I'm catching up too.

Yes Nico, we've being talking a lot about a Latin American meeting. It is urgent!
Quintana seems the perfect place, with a long history in CNing and good infrastructure.

But let me understand - if we can't use the big slot for the global meeting, then we have to find a new project, right? And perhaps think of something for the small grant too?

On Tue, May 8, 2018 at 3:28 AM, Nicolás Echániz <nicoechaniz@altermundi.net> wrote:
OK, I've been doing some inquiries to avoid working in vane and it turns
out that BTN money cannot be used for events like the one we are
planning to organize.

But it's not bad news really... Christian O'Flaherty (ISOC) just told me
that ISOC can support a regional meeting in Latin America this year,
outside of the BTN program, with ISOC budget and then during 2019 ISOC
can support a global summit.

This means that we wouldn't be competing for budget, but we would need
to agree with ISOC on the planning of the event. Christian told me they
would like to invite Government, regulators, private companies, etc...
to which I answered that my impression is that we CNSIG would like to
have a meeting that is more work-centered, but it would be great to host
a 1 day event (maybe the last day of the summit) where we can receive
all these stakeholders and invite the general public too.

Let me know what you all think of this developments...

And this also means that we need to think of other projects to present
for a large and medium BTN grant this year from the CNSIG.


On 05/05/2018 06:09 AM, Sol Luca de Tena wrote:
> Hi all, this sounds great.. I've written on Panos' pad
> (https://pad.codigosur.org/CNSIG_beyond-the-net). On another hand I
> think we should aim to_finalise our scope _by end of next week. Ill send
> out a doodle for meeting times. 
> Thanks peeps
> Sol
> *
> *
> 2018-05-05 7:25 GMT+02:00 Nicolás Echániz <nicoechaniz@altermundi.net
> <mailto:nicoechaniz@altermundi.net>>:
>     On 05/03/2018 09:15 AM, Sol Luca de Tena wrote:
>     > Hi all, 
>     >
>     > 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.
>     Kyle from ISOC has confirmed that only one slot (big grant) will be
>     assigned to the SIG. So I think we must decide for what's our project
>     with most potential impact and just present that one.
>     He mentioned that we could also get one small grant slot, so maybe we
>     can think about something for that too.
>     > 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.
>     The call for proposals will be extended untill May 29, so we have a bit
>     more time, but we still need to work on this.
>     Regarding the "transnationality" of the proposal, I think that
>     presenting a proposal that is signed by every organization that is part
>     of the CNSIG will send a very strong signal regarding our will to
>     collaborate in our path forward.
>     > 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?).
>     I completely agree that this is crucial, and most of all at this time
>     when we are just trying to get this group to open it's wings :)
>     I'd say we can propose to have a global Community Networks Summit
>     which can:
>     - be hosted in a location in the global South
>     - have a duration of at least 5 days
>     - be organized with no waste of resources (no hotels, restaurants, etc.)
>     Many of our members are also APC members so they could apply for METF
>     funding to cover their flight costs and that would add to the BTN's 30K
>     budget.
>     A specific offer I'd like to mention: here in Quintana we have a bing
>     boarding school which has room/lodging for about 100 children that live
>     there during the school year and then it's empty during our summer. The
>     school is part of QuintanaLibre and the school principal, who is also
>     personally a member, has already agreed to offer the school for
>     community network related events during the summer. Accomodation and
>     food (in the school's diner, would be very affordable.
>     So... those are some ideas :)  of course nothing's set in stone! just
>     sharing...
>     Sol, should we do a poll to pick a date and do a Mumble meeting to
>     brainstorm and begin preparing a project?
>     Cheers!
>     Nico
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