Edmon makes some interesting points about why participate; business advantages by linking market and policy or technology and policy
I think many prosepctive particpants mught struggle to answer why particpate? How will the company lose if we do not participate or how will the company benefit if we do?
It's interesting and rewarding to participate but we do need to continually be able to articulate why from a business perspective. How will particpation or non-particpation affect the business
agree. and Donna makes a great point: the SGs add value...
J-C & Michele make good points. Notes, communications on what happened and the impact on whom do help but it remains a challenge to all of us who particpate to rationalise the time, expense and energy and to help others do likewise.
Michele's point about risk to change in contracts and therefore impact on business is a good one.
yes. we not only include policy for the good but help push back on harmful policy
From a business perspective, we should question the need for 4 meetings per year? It's costly. Could we work with 2 total community meetings + GDD Summit?
Even regular attendees need to remain convinced of the value.
Jonathan, I will read out your comment.
A key challenge is to balance the benefits of face to face meetings which are clearly valuable. But ... there is a risk that meetings are used for reporting or non-policy matters as Donna points out.
We don’t do a good job orienting or training any new folks, including people from underrepresented regions. I think we solve the problem by fixing that, not by doing away with the representative model. we need to bring people in rather than assuming they’ll figure it out- it takes too long.
To Chris’s point: mentoring/training will help newcomers earn trust.