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Collaborate in IAP2’s Write-A-Thon on Friday

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Do you have some free time this Friday, November 22nd? If you do, we hope you consider helping out our partners at IAP2 USA (an NCDD organizational member) with their “write-a-thon” event, a collaborative work day to improve its website and tidy up after IAP2 USA’s great 2013 conference. Whether you have 15 minutes or the whole afternoon, there’s something you can do to help!

You can sign up to help and find out more about the day on this Google Doc. Here’s how it will work:

The Communications Team will do some basic prep work, such as setting up an environment for collaborative writing, listing the areas that need work and providing the necessary instructions.

The day of the write-a-thon, November 22, we’ll start with a kick-off conference call in the morning. We’ll also schedule brief check-ins throughout the day (like every other hour or so) to make it easy for people who join late catch up quickly. These calls would also help us coordinate tasks among our distributed team and resolve any critical questions or issues.

While the main event will take place over the course of just one day, we will probably have everything ready a couple days prior so volunteers can get a head start if they want. And we’d probably leave it open for contributions over the weekend.

Updating the navigation structure of our website and swapping out content won’t actually take that long. Who knows, the new and improved website might launch before Thanksgiving.

A write-a-thon is a participatory method that has application for public participation work. This is a chance for you to experience this innovative format hands-on while also helping IAP2 USA. Win/win!

The whole day will kick off with a conference call briefing at 12pm Eastern/9am Pacific (Dial-in info: 1-213-342-3000 / 268555#). This is what you can expect:

We’ll be using Google Docs as our collaboration environment. The main document is now up and running and has more details, incl. dial-in information for our kick-off call and several other check-ins throughout the day and a first list of content areas we plan to tackle.

If you’d like to get involved, here’s what you do:

  • Head to the Google Doc and add your name to the list of participants.
  • Join us for our 10-minute kick-off call at 9am Pacific (12pm Eastern) on Friday or for any of the other check-ins
  • If you have further questions, just get in touch (leave a comment below, contact the office or complete our volunteer sign-up form to join the communications team)

Remember, every small contribution is welcome! Whether you have 20 minutes to spare in between meetings, an hour at the airport or an entire afternoon — there will be plenty of opportunities to help out.

You can find more info about the event and how you can help below, or you can visit their blog to see the full original post or the final update.  Thanks in advance to everyone who chips into this great collaborative process!

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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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  1. Thanks for getting the word out. Much appreciated!

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