as organisations that are more people-centred, and that eventually dont depend on grants.
If you are keen please send a message and Ill set up a doodle so we can meet and make a proposal.