Re: [Diversity] Participation in active IETF work

<nalini.elkins@insidethestack.com> Tue, 19 April 2016 13:50 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Diversity] Participation in active IETF work
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>Since we are supposed to do our primary work on mailing lists, the 
>actual model has the simple premise that increasing participation from a 
>region warrants extending the range of regions we hold meetings at. 
>That is, to get the IETF to come a region, there first needs to be more 
>people from that region actively contributing through working group 
>mailing lists. Yes, of course.  But, it is a bit more nuanced than that.   I think it is difficult to get a real sense of the IETF & the excitement & purpose unless you attend live & get involved.
There was one young mentee I talked to at IETF95 whose eyes were as big as saucers.  He was saying, "this is it!  This is where it is all happening.  I want to be a part of this!"   (Then, of course, he wanted to me to help him get funding to come again - which I wish I could do!)
But, I believe he will be a part of a draft review team & then, I think as we get more & more such people, we can point to well thought out contributions from new people from various regions of the world on the WG email lists.  
BTW, if anyone is interested in commenting, I have made up a structure for how the Internet Draft review teams (guided by a remote mentor) will work.  I can post the instructions and structure to the list & would love comments from anyone.   We are in alpha test! Nalini