Capacity Building has become one of the essential requirements in order to foster meaningful participation in Internet Governance processes. The multistakeholder model for Internet development means that all relevant stakeholders - including governments, the private sector, civil society, and the academic and technical communities - have respective roles to play in shaping key Internet governance issues, such as access, privacy, security and many others.
Performing such a role requires, however, a deep understanding of the multidimensional facets of Internet-related issues, often spanning across policy, technical, social and economic underpinnings. Fostering cross-disciplinary knowledge and cross-sector cooperation through capacity building is therefore paramount to ensure that the next generation of Internet leaders is empowered with the necessary tools to address future challenges, whether at the national, regional or international levels.
In the past few years, a wealth of capacity building and fellowship programs have emerged to address these new requirements, engaging individuals from all regions in capacity development and exposing them to key Internet Governance fora, including the Internet Governance Forum.
The objective of the Collaboration Leadership Exchange on Capacity Building is to bring together the staff and participants in the different sponsored programmes to the IGF to network, build relationships, exchange ideas, discuss key local / regional issues on Capacity Building and IG, and explore applicable solutions.
It is envisioned that this one-day session will contribute to building and fostering capacity building communities, and create a multiplier effect on the Capacity Building track throughout the IGF week, and beyond. All IGF participants interested in this topic will be welcome to attend.
The Collaborative Leadership Exchange will take the format of an unconference, with equal parts of peer-to-peer style learning and engagement, networking and relationship building, interactive discussions and promotion of increased collaboration between capacity building programmes in the Internet ecosystem (DiploFoundation, Freedom House, ISOC, IFLA, dotASIA, SSIG, APC, etc.).
Once the event has started, activities are determined and led by the persons in attendance. Instead of passive listening, all attendees are encouraged to become active participants, with the moderator providing structure for attendees.
Preliminary activities are designed to stimulate debate. Selected participants are required to make a short statement about the Internet and then other attendees are required to indicate whether they agree, disagree or are somewhere in the middle.
The participants then create the agenda for the rest of the session with all of them coming up with topics they want to discuss during the breakout sessions.
Attendees pick themes for the fishbowl sessions and within the group, they choose a coordinator for each fishbowl session.